How to Update to iOS 7 Beta Right Now on Your Apple iPhone (Video)(UPDATED 08.17.13)

Since iOS 7 is out of Beta, this procedure and the links below no longer work. iOS 8 Beta is here though for now, if interested…

If you can’t wait to try out Apple’s new update to their mobile operating system, iOS 7, there is a way you don’t have to… Seriously, all you have to do is follow our step by step procedure to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 7 firmware. I know what you’re thinking, “What’s the catch?” The only catch is that it is still technically in beta so that means that not all of it will work 100% correctly, but that won’t stop you now will it? So what are you waiting for? Get at it below and let us know in the comments what you think of the new iOS 7.

If you don’t want to do this, you can always wait till Fall to get it from Apple…

I. Before You Begin

1. If you are jailbroken or unlocked, this will make you lose that so if you want to keep that, please wait until there is a jailbreak and unlock for iOS 7. If you don’t care, you can unjailbreak your iPhone using our video and then continue with this procedure.

2. You will NOT BRICK your iPhone. The worst that happens is if you hit Restore it won’t let you activate the phone (will be stuck on the connect to iTunes situation). All you have to do it then follow these steps to get back to iOS 6, no biggie πŸ™‚ HEREΒ (yes it says it’s for unjailbreaking but it works to downgrade as well). You can also use that procedure to downgrade back to iOS 6 if you just don’t want to use iOS 7 anymore, too.

3. Some people may be concerned by the message in iTunes that says it will verify the install with Apple. Don’t be scared, it does that with every iOS version to check if it’s a legit version of iOS (and this is the version directly from Apple). Goes through the verification without any issue (so long as you hit update and not restore).

4. You must have the latest version of iTunes installed. Download it hereΒ if you don’t have it.

II. Download the Latest iOS 7 Firmware.

1. Select the iOS 7 firmware for your specific device from the list below and save the IPSW file to your desktop.

Beta 5 Downloads (try to use these first, if they give you an error then try another beta file for your device) –Β 

iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 CDMA
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

Beta 5 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work)Β –Β 

iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 CDMA
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

Beta 4 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work) –Β 

iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 CDMA
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

Beta 3 DownloadsΒ (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work) –Β 

iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 CDMA

Beta 2 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work) –

iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 CDMA

Beta 1 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work)Β 

iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)
iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 Rev A
iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 CDMA

*If you aren’t sure what version to download use this as a reference – iPhone VersionsΒ (look for the model number on that chart and use the corresponding file with that model number in the filename.

III. Install the New iOS 7 Firmware

1. Open iTunes.

2. Plug in your iOS device via USB cable.

3. Click on your iOS device in iTunes on the left side.

4. Click Backup and wait for it to backup your device.

5. Hold Option and click Check for Update (if using Windows, hold down Shift and click Check for Update).

6. When the selector comes up, choose the IPSW file you downloaded earlier and click OK.

IV. Restore Your Backup (Optional)

1. If you’re data was erased for some reason, select Restore Backup and choose your backup file you just created to get back all your apps, contacts, etc.


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418 thoughts on “How to Update to iOS 7 Beta Right Now on Your Apple iPhone (Video)(UPDATED 08.17.13)”

    1. Yes, you get access to all of them. You just have to find the new IPSW file for the betas as they come out but you’ll be able to flash them in the same manor without having to re-register the UDID.

    1. The website that we use in this procedure to register your UDID is holding off on registering more devices, please check back later as they are opening it up again soon.

    1. No you won’t. You dont “brick” your device. The worst that happens is that it wont activate and you have to revert to IOS 6 which you were just on using this procedure –… And if you followed the instructions to the letter, you would have hit Update and not Restore during the process and had no issue. I’ve now done this exact procedure on 10 phones without issue.

    1. The website that we use in this procedure to register your UDID is holding off on registering more devices, please check back later as they are opening it up again soon. Apparently, too many people used the how to… whoops…

  1. Concerned iOs user

    Completed all these steps, but itunes still will not allow me my update despite holding down the control button. HELP!

  2. i got it to download now it wont let me finish the set up on the phone because im not a developer help!!!!!!!!!!

  3. >No need to register your UDID. Simply follow the instructions below as they are written
    > and never use the restore button.
    This is wrong. You will brick your phone unless you have registered your UUID. Very careless writing…

        1. Pssh no need. Your aren’t the first that thought this and won’t be the last. It’s a common thing. Let me know if the procedure works for you if you try it and if you have any issues!

