How to Install Mobile OS

By Alexis Lawrence

Not all mobile phones have the ability to run an operating system. Only smart phones such as Windows Mobile phones, iPods and Androids--which come preinstalled with an operating system--have the ability to accept a new OS. Since the operating system that comes on your phone is highly dependent on the phone's manufacturer, such as Windows or Apple, you cannot install just any mobile OS to any phone. You must install an upgraded version of the OS you already have installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Mobile device
  • Mobile interface cord

Step 1

Download the mobile OS you want to install to your phone. Mobile operating system files can be found in different places. These include the T-Mobile website if you have a Windows mobile phone through T-Mobile, or the Apple or Felix Bruns websites if you have an iPhone (see Resources.)

Step 2

Plug the mobile device into the computer using the interface cord that came with it. Open the program you normally use to interact with your smart phone. iTunes is the native program for interacting with an iPhone on either a Mac or Windows computer. Either ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center can be used to interact with Windows Mobile phones on Windows computers only.

Step 3

Go to the folder that contains the mobile OS download. On a Windows computer, this is typically the "Downloads" folder on the "C:" drive. On Macs, it is typically the desktop.

Step 4

Double-click the downloaded OS file. Follow the instructions in the wizard that opens. The mobile operating system installs to your computer and the mobile device simultaneously. When the message appears stating that the installation is complete, close the installation wizard.

Step 5

Eject your mobile device from the computer. On a Mac, right-click the device icon that appears on the desktop and choose "Eject." On a Windows system, click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray, choose "Eject storage device," then click the mobile phone in the list of devices and choose "Stop." Once the device has been safely ejected, unplug the device from the computer.