1. Due to the recent site upgrade, the iPadForums (iPF) App will no longer work. The new iPadForums.net website has been designed from the ground up to work perfectly from any mobile, tablet, or desktop computer using the built in internet browser. Create a shortcut to iPadForums.net on your home screen by following these steps: Create an icon for iPadForums.net

Can I update to i0S5 without losing everything?

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by Dentasystem, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Hello,

    I have an ipad 2 which I’ve filled with apps and comics and books, all paid for, but now I want to get a game which requires me to update to iOS5 (the current version is 4.02). I connect the ipad to the imac and turn on itunes. Then the message comes up that it will update to iOS5 but erase everything on the ipad! I can’t transfer anything to itunes to save because it also threatens to wipe everything from the ipad to be able to sync. I can’t use icloud because it needs to be updated to iOS5 to connect.
    How can I update to OS5 without losing anything on the ipad?

    Thanks,
    Sandra


    (maybe you can link in a thread if the questions already been answered, I couldn't find it)
  2. MattIM
    Offline

    MattIM Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1,230
    Thanks Received:
    53
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Ratings:
    +53 / 0
    Hello Dentasystem, welcome to the Forum. When you get a chance please head on over to our New Members sub-forum and introduce yourself to the rest of this community. You will also see 'stickies' that give you additional information about using this forum and very important a listing of forum rules.

    As for upgrading from iOS4, here is a link that was posted when iOS5 was first offered back in the Fall of 2011. Note, if Apple continues its history of upgrades, and it has been announced too, iOS6 is on its way, so any systems as back level as iOS4 will have a lot of difficulty upgrading two new versions. It is good you are doing this upgrade from 4 to 5.

    The notices you are getting about erasing all your iPad's data is related to getting a full back up of your data that is on your iPad. This is addressed in the link below. If you need further assistance, check out our sub-forum discussing the OS there are some other member generated tips or experiences that might help you understand the update process. Most of these issues are within the October to December 2011 timeframe. I hope this link helps you:

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-help/49411-ios-5-5-0-1-upgrade-troubleshooting.html
  3. Mickey330
    Offline

    Mickey330 Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    11,376
    Thanks Received:
    1,658
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Western NY state (USA)
    Ratings:
    +1,754 / 0
    Normally, you can upgrade to a new iOS without losing any of your data. So, my question is about the iMac to which you are connecting. Is that the computer you've been syncing the iPad to since you got it? Or, have you ever synced the iPad to a computer?

    Getting that "erase everything" warning only occurs if you are trying to use a computer to which the iPad has never been synced. If you've never synced the iPad to a computer or no longer have the computer with which you initially synced, let us know.

    The steps to upgrading will be different - depending on what your answer is...

    Marilyn
  4. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Ok this is good to know,

    The ipad has never been synced to any computer. We have both a PC and a iMac, so which ever one will work best to sync up with and update without losing apps will be great!
    Thanks for the quick responses =)

    Sandra
  5. MattIM
    Offline

    MattIM Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1,230
    Thanks Received:
    53
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Ratings:
    +53 / 0
    You would probably find the iMac to be the easiest system to use as opposed to a PC. I say that even though I use a PC/laptop to do my iTunes synching. YMMV
  6. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    When clicking update I get this message:

    There are purchased items on the iPad that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPad. Are you sure you want to continue?
    Continue/Cancel

    When I click sync, they don't sync, and when I go to apps "sync" it says it will erase any apps on the iPad and replace them with apps from the computer.
  7. Mickey330
    Offline

    Mickey330 Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    11,376
    Thanks Received:
    1,658
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Western NY state (USA)
    Ratings:
    +1,754 / 0
    unfortunately, your problem is that you have never synced that iPad before. So, it's going to be a bit complicated to upgrade because you've got to get that iPad synced to an iTunes before you can upgrade it. All without losing your data. Which, unfortunately, I cannot guarantee won't happen, despite your best efforts.

    I have never tried to sync an iPad to a new iTunes. But, I've found two links over in Apple Support that might help. They both say essentially the same thing. And, from reading the follow-up comments, the method outlined appear to work. So, here's the links:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3141

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3931604?start=0&tstart=0

    Again, I've never had to do what you're facing. So, I can't really help past this point except to say good luck and I hope these links will help. Or, maybe even a call/visit to the Geniuses in the Apple store may be in order - as I am sure they've seen this scenario a number of times.

    Again, sorry for the lack of assistance. Good luck.

    Marilyn
  8. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Ok I think I’ve got it!

    Here's how to update your iPad without losing any apps, comics, music or books.

    Open iTunes
    Go to iTunes store and scroll all the way to bottom, the click on account.
    You can see if any PC or iMac is authorized, in my case it was 0.
    With iTunes open and selected, go to the very top of the screen and click on “store” and then “authorize this computer”.
    Restart iTunes and then right click on the iPad and select “Transfer Purchases”. Once that is done, right click again and select "sync iPad"
    That’s where I’m at, now in theory all apps (angry birds, silly cat etc.) will be in iTunes on the iMac. I should then be able to update to iOS 5 (which will delete everything on the iPad starting fresh), and then sync back all my apps, comics, books and music through iTunes.

    Wish me luck.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012
  9. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    almost there! 3 minutes left

    Updating to iOS 5.1.1 will backup and restore the apps, media, contacts, calendars, notes and settings on you iPad.
  10. Dentasystem
    Offline

    Dentasystem iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    Complete, and total victory for updating to iOS 5.1.1 without losing anything. I can now get Magic 2013!

    Thanks everybody, I'm so happy!
    • Like Like x 1
  11. MattIM
    Offline

    MattIM Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1,230
    Thanks Received:
    53
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Ratings:
    +53 / 0
    Yea Dentasystem! Good for you. I hope you become an active participant here at the forum.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012
  12. Mickey330
    Offline

    Mickey330 Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    11,376
    Thanks Received:
    1,658
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Western NY state (USA)
    Ratings:
    +1,754 / 0
    Woohoo! Glad to hear it all worked for you. And, thanks for coming back to tell of your success. Always nice to hear back - especially on the success stories. :)

    Marilyn
  13. Panama
    Offline

    Panama iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    41
    Thanks Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    As an FYI to others like me.....I also did this update and did not have problems. I have been hesitant to update my iPad2 to the new software. What I had ...4.1.1 I think...was working fine for what I use the iPad for and I did not want to kick a sleeping dog as they say so I have left it be. Why fool with something that works?
    But reading about 6 coming soon made me go ahead and do the upgrade to 5.1.1 .... Anyway I used a PC as my backup and things went OK. This is a good forum and site in general...thanks IPF and Denta.....

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
does updating ipad 2 delete everything
,
how do i update ipad without losing apps
,
how do i update my ipad without losing everything
,
how to update an ipad without losing apps
,
how to update ios without losing apps
,
how to update ipad without losing apps
,
how to update ipad without losing everything
,
how to update your ipad without losing apps
,
how to update your ipad without losing everything
,
how to upgrade ios without losing apps
,
how to upgrade ipad to ios5 without losing apps
,

i0s5

,
update i0s5
,
update ios without losing apps
,
update ipad without losing apps
,
update ipad without losing data
,
update ipad without losing everything
,
update ipad without losing music
,
updating ipad without losing apps
,
what is i0s5