          1. I used my dev account in the end so did it officially. Verdict: Very pretty, but little in the way of new functionality, particularly if you had a JB phone.

      1. stephanie waddell

        David, I am very upset right now. It did brick my phone and I cannot seem to fix this issue. I Erased all contents due to lagging app update, got the chinese screen/ ” cannot activate due to developer program etc”.. I am literally freaking out I have an interview tomorrow and need my phone! Please help! I have gotten it to recovery mode, hit shift and the only “software” is the beta IOS7, and I have downloaded the IOS 6.x.x.x for the Iphone 4, when I try to restore with it, it sayys error 3191 or 3194 I believe…. πŸ™ Email me if you can: I would even be willing to give you my phone number!!!!

        1. i know this is clearly later than what you need, but i had the same issue. just reset to factory settings and you’ll be fine. set up as new iphone and pray you have your contacts, music apps, etc backed up!

      2. Caesar Mendoza

        so i succesfully updated this and was able to get ios 7 running but it than crashed right after for a whole day and me being pissed at the fact i couldnt use my phone i restored it forgetting that i should not do that and now my iphone is asking me to log into my dev account btw i used beta 1

      3. Actually im pretty sure mine just got bricked doing this…. During the last restart of the install my phone stopped responding…. Right now its at the loading screen showing the apple logo with a progress bar underneath… Has been sitting there with no progress for nearly an hour… πŸ™

  4. I have followed the instructions to the letter and now my iPhone 5 is in recovery mode? I only have the option to restore iPhone to its factory settings… What do I do?

  5. Hello, if I’m from Sg( Singapore) all handsets are unlocked here which file shld I be using for my iPhone 5?

  6. Lololol. “Install the new iOS 7 Firmware”, Step 5. Hold option and “dick” check for updates. Impressive spelling ierror

    1. No, so long as you do the procedure step by step I have you do a backup first and then restore the backup after updating. That brings all your contacts and photos back etc. Only thing that won’t come back is your music and apps, but you just have to Sync with iTunes like normal to get those to come back as well.

    1. updated itunes, downloaded the file, shift click on update, extracts the software and gives me an error…

        1. I just reset my host file. Put the error code from iTunes into google an google and then go to the link on apples discussion boards and follow instructions. Posting from iPhone on ios7

  7. How do you know if your phone is GSM, GSM Rev A or CDMA? I tried the GSM one, but it said that it was incompatible with my phone..

  8. Abhisek Parija

    Hey david if i put ios7 , how do i get my contacts and apps back on ?
    do i have to individually download them all?? Please reply.

    1. Follow my procedure and it makes you do a backup first before starting, then when your updated you restore the backup to get your contacts, photos, etc. back (only thing you wont get back is apps but you can hit sync in iTunes to get those back as well).

  9. Ok, I have an iPhone 4, and I downloaded all of the firmwares for it and none of them work… iTunes says that the files are incompatible. Can you help me please..? I’ve restarted my computer and iTunes already..!

    1. Abhisek Parija

      Same here, it simply pops up a message saying it is not compatible. was trying with my iPhone 5.
      Dont knw whats happening πŸ™

        1. Abhisek Parija

          got it working. no wasnt downloading as a zip. it was mentioned CDMA & RoW (which worked) where as my device is a GSM device in india & the US GSM version dint work.
          CDMA & Row version working good. lots of bugs still there. hope they roll out fixes soon πŸ™‚

    2. Make sure the file is in a .ipsw format and not a .zip file. Also try redownloading them as sometimes they get corrupted during download being that they are pretty big files.

  10. The imzdl website says you have to register your udid with them and pay the 8 bucks, is this true for their download as opposed to the download here?

  11. I saw a video of tyiphonehelp .
    He mentioned that we can’t use ios 7 after beta 2 is released where we have to pay for Dev account or we.will not be able yo use Phone till the stable release of ios 7.

  12. awesome! thanks dude worked like a charm. will beta updates need to be done similarly or via the app store?

  13. Okay, so i did exactly what the video told me to. I updated Itunes, downloaded several types of firmware, and clicked “Shift+Check for update” and an error still comes up and says “Error 3194”. Can you please help? @TheUnlockr:disqus

  14. i do everything it tells me to do, then i get to the shift click software update and the file doesn’t show up i just need help after the shift click software update and where to find my file.. the file uploads in utorrent and then disappears

  15. I am having trouble turning on iMessage. When i flip it on it crashes. Is this just part of the beta or is no one else having the same problem?
    If you know how to fix that could you please tell me.

