How to upgrade your Apollo Cloud firmware and gain a much-needed feature

If your Apollo Cloud appliance is running an outdated firmware, you could be missing out on new features. Learn how to upgrade the firmware on this solid cloud device.

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If you haven't yet discovered the Promise Apollo Cloud appliance, you're missing out. This little device could easily serve as either your home office or personal cloud solution. With Apollo, you can back up your mobile device documents, photos, and videos with ease.

But if your Apollo device is running an older firmware, you're missing out on a major improvement. The main feature added to the recent firmware is the ability to plug in a flash drive and then, with a single tap inside the mobile app, have all of its contents copied to the device. This makes for a much easier initial transfer of data and enables a bulk transfer without having to go through the manual process of adding content.

In order to get that new feature, you must upgrade your firmware. How do you do this? Through the mobile app. Let me walk you through process of upgrading the Apollo firmware. I'll be working on the Android platform to update an appliance currently running firmware 0.01.0000.97. As of this writing, a new firmware is available: 0.01.0001.85.

In case you don't have your Apollo appliance connected to your mobile device, I'll first walk you through the process.

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Installing the Apollo app

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for Apollo Cloud.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Promise Technology.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. If prompted, tap Accept.
  6. Allow the installation to complete.

Connecting the Apollo app to your mobile device

The next step is to connect your device to the appliance. If you've already connected a smartphone or a tablet to the Apollo Cloud appliance and you're connecting a new device, you'll need to tap the Sign In link at the bottom of the welcome screen (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A

A new install of the Apollo mobile app.

If you've not already connected your appliance to the mobile app, tap Find New Apollo and walk through the easy to use wizard.

Once you've signed into the device, you'll find yourself at the Apollo main window (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B

The Apollo Cloud app main window.

Upgrading the firmware

It's time to upgrade the firmware. First, you must make sure you do not have any devices currently uploading files to the device. Then, open the Apollo app, tap the gear icon in the upper left corner, scroll down until you see your device listed (it'll say APOLLO followed by a six-digit code), tap that entry, scroll down, and tap the CHECK button (Figure C).

Figure C

Figure C

Checking for an updated firmware.

If a new firmware is available, a popup will appear to inform you. Tap CONFIRM, and the firmware will be downloaded and applied to the device. Depending upon your network connection, this could take awhile, so sit back and wait or go about your business. Once the download has completed, it will automatically be applied.

Copying from flash

With the new firmware in place, insert a USB drive into the back of your Apollo appliance, open the mobile app, tap the gear icon in the upper left corner, locate and tap the USB Upload entry, tap the USB Upload button (Figure D), and then confirm the upload by tapping OK.

Figure D

Figure D

Uploading files from a USB drive.

That's all there is to it. You've updated your Apollo firmware and gained a new and much-needed feature.

Get this firmware immediately

This is one of those firmware updates that should be considered a must-have. If you have an Apollo Cloud appliance that hasn't been updated yet, do yourself a favor and make it so immediately.

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By Jack Wallen

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