Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Install iOS 7 Beta without being an Apple Developer


Apple recently announced iOS 7 and many users have cheered up since then as Apple answered many prayers of their fans and improved themselves as well while doing it. And, like a tradition, there are many enthusiasts who want to get their hands on the beta versions of the latest and greatest (this time it is actually the greatest) iOS to which Apple grants access only to registered developer account holders which costs 99$ annually. But since Apple stopped all softwares from accessing UDIDs since iOS 6.1, beta version can be installed by anyone fairly easily now.

Note: This method works for all the iDevices that are compatible with iOS 7 - iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini.

Lets have a look at how to do this.

Step 1: Connect your compatible iPhone or iPod to your computer. Open iTunes and using that backup your information.
Note: Use Windows' Contacts folder to get hold of your synced Contacts and make a copy of your photos and videos as you will have to loose them to get iOS 7 beta.

Step 2: Download the latest possible iOS 6 (iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 and iOS 6.1.3 for rest) IPSW from here.

Step 3: In iTunes, click on your iDevice and in the Summary page, click on Restore iPhone... option while holding Shift key (Alt key if you are on Mac). This will open a browse window using which browse to the IPSW downloaded in Step 2 and click on Restore.



Step 4: After the update, set it up as a new device and go to the home screen of your device after going through the various activation steps.

Step 5: Download the respective iOS 7 Beta file (windows users can click here to know how to access .dmg files) for your iDevice from one of the following links.

Update [26.06.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 2 download links and iPad links have been added to the list as well. Also, all the links have been updated to .IPSW file links.

Update [09.07.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 3 download links.

Update [30.07.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 4 download links.

Update [07.08.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 5 download links.

Update [17.08.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 Beta 6 download links.

Update [11.09.2013] - The links have been updated to iOS 7 GM Seed links.

Step 6: Now again click on your iDevice in iTunes and click on Check for update button while holding Shift (Alt key if you are on Mac) key down in the Summary page.

Now it will again open a window for you to browse like in Step 3. Use this to direct it to the iOS 7 Beta IPSW file you have downloaded in Step 5 for your iDevice.

Now just let it roll. As soon as the process is done, you will have iOS 7 Beta installed and working on your iDevice. Please note that this is a pre-release version and only a beta. So it is not for the faint of hearts and you should go ahead with this process at your own risk as this is still prone to random freezes and restarts.

Video Tutorial

Since the steps after doing the clean install, i.e. after step 3, can be confusing for many people, a video tutorial video has been upload to our channel. Please have a look in order to get rid of any confusion what so ever.

95 comments:

  1. After installing Beta 2 ios7, when beta 3 comes out, will I have to go through this entire process again since its a beta? Or will the phone automatically update through the settings menu like normal?

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    1. This will be a nice test but according to my understanding you may not have to repeat these steps.

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  2. If I'm already on iOS 6.1.3 on my iPhone 4S then I dont have to redownload it from your link in step 2 do I?

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    1. You need to have a clean installation on your iPhone. So, if you have the IPSW file, which is generally present in the iTunes Media folder's Downloads sub folder, you do not need it and can just start with Step 3. In any case, you have to go through Step 3 in order to get iOS 7 Beta.

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  3. link is not working i have iphone 4 plz help

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    1. Links are working fine. Which one you tried with?

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    2. The links have been updated for iOS 7 Beta 3. Please try again. It should work now. :)

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  4. So, it says I'm not apart of the apple dev program, activation failed? Is it because I used to have a dev account?

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    1. Did you do clean restore of iOS 6.1.3 on your device.?

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  5. it wont let me download the ios 7 for my 4s onto my computer.

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    1. The links have been updated for iOS 7 Beta 3. Please try again. It should work now. :)

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  6. Where do i get the ios 7 beta 1 ipsw file for ios 6.1.3 or iphone 4?

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    1. You should go for Beta 3 as it will have lesser bugs but if you want then click here for iOS 7 Beta 1 iPhone 4 GSM ipsw.

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  7. links are directing to apple developers page... its working for anyone?

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    1. The links have now been updated to mega.co.nz links instead of the Apple devcenter links. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  8. I reseted my iphone 5 to a clean ios 6.1.4 and set it up as a new iphone, but still get the "activation error, this device is not ..."
    Anyone knows a way around? Or has a clue what I am doing wrong?

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    1. Did you reach the home screen through various activation steps when you did a clean install of iOS 6.1.4?

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    2. I tried two times: first time I went through the activation steps on the iphone to get to the home scene, the second time I only pressed "continue" in itunes till I got to the "Restore iphone" button again. What is the correct procedure there?

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    3. you need to get to the home screen on a clean fresh iOS 6.1.4 installed iPhone 5 and then try this. Also you have to click shift on update button not restore button. Please read the steps carefully.

