How to update iPhone 5s

How to upgrade iPhone 5 to iOS 10?

To update your smartphone, you need to do all the same steps as usual. The way to update iPhone 5 hasn’t changed in any way.

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There are options to update your gadget:

In both cases, do not forget to make a backup first, because if something goes wrong, or you want to roll back, it will come in handy.

Since the phone is quite old, the entire update process will take a long time. Expect to spend a couple of hours or more.

Updating iPhone without problems

IOS 10 update via WI-FI

To download the update using WI-FI, check the availability of high-speed Internet in the network and charge the iPhone battery at least 60%, since downloading is an energy-intensive process and will take a long time, but the smartphone should not be discharged during this time. Better at this time, connect the device to the charger. This is important, because when installing a new version of iOS, the connection should not be disconnected, otherwise a system error may occur, and the iPhone will turn off.

Before you start downloading the update, back up your iPhone data to iCloud or save a copy of all data to your computer for reliability.

Also, check the free space on your iPhone 5S before installing the update. To do this, go to the “Settings” menu and open the “Device memory” section. Also, in advance, ask how many Gigabytes of memory the new version of iOS takes.

If everything is in order and ready to download the software via Wi-Fi, then we will start performing the system update on the iPhone. To do this, open the “Settings” parameter in the smartphone, select the “General” section and then. the “Software update” subsection. After the iPhone finds the desired iOS 10 update and offers it to you, execute the “Download and Install” command and then accept the Agreement by clicking on the “Accept” button. The update will start downloading to your iPhone.

How iOS 10 works on iPhone 5?

Now let’s talk about the most interesting thing, namely the work of the new iOS 10 on your beloved fifth iPhone. Perhaps I’ll start with the fact that the device is already four years old. If you compare the work with the previous version, then you will not really feel the difference and everything works a little slower. But let’s remember 6 iOS and how the device worked at the start of sales.

You should never update your iPhone if it is first in line to end support. After installing iOS 10, the following surprises await you:

  • deterioration in multitasking;
  • deterioration in gaming performance;
  • slow loading of pages in the browser;
  • reducing the operating time of the device.

I can list these disadvantages for a very long time, because a lot of them have already been noticed. In general, only one conclusion can be drawn. the operation of the device has not improved, but only worsened.

Rollback from iOS 10 to iPhone 5

No wonder everyone always says that you need to make a backup before installing a new operating system on your iPhone. IOS 10 is no exception. In the absence of a backup copy, you can even stop reading. After all, now there is no way to roll back and your iPhone 5 remains so forever.

Of course Apple is giving its users the ability to roll back. But these are just the first weeks after the release, which have long passed.

For the lucky ones who have a backup, I suggest that you watch the following

New notifications and a new unlocking mechanism

It was. it was.

iPhone 5S: How to Upgrade to iOS 11

On the left are screenshots of the iOS 9.3.5 interface, on the right. the updated iOS 10 interface.

For some reason, the developers from Cupertino changed the unlocking mechanism from the usual swipe to double-clicking the Home button (with the first press we turn on the screen, with the second, we go directly to unlocking). And by swiping, now there is a transition to the screen with notification widgets, which were previously in the upper curtain.

Poor bold fonts. Disgusting widget design that does not fit into the basic style of iOS.

It’s like I’m back on Android with a traditional jumble of styles from deviant developers.

(ADDITION) Feedback about the iOS 10.3.2 update

There is nothing special to say about the minor update to iOS 10.3.2. There are no visible changes in comparison with iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.3.1. But, as always, some security and stability improvements have been made.

IPhone 5s does not experience performance degradation after installing the update, so you can update. As always, remember to restart your iPhone a couple of times after installing the update. At the time of reboots, the operating system deletes temporary files and performs other service operations.

There is a high probability that 10.3.2 will be the last update of iOS 10. And then there will be iOS 11, which will be shown to us at the presentation very soon.

iOS 10 is buggy

Alas, several months of open beta did not positively affect the stability of the final version of iOS 10.

