How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Right Now

With a planned official release of iOS 5 coming on October 12, Apple quietly released the Gold Master of the OS to developers after its presentation yesterday. This Gold Master build is the release that will be pushed to everyone next week, meaning that you can install it without an Apple developer account; all you need to do is download the software, restore using iTunes, and you’ll be all set with the brand new iOS 5!

If you are unfamiliar with manually restoring an iOS build to your device, follow along here to get your device upgraded.

How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Right NowMake a Backup

First things first, you’ll want to make a backup of your iOS 4 (or iOS 5 beta) installation, because this process will wipe your device. If you don’t have a backup, you’ll be starting from scratch. Sync your phone with iTunes and a backup will be automatically made, or you can right click on your device in the iTunes sidebar and select Back Up.

Download the Appropriate Software

Then, download the iOS 5 software and the newest iTunes beta. Here are the links for the different devices supported by iOS 5:

Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 4 (GSM)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 4 (CDMA)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 3GS
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad 1
Download iOS 5 GM for iPod touch 4G
Download iOS 5 GM for iPod touch 3G

Download iTunes 10 Beta 7

Restore in iTunes

Next, load up iTunes and plug your device back in. Go to the main settings page for the device (click it in the sidebar) and you’ll see a button that says Restore. Hold down Option on Mac or Shift on PC and click the Restore button; you’ll be prompted to select the software to install. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the OS software above, and select the IPSW file for installation.

You’re Almost Done!

Your device will turn off and the installation process will begin. Once that’s been completed, you’ll be walked through iOS 5′s new on-screen setup, which allows you to set up your device and restore the iTunes backup you just made. It’s that easy!

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  • http://twitter.com/FletchyBoii FletchyBoii

    You are wrong, As a developer myself, i know that even though this maybe final release you still need Device ID to be signed in order to activate this GM on any iphone. So please DO NOT UPDATE!!!!! without first registering your UDID. Thanks

    • Chizza Otto

      Fletchy could pls help out

      • Under386

        I got the same error until I installed the iTunes beta…make sure you do that.

        • http://twitter.com/Patrick_Mahoney Patrick Mahoney

          How do you get itunes beta?

    • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

      Wrong

      • derp

        How do you get this to work? I keep getting error code 21

        • bluedevil229

          I’m getting error 21 too.  OSX Lion.  I’ve rebooted, re-downloaded the dmg, everything.

          • LimeyNR

            Make sure you guys are installing the latest Beta of the new iTunes before doing the rest. It won’t work with older versions.

          • bluedevil229

            Dammit.  That was it.  [hangs his head in shame]

        • bluedevil229

          Oh, and I’m trying it for the iPad 2.  Error 21.

        • stankpatrol

          you have to have itunes 10 beta 7 or you’ll get that error code

      • derp

        How do you get this to work? I keep getting error code 21

    • http://profiles.google.com/michaelrygaard Michael Rygaard

      It is working ! 
      and im not a developer, did it from a windows xp machine.

    • macw00dy

      You are correct…this will stop working on the 12th…

  • http://twitter.com/FletchyBoii FletchyBoii

    You are wrong, As a developer myself, i know that even though this maybe final release you still need Device ID to be signed in order to activate this GM on any iphone. So please DO NOT UPDATE!!!!! without first registering your UDID. Thanks

    • Chizza Otto

      Fletchy could pls help out

      • Under386

        I got the same error until I installed the iTunes beta…make sure you do that.

        • http://twitter.com/Patrick_Mahoney Patrick Mahoney

          How do you get itunes beta?

    • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

      Wrong

      • derp

        How do you get this to work? I keep getting error code 21

        • bluedevil229

          I’m getting error 21 too.  OSX Lion.  I’ve rebooted, re-downloaded the dmg, everything.

          • LimeyNR

            Make sure you guys are installing the latest Beta of the new iTunes before doing the rest. It won’t work with older versions.

          • bluedevil229

            Dammit.  That was it.  [hangs his head in shame]

        • bluedevil229

          Oh, and I’m trying it for the iPad 2.  Error 21.

        • stankpatrol

          you have to have itunes 10 beta 7 or you’ll get that error code

    • http://profiles.google.com/michaelrygaard Michael Rygaard

      It is working ! 
      and im not a developer, did it from a windows xp machine.

  • http://twitter.com/FletchyBoii FletchyBoii

    You are wrong, As a developer myself, i know that even though this maybe final release you still need Device ID to be signed in order to activate this GM on any iphone. So please DO NOT UPDATE!!!!! without first registering your UDID. Thanks

  • Mike

    I just tried it on my Touch 4G, and I got an error message. Now I can’t restore back to the current iOS. Can you help me?

    • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

      have you got  it figured out yet?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCVFHUSPW2PACVNKRN7PXSPSSE ChrisM

        He might not have, but that sure helped me out. First time dipping my toes into the beta arena and I just freaked out I had bricked my iPad. Your trick solved my problem. I will now patiently wait for the 12th like a good boy.

    • Chargold

      Hold down the menu and power buttons together for a few seconds, until the apple logo appears. A few seconds later you will get an option in iTunes to restore to the previous version.

  • Mike

    I just tried it on my Touch 4G, and I got an error message. Now I can’t restore back to the current iOS. Can you help me?

    • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

      have you got  it figured out yet?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCVFHUSPW2PACVNKRN7PXSPSSE ChrisM

        He might not have, but that sure helped me out. First time dipping my toes into the beta arena and I just freaked out I had bricked my iPad. Your trick solved my problem. I will now patiently wait for the 12th like a good boy.