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    4. Ah, thanks a lot, I clicked on the restore button before taking ios 7 beta, instead of the update button! now it works!

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  9. Every time i click on 6.1.3 to restore it it saysthe iphone could not be restorded becaus the firmware is not compatible. im on a iphone 4 8gb with at and t help?

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    1. Did you download the correct IPSW file? This error comes if you are trying another device's IPSW or iTunes is not updated. Please make sure you have right IPSW. You can download them from here.

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    2. i have the same problem, there appears to be no solution on the net. I cant find one either, I'm 100% sure ive got the right IPSW file, ive tried every single one with the same outcome. try updating using a PC instead of a mac, if you're already on pc, i dont know what to suggest.

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    3. Is the IPSW for iPhone 4 8 GB version, i.e. The rev A version?

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    4. I am facing the same issue! Yes, it is the iPhone 4 8 GB version, i.e. The rev A version.

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    5. Try this. Backup your iPhone's data and then go into recovery mode. Now go to iTunes and click on restore without holding any key. It will automatically download the latest IPSW (if iTunes hasn't downloaded already) and do a clean install.

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  10. how can i access the dmg file using winzip?
    the file isn't showing after the step 6
    i'm using windows 7

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    1. You can have a look here to know how to do it.

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  11. HELP
    ugh I didn't read the instructions properly and I used the restore instead of update. How do I start over?

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    1. Its alright. If you have done process till Step 5 correctly then just connect your iDevice and start from Step 6. :)

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  12. do i need to restore to a new version of ios 6.1.4? can i go straight to ios 7

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  13. Please tell me how I access dmg file in windows, with Winzip.

    Thanks man!

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    1. You can have a look here to know how to do it.

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  14. I did that and it still says activation error

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    1. What did you do exactly? Can you please mention in detail so that I can guide you?

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  15. confirm developer account is not needed?

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    1. Yes. As you can see above, people have confirmed success.

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  16. Int's not the SHIFT key but the ALT key.

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    1. I don't know what you are doing but for the process mentioned above, its surely the shift key. :)

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  17. I constantly get the 1394 error..............

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    1. Are you sure you have downloaded the right IPSW file and your internet connection is working fine? Also have you tried disabling your firewall during the update process?

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    2. As said below by Pratik, did you try restarting?

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  18. what should I do with the dmg file in winzip

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    1. You can have a look here to know how to do it.

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  19. I'm also stuck with an "Activation Error". I was able to do the process correctly for Beta 3, so I'm fairly sure I'm doing it correctly. I am trying to install for a wifi only iPad mini. I noticed the file contained within the "ios 7_beta 4_ipad mini_ wifi".dmg is actually called "iPad2,5_7.0_11A4435d" - is it possible this file is actually for iPad 2 instead of iPad mini?

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    1. iPad Mini device codes are iPad 2,5 , iPad 2,6 and iPad 2,7 because it has same internals as iPad 2.
      What is the error you are getting and where?

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  20. i was performing step 3 and the restore didnt complete and now my iphone 4s homescreen is stuck on connect to itunes, i have tried to put the phone into recovery mode but it doesnt work. any advise to sort the problem out would be appreciated

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    1. Did you try the step 3 again in this stage again?

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  21. I get more than half way update iPhone Software and then it hangs up. IS that normal or probably not. LEt me know.

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  22. @ matt : restart your iphone and itunes, it worked for me.

    @ Anmol : After fresh install i kept iphone connected to itunes. Do i need to remove iphone before getting to home screen to avoid activation error. Because I'm getting activation error after installing ios7 (I don't hav dev account)

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    1. I don't think that should be a problem. You tried getting to home screen when you restored your iPhone to latest version of iOS 6?
      Also, while going to ios 7 from ios 6.1.3 (6.1.4 if you have iPhone 5), did you click on update button in iTunes or restore button?

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  23. Hi! In the "clean-install" - should in log in with my apple-id or just ignore that step? :)

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  24. I've downloaded the file for ios7 but when i click for the update, the file wont show up. When i go through "my computer" it shows it's there but when i go through itunes it doesnt show up. Help?

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    1. How did you try to find it from iTunes? Did you click shift+update button or did something else?

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    2. I did that... do i have to unzip the files first?

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    3. Click here to know how to extract the IPSW and then do it with the IPSW.

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  25. Can I restore it from a backup once I have iOS 7 on there and keep iOS 7 and my old data?

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    1. Yes. Apple allows backup from lower version iOS to higher one but no the other way around. So in your case, its definitely possible.

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  26. Got to setting up iOS 7, then got an "activation error" because I'm not a developer, now it won't let me restore or anything. HELP

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    1. I think you clicked on "Restore" button in iTunes instead of "Update" button. Try Step 6 again carefully. Also he sure that you clicked on "update" button ahile going to iOS 7.

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  27. I have a mac, I downloaded iOS7 and in Finder I can see it's downloaded. When I click Shift + Check for updates it just tells me my software is up to date (6.1.4) :(What am I doing wrong?

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    1. Actually, when I first try to click Shift+Restore it doesn't give me a window to browse, it just asks if I want to restore to factory settings. I'm assuming this is where my first problem is :( But I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong

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    2. I also had to use the Alt key instead of the Shift key. Not sure if maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm using the Mac keyboard

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    3. In mac, you need to press Alt key. That was where your problem was and I guess you figured that out. Congrats :)

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  28. i am downloading beta 4.anyone with reviews about it?

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  29. error 3194 ! clean install of 6.1.3 what do i do!

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    1. Try restarting uour PC and your device. Also switch off your Firewall. Sometimes that is the cause for this issue.

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  30. Hello Sir,

    I download iOS 7 for my iPhone 4( CDMA).
    i restored from iTune successfuly. its done now. but i cannot go to home screen .
    it says "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."
    ??????

    so what i should do now?
    can i use iOS 7 without to be a iPhone Developer program member?

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    1. Did you do a clean install of iOS 6.1.3 on your iPhone 4 before trying to go to iOS 7?

      Also, I think you clicked on Restore button in Step 6 instead of Update button, which should be clicked. Try again by clicking on Update button when going to iOS 7.

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  31. my iPhone5 is running on iOS 6.1.4, should i restore it again with a clean update of downloaded 6.1.4 and then only proceed with iOS7 upgrade ? or i shall directly upgrade it with iOS7 ?

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    1. You need to restore with a clean install (without any data) of latest version of iOS 6.

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  32. hie anmol i have iphone 5 an i wann to install ios 7 beta 3 but in my phone the version is 6.1.2 sholud i upgrad the version ? please reply me urgent

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    1. Yes. As I have already mentioned above, you need to have a clean install of latest version of iOS 6 available in order to go to iOS 7.

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  33. beta 5 came out today. how soon until that download will be up to download and is there any way that you would be able to provide a link to that?

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    1. The links have already been updated.:)

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  34. My Ipod Touch 5 already using Beta 4 .. How to update to Beta 5? Should I follow shift+Update button and point to the Beta 5 ipsw directly without clean install ? Thanks

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    1. I think you would need a clean install but you can try directly as well. If it doesn't work, go for clean install and then Beta 5.
      Take care that you backup your data before starting anything.

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  35. I did the iPhone 5 update and it works perfectly. I went to do it on my Ipad 2 and ended up with the activation error screen on Itunes. now there is no where to go to get it back to the ios 6.14. what do i do??

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    1. You can easily get it back to iOS 6.1.4 . First download the IPSW from here. Just disconnect the ipad from your pc but keep itunes open. Hold the home button + power button until you get a black screen and then plug it to the pc which has itunes open. It will enter into recovery mode and now you can just direct it to iOS 6.1.3 ipsw file.

      If you want to try to get iOS 7, there are certain things you may have done wrong any of which can lead to this error.
      Try the process again and take care that each of the following is done precisely.
      1. Download exactly correct ipsw for your device. if you have an ipad 2 wifi only version, make sure if you have original one or revised one.
      2. While doing the clean install, make sure you follow all the activation steps and get to the home screen of the device and unlock it once to check correct working.
      3. While doing going to iOS 7, make sure you click on update button and not restore button - that can make a lot of difference and it is the confusion of many folks.

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  36. when i select the ispw file to update to ios 7 it says that the firmware file is not compatible

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    1. Did you go through with clean install correctly.?
      Did you click on check for update button and not on restore after the clean install?
      Did you download the correct IPSW file?

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  37. I keep getting "Device isn't eligible for the requested build" alert when trying to upgrade my husbands iPhone 5 (32g). Didn't have this issue when I upgraded mine (16g) not sure what the issue is. I did a clean reset.... help anyone?

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    1. You may have clicked on Restore button after clean install. You have to click on update or check for update button while holding the key.

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  38. hi i've had ios 7 beta 2 for a month and today it showed activation error, can i update to beta 6 by itunes or do i have to restore ios 6?

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    1. I don't think it will directly update if you don't have a developer account. You can try for sure but be prepared that you may have to go through the whole process, described above, again.

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  39. ios 7 full version has come out the other day and my phone has told me that I am up to date. Any other time that any of the betas were available I was prompted to update my phone. Now that IOS 7 has been released, I go to updates and it says that my iphone is up to date, but I am still on beta 6. Am I here doing something wrong? or do i need to download the new version online.

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  40. its actually that I need IOS 7 GM, but It wont let me download anything. Do you know of any other places I can get it?

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