      1. You’re welcome! iMessage is working me by the way. I’d suggest redoing the procedure and reinstalling the firmware to see if it fixes it (if a quick reboot doesn’t fix it, of course)

          1. No just plug in to iTunes, then hold option (shift for Windows) and click Update and select the iOS 7 IPSW file again and wait for it to reflash.

    1. You need to make sure you are using the right firmware for your device and also that you are hitting Update and not Restore. Use the chart I linked in the written procedure to help determine your device and what firmware to download.

  16. It states on itunes that it can not be downloaded because the firmware file is not compatible… what do i do?

  17. I tried updating, but an error occurred because the firmware file is not compatible. I checked the model on my phone, and downloaded the correct file, but it won’t update.

    1. I have the iPhone 4 8GB also and I am in the process of installing IOS 7, and I will let you know if I have the same problem when I am finished.

  18. phone automatically locked durring updated, i guess error occured & now is saying connect to itunes should i download ios6 again and restore?

    1. There’s nothing wrong or illegal with what your doing. This is all Apple’s own firmware and their own method of loading it. Worried about being caught installing their software? Only way they would be upset about this is if you installed it and then procedure to complain to them about how glitchy it is. Just keep in mind it is a beta and that glitches are expected and if they get to be too much, don’t complain to Apple, just downgrade back to iOS 6.

  19. Only thing I can say is that the Home Button response seems a bit slow. Of course this is not your problem, simply the beta still being a beta. Hopefully this will be fixed, or this is just me before a restart.

  20. I keep getting this message: “The iPhone “Named” cannot be restored at this time because the iPhone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable.” What am I doing wrong?

      1. I’ve been trying all day. I’ve tried every solution that’s out there. It just doesn’t work for some of us.

        1. You’ve downloaded the wrong iOS 7 Software. Check the back of your phone then download the right one, same thing happened to me.

          1. No I downloaded the correct file. Hell I even deleted the file and downloaded it again just to be sure. It just doesn’t work so I’m really over it.

          2. I am guessing that no one replied to this message?? I have downloaded the A1428 firmware for AT&T but I get the not compatible error

          3. look on the back of your device and search fro the model no. it should start with an A and use that number to find the correct file

          4. Taylor Cashdan

            I’m getting the same error. And i download the correct firmware, and version of iTunes

          5. download the latest mac operating system (mountain lion) and latest iTunes, that way you won’t receive these messages…

  21. Flag as inappropriate

    Everything was going fine then it said unknown error occurred. Now its in recovery mode?

    1. Should be but check the chart I linked to in the procedure to double check. Worst that happens is it says it isn’t the right version (won’t flash it or screw up your phone or anything).

  22. my wifi won’t connect and none of my apps are updating. they are stuck updating without actually loading anything so i can’t open them either.

  23. Help! I followed the instructions for my iPhone 5 (gsm) and got the correct software but when I installed it I received an “unknown error” followed by a (-1) and then my phone got sent into recovery mode

    1. What iPhone do you have? And make sure to use the chart linked to in the procedure to determine the right software for your specific device (and if you have anything earlier than an iPhone 4 there is no beta for you at all).

  24. Well, it seems as if the people that are using an iPhone 5, are having no issue, but some with an iPhone 4 are having problems. πŸ™

    1. 4S and 5 seem to be having better luck for sure, but some people with 4’s are saying it worked. Just make sure you do a backup first and if it doesn’t work you can use the how to unjailbreak procedure we have to downgrade back to iOS 6 then restore the backup you just made and all back to normal.

  25. When my iPhone 5 turns on after doing the update, it turns on, gives me the passcode lock numbers, then freezes, what can i do to fix this? i have done the update twice already.

  26. Do these versions come unlocked? I have an iPhone from the USA with Sprint, but I just moved to Argentina and want to switch carriers. Do I have to wait until an unlock is found or can I just take it to the carrier with this iOS and just activate it directly?

    1. Unlocked or locked has no difference with these so long as you’ve unlocked via a code or IMEI unlock. That’ll stay (and in case it doesn’t for some wacky reason, you can always restore back to iOS 6 using the unjailbreak procedure linked to above and then restore your backup).

  27. evan though it took numerous trys, it worked! what will happen when v2 comes out? will we HAVE to update?

  28. iTunes Radio isn’t working on my iPhone 4. I restarted it thinking it would help the problem, but instead it erased it from the Music App. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do to fix this problem? I really want it on my phone!

