The iOS update methods I use for error free updates

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I hope this helps some folks. I am not saying this is the 100% tried and true method but I have upgraded quite a few iPhones and never experienced an error or issue upgrading the software when following below method.
1) If iOS 4 or greater, double-tap Home button to bring up running app list and hold first app to get jiggling and kill all apps one at a time until task bar is blank.
2) Put iPhone into Airplane mode. (this will ensure that an incoming phone call, text message or push message won't interrupt the update)
3) Do a graceful power-off by holding Top sleep button until red "slide to power off" then slide to power phone off and allow phone to fully shut down.
4) Now press and hold Top sleep button and Home button at same time and continue holding both. The phone will begin to boot and you will see Apple logo but while continuing to hold both buttons the Apple logo will eventually go away and phone will seem to power back off but KEEP HOLDING BOTH BUTTONS and phone will power up again and Apple logo will popup again. KEEP HOLDING BOTH BUTTONS and phone will power down for good this time. When you release both buttons the phone should stay powered off. If phone begins to boot/power up when releasing buttons, you have not held them long enough. (Note: This power off/reboot sequence is very handy to remember for when your iPhone starts acting weird.)
5) Press Top sleep button to turn phone back ON.
6) Hook to your computer and Sync with iTunes and also create a Backup of phone in iTunes.
7) Now update your phone with the iOS update and it should run smoothly.
Thanks goes out to "TITNTUFF" for suggesting the Airplane Mode.
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