    • Chargold

      Hold down the menu and power buttons together for a few seconds, until the apple logo appears. A few seconds later you will get an option in iTunes to restore to the previous version.

  • http://twitter.com/middiex chris middleton

    @twitter-46976601:disqus I can confirm you do NOT need a UDID.

  • http://twitter.com/middiex chris middleton

    @twitter-46976601:disqus I can confirm you do NOT need a UDID.

  • Dan

    It downloaded as dmg what do I do now

    • Jim Gresham

      Double click the dmb and it will extract the .ipsw file.  Then follow the rest of the steps.  Make sure you are using iTunes beta 9.

      • Guest

        how do i do this on windows 7? i tried winimage to extract the file and got an error reading file

        • Jekoven Tinsley

          meeeee to

          • Anonymous

            Use Transmac

      • Puter

        If we’re supposed to use beta 9, why does the article link to beta 7?

        Do we have a link to beta 9?

  • Guest

    R.I.P Steve Jobs :(

  • Guest

    R.I.P Steve Jobs :(

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    not sure if i want to try it because people have been having problems with it…

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    not sure if i want to try it because people have been having problems with it…

  • Anonymous

    It works.  IOS 5 on my iphone 4 now.  No need to register the UDID.  Download winimage to extract the ipsw file from the dmg file and restore.

  • Anonymous

    It works.  IOS 5 on my iphone 4 now.  No need to register the UDID.  Download winimage to extract the ipsw file from the dmg file and restore.

  • Jorge W Machado

    Have any one of you tested with gevey sim card ? THX

    • Jesús Robles

      Yes, and they do NOT work. They haven’t since iOS 5 beta 2.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not true, they were working on beta 7. I’m not sure if it was the regular Gevey or the Turbo or the Ultra, but on beta 7 at least one type of Gevey WAS working.

        Whether or not it works on this release of iOS5 though is not something I’m aware of yet.

  • Jorge W Machado

    Have any one of you tested with gevey sim card ? THX

    • Jesús Robles

      Yes, and they do NOT work. They haven’t since iOS 5 beta 2.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not true, they were working on beta 7. I’m not sure if it was the regular Gevey or the Turbo or the Ultra, but on beta 7 at least one type of Gevey WAS working.

        Whether or not it works on this release of iOS5 though is not something I’m aware of yet.

  • Jorge W Machado

    Have any one of you tested with gevey sim card ? THX

  • Jorge W Machado

    Have any one of you tested with gevey sim card ? THX

  • Bruce So

    My process:

    Download software, install iTunes 10.5 beta 7, restore with iOS5 GM.

    Kept getting an error half way through restore process. error 14 i think

    Snagged me a copy of the iOS5 beta 7 file, restored my phone with that

    iTunes bitches that about device ID

    put phone into recovery mode

    reconnect to iTunes and restore with iOS5 GM.

    It was a pain, but worth it

  • Bruce So

    My process:

    Download software, install iTunes 10.5 beta 7, restore with iOS5 GM.

    Kept getting an error half way through restore process. error 14 i think

    Snagged me a copy of the iOS5 beta 7 file, restored my phone with that

    iTunes bitches that about device ID

    put phone into recovery mode

    reconnect to iTunes and restore with iOS5 GM.

    It was a pain, but worth it

  • Jkrohn1

    rename .DMG to .ipsw unzip doesnt work

    • Illum

      You don’t unzip the .ipsw file…
      That’s the actual file you need…

  • Jkrohn1

    rename .DMG to .ipsw unzip doesnt work

    • Illum

      You don’t unzip the .ipsw file…
      That’s the actual file you need…

  • Dave

    Do you need the iTunes Beta 10.5 for this to work?

    • Michael Sheffield

      yes, I think so, I tried without updating my iTunes and it didn’t work but did after.

      • Scott Kauer

        Did you keep getting the Error 21 before updating? That’s the one that I got. I am d’ling the iTunes 10.5 beta 9 now and will see….

        • http://twitter.com/DRainsbergerii David Rainsberger II

          did it work?

        • Michael Sheffield

          yea worked great, I didn’t get any errors once I updated iTunes.

        • http://twitter.com/Trevor84 Trevor Hartley

          I’ve seen that error a few times in the past.  If you’ve used TinyUmbrella, you should make sure that you’ve unchecked that setting for “Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit” under the Advanced tab.

  • Dave

    Do you need the iTunes Beta 10.5 for this to work?

    • Michael Sheffield

      yes, I think so, I tried without updating my iTunes and it didn’t work but did after.

      • Scott Kauer

        Did you keep getting the Error 21 before updating? That’s the one that I got. I am d’ling the iTunes 10.5 beta 9 now and will see….

        • http://twitter.com/DRainsbergerii David Rainsberger II

          did it work?

        • Michael Sheffield

          yea worked great, I didn’t get any errors once I updated iTunes.

        • http://twitter.com/Trevor84 Trevor Hartley

          I’ve seen that error a few times in the past.  If you’ve used TinyUmbrella, you should make sure that you’ve unchecked that setting for “Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit” under the Advanced tab.

  • Jim Gresham

    Double click the dmb and it will extract the .ipsw file.  Then follow the rest of the steps.  Make sure you are using iTunes beta 9.

    • Guest

      how do i do this on windows 7? i tried winimage to extract the file and got an error reading file

      • Jekoven Tinsley

        meeeee to

        • Anonymous

          Use Transmac

    • Puter

      If we’re supposed to use beta 9, why does the article link to beta 7?

      Do we have a link to beta 9?

  • Pmn2415

    I tried this, but as it was restoring, I got an error message that the iphone could not be restored.  Any ideas?  I have a 3Gs, mac, and I’m running iTunes 10.