It is buggy. From time to time there are some incomprehensible moments with the screen blanking. this happens especially often when interacting with the new upper “curtain”.

I have no doubt that this will be fixed in the next updates. But the system is pretty crude at the moment.

UPD: after a couple of reboots (to reboot the iPhone. we simultaneously hold down the power key on the top edge and the “Home” key) glitches with screen blanking disappeared from me, so, perhaps, I take my words about the glitchiness of this system back.

(ADDITION) A few words about iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1 minor updates

In the iOS 10.1 update, some of the introduced “ten” bugs were fixed.

In particular, a bug of the standard Mail application with manual checking of mail by swiping from top to bottom, which did not always work the first time, or was triggered with a delay.

I did not notice any new bugs, nor did the iPhone performance change in one direction or another. These updates do not bring any significant changes compared to iOS 10.

So, if you have already contacted the top ten, you can safely upgrade to iOS 10.1.1.

But for iOS 9.3.5 users, my opinion is still unchanged: you better wait with the update for now.

iOS 10 looks sloppy, especially on iPhone 5s / SE

The first thing that struck me in the new version of iOS is the updated interface of the Music application. Bold type in the title and this is “Mediate” on the screen.

Is it an iPhone or is it a Chinese “nokla” with two SIM cards and a TV, as well as the eternal problem with menu bars that do not fit on the screen in Russian localization?

For comparison, next to it is a screenshot from the iPhone 6s, the screen of which has a larger diagonal and a slightly higher resolution. The bold type looks equally bad in both, but on a larger iPhone at least all the words fit completely. But the developers did not bother at all over optimizing the display for 5s and SE with their smaller screens.

I do not know what to say to this, except for the hackneyed “there was no such thing under Jobs.” Even though I’m not a fan of this personality, I know that Jobs gave a lot of importance to typography and icons. Under his control, this would never have come out to the masses.


The interface of the “Music” application has been completely revised.

Liked the new playback screen. Didn’t like everything else.

About the clumsy font and the inscription “Mediate” that does not fit on the screen, I have already mentioned above.

Also, an unpleasant function for me appeared. when wireless acoustics are connected, the iPhone automatically starts playing music through it.

Now imagine that you are returning home late at night, and the iPhone hooks up the wireless audio system in your bedroom with the included wireless audio system and, on its own initiative, begins to drive music through it. And among the audio recordings on your iPhone, there is not only a pacifying lounge and trip-hop, but also brutal metal.


The performance of iOS 12 on iPhone 5s shocked me. In a good way.

iOS 12 OFFICIAL On iPHONE 5S! (Should You Update?) (Review)

After updating the operating system and several reboots, during which the processes occurring in the depths of the system are somehow finally settled there, the old iPhone just started to fly.

The speed and smoothness of work have improved significantly even compared to iOS 10. What can we say about the sufferers who at one time risked upgrading to the eleventh version of the system.

The device just found a second life. In principle, using it was already quite comfortable, but after installing the update, it felt like you were holding another smartphone in your hands: like the same iPhone 5s, only slightly updated.

Take my word for it. I see no reason to insert a video with measurements of the iPhone response time on different versions of the system, since they absolutely do not reflect the real user experience after installing the update.

iPhone 5S: How to Update Software to iOS 12 From Older Version 8.3

The bottleneck of the iPhone 5s is its small amount of RAM. The smartphone cannot keep several more or less heavy applications open at the same time and almost immediately unloads unused ones to the cache. In all other respects, the device feels quite cheerful.

