My Dad has an iPhone 5, while I’m “stuck” with a 4S until the next iPhone is released. The iPhone 5 is a really nice upgrade if you want more rows of information on the screen.
But over the last two weeks, my Dad has been complaining to anyone who would listen about coverage issues. Often he would have two bars or less of cellular signal. He even went as so far to place several calls with AT&T support and even a trip to the Apple Store Genius Bar.
Turns out that there may not have been any problems with his phone. The real cause may really be poor LTE coverage. The fix for my Dad’s coverage problem was to turn off the LTE radio by setting the Enable LTE option to “Off”.
I’ve always been a firm believer of running backups your important documents and other data like photos, music, and videos.
Over the years, Apple has done a good job enhancing iCloud to automatically take care of this for you on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With last night’s little iOS 6.1 upgrade disaster, knowing that I had a recent backup of my iPhone meant that I was only going to have to deal with the reloading my backup and not have to worry about lost photos, text messages, and all the rest.
Here are a few quick steps to make sure you have iCloud backups turned on and how to run an immediate backup if you want to – like just before an iOS upgrade.
Turning on iCloud Backups
Step 1: To get started, tap on Settings from the Home screen.
Step 2: Tap on iCloud on the Settings page.
Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud account if you haven’t already done so.
Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom of the iCloud page, and tap ‘Storage & Backup’.
Step 5: Near the bottom of the page, set the ‘iCloud Backup’ option to ‘ON’.
Step 6: Tap the ‘Back Up Now’ button at the bottom of the page to start a backup immediately.
Bonus Points: At the very bottom of the ‘Storage & Backup’ page, will be a message telling you when the last time a successful iCloud backup was completed.
For all the trouble I had installing the iOS 6.1 upgrade last night on my iPhone 4S, the same upgrade when flawlessly on my iPad 3.
From what I can tell, it was a fluke that something when wrong on my iPhone. I’m a member of #TeamPure and I don’t jailbreak my gear so I’m really unsure of what actually went wrong.
I’ll just chalk it up to ‘fun and excitement with technology’ and get back to using my iDevices.
I was annoyed this evening while untangling a failed iOS 6.1 OTA upgrade this evening
. The good news is that my iPhone is alive and well. I did have to spend a ridiculous amount of time downloading and reinstalling iOS 6.1 via iTunes to get the iPhone out of recovery mode.
In the end, I was able to get my iPhone working again, but after the install of the iOS 6.1 upgrade from iTunes, the iPhone is behaving like a new device. Looks like a little while longer getting my iCloud backup restored and making sure everything truly is back to normal.
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 6.1 as an 85MB OTA update for my Sprint iPhone 4S. Sweet! That is until I run the upgrade and my iPhone ended up in “Recovery Mode”.
I’ll post periodic updates as I work through this issue. The iPhone 4S is my first iPhone, I was a Palm Pre user before getting my iPhone in October 2011. There have been a few OTA iOS updates since then, and they have all gone smoothly. I’m not sure why this upgrade failed. Naturally, I’m holding off upgrading my iPad 3 until I figure out what’s going on.
If you have found yourself in the same situation, or want to learn more about Recovery Mode, check out Apple’s support page on the subject.
Update 5 – 5:45am:
The OTA iOS 6.1 upgrade for my iPad 3 installed without any issues.
Update 4 – 9:00pm:
The iOS 6.1 recovery install from iTunes 11 running on my MacBook completed successfully. Everything is back to normal and my iPhone 4S is ready to get back to work. Crisis averted.
Update 3 – 8:30pm:
The iTunes 11 download for iOS 6.1 is *finally* complete and I’m about to plug my iPhone 4S into my Mac – hopefully getting this update show back on the road and my iPhone back into working condition. It sucks as a paperweight.
Update 2 – 7:30pm:
Well, we’ve got about 60% of iOS 6.1 downloaded and about another 45 minutes to go. I haven’t found any posts online yet to indicate that this is a wide spread issue. I may just be ‘lucky’ tonight.
Update 1 – 6:50pm:
I’m downloading the iOS 6.1 update so I can install it on my iPhone and get it working again. According to iTunes 11, the 920MB download will take about 85 minutes to complete the download. Looks like it’s going to be a long night.