How To Upgrade To iOS 7 Right Now

How to Upgrade to iOS 7 Right Now

Although iOS 7 won't see an official release until September 18th, 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.

Note: We updated a few iDevices using these files and encountered no issues, but because we're unable to verify every single one we can't say for certain that problems won't arise. This is the GM release — the same one that will get released to the world next week — so it should work just the same, but there's always a chance you could run into an issue. Please be aware that there's some risk involved before you upgrade.

Back Up First!

Before you do anything, back up your iDevice with iTunes. In the past, we've rarely seen an issue with early upgrades but that doesn't mean issues don't happen. You may need to restore your device, so back it up first!

Download iOS 7

Thanks to a public (and probably temporary) posting on Mega, a number of iOS 7 updates are available for download. Not all devices were posted, but if more show up we'll add them. Here's what's available so far:

Note: iOS 7 requires a later version of iTunes so you may not be able to use your iDevice with iTunes post-update (at least, not until Apple releases the new version or you install the beta).

Install the Update

To install iOS 7 on your device, follow these instructions:

  1. Open up the disk image (.dmg) and find the iPhone Software Update file (.ipsw) for your device. Drag it to the desktop, or a folder of your choosing. (Windows users will need a tool like 7-Zip to do this, and will need to open the .hfs inside the .dmg as well.)
  2. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, 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 (OS X) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Restore button. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded, select it, and wait for the update to finish.
  5. If necessary, restore your device from backup and sync with iTunes.

That's it. If you follow those steps, you'll be up and running iOS 7 in no time.


    My iPhone 5 is my work rig with custom apps and profiles. Safe to upgrade this way iOS experts?

      Probably, but I wouldn't recommend it. If your employer has configured custom profiles etc they may be waiting to push these to all assets after the 18th. If you go early you might find some functions don't work.

      Beta 6 is stable, but i'd just wait till the final is released next week.

    My corporate Lotus Notes Traveller profile transferred to iOS 7 no problems. But nothing is likely safe, some apps are still not functioning on iOS 7.

      Did you do a shift-restore or a shift-upgrade for that Owen J?

    Or just wait a week and get it over the air?

    iPhone 5 iOS image link seems to be for the US iPhones does it works for Aus iPhone 5's??

    would be needign this ios_7_gm_seed__iphone_5_model_a1428__11a465.dmg as per

      Most Australian iphone 5s are A1429 not A1428.

    iOS 7 also will not work on the iPhone 3GS. Is that what you meant by "iPhone 3G?"

      Thats because its not available on the iPhone 3GS :( I'm a iPhone 3GS user as well but I have a iPod touch 5 should of keeped my iPod touch 4 and got a iPhone 5 or a iPhone 5S because they out now the iPhone 5S

    iPhone 5 iOS image link seems to be for the US iPhone 5 does it work for Aus iPhone 5??

    as per you would be needing A1429 not A1428

    1428 - iPhone5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
    1429 - iPhone5,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw

    iPhone 5 A1429 US CDMA And Rest Of World GSM iOS 7 GM - iPhone5,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw!Is5RwJBA!Khh4VFBdoz8OmLngSDXVeALqJtNC9yTLLTBq6Ws6E10

      yep! the Australian iPhone 5 is A1429, not A1428. Downloading iOS 7 for A1428 wont do any good for a GSM phone!

      Did you think you were on the Australian Lifehacker or something? Silly silly...

      Thanks for the tip!

      Updated my iPhone 5 using your second link and option+clicking on check for updates. 100% hassle free. Cheers :)

    a later version of iTunes

    God I hope they make it more stable on Win7 this time..

    Good point as a Restore erases and updates vs. update

    Your missing ones:
    iPhone 4 GSM :!JwghVTQL!SaFgcy5TgNuMQQvDGNvh3BoSdox4H9Uh_24gpU0LRgU
    iPhone 4 GSM Rev. A :!NtZXxSQA!IHWf-hvbLRwPSpPoDxw4SCpy0bcGVtAiOvb7oGqjbQA
    iPhone 4 CDMA :!cw4hALDb!ZJyrUUlrfLT120lK7pWc5gkQDOAJVhRF3-OGCNRcL40

    does anyone have a link to itunes for os x version 11.1?

    So far, so good. Are there any handy hints on where to find iTunes 11.1 for us non developers?

    so its deft coming next wednesday? there wont be a 1 day behind america thing? cause i thought it would be thursday next week if so.

    iTunes 11.1 Beta 2 (Mac)!glEXEZjR!Ul9HiD9jJyLjQUZBHUxDhGcKD2xB3leu2LtbhxKhlSI

      How stable is is release? I use my ipad for a lot of media consumption, but don't want to risk my library with an unstable version of iTunes.

    Too much work, i'll just wait a week and get from Apple.

    Often when a new iOS comes out there's a "how to get the best parts of iOS[x] on your Android now" sort of article. Can we have one of those? Are there enough cool things on it to make it worthwhile?

    Ok, so it seems that I have everything other than my music, which is not backed up to iCloud. My Dropbox camera upload is still in a bit of a tizz, but that's the only hiccup so far. It's just taken a very long time to download everything. I would still be grateful if someone could provide a link to the new version of iTunes, but I can live for a week without all my music in my pocket.

    Last edited 11/09/13 3:13 pm

    By installing the GM, will my iPhone 5 be then able to recieve over the air updates like normal from then onwards?

    Top tip: Just use update not restore. 100% easier.

    it would be even more impressive if through the process of the restore it could DL apps through all resources to speed up the downtime wasted in waiting for the phone to resync its information.
    eg internet + usb cable sync.
    this is a big change to your device and takes time, a whole lot of it.

    It says that the restore will be verified by Apple, it that a problem?

    Any idea how I can roll back to an earlier iOS after installing 7? Itunes won't recognised the phone now.. :(

      iTunes 11.1 Beta will only recognize a iDevice with the final release copy of iOS 7.

    Worked great on my Iphone 4s! Really happy with it.

      hey are you from Australia or does the link for the 4s work for any country ?

        the 4s link works for any country

    If you are running Windows and upgrade you are screwed. The upgrade requires iTunes 11.1 to do the restore. iTunes 11.1 has not been released for Windows yet.

      Umm, nope.
      You can still upgrade using v11.0.5. After the upgrade finishes iTunes will winge about version issues, and won't see the device anymore, but you've at least got iOS7 until the next iTunes is out of beta. Or, you know, install the beta version.

    Did this with my Ipad mini, works fine, really easy process. However, not sure I am a fan to be honest. Not that I loved the old design, it needed a change, but its kind of ugly. It has actually put me off buying the new phone, i'll stick with Android.

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