    1. Please keep in mind this is a beta, which means it isn’t ready for the public. There is a huge possibility that things will just not work properly. Feel free to revert back using the link in the procedure.

    1. Not if you do the backup and restore it. It brings them back. If you are realllllly worried about losing texts, Google how to backup texts on the iPhone and there’s some free programs that can help. Do that before hand to be safe.

  29. thank you so much this worked like a dream much easier than i thought i wouldnt work tbh just one question though what happens when iOS beta 2 comes out?

  30. Didn’t work. Did click update. Did click the right firmware. Did land into recovery mode. Don’t follow this guide.

    1. 20,000 have done this procedure based on the stats here, didn’t work for you, seems to be working for most. And so long as you do a backup, why not give it a try?

  31. I have an error. When I try to update, it says, “The iPhone “name” could not be updated because the firmware is not compatible.” What do I do?? Anyone please help me.

        1. I did, and finally got it to do it, but it messed up and deleted all of my stuff and messed up my backups. By the way, I have one question. How do you determine if it is the (Rev A) thing? That is what mine worked out to be, but how was I supposed to know?


    1. Ok a few things…

      1. It’s a beta and isn’t meant to be used daily. This is just for people to try it out and play with it.

      2. 20,000 people have done this procedure according to the stats here and the majority are having no issues.

      3. If an issue does occur, you can simply follow this procedure ( and then restore your backup I had you make in the beginning of the video and you’re back to your old setup without any data loss or issues.

      So to scream bloody murder and “warn” people to not try it and wait till fall? Little excessive, no?

  33. Doesn’t work for me, followed the instructions all the way but when I get passed extracting software or something, it says an error code. Please help. iPhone 5.

  34. Seems terrrrrribly laggy on the iPhone 4s compared to the 6.1.3 iOS, any suggestions? Yes; I’m aware it’s a beta and there are glitches, but the lag is noticeably terrible.

  35. im almost there. is says “itunes will verify the update with apple” but i dont have a udid device. will this be a problem?

  36. Dustin Pomeroy

    Getting an error on the phone and iTunes that my phone is not registered to the Developer Program. Phone will not go into Recovery Mode, only restarts itself. Cannot revert to iOS 6. Help.

    1. You got to go into DFU mode to go back to ios 6, of course you need to download 6.1.4 and then update it and restore your last iso 6 backup.

    1. The person who responded

      It is only compatible with the iPod touch 5th generation, not anything else. Hope this helps

  37. Obviously this is going to have a ton of bugs, but as the bugs are fixed, will they be fixed on our phones? or not until the next update

  38. I am have tried twice and it keeps giving me the error message, but I wouldn’t have gotten this far without you so thanks, I am going to keep trying and hopes I get it right….

  39. when updating to ios7 i click the file and it says my firmware is not compatible and doesn’t go ahead with the procedure, any thoughts?

    1. make sure you download the correct one, there are several versions for each phone / ipod etc. and make sure itunes is up to date

  40. Lolita Baxter-Hyland

    it keeps aying the firmware is not compatible!! can you just tell me which one to download for iphone 4?!?!?! I waited so long for this download to complete too!

    1. did you click at the top of the chart of all the iphone models? It tells you which file to download if you aren’t sure

  41. hi i have two questions
    1. will this effect my phones speed or could it ruin my phone?
    2. when apple releases the free ios7 in the fall will i be albe to download that?


  42. i tried to go back to ios6 because ios7 was so slow and buggy on 4s and now its saying device isnt eligible for the requested build… so now what. πŸ™‚

  43. Jonathan Ellis

    Works perfectly and a VERY EASY process is you follow the instructions!

    I am in the UK using an IPhone 4 –

    NOTE: if you have an iPhone 4 GSM – 8GB then you need to download the ‘iPhone 4 GSM Rev A iOS7 Beta 1’ file and NOT iPhone 4 GSM iOS 7 Beta 1.

  44. My phone like frozen on the lock screen and it won’t let me enter my password. I have the letter password not the numbers& it doesn’t have the “ok” button. And it keeps turning on and off, I don’t know what’s going on with it.

  45. Installed on two iPhones worked great! Thanks! One question when iOS 7 beta 2 comes out will you have the links on your site same day ?

  46. David,

    Worked like a charm on my iPhone 5 w Verizon in Virginia! Love iOS 7. Many thanks!

    Can’t wait to show to some fellow iPhone owners and make them envious. Even da wife liked some of the new features. πŸ™‚ Ken

  47. It says: The iPhone “Lilly’s iPhone” could not be updated because the firmware file is not compatible. What should I do?

