Upgrade To iOS 5 Right Now

Even though iOS 5 won't be released officially until October 13th, you can install the final version right now even if you're not a developer. Thanks to some anonymous public postings of the software update files, you can update right now. Here's how.

Special thanks to Locker Gnome for discovering this.

First things first, back up your iDevice with iTunes in case of a problem. There have been a few reported issues with this process. We've run into them ourselves. We tested this with Whitson's 4G iPod Touch, and it didn't work initially but we got it to function after restoring iOS 4.3.5 and trying the iOS 5 upgrade on a different computer. The point is, you're going to need to restore regardless so back up. Once that's done, grab the relevant software update at one of the following URLs:

If your device isn't listed above that means the software update file (IPSW) wasn't posted or your device isn't compatible. The only notable option missing, however, is the iPad 2 with 3G. Once you've got the file, follow these easy steps:

  1. Open up the DMG file (Windows users will need a tool like 7-Zip to do this), and find the IPSW file for your device. Drag it to the desktop, or a folder of your choosing.
  2. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice to your computer.
  3. If your device isn't automatically selected in iTunes, select it and go to the "Summary" tab.
  4. Hold down the option key on a Mac or the shift key on Windows and click the Restore button. Browse to the IPSW file you download it, select it, and wait for the update to finish.
  5. If necessary, restore your device from backup and sync with iTunes.

That's all you have to do. It shouldn't take to long and you'll be up and running with iOS 5 right away.

How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Right Now [Locker Gnome]


    You seem to have missed in the original article that you need iTunes 10.5 Beta installed in order for this to work.

    1) You can bet Locker didn't discover this at all, it's been all over the net since the GM landed. So once again, your just behind Lifehacker.
    2) Those are GM files only meant for paying developers. The developers have broken lisence by sharing them, and you are broken copyright linking to them.
    3) So this article is, slow, incorrect and illegal. Another good job.

      You seem like a nice guy Corey..

      lol just don't read it?

      This comment has been deemed inappropriate and has been deleted

      "The developers have broken lisence by sharing them, and you are broken copyright linking to them."

      Where would we be without your considered articulate comments Corey

      I love the ad hominem replies here.

      But seriously, Corey is right. Anyone with access to these files is given a warning not to distribute.

      Installing Beta/GM iOS is a bad idea, unless you are a dev. Even though i can update mine through the developer network I choose not to, as it will most likely break at least one app not ready for the update.

      Oh no! People on the interwebs don't like me!

        GTFO Corey, you're probably one of those people that say you shouldn't jailbreak your phone because it's illegal.

          Posting this from my jailbroken iPhone 4. JB isn't illegal, but linking to copyrighted files is. Cry all you want, but it's fact.

            Your absolutely right Corey. The retards who argue with you just don't like the way you wrote your comment


    I cant stress how stupid it is that non iOS developers install the betas/GMs, just wait till its ready (its less than a week away now, and if its not its because of a major bug which is an even better reason not to do it), its often not worth the hassle. If you do go ahead and something doesn't work right, you've only got yourself to blame for installing it.

    How about a LH article on patience being a virtue.

    I will attempt to download it the second its made public but not a moment before.

    Yeah, seriously, be patient. Until they also release iTunes 10.5, you can download iOS 5 all you want, it WON'T WORK unless you are a developer.

    For the love of god, install the iTunes BETA v7 before doing this.

    ...Or you could wait the week and download the final release version in a far more pain-free (As pain free as a phone upgrade is going to be) manner.

    Downloaded the ipsw. Restored iphone with it. "Iphone could not be restored". Thanks for wasting my time, idiots.

      You might need to put your phone into DFU mode to get the restore to work. I've had to do this with my phone and ipad.

      Oh, and I'm a dev, so it's ok that I do this. Realistically though, the GM is basically service grade, so if you can do it, go for it!

    The site's called lifeHACKER. Cheeses. Some people like to have a crack.. so let 'em.

    Just updated via these instruction my:
    iPhone 4 (was running 4.3.5)
    iPad (was running 4.3.5)

    Used a MacBook Pro running Lion and iTunes (10.5b123 123 64bit)

    iPhone 4 updated fine, restored the backup and burst into life, set me up in iCloud and did a wireless sync. Very cool. My Amaysim SIM (read Optus) took a reboot to sort out it's carrier settings. Now everything is working fine.

    iPad (came up as above) but took approx 60+ mins to restore from backup :-)

    Worked a charm. Installed the itunes beta, option+restored the ipsw, took all of 3 minutes to actually install on my ipad 2

    it worked after i downloaded iTunes 10 but it doesn't let me restore from back up it says the back up was corrupt or incompatible or something! how do i get my contacts back??? SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!!

    Too many people have learnt this lesson the hard way...

    Failed after unpacking at "Authenticating with Apple" stage.

    Worked a treat on my iphone, haven't done ipad yet..Thanks :-)

    For those who posted a comment on the 10th of october saying they attempted this - get an Android! For those who posted that they have jailbroken their phone - get an Android! For the rest, myself included, I look forward to iCloud and the other new features on my untainted, uncorrupted, un-jailbroken iPhone when it becomes publicly available for download.

    And the sites call "LifeHacker", not "PhoneHacker".

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