  • Pmn2415

    I tried this, but as it was restoring, I got an error message that the iphone could not be restored.  Any ideas?  I have a 3Gs, mac, and I’m running iTunes 10.

  • http://www.theapplediary.net Simone Lombardi

    Works on windows beta 7 too… Tested personally

  • http://www.theapplediary.net Simone Lombardi

    Works on windows beta 7 too… Tested personally

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    has anyone tried it on an iPod touch 4th gen? I don’t want to risk it…

    • http://twitter.com/derekpurdy Derek Purdy

      it’s fine

    • adit kadakia

      i have and works good dude

    • http://twitter.com/but2002 Barry Tatum

      Works great

    • joshuapaul

      works well

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    has anyone tried it on an iPod touch 4th gen? I don’t want to risk it…

    • http://twitter.com/derekpurdy Derek Purdy

      it’s fine

    • adit kadakia

      i have and works good dude

    • http://twitter.com/but2002 Barry Tatum

      Works great

  • http://twitter.com/benfletcher Ben Fletcher

    this does not work for my 3Gs

    • Billy

      Did not work on my 3GS either =(

      • Billy

        I ended up downloading iTunes 10.5 beta 7, then did the restore/update. It works now!

      • Owwitburns

        No worky on the 3GS and bricked it, had to restore.

  • http://twitter.com/benfletcher Ben Fletcher

    this does not work for my 3Gs

    • Billy

      Did not work on my 3GS either =(

      • Billy

        I ended up downloading iTunes 10.5 beta 7, then did the restore/update. It works now!

      • Owwitburns

        No worky on the 3GS and bricked it, had to restore.

  • Oldrelicdvds

    Seems the CDMA version is not for Verizon Wireless. No IPSW file after extraction. Four files, but no IPSW.

    • Thindjinn

      Did you extract 2 after the first extrctions?

  • Oldrelicdvds

    Seems the CDMA version is not for Verizon Wireless. No IPSW file after extraction. Four files, but no IPSW.

    • Thindjinn

      Did you extract 2 after the first extrctions?

  • Rick

    C’mon Pirillo, are you insane? This GM is meant to developers. This is confidential information. You are violating the NDA and doing piracy.

    Apple will fall on your head soon.

    • Noah

      It sucks, because this will be the first time anyone will have ever violated NDA and pirated anything, especially iPhone iOS GMs.

    • http://twitter.com/lhamil64 Lee

      Chris didn’t post this.. Look at the author.

  • Rick

    C’mon Pirillo, are you insane? This GM is meant to developers. This is confidential information. You are violating the NDA and doing piracy.

    Apple will fall on your head soon.

    • Noah

      It sucks, because this will be the first time anyone will have ever violated NDA and pirated anything, especially iPhone iOS GMs.

    • http://twitter.com/lhamil64 Lee

      Chris didn’t post this.. Look at the author.

  • guest

    worked perfectly on my ipod touch 4g

  • guest

    worked perfectly on my ipod touch 4g

  • torneedsyou

    Anyone tried it for the ipad?

    • Rocintante1018

      Worked perfectly on my 1st gen.

  • torneedsyou

    Anyone tried it for the ipad?

    • Rocintante1018

      Worked perfectly on my 1st gen.

  • Michael Sheffield

    This worked for me on both my iPhone 4 and my iPad 1, just followed the instructions. :-)

  • Michael Sheffield

    This worked for me on both my iPhone 4 and my iPad 1, just followed the instructions. :-)

  • Dale O’Donnell

    I’ve been using iOS 5 since the beta’s were released, but I’m still excited about the official release. Having a few problems but I’m sure they will be sorted in time!

  • Dale O’Donnell

    I’ve been using iOS 5 since the beta’s were released, but I’m still excited about the official release. Having a few problems but I’m sure they will be sorted in time!

  • renato pianta

    hey yall,extract the .DMG with 7zip, then extract again the “2.hfs” file with 7zip to get the .IPSW

    • http://www.patrickkaine.com PatrickKaine

      this worked perfectly for me, thank you!

      • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

        are you using windows?

        • http://www.patrickkaine.com PatrickKaine

          yes, windows vista

  • renato pianta

    hey yall,extract the .DMG with 7zip, then extract again the “2.hfs” file with 7zip to get the .IPSW

    • http://www.patrickkaine.com PatrickKaine

      this worked perfectly for me, thank you!

      • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

        are you using windows?

  • Anonymous

    Why use DMGs? Windows users will have issues. Just use the links on http://thetecherra.com (third post down or so). GM IPSWs. Simple.

  • Anonymous

    Why use DMGs? Windows users will have issues. Just use the links on http://thetecherra.com (third post down or so). GM IPSWs. Simple.

  • Matt

    Anyone else missing imessage?

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      yes, I don’t see it either… I wonder if it is within the standard app and the other chat user HAS to be running iOS 5…?

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      found it.

  • Matt

    Anyone else missing imessage?

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      yes, I don’t see it either… I wonder if it is within the standard app and the other chat user HAS to be running iOS 5…?

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      found it.

  • wezman2k

    well looks like the backup i just made RIGHT BEFORE going thru this process isn’t compatible with my iphone…or is corrupt.  lost everything.  YAY!!!!

  • wezman2k

    well looks like the backup i just made RIGHT BEFORE going thru this process isn’t compatible with my iphone…or is corrupt.  lost everything.  YAY!!!!

  • Jekoven Tinsley

    its not working on it

  • Jekoven Tinsley

    its not working on it

  • Jarjar

    error 21 everytime. awesome.

  • Jarjar

    error 21 everytime. awesome.