  48. i have iphone 4 gsm model…….. which on should i downlod REV A one or the simple GSM ipsw firmware. plz tell me i

    cant w8 till fall for ios7.

      1. Did you use the A1428 FW? I have tried using that on my iPhone 5 A1428, but I keep getting “device is not compatible with selected firmware” Someone said try the Verizon one, so I am in the process of doing that right now.

  49. iOS 7 works on my phone, but the interface was so ugly that i switched it immediately. The app is slow (and some features may not work like iMessage or FaceTime), but its exactly expected in a beta. The new features (like blocking sms/calls) are a plus, but some are misnomers: Like the moving icons… They look cool in YouTube, but when you keep using it, you barely notice. I’m a very hardcore fan to this iOS 7 craze, but this install made me realize how ugly the iOS dashboard is (it even messes with your wallpaper so you need HD ones). Just being honest, no biases whatsoever. I’ve seen it all, and now I know why many people hate it. I restored my iPhone to iOS 6, and it weirdly felt like I upgraded rather than downgraded the OS. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask me. Tnx uploader for the easy update and restore! πŸ™‚

  50. If anyone gets the message “Cannot update this iPhone” with error code (-1) what I did to fix it was simply unplug and replug in the USB to the computer. Not sure if that’s a universal fix but it did work for me.

  51. this iphone 4s one will work on both the gsm and cdma iphone? I have the cdma 4s with Verizon so just wondering will that file work on it?

  52. Thanks for the awesome and clean tutorial — worked flawlessly on my iphone 5. Only question is when Apple rolls out the official iOS 7 to the public OTA, won’t that cause conflict on my phone? My UDID isn’t tied to the 7 releases like the developers get.

  53. MysteriousDude

    my iphone is A1349 i downloaded that one and it said the file name was iphone 3 but mines is a 4 and didn’t work for me…?

  54. I put the ios 7 beta on my iphone 4 (a little laggy xD)
    It was of course unlocked. You said it is not anymore, because of ios 7.
    Is it unlocked again if I restore it with the 6.1.whatever?

  55. Is there any reason in particular why I can’t turn on my iMessage? I have a 4S and it just keeps saying “waiting for activation”

  56. Question? do you always up date the beta version? what i mean is will my phone tell me if there is another version out for the beta. or is it something I have to do manually. Or will it brick the phone?

  57. I tried to download the iOS7 Firmware for the iPhone 4S and it says “The file you are trying to download is no longer available.” Are there any other links available?

  58. Just installed it followed the instructions and everything works properly!

    There are a few small glitches but its a beta and I like what I am seeing so far.

  59. Iphone 5 for Verizon…worked great…no probs. Question, How do you close apps? I double click but they wont X out

  60. First try gave me an error, but after unplugging all other usb devices attached to my mac, I was able to download flawlessly on a verizon iphone 4s.

  61. If I do get the beta for iOS7, when the real thing comes out will my phone still ask me for the upgrade to the full version?

  62. when i try to do it on ipod it says could not update because firmware file is not compatible….I have an iPhone 5, AT&T Model A1428…I have downloaded it from your links and it was the firmware that said A1428, so why do I keep getting that message??

  63. I don’t see anyone helping with this issue….I guess no one really knows whats up with that. It is really annoying though.

  64. i did this method it worked for a day the n for somereason when i tried to change the time it went back to the “needs to be activated” screen and wouldnt let me go anywhere. can you help me?

  65. I tried to restore my iPhone 5 from iOS 7 to go back to iOS 6 and getting to iOS 7 everything worked fine, but going back it showed up in itunes and said it was associated with an apple ID (c****** and thats not my ID and I dont know what to do. Any ideas?

  66. Has there been any problems after the download? I am wanting to do this to my phone, but I am worried of the after effect.

  67. It keeps saying my firefox is not updated so I updated it and it’s still not working. Apparently I’m using an outdated browser that is not supported by

  68. does this cause the software to be glitchy because you’re installing iOS 7 over iOS 6 without removing the iOS 6 before installation?

  69. I get an error on the phone and iTunes that my phone is not registered to the Developer Program. Phone will not go into Recovery Mode, only restarts itself. Cannot revert to iOS 6. Help.

  70. So I made a huge uh-oh and reset my phone after backing up. The IOS 7 was overheating my iphone 5 so now when I try activating it after resetting everything, it says “This device is not registered as part of the Iphone Developer Program. If you are a member of the program, please register your device” and then it gives me the link. I even went as far to pay for a developer membership and at check out, it said that my purchase may take up to 24 hours to register. I use my phone for all work related things. It is literally my life line. Can someone please help me or do I have to go to apple?

