How to Update Your iPhone to iOS 7.1.2 Without Any Problems

It seems many users come across problems when updating iOS on their iPhone, but here are steps to assure that you stay away from any updating issues as much as possible.

The latest iOS update was released last week, and while it was a rather minor update for Apple’s mobile operating system, many users came across problems downloading and installing the update on their iPhones and iPads.

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Of course, we have a guide on how to fix these issues for those having problems with the iOS 7.1.2 update, which can simply be accomplished by performing a hard reset on your iPhone or iPad by holding down the power button and home button at the same time for a few seconds until the device restarts.

However, the ultimate goal is to not have these problems occur in the first place. Fortunately, there’s a way to update iOS on your device in a way that minimizes issues from happening. You can’t completely prevent update problems from occurring, but this is at least the best way to go about updating your iPhone or iPad will minimal problems.

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Backup Your iPhone

First thing’s first: Back up your iPhone before updating it. Even though iOS 7.1.2 is a minor update and you wouldn’t think it would completely bonk your device, all updates change the stability of the software in some way, and sometimes it doesn’t work out for the best.

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This is why it’s important to back up your iPhone before you update the software, so that if something bad does happen during or after the updating process, you can go back to how it was before without any problem.

We have a handy guide on how to back up your iPhone using iTunes, but essentially you’ll plug in your iPhone to your computer and follow these steps:

  • In the upper-right corner of the iTunes window, you’ll see a button that says iPhone or iPad, depending on what you have.
  • Click on that button to open another window that provides information about your device.
  • Below the main information is the Backup section. To do an all-out full backup of your iOS device, select This computer on the left-hand side.

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  • Optionally, you can choose Encrypt backup to secure it from others accessing the personal data that gets backed up.
  • Next, click Back Up Now to begin the backup process. You may get a pop-up that talks about apps on your iOS device that aren’t currently in your iTunes Library. Click Back Up Apps to sync these apps with your iTunes Library, that way you’ll have all of your apps completely backed up.

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  • iTunes will begin transferring any apps over to your iTunes Library if there are any, and then it will begin backing up your iOS device. When it’s done, just click the blue Done button in the upper-right corner and you’re good to go!

Update iOS Through iTunes

After you back up your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, you’re now ready to update to iOS 7.1.2 risk free.

There are two ways you can update the iOS software. You can either update over-the-air by opening up the Settings app and navigating to General > Software Update, or you can update through iTunes. The best way to update iOS with minimal issues is to do it through iTunes, simply because the over-the-air update is less reliable with a wireless connection to download and install the update.

To begin, plug in your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes, then follow these quick steps:

  1. In the upper-right corner of the iTunes window, you’ll see a button that says iPhone or iPad, depending on what you have.
  2. Click on that button to open another window that provides information about your device.
  3. Click on Update and follow the on-screen instructions.

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The update process should only take a few minutes, since the update is fairly small in file size. After it’s done, your iPhone will restart and will eventually boot to the lock screen where you can begin using your iPhone again.

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If you come across any issues during the install process, like random freezing, simply perform a hard reset by holding down the power button and home button at the same time for a few seconds until the device restarts. From here, the update may continue to install automatically or might have to begin the process again.

Read: iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5s Review

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If you experience a lot of problems after the update successfully installs, this is where your back up comes in handy, and you can restore that back up in iTunes to essentially roll back your software to the time when it properly worked.

Other than that, that’s all there is to it, and if you follow these steps, you hopefully won’t come across any of the issues that many iPhone users have been coming across, but all you can really do is cross your fingers and hope for the best.