  • Pipo

    The iPhone could not be restored. An unknow error occurred (21)

  • Pipo

    The iPhone could not be restored. An unknow error occurred (21)

  • RG

    How about iPad 2 Wifi + 3G (GSM)?

  • RG

    How about iPad 2 Wifi + 3G (GSM)?

  • Cmiller82

    Does not work for me. Every time I try to load ios5 i get a error and have to restore back to ios4. am i missing a key step that is not in the walk through?

  • Cmiller82

    Does not work for me. Every time I try to load ios5 i get a error and have to restore back to ios4. am i missing a key step that is not in the walk through?

  • Si

    The iPad files you’ve linked to above, are the WiFi + 3G ones for iPad 1 or 2? If they’re 2, where can the iPad 1 3G GSM files be downloaded from?

  • Si

    The iPad files you’ve linked to above, are the WiFi + 3G ones for iPad 1 or 2? If they’re 2, where can the iPad 1 3G GSM files be downloaded from?

  • Alex McCabe

    Discovered a pretty major bug. I have a passcode on. When you double tap the home button when the phone is locked, go to camera, then gallery, then press the home button. You are in the phone. Passcode averted.

    • Cyrus

      Actually, the phone goes back to the lockscreen.

    • bonafidejed

      I had the same result as Cyrus. Are you sure your phone had gone into locked mode … check the Auto-Lock durations.

      Try and recreate again:
      a) Ensure the phone is passcode locked:
           i) slide to unlock
           ii) when you get to the passcode screen, hit cancel to go back. (If you aren’t prompted to enter your lock code, wait for longer than your Auto-Lock duration, then start back at (a).)
      b) double-tap the home button.
      c) go into the gallery. At this point you should not be able to see any photos (other than the ones you’ve taken in this session) because the phone is locked.
      d) tap the home button. It should take you back to the passcode screen.

    • Jennifer

      I just tested it out on mine with a passcode and it and it only shows a gallery of the pics I took while my phone was locked.  You are not “in the phone”.  In fact, when I tried to get into the gallery before I took a pic, it asked for my passcode.

  • Alex McCabe

    Discovered a pretty major bug. I have a passcode on. When you double tap the home button when the phone is locked, go to camera, then gallery, then press the home button. You are in the phone. Passcode averted.

    • Cyrus

      Actually, the phone goes back to the lockscreen.

    • bonafidejed

      I had the same result as Cyrus. Are you sure your phone had gone into locked mode … check the Auto-Lock durations.

      Try and recreate again:
      a) Ensure the phone is passcode locked:
           i) slide to unlock
           ii) when you get to the passcode screen, hit cancel to go back. (If you aren’t prompted to enter your lock code, wait for longer than your Auto-Lock duration, then start back at (a).)
      b) double-tap the home button.
      c) go into the gallery. At this point you should not be able to see any photos (other than the ones you’ve taken in this session) because the phone is locked.
      d) tap the home button. It should take you back to the passcode screen.

    • Jennifer

      I just tested it out on mine with a passcode and it and it only shows a gallery of the pics I took while my phone was locked.  You are not “in the phone”.  In fact, when I tried to get into the gallery before I took a pic, it asked for my passcode.

  • gawd

    Any way to reverse this upgrade? My phone can’t connect to itunes at all anymore… I got ios5 up and running but I just get errors from itunes… and my messages + pictures got lost ???

  • gawd

    Any way to reverse this upgrade? My phone can’t connect to itunes at all anymore… I got ios5 up and running but I just get errors from itunes… and my messages + pictures got lost ???

  • Bigjbolden

    use 7zip to extract the files

  • Bigjbolden

    use 7zip to extract the files

  • KG

    Is anyone else having a problem installing itunes 10 beta 7? it says i have insufficient privileges with common/apple/ files… anyway to stop this? 

    • Jennifer

      Sign in to your computer as an administrator.

  • KG

    Is anyone else having a problem installing itunes 10 beta 7? it says i have insufficient privileges with common/apple/ files… anyway to stop this? 

  • Alonso

    It still has some bugs

  • Alonso

    It still has some bugs

  • http://www.patrickkaine.com PatrickKaine

    only small things I see:  The camera icon is not located next to the slide to unlock… and tasks do not have location setting options… maybe I am missing it – anyone else see this?

    • guest

      you have to double click the home button

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      Tasks don’t have location attached… the Reminders do…best,

    • Illum

      The camera button does not show until you click the home button twice…

  • Anonymous

    I have an iphone 4 GSM, most up to date itunes version, tried to upload iOS5 and gave me an error and had to restore to 4.3.5….any ideas?

    • Jennifer

      what was the error number? also, when you say, “most up to date iTunes version” do you mean 10.4 or 10.5?  You need 10.5 beta.

  • http://www.patrickkaine.com PatrickKaine

    only small things I see:  The camera icon is not located next to the slide to unlock… and tasks do not have location setting options… maybe I am missing it – anyone else see this?

    • guest

      you have to double click the home button

    • http://twitter.com/timothyeric TiMOThY ERiC

      Tasks don’t have location attached… the Reminders do…best,

    • Illum

      The camera button does not show until you click the home button twice…

  • Anonymous

    I have an iphone 4 GSM, most up to date itunes version, tried to upload iOS5 and gave me an error and had to restore to 4.3.5….any ideas?

    • Jennifer

      what was the error number? also, when you say, “most up to date iTunes version” do you mean 10.4 or 10.5?  You need 10.5 beta.

  • Itsjakez

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ITUNES BETA 7, OTHER WISE IT WILL NOT WORK AND YOU WILL RESTORE YOUR iPOD/iPHONE FOR NOTHING.
    (All caps because quite frankly, you wouldn’t have read it without it)

  • Itsjakez

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ITUNES BETA 7, OTHER WISE IT WILL NOT WORK AND YOU WILL RESTORE YOUR iPOD/iPHONE FOR NOTHING.
    (All caps because quite frankly, you wouldn’t have read it without it)

  • http://www.quirkins.com Mark

    Thanks a ton!

  • http://www.quirkins.com Mark

    Thanks a ton!

  • Guy74

    Works incredible!!! Great Upload!!!

  • Guy74

    Works incredible!!! Great Upload!!!

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    how do extract the ipsw file on a Mac? please help!

    • http://twitter.com/wizdude wizdude

      you don’t extract the ipsw file. that’s exactly the one you need to browse and select from itunes when you go to perform the upgrade.

  • http://twitter.com/joshleyva Josh Leyva

    how do extract the ipsw file on a Mac? please help!

    • http://twitter.com/wizdude wizdude

      you don’t extract the ipsw file. that’s exactly the one you need to browse and select from itunes when you go to perform the upgrade.

  • ME Ad ME

    The iTunes 10 beta download is corrupt when I try to unzip 

  • ME Ad ME

    The iTunes 10 beta download is corrupt when I try to unzip 

  • http://twitter.com/SnitchPurple187 Sergio Espina

    It’s a .dmg file and it doesn’t come up on iTunes when I try to restore it with iOS 5?

  • TriedandTrue

    This isn’t working for me either. have latest beta of each as provided in this article, and my iTunes is giving an error, saying i am not eligible for this build (during initial verifications stage). Tried using tiny umbrella to redirect hosts, but just gives me error 11.
     Well, guess i’ll have to wait. 

    • http://twitter.com/SnitchPurple187 Sergio Espina

      I got it working! you have to convert the .dmg file to an IPSW with a program such as PowerISO

      • Illum

        You don’t have to convert the file.
        Just rename it to .ipsw. :-)

  • TriedandTrue

    This isn’t working for me either. have latest beta of each as provided in this article, and my iTunes is giving an error, saying i am not eligible for this build (during initial verifications stage). Tried using tiny umbrella to redirect hosts, but just gives me error 11.
     Well, guess i’ll have to wait. 

    • http://twitter.com/SnitchPurple187 Sergio Espina

      I got it working! you have to convert the .dmg file to an IPSW with a program such as PowerISO

      • Illum

        You don’t have to convert the file.
        Just rename it to .ipsw. :-)

  • Efraincastro4

    Has anyone tried on Verizon iPhone 4?

  • Efraincastro4

    Has anyone tried on Verizon iPhone 4?

  • http://www.MagicTrax.net Magic Trax

    I can confirm that the CDMA version works perfect. I just restored it onto my iPhone without issue.

  • http://www.MagicTrax.net Magic Trax

    I can confirm that the CDMA version works perfect. I just restored it onto my iPhone without issue.

  • Itune1155

    I have an IPad 2 Wifi – 3G which software should i use?

    Reply Please.

  • Itune1155

    I have an IPad 2 Wifi – 3G which software should i use?

    Reply Please.

  • Anonymous

    WARNING!!
    If you are using Windows 7 64bits, installing iTunes 10.5 beta 7 for Win7x64 will kill your iTunes. 
    DONT DO IT!!

    • Fsdsdsdsdsdsd

      Can you please explain?  How does it kill it?  Worked fine for me.  Full uninstall of iTunes, reboot, install of beta7, another reboot….works…

      • Anonymous

        iTunes just stop working, it didnt start up at all and thats it.

        I had to restore Windows to a previous checkpoint and then repair iTunes with the actual version setup file. I have Win 7 Ultimate 64x. I didnt uninstall iTunes prior the beta7 installation so maybe that was the problem, I just installed it on top of the actual version… but this is a known issue at the Apple forums.
        https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3106570?start=0&tstart=0

        I think I’ll just wait for the offical release :-)

        Sorry for the bad english.

    • Jennifer

      What do you mean “kill” your iTunes? What error messages are you getting? It worked just fine for me.

      • Anonymous

        iTunes didnt start at all after the beta installation, I’m not getting any error messages… but maybe its just me. Anyway, I think I’ll wait for the offical release.

        • Yi Q. Chen

          This also happens to me. I was quite surprised that nothing is happening… I’ll try a rollback to the stable version of iTunes and guess to wait that 4 days to the Release.

  • Anonymous

    WARNING!!
    If you are using Windows 7 64bits, installing iTunes 10.5 beta 7 for Win7x64 will kill your iTunes. 
    DONT DO IT!!

    • Jennifer

      What do you mean “kill” your iTunes? What error messages are you getting? It worked just fine for me.

      • Anonymous

        iTunes didnt start at all after the beta installation, I’m not getting any error messages… but maybe its just me. Anyway, I think I’ll wait for the offical release.

        • Yi Q. Chen

          This also happens to me. I was quite surprised that nothing is happening… I’ll try a rollback to the stable version of iTunes and guess to wait that 4 days to the Release.

  • Johndoe619

    where do i get the itunes beta from ?

  • Johndoe619

    where do i get the itunes beta from ?

  • Kwilk95

    works perfectly on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G CDMA

  • Kwilk95

    works perfectly on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G CDMA

  • Durrell Robinson

    I can’t get itunes beta to install :-(

  • Durrell Robinson

    I can’t get itunes beta to install :-(

  • http://conflictinggamers.com George

    Is there a place to download iCloud Control Panel for Windows? Thx in advance.

    • Jennifer

      Yes but the site won’t be up until the official release.  Once it’s officially released, go to http://www.icloud.com/icloudcontrolpanel/

  • http://conflictinggamers.com George

    Is there a place to download iCloud Control Panel for Windows? Thx in advance.

  • Sturlahe

    I get error 3002 every time. Installed Itunes beta. Tried by extracting the IPSW from the DMG and by downloading the IPSW directly

    • Sturlahe

      This is a classic case of not following the simple rule of RTFM. I chose update instead of restore.

    • Josh E

      Yep me too. If you figure it out, let me know too please.

      • Eric Smith

        Don’t do ‘Update’ do ‘Restore’.  I was getting the same error..

        • Josh E

          Fuck that’s a stupid mistake. Thanks dude. 

    • Feliciano Richard

      me too

    • Tripod

      You need to use the restore not update button

  • Sturlahe

    I get error 3002 every time. Installed Itunes beta. Tried by extracting the IPSW from the DMG and by downloading the IPSW directly

    • Josh E

      Yep me too. If you figure it out, let me know too please.

      • Eric Smith

        Don’t do ‘Update’ do ‘Restore’.  I was getting the same error..

        • Josh E

          Fuck that’s a stupid mistake. Thanks dude. 

  • G0c

    works ok on iphone4 gsm, now onto ipad2

  • Anonymous

    This worked perfectly on my ipad 2 last night. I think however I will let my phone update “naturally”  as it is critical for me to take calls and not F** it up

  • Anonymous

    This worked perfectly on my ipad 2 last night. I think however I will let my phone update “naturally”  as it is critical for me to take calls and not F** it up

  • Benoît Huron

    It worked like a charm. Thanks!

  • Benoît Huron

    It worked like a charm. Thanks!

  • Richard Feliciano

    it dosen`t work for me, it give mes an erro “3002″

    • Jennifer

      Use the “restore” button instead of the “update” button. Go back and re-read the instructions to see if there’s anything else you missed too.

  • arvin

    when I back up it say that the ipsw file isn`t compateble

  • arvin

    can someone plz answer..

  • http://engine021.com Sardar Mohkim Khan

    Have you given it a try on the iPod Touch 4? 

  • http://engine021.com Sardar Mohkim Khan

    Have you given it a try on the iPod Touch 4? 

  • sethf

    Working great! just taking forever for my apps to sync -_-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R44SL445J7JEWXYQKJ4HUEP73E ka

    Worked great on my iTouch 4th gen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R44SL445J7JEWXYQKJ4HUEP73E ka

    Worked great on my iTouch 4th gen.

  • CBlasek

    Is this still working? Im unable to activate on VZW

  • Kcarley

    sorry if this is a dumb question but how do i tell if my phone is gsm or cdma?

    • Anonymous

      AT&T = GSM
      Verizon = CDMA

  • Kcarley

    sorry if this is a dumb question but how do i tell if my phone is gsm or cdma?

    • Anonymous

      AT&T = GSM
      Verizon = CDMA

  • Dan

    *cough* umm, works….. IT WORKS!!! Trololololololololo (>’0′)>

  • Dan

    *cough* umm, works….. IT WORKS!!! Trololololololololo (>’0′)>

  • Aajeev

    I can also confirm that the iOS5 CDMA is working with an iPhone4 CDMA. Although, I’m not that impressed so far…

  • Aajeev

    I can also confirm that the iOS5 CDMA is working with an iPhone4 CDMA. Although, I’m not that impressed so far…

  • Guest

    trying to update iP4, using iTunes 10.5b7 on Lion, says device not eligible. Have tried with and without cydia gs.apple.com in /etc/hosts, no f**king difference.

  • Guest

    trying to update iP4, using iTunes 10.5b7 on Lion, says device not eligible. Have tried with and without cydia gs.apple.com in /etc/hosts, no f**king difference.

  • Anonymous

    iTunes just stop working, it didnt start up at all and thats it.

    I had to restore Windows to a previous checkpoint and then repair iTunes with the actual version setup file. I have Win 7 Ultimate 64x. I didnt uninstall iTunes prior the beta7 installation so maybe that was the problem, I just installed it on top of the actual version… but this is a known issue at the Apple forums.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3106570?start=0&tstart=0

    I think I’ll just wait for the offical release :-)

    Sorry for the bad english.

  • Jennifer

    Use the “restore” button instead of the “update” button. Go back and re-read the instructions to see if there’s anything else you missed too.

  • Moviemedic

    Is the camera accessability from the Lock Screen only available on the 4s?  I just updated my 4 to iOS 5 and have the shutter button functionality with the volumn button inside the camera app, but there is no camera button on the lock screen. 

    • Roel Cisneros

      Double click the home button in the lock screen it’s there.

  • Chino561

    how is it working for you guys?? I got an iPod Touch 4G on 4.3.3 firmware.. I got iTunes 10.5 beta 7 and iOS 5 GM… I keep getting 3194 error everytime i try restoring to that firmware…

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if anyone has a video going through the process, and has anyone tried on a iPhone 3GS running 4.3.5 and do i need the 7Zip if im running windows?

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if anyone has a video going through the process, and has anyone tried on a iPhone 3GS running 4.3.5 and do i need the 7Zip if im running windows?

  • Augell0

    i just updated the itunes how do i get the itunes that works with this 

  • Gcerickson96

    Is this legall?

  • Gcerickson96

    Is this legall?

    • http://twitter.com/mass_music randall young

      yes it is. it was proven legal in court.

  • Gcerickson96

    Is this legall?

  • Jacob

    I try to download iTunes 7 beta and when I got to open it says the file is invalid and i cant download it? 

  • Familienhald

    Anyone figured out how to update a iPad 2 WiFi + 3G GSM ?

  • Guest

    Get error 1602 when trying with iPad 2 wi-fi only version.

  • Guest

    Get error 1602 when trying with iPad 2 wi-fi only version.

  • Jay

    Please help! I d/l the file and extracted the IPSW with 7-Zip. I also d/l the iTunes 10.5beta7 from the link above. When I go to iTunes to and use the restore option and select the file, iTunes says that it is extracting the file. Once it gets through with that step it says “Verifying restore with Apple”. I then get an error message that says “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194).” I have an iPhone 4 (Verizon). Anyone have any suggestions to fix this?? 

    • Daniel Robinson

      You need to remove gs.apple.com line on hosts file.that is what fixed my issue

  • Jay

    Please help! I d/l the file and extracted the IPSW with 7-Zip. I also d/l the iTunes 10.5beta7 from the link above. When I go to iTunes to and use the restore option and select the file, iTunes says that it is extracting the file. Once it gets through with that step it says “Verifying restore with Apple”. I then get an error message that says “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194).” I have an iPhone 4 (Verizon). Anyone have any suggestions to fix this?? 

    • Daniel Robinson

      You need to remove gs.apple.com line on hosts file.that is what fixed my issue

  • http://bmbufalo.blogspot.com bmbufalo

    Anyone getting the 1611 error while trying to do this? It worked fine on my iPhone 4 GSM but I can’t get it to work on my friends iPhone 4 CDMA. Very frustrating! 

  • http://bmbufalo.blogspot.com bmbufalo

    Anyone getting the 1611 error while trying to do this? It worked fine on my iPhone 4 GSM but I can’t get it to work on my friends iPhone 4 CDMA. Very frustrating! 

  • toni

    i did follow the instructions to my iPad 2 Wifi, and working well.

  • toni

    i did follow the instructions to my iPad 2 Wifi, and working well.

  • Oscar

    How do you update iTunes?

  • Oscar

    How do you update iTunes?

  • Roel Cisneros

    Double click the home button in the lock screen it’s there.

  • guest

    I’ve tried to login to iCloud using my apple ID and it says i’m locked out due to security reasons; I go to reset my password at iforgot.apple.com per instructions but still locked out. Anyone know if you’re not one of the approved beta people whether that keeps you locked out of syncing to the cloud? or am I doing something wrong?

    Other than that, works great. Camera and Notifications are VERY nice improvements.

  • guest

    I’ve tried to login to iCloud using my apple ID and it says i’m locked out due to security reasons; I go to reset my password at iforgot.apple.com per instructions but still locked out. Anyone know if you’re not one of the approved beta people whether that keeps you locked out of syncing to the cloud? or am I doing something wrong?

    Other than that, works great. Camera and Notifications are VERY nice improvements.

  • http://www.cjschris.com/ cjschris

    Downloading now. Anyone had any problems with an iPod touch 3, before I try it? Thanks lockergnome!

  • http://www.cjschris.com/ cjschris

    Downloading now. Anyone had any problems with an iPod touch 3, before I try it? Thanks lockergnome!

  • Solomonlight

    So i guess it doesnt matter about the file extention not matching the ipsw

  • http://twitter.com/mass_music randall young

    yes it is. it was proven legal in court.

  • Vpatel787

    if this GM version is installed now, when the final version comes out next week will it be possible to update to the final release? how simple will it be to update it? 

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to know this too. Amy downside to doing this early?

  • Anonymous

    I have followed all instructions on this page, as well as many suggestions in the bottom, but I keep on getting error 21. Using iTunes 10.5 beta 9 on Mac OS X Lion. I even downloaded the .ipsw file twice because I thought the file was corrupt the first time. Didn’t really help. 

  • Anonymous

    I have followed all instructions on this page, as well as many suggestions in the bottom, but I keep on getting error 21. Using iTunes 10.5 beta 9 on Mac OS X Lion. I even downloaded the .ipsw file twice because I thought the file was corrupt the first time. Didn’t really help. 

  • senoj

    iPhone 4 CDMA everything works flawlessly but…..

    Cydia on both snowbreeze and redsnow will not work. Both open and crash right away. With redsnow I get the infamous cydia white icon. Any ideas? Anyone else experience the same?

  • Patrick Gaik

    Don’t see the speech to text microphone on keyboard on iPhone 4 CDMA. Also, no Friend Finder app?  Is this not quite final version?

    • gimpless

      This will only be available to the iPhone 4S, not previous models.

      • Patrick Gaik

        I thought that only applied to Siri. I didn’t thing the speech-to-text was part of that.

  • Patrick Gaik

    Don’t see the speech to text microphone on keyboard on iPhone 4 CDMA. Also, no Friend Finder app?  Is this not quite final version?

    • gimpless

      This will only be available to the iPhone 4S, not previous models.

      • Patrick Gaik

        I thought that only applied to Siri. I didn’t thing the speech-to-text was part of that.

  • David Drewienka

    I’m using Windows 7 64 bit.  Itunes beta installs but won’t run.  I’ve uninstalled all Apple apps, rebooted ans tried again, but it doesn’t work.  Any ideas?

  • David Drewienka

    I’m using Windows 7 64 bit.  Itunes beta installs but won’t run.  I’ve uninstalled all Apple apps, rebooted ans tried again, but it doesn’t work.  Any ideas?

  • Jeffrey Handy

    I don’t see a download for Apple TV 2 – is it out there?

