Problem updating to iOS 5

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by KingofStrangers, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. KingofStrangers macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2011
    I've tried updating my iPhone to iOS5, but iTunes is telling me that I don't have enough space to backup my phone. Apparently I need almost 27 GB (most of that being apps), and there's no way I can make that much room on the computer. Otherwise, if I chose to continue anyway, it would "result in a loss of all media".

    I don't have a lot of music or photos that I desperately need backed up, but I'd rather not lose them. Plus, I have a lot of apps that I don't want to lose. Would it be possible to back everything up to an external drive for the update?
  2. Thnkdifferent macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2010
    Upgrade your Hard Drive or back up and delete info to make room for the update.
  3. KingofStrangers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2011
    I considered upgrading my hard drive, but I was hoping an external drive would work since it would be a lot easier. I just don't know if I can get iTunes to back up to on, upgrade, and restore everything from it.

    At the very least I'd like to know what'll happen to my apps. If I go ahead and let it wipe all the data from my phone, will I be able to sync all of my apps again later? I imagine I'll lose any progress or settings I had for them, but will I have any problems putting them back on my phone after?

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