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SOLVED: How to force OTA update via 3G

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Nov 10, 2011 1:19 PM

Hello all,

I have just done OTA update to 5.0.1 via 3G! My Iphone 3GS (Orange Slovakia) was running IOS5 and asked for WIFI to update.

Incremental update was 38MB big.

First of all i have hooked my phone to PC via USB and ran itunes. However Itunes wanted to download 780MB - that's too much for me, my career and apple, too


But my only internet connection is via 3G (Orange Slovakia).


OK, so here is the howto:

1. Hook your phone to your PC via USB and activate internet sharing on iphone.

1.2 Start itunes and transfer purchases into your PC(just to be sure)

2. Check if your PC has internet connectivity via iphone.

3. Here comes the tricky part: Go to your PC and activate internet connection sharing via wifi. In Win7 google for "netsh hostednetwork howto",e.g. Hosted-Networks-in-Windows-7.htm

4. Right now, your computer is connected to internet via its USB connection and shares this connection via its WiFi.

5. Activate Wifi on your iphone and connect your iphone to your PC wifi hosted network.


This way iphone thinks it is connected to some wifi network and that is true and in the same time this wifi network is connected to internet via our iphone.

6.Update iphone via setting, general,.....


Until i have finished this post, my update has been successfully finished.


But someone told that one picture is for thousands of words, so I have attached topology diagram of our hack.


Best regards.



iPhone3GS, iPhone OS 3.1.2


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