6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2011 6:54 PM by modular747
kismet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to update the software on my sister's phone. She does not have a computer, and needs to do several phone updates. She has purchased apps and music on her phone so I don't want to backup, restore or associate her phone with my computer. I simply just want to get her software up to date. How can this be accomplished?

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MacBook Pro/ iMac / iPad / iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,880 points)
    You can update software on any computer, what you don't want to do is sync if this is not the computer the iPhone normally syncs with. You can disable auto-sync when an iPod/iPhone is connected under iTunes>Preferences>Devices.

    Now a warning: If anything goes wrong, and I mean anything, you risk losing ALL OF THE DATA ON YOUR SISTER'S PHONE...I mean all as in everything. Your sister needs to be regularly syncing with a computer. The iPhone is not designed as a stand alone device. It is designed to be regularly synced with a computer. If I were in your shoes, I WOULD NOT UPDATE HER PHONE.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,090 points)
    The only way to safely do this is to set up her iTunes account on your computer, and transfer all her iTunes purchases to the library under her account BEFORE updating or syncing. (You can have more than one iTunes account on your computer.)

    To do this:

    1. Disable automatic syncing on connection: iTunes Prefs > Devices > Prevent iPhones...
    2. iTunes > Store > Authorize computer with her account.
    3. Connect her phone and associate it with her account.
    4. Right-click her device tab (left side of iTunes window) and select "Transfer Purchases."
    5. Update.

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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,880 points)
    Did you read the OP's post carefully?

    She has purchased apps and music on her phone so I don't want to backup, restore or associate her phone with my computer.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,090 points)
    Yes I did!

    Yet the only SAFE way to update her phone remains the way I stated - allowing her to set up her account on his computer.

    Also, it's unclear if the OP understands that there can be multiple and separate iTunes accounts and libraries on his computer.

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  • kismet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your help! I think I understand the process now.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,090 points)
    You/re welcome.