Can I update my iPhone on a secondary computer?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xTRIGGER092x, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. xTRIGGER092x macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    So, I'm going to be out of town when iOS 5 drops today and won't be able to use my primary computer (the one where all my data is stored). Can I use my secondary computer (a laptop), just to update my iPhone and not have to sync all the content?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No I think it will try to activate it on that computer and may cause issues with syncing music and what not, i.e., losing your music. Best to wait until you get back to where your main computer is
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Not Unless

    You want all your apps, music and photos removed or changed to the new host computers'
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Yes you can but you'll be asked to make your secondary machine your main. Any contacts, music, apps, contacts not stored on your laptop + user setting will not restored. But you can re-download apps & iTunes song.

    I was in a similar situation when iOS 3 was released. I was curious about the new OS so I updated w/ my secondary & then when I got back home I did a restore w/ my MP to make it my primary again. PITA but worth it b/c the curiosity was killing me.
  5. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    You can update on any computer just fine. I updated my iPhone 4 on my dads computer and everything was there after the update.
  6. vivithemage macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008

    This happened to me from going from 3->4...everything was saved.

    my co worker did it on another PC, and lost everything and had to restore when he got YMMV.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I honestly don't know if this would work (and may be more trouble than it's worth if it does); but couldn't you activate on the secondary computer (assume you're setting up a new phone), then either grab the iPhone folders and transfer them over to the primary and restore from a previous backup from there to get your info on? Again, I'm not sure this would work, but did when I upgraded to SL from when the 4 came out.
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Yes u can!
  9. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Doesn't iTunes make a backup to restore from, before it updates?
  10. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2010
    Houston, TX
    you can update on ANY computer...syncing is where the problems start

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