  71. I hope this is interesting, very buggy. You tried to update programs while I was at work with the Wi-Fi. One program to try to update was Facebook. It was having a hard time updating Facebook. Finally seem to have updated it now the Facebook icon is gone. When I go back and look at What has been updated it shows Facebook as being updated I click on the button that says open and nothing happens when I go to iTunes it Facebook is already installed the same open button and no response. I can’t even uninstall it because I have no icon.

  72. Listen this worked perfectly on my iphone 5 and all I did was follow the instructions it took me a couple of minutes to figure out my model number but that’s cause I didn’t know it was on the back but to whoever else wants to do it I say its perfectly fine and just to point out im 18 and have little knowledge of technical phone stuff bt this was very easy and simple. but also what do I do when either beta v2 comes out the real update comes out?

  73. I couldn’t wait to have it on my i5! Will do it first when I’m home and let you know. I was wondering if any users reported a problem with iMessage on 7 beta so far.. Worried it might not function properly.

  74. Update to my previous post. Plugged phone into computer, updated apps, still on facebook. Went to facebook listed as being installed (in iTunes) and deleted it then resynchronized to remove facebook completely from phone, then added the app to the phone as a new app. now it works fine.

  75. I hold down shift then click on check for update. It pops up the folder that I have the file in but when I click on it, the update isn’t in there. how do I find it?

  76. The over the air update appears to be working. Can I go that route instead of flashing it per your procedure? Thanks. David

    1. I apologize. I should have been more descriptive. I have IOS7 Beta1 installed from your site instructions. Can I use over the air update and still get back to IOS 6 when the IOS7 is released in the fall?

  77. If I have beta 1 installed can I install beta 2 from the phone itself? Or should I download the file and update through iTunes again?

  78. i cant find it when i download it on my pc so how do i get it to show up when i press shift and check for update because like i said i cant find it

    1. it was stuck on the boot with a apple logo its been 30 minutes already is this normal? heeeeeeeeeeeelp! 😐

  79. On the web site it says that if you download it without registering your device will no longer work. Is that true? I need some help, I’m really confused!!

  80. I followed the steps above, and it seemed to go fine, however now it’s just showing my apple logo. When I plug it into the computer it backs up the iPhone, but it just does it as a loop. Did I do something wrong?

  81. When I update my iphone 5 to ios 7, it gets stuck in a boot loop after it installs it and if I update from a freshly restored iphone 5, it works! But when I try to restore my backup from 6.1.4, it gets stuck in a boot loopο»Ώ again.. PLEASE HELP!

  82. i went to do download the software and it said that too many people have viewed it and that it is unavailable for 24 hours why does it say this am i doing something wrong?

  83. i did it on my iphone 4 and now the apple keeps popping up and then it goes away and comes back in negative. HELP πŸ™

  84. Hey man, after my phone restarted theres just an apple emblem in the middle, and it seems like its trying to restart but it wont work! HELP ME

  85. Hi, I’m a little annoyed at this point. I’ve updated my iPhone 4s (well tried to anyway). I’ve gone through all of the steps, but now my phone wont come on. Please help!

  86. i keep getting this message “This version of the iPhone software (6.1.4) is the current version.” what do i do? im using a mac book pro

  87. so my computer says that i have iOS 7 but it wont turn on it just stays on the reboot loop… i can restore it though but i really want iOS 7 to work on my phone

  88. What does it mean when my phone keep changing from a black apple screen to a black apple screen? I am getting kind of nervous!

  89. I download the Ipsw file and then it dissappears and says the add ons are not where they are suppose to be

  90. So it all updated great but now it says i’m not a dev so do i have to just restore it or is there any other way aroundi? i really want ios7


  92. I have downloaded the file but I can not find it when I click Check for Updates. Why can’t I find it?

  93. I keep getting “The iPhone could not be updated because the firmware is not compatible.” Using a Sprint iPhone, Model A1429, tried with both iPhone 5 versions. Any thoughts? Edit: Haven an iPhone 5.

  94. Activation error: This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program.If you are a member of the Program, please register your device in the iPhone Developer Program Portal.

    What should I do now?

  95. Does this still work? I heard Apple are getting tougher on beta versions being installed on devices that aren’t developer registered

  96. I keep getting the message that I have to register my device with the developer program thing on itunes and on my phone. what do I do?

  97. Said “The iPhone “name” could not be updated because the firmware is not compatible.” and I have an iPhone 4S and there is only one option for 4S?

  98. lamborghiniembolado

    I downloaded the one to iPhone 4 CDMA and it went through this crappy client that was loaded with offers. When I backed up my iPhone and held Shift and clicked search for updates, the file was there but was only an empty folder? What now?

  99. everything worked great but iMessage is still saying “Waiting for activation…” does this eventually work?

  100. Jennifer Herman

    Download ios 7, move it to desktop, but can’t find it when i shift/click update……am i missing something?

  101. Where is the link for iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429) beta 2. I put beta one on my phone and tried the OTA update but it says its up to date. So I was going to manually update to beta 3 but the instructions say you have to go in order to beta 2 then 3. Can anyone help how I can get beta 2?

  102. hi,

    i already followed all your updates.

    i’m currently on beta 2.

    when i try to download beta 3 on the links you provide, it downloads an .exe file that is 292kb size.

    i know that no exe file can be legit and “clean” with a size that small.

    what’s wrong with the links


    1. You are probably going to want to remove the beta 3 file as It was detected as an adware file by Avira Antivirus on my computer.

  103. I’m trying to manually update to the Beta 2 version, and I followed all of the steps again, downloaded the iPhone5 GSM Beta2 ISPW file (I have AT&T) and it said it was not compatible with my iPhone. I’m using iOS7 Beta 1 no problem. Please help πŸ™‚

  104. I keep getting the message that it could not be updated because the firmware file is not compatible. The message occurs when i’m trying to update to beta 2 of ios 7. I need help any suggestions?

  105. Hello,
    Could someone mind helping me please?

    I was using iOS 7 beta 2 on an iPhone 4 and the other night on July 7th I got a message saying that beta 3 is ready for install, just before I went to bed. I went ahead and hit install, and let it install overnight so that by tommorow it will be ready.

    However, the next day, I woke up to find a blank iPhone screen! I went and did a hard reset by holding the home and sleep buttons down, and the Apple logo came up as normal. The screen then went blank after about a minute, but instaid of going to the lock screen, the logo appeared again! My iPhone is stuck in a reboot loop! I obviously did something I wasn’t supposted to do.

    Updating OTA was probably where I went wrong, but what I don’t understand was that it worked with no problems when I OTA Updated from beta 1 to beta 2.

    I let it boot all day and night yesterday, to now avail. Now I’m stuck and I can’t get any help from the Apple Support Communities because my iPhone isn’t registered! =(

  106. how is Beta 3? is it worth upgrading from 1? I hope so there are some flakey things on 1 that make it a lil tough at times

  107. So i’m trying to download the firewear and once it finishes downloading I open the file and it says that Windows can not find the find the Beta any solutions? Did i do something wrong?

  108. Beta 1 works fine, but 2 gives me the “firmware not supported” error. OTA update seems happy that 1 is the most current version… iPhone5 GSM. 3 doesn’t give me the error but I don’t want to install since you’re supposed to go in order.

  109. This is Wirte From me the iphone could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible Plase Help!

  110. I was able to install Beta 1 with no problem (THANK YOU!) but I am not able to do OTA updates (it says 7.0 is most up to date software). I’ve downloaded both B.2 and 3 to do a manual update but when attempting B.2 updates it states the firmware file is not compatible. Will the OTA updates eventually show up on my phone? At this point, I’m going to leave it with Beta 1 and be happy πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying it so far!

  111. After successfully installing the iOS 7 over a month ago, i decided to downgrade since I was having terrible wifi problems…i successfully downgraded but wasn’t able to restore anything….so i tried going back to the 7. Now, i can’t go back because of the “this device isn’t eligible for the requested build” error and there isn’t anything apple related my host folders πŸ™ AND my wifi still doesn’t work on the downgrade…What can I do?

  112. Hi

    I get the message: The iPhone “..” could not be updated because the firmware file is not compatible.

    Does anyone know why?

  113. I was successful updating my iPhone 4S but now I’m trying to update my friend’s 5 and it’s telling me that “[…]This device is not eligible for the requested build”


  114. does this only work with the iPhone 5? because I have a 4S and I’ve tried this over and over and it doesn’t seem to be working.

  115. Just a heads up, I’d been using this OS for a while, the BETA version, the this past weekend my phone crashed and would not boot past the apple logo. Tried countless things to get it to work, finally after half a dozen attempts at restoring it, it finally worked. Had to manually locate and pick the backup file which was from back in May as it wouldn’t allow me to reload any IOS 7 back ups.
    All seems to be ok now though, just sat on 6.1.3.
    Just thought I’d let you all know.