Various little things

  • Application “Commands” (“Shortcuts”). Apple bought and made the Workflow application free for users to write scripts to automate routine actions. Now “Workflow” has changed its name to “Commands”, has improved integration with Siri and is available for free download in the App Store.
  • Screen time. A new tool that allows you to control the amount of time spent on the smartphone as a whole, and with a breakdown by individual applications or their groups. For example, you can control the amount of time spent on social networks daily and set a limit on the use of certain applications.
  • Updated statistics on battery usage. Now not only shows the use of battery charge by various programs, but also builds charts of charge-discharge and screen activity by time of day.
  • A trackpad for everyone. Previously, the iOS on-screen keyboard had a trackpad feature for devices with 3D Touch support (that is, starting with the iPhone 6s and newer). It was necessary to hold down the virtual space bar and swipe across the screen in any direction. This activated the cursor with the ability to move freely around the screen, which was very convenient for working with text. Trackpad is now available for all device owners. including older iPads and iPhone 5s.
  • New wallpapers. The set of preset wallpapers for the default screen has been almost completely changed. Image packs from iOS 9 and previous systems have been removed and replaced with new images.
  • Lots of cosmetic changes. Almost all system applications received minor changes. The Safari browser has acquired a rounded outline of the address bar, the interface of “Maps” has changed slightly, the interface of the information application “Stocks” has been redesigned, and more details are now displayed in the “Weather” application. In general, the system interface looks more pleasant and fresher.

Installing the update

The iOS 12 distribution weighs 1.8GB and can be downloaded and installed over the air without the need for a PC. Of course, you can install the update through iTunes, but as a rule, there is no need for this.

Downloading files takes about 10 minutes. The installation itself lasts another 15-20 minutes, during which the iPhone heats up to some wild temperatures.

Then reboot, offer to enter the unlock password. and we are presented with a twitching and slowing down interface of the new version of the operating system.

These brakes should not be misleading. You need to reboot the device several times in a row. during reboots, iOS puts things in order in the file system, removes garbage and performs some other self-service operations.

It is imperative to reboot after installing updates!

Not without jambs

In the release version of iOS 12, you can find small jambs of layout. For example, this is how fonts are moving out in the updated App Store:

And this is what the bottom of the tab switching screen looks like in Safari:

Something similar occurred after the release of iOS 10 and was corrected in subsequent minor updates.

The reason for this is the low resolution of the iPhone 5s / SE screens, which does not fit the typical layout elements. It will almost certainly be corrected in further system updates.

Updated interface “Music”

The music player also received minor cosmetic changes.

The most noticeable change is the new player widget on the lock screen. Now it is designed in dark colors and, in my opinion, looks prettier than the old one.

Updated application “Books”

The iBooks built-in book reader has been significantly redesigned.

The name of the application has changed. From “iBooks” it was renamed to “Books” (or “Books” in Russian localization).

The interface has been refreshed and looks more modern. The bookshelf has received a division into two tabs. the “Library” itself with all the books available on the device and the “Reading Now” tab for quick access to recently opened books.

Also in the “Books” application there was a dark interface that automatically activates at night.

What’s new?

I updated the iPhone 5s from iOS 10 to iOS 12 right away, skipping iOS 11. Therefore, it is difficult for me to evaluate what changes were introduced by the 12 version of the system, and not 11.

Summing up

If iOS 10 at one time left a mixed and generally negative impression on itself, then iOS 12 is a pure delight.

This is a high-quality and perfectly optimized system that can give a second life even to old “apple” devices.

IOS update

In a situation where the purpose of flashing the iPhone 5S is only to update the version of the operating system, and the smartphone itself is generally working normally, the use of cardinal methods for installing the system software may not be required. A simple iOS update very often fixes many problems that bother the user of an Apple device.

We are trying to upgrade the system version by following the steps of one of the instructions outlined in the material:

In addition to upgrading the OS version, the iPhone 5S can often be improved by updating installed applications, including those that do not work correctly.

Flash and restore Apple iPhone 5S

Apple smartphones are practically the standard of stability and reliability of hardware and software components among all released gadgets in the world. At the same time, during the operation of even devices such as the iPhone, various unforeseen failures may occur, which can only be eliminated by a complete reinstallation of the operating system of the device. The material below discusses the methods of flashing one of the most popular Apple devices. the iPhone 5S.

