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Sunday, July 05, 2009

How to upgrade to iPhone 3GS from iPhone Original, 1G, 2G, and 3G

It was time. With the release of the new iPhone 3GS - available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB formats - coinciding with Ashley's birthday, it was perfect timing to get the new iPhone 3GS phone to replace her 1st Generation iPhone 8GB. The new features, the slightly different feeel, and the additional space were just a few of the reasons why she was excited.

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Before upgrading, I did a little research to see what the process would look like and found a number of conflicting answers on how to go about it. On of the main keys of course is to be able to transfer all of your information, data, and settings over to the new iPhone. Any loss of information, apps, data, or ringtones is not something that anyone wants.

Some of the answers I found searching Google for"upgrade iphone to 3gs iphone" and "replace iphone 1g with 3gs iphone" included:

  • Make sure and sync your iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G before heading into the Apple Store or AT&T to upgrade to the 3GS iPhone.
  • Make a backup of your iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G before heading into the Apple Store or AT&T to upgrade to the 3GS iPhone.
  • Make sure you upgrade your iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G to the latest Apple iPhone to the
  • Do nothing at all and everything will be ok.

As you can imagine, with all the conflicting information, I was not sure which was the best way to go about upgrading your iPhone without losing any information. Now having successfully completed the upgrade process -- I can tell you exactly what to do and what to expect when you upgrade your phone.

First off, you can start off by doing nothing -- or at least that was the approach I went with. That way if you are just out and around town and you get the whim the upgrade your iPhone to the 3GS -- go ahead and do it, even if you have not backed up, upgraded to the latest iPhone OS version 3.0, or synchronized it.

However, you must realize that when you do pick up the new iPhone 3GS, it will be immediately activated. Your old iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G will stop receiving call, emails, and text messages and they will go to the new phone. And, depending on the queue at the Apple Store, you may wait up to 20 minutes for you new we did.

Now, once you get home -- you'll need to follow the exact steps below in order to transfer all data and settings to your new iPhone 3GS.

  • First and most imporant -- connect your OLD iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G to your computer and iTunes.
  • Synchronize your OLD iPhone to make sure you capture the latest settings and data.
  • Make a manual backup of your iPhone, by right-clicking on your iPhone in the left pane and selecting make backup.
  • Verify that you OLD iPhone is running the latest versions (3.0 at the time of this article) in iTunes by clicking on "Check for Update" under the version section. In some cases you may need to upgrade, like I did. Proceed with the upgrade.
  • (if you need to upgrade) Once the upgrade completes, verify your information and settings are correct on the OLD iPhone and then take a backup one more time from your OLD iPhone.
  • Disconnect your OLD iPhone.
  • Connect your NEW iPhone 3GS to your computer and iTunes.
  • Once the connection is initiated, you will be asked on whether to restore a backup. Say yes and/or perform a manual restore of the data from the OLD iPhone to your NEW iPhone 3GS.
  • Once completed, your iPhone 3GS is now ready for use with all of your data.

Congratulations, you've successfully upgraded, replaced, and migrated the data from your old iPhone 1G, 2G, or 3G to the new iPhone 3GS. And if you're like me, you've also acquired an iTouch 8GB with the deactivation of the old iPhone. That's good news for both Ashley and I!