  116. On the verifying with Apple step I got the message “The iPhone could not be updated. This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.” I’m on an iPhone5, CMDA, currently iOS 6.1.4.

  117. Hi! in need of help. any advice would be appreciated! I downloaded 7.0 when it came out. when the first beta update came out i got the message on my iphone but then it went away. however, i still had the little red one in the corner of the settings on the device, but whenever i pressed it it said 7.0 was the most current software. the same thing occured when i plugged my device into itunes. It would not give me the option of updating to the new beta updates. This morning i turned my iphone on and it was stuck on the activation screen. however, when i enter my apple id username and password i get an error message saying that it cannot connect to the activation network. When i plug my phone into itunes i now get an error message that my software is expired and i need to update. I also cannot seem to downgrade my phone back to ios 6 because it says that find my phone is on and can only be turned off from the device.
    dont know what to do and cant use my phone!

  118. um the new downolad link gave me adware that i had to get rid of is there a different link or site for ios 7 please help

  119. I watched another video and they said to choose restore instead of check for update. which one is better? also if i update to ios7 will all my previously downloaded apps still be there?

  120. I have an iphone 5 64 gb at&t (A1428) and i am getting an error when it tries to verify the update with apple. Is it working for people?

  121. It starts to download then when it gets to verifying it with apple it says the iPhone “name” could not be updated. This devise is eligible for this request build. What should I do?

  122. Hey David, your method worked just fine for me (and my iPad Mini), I’m amazed that the difference is that big between the restore and update-buttons. It still said checking software with Apple but I guess the UDID was never checked. Anyway, thanks a lot! πŸ˜€

  123. Riain Mc Laughlin

    my iphone 4s seems to have stalled after installing the firmware, macbook no longer reading the phone while it is still plugged on. iphone screen has apple logo and a progress bar, tiny bit of bar coloured, been sitting for half an hour like this, any advice

  124. David Actually im pretty sure mine just got bricked doing this…. During the last restart of the install my phone stopped responding…. Right now its at the loading screen showing the apple logo with a progress bar underneath… Has been sitting there with no progress for nearly an hour… πŸ™

  125. Thank You! I’ve been trying to get beta 5 but I’ve been getting an update error and iosbetas dot com was absolutely no help. (I had registered my UDID with them at the start). They wouldn’t even return my messages. Anyway, the link you guys have posted worked perfectly and my phone is now updated with beta 5!

  126. in the downloads section i think there might be a typo because it says

    Beta 5 Downloads (try to use these first, if they give you an error then try another beta file for your device) –

    iPhone 4 GSM
    iPhone 4 Rev A
    iPhone 4 CDMA
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
    iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

    Beta 5 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work) –

    iPhone 4 GSM
    iPhone 4 Rev A
    iPhone 4 CDMA
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
    iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

    is it supposed to say this?

    Beta 6 Downloads (try to use these first, if they give you an error then try another beta file for your device) –

    iPhone 4 GSM
    iPhone 4 Rev A
    iPhone 4 CDMA
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
    iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

    Beta 5 Downloads (only use these if the newer Beta files above do not work) –

    iPhone 4 GSM
    iPhone 4 Rev A
    iPhone 4 CDMA
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5 GSM (A1428)
    iPhone 5 CDMA (A1429)

  127. I keep getting a message that says the firmware is not compatible. I am 100% sure i have the right firmware. What can i do to fix it?

  128. i always get the the warning the firmware is not compatible with my iPhone but it is the correct version and i tried every beta version…

    it worked fine the first time but now i can’t put ios7 on it and i need to do it because my old backup is an ios7 backup :/ any ideas

  129. I downloaded the right one (or at least I think it was right) to my computer then went into iTunes and did what it said to do. But every time I try to update it, it gives me an error saying “The iPhone cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.” It does this every time. Help!

  130. I have tried this before, and it says “This build is not compatible with your device” or something like that….I know I’m clicking the right one, iPad 3 WIFI Only, any ideas?

  131. if u do it without a developer account, can u update to to the regular iOS 7 without it messing up ur phone when it comes out?

  132. Hello I’ve been having the same problem I want to update to iOS 7 & restore my phone so I can unlock it & the message keeps poping up every single time I try to do it. I don’t know if it my computer or my phone is just messed up know from being jailbroken