Apple’s high security requirements for the devices it produces do not allow a large number of methods and tools to be used for iPhone 5S firmware. Basically, the instructions below are a description of fairly simple official ways to install iOS on Apple devices. At the same time, flashing the device in question using one of the methods described below very often helps to eliminate all problems with it without going to the service center.

All manipulations according to the instructions from this article are carried out by the user at his own peril and risk! The Administration of the resource is not responsible for obtaining the desired results, as well as for damage to the device as a result of incorrect actions!

Download firmware

Before proceeding with the installation of firmware in the iPhone 5S, you need to get a package containing the components for installation. The firmware to be installed in the iPhone 5S are ipsw files. It should be borne in mind that only the latest version of the system released by Apple for use as the operating system of the device can be installed. The exceptions are firmware versions earlier than the newest, but they will be installed only within a few weeks after the official release of the latter. There are two ways to get the package you want.

    iTunes, in the process of updating iOS on the connected device, saves the software downloaded from the official resource on the PC disk and, ideally, you should use the packages received in this way.

One of the resources containing packages for iOS of the current versions, including for the iPhone 5S, is available at the link:

Flashing process

After completing the preparation and downloading the firmware package you want to install, you can proceed to direct manipulations with the device’s memory. There are only two methods for flashing iPhone 5S available to the average user. Both involve using iTunes as an OS installation and recovery tool.

Recovery Mode

In the event that the iPhone 5S has lost its functionality, that is, it does not start, it reboots, in general, does not function properly and cannot be updated via OTA, the emergency recovery mode is used for flashing.

Press and hold the “Home” button on the iPhone 5S in the off state, connect the cable to the smartphone, which was previously connected to the USB port of the computer. On the screen of the device, we observe the following:

We are waiting for the moment when iTunes detects the device. There are two options here:

    A window will appear prompting you to restore the connected device. In this window we press the “OK” button, and in the next window-request “Cancel”.

  • iTunes does not display any windows. In this case, go to the device control page by clicking on the button with the smartphone image.
  • Press the “Shift” key on the keyboard and click on the “Restore iPhone”.

    The Explorer window opens, in which you need to specify the path to the firmware. Having marked the ipsw file, press the “Open” button.

    There will be a request about the user’s readiness to start the firmware procedure. In the request window, click “Restore”.

    The further process of iPhone 5S firmware is performed by iTunes in automatic mode. The user can only watch the notifications of ongoing processes and the progress bar.

    After the firmware is completed, disconnect the smartphone from the PC. By long pressing the “Power on” key, turn off the power of the device completely. Then we start the iPhone by short pressing the same button.

  • IPhone 5S flashing completed. We carry out the initial setup, restore data and use the device.
  • iTunes

    Almost all manipulations with Apple devices, iPhone 5S and its firmware are no exception here, they are carried out using a multifunctional tool for pairing the manufacturer’s devices with a PC and controlling the functions of the latter. iTunes.

    Quite a lot of material has been written about this program, including on our website. For complete information about the capabilities of the tool, you can refer to the special section dedicated to the program. In any case, before proceeding with the manipulation of reinstalling software on your smartphone, please read:

    As for the iPhone 5S firmware, you need to use the latest version of iTunes for the operation. Install the application by downloading the installer from the official Apple website or update the version of the already installed tool.

    Backup copy

    If one of the methods described below is used for the iPhone 5S firmware, it should be understood that the data stored in the smartphone’s memory will be destroyed. To restore user information, you will need a backup. If the smartphone was configured to sync with iCloud and iTunes, and / or a local backup of the device’s system was created on the PC disk, restoring everything important is very simple.

    In the event that there are no backups, you should create a backup using the following instructions before proceeding to reinstall iOS: