What is the best way to download new software updates


macrumors regular
Original poster
Mar 16, 2012
Was just curious what's the best way to download software updates should you update other through computer or just do it on the phone?


macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
At the iPhone hacks section.
Its always a good idea to do a backup before you update.
Sometimes updates OTA or even updates via itunes fail and then you will need a full itunes restore to get your phone up and running again.
If you don't have a recent backup then you lost everything that was on your phone up till a few minutes ago.
So always be prepared and safer than sorry.


macrumors regular
Nov 18, 2011
I have my phone automatically back up every night. Over kill.. Otherwise I don't think I'd remember to do it often. I've always used OTA to update, never had a problem. I would assume that is more risky than going thru ITunes . With Good back ups I really don't worry about it to much. I never understand how some people have problems and have no back up.. Couldn't be easier


macrumors 68030
Dec 5, 2009
The Tri-State Area
For big updates I use iTunes because my computer is connected via ethernet. But for small updates I just update directly on the device. In either case I make a backup first.