  • Jeffrey Handy

    I don’t see a download for Apple TV 2 – is it out there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Maas/794587369 Jason Maas

    Works perfectly!  Can’t wait for the ipad 2 + IOS 5 Jailbreak!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Maas/794587369 Jason Maas

    Works perfectly!  Can’t wait for the ipad 2 + IOS 5 Jailbreak!

  • David

    It works & its BOSS

  • Marcell Gooding

    i tried to do it on my ipod 3rd generation and a error came up (21) think that error is the security thingy thing so if any body can guide me through let me know. By the way im using a mac

  • Marcell Gooding

    i tried to do it on my ipod 3rd generation and a error came up (21) think that error is the security thingy thing so if any body can guide me through let me know. By the way im using a mac

  • mr x

    just did on a Verizon iPhone 4, iPad 1 w/ Wi-Fi & GSM & iPod Touch.  all worked perfect every time.  Am using iTunes 10.5 b132 on a MBP w/ Lion

  • mr x

    just did on a Verizon iPhone 4, iPad 1 w/ Wi-Fi & GSM & iPod Touch.  all worked perfect every time.  Am using iTunes 10.5 b132 on a MBP w/ Lion

  • Me here this guy

    I keep getting error code 21!!! Wtf

  • Me here this guy

    I keep getting error code 21!!! Wtf

  • Guest Appearance

    I’ve never had luck with these type of things, although i feel i’m computer literate. This actually works though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest Appearance

    I’ve never had luck with these type of things, although i feel i’m computer literate. This actually works though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johnnybravo

    What DMG file are you people talkign about? I downloaded the iPhone 4 iOS5 ipsw file directly..am i not supposed to use this?

  • Johnnybravo

    What DMG file are you people talkign about? I downloaded the iPhone 4 iOS5 ipsw file directly..am i not supposed to use this?

  • Cody

    I got this for the 4th Gen iPod touch on Windows XP (I know, I’m ashamed, but I’m saving for a Mac). It’s working fine. If you get a direct IPSW instead of a .dmg, don’t freak out. It’s better than getting a .dmg because you don’t have to go through the trouble of extracting everything. A .dmg is kind of like an .iso. It’s basically a disc image. I even got a free @me account through iCloud. Extra bonus. Now you just have to figure out how to get the iCloud Control Panel on XP. *Maybe 3rd Party* Hmm…. 

  • Searls03

    How can I revert back to ios 4.  is there a way for apps back into folders?  will i beable to upgrade to future releases?

  • Chris

    I use 7zip to try and unzip the .dmg and nothing happens.

  • Guest

    Is this illegal? Just Wondering. Because I want to do it but, I don’t want to get in trouble for it. Thanks! (:

    • Anonymous

      No. Even if it were, it would be like taking a leak in the woods – technically illegal, but who will know or care? Just don’t get any on ya.

  • RandomAct

    worked fine for me…

    once Oct 12 rolls around, where will we be? will we need to manually update this or will the Golden Master automatically update to the live version?

  • Someone

    just in case it helps someone. I was able to restore iOS5 successfully, and restore from a backup i had made, but on the final step on the iOS5 initial setup, where it asks you 

  • Anonymous

    just in case it helps someone: i was able to successfully restore iOS5, and then during the iOS5 initial configuration, where it asks you if you want to setup as new iphone or restore from backup, i was able to restore from backup from iTunes, and the restore was successfull, but the iPhone was still stuck on the “Connect to iTunes” screen, although it had already finished restoring and syncinc. All i had to do was just select “setup as new iphone” after that…and i still had all my apps. weird, but worked

  • Jo

    Brilliant, thank you!  And iOS 5 is wonderful!  A  word of warning…. I had a sim code on my sim card and whole install operation crashed as it wanted me to enter it into iTunes before moving on.  So had to start all over again (having removed the code first!) and breezed through it to a successful ending.  Hope that helps…

  • Dan Arlington

    Well, I have a version of iTunes 10.5 and managed to update to iOS5 on my iPhone 4 GSM. However it wouldn’t restore my data at all, am now attempting to restore back to an old version in recovery mode – fingers crossed I haven’t lost EVERYTHING.

  • Dan Arlington

    Well, I have a version of iTunes 10.5 and managed to update to iOS5 on my iPhone 4 GSM. However it wouldn’t restore my data at all, am now attempting to restore back to an old version in recovery mode – fingers crossed I haven’t lost EVERYTHING.

  • http://twitter.com/ShaneKernaghan Shane Kernaghan ©

    It dint work for me my phone is fucked now :(

  • http://twitter.com/ShaneKernaghan Shane Kernaghan ©

    It dint work for me my phone is fucked now :(

    • Blowme

      You suck at life!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to know this too. Amy downside to doing this early?

  • Lukeschmidty

    I have done everything correctly. But when i get to the point where i need to restore, I go to choose the file, and it is greyed out. it won’t let me select it. Why???

  • Lukeschmidty

    I have done everything correctly. But when i get to the point where i need to restore, I go to choose the file, and it is greyed out. it won’t let me select it. Why???

  • Buena82

    I downloaded new iTunes and iPhone 4 with AT&T.  I can’t seem to get the restore to bring up the software.  Any suggestions?

  • Buena82

    I downloaded new iTunes and iPhone 4 with AT&T.  I can’t seem to get the restore to bring up the software.  Any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/webdarren Darren Ratcliffe

    Just waiting for my restore but it looks to have worked – thanks to itsjakez and renato for the pointers :)

  • http://twitter.com/webdarren Darren Ratcliffe

    Just waiting for my restore but it looks to have worked – thanks to itsjakez and renato for the pointers :)

  • Ada

    Thanks….worked fine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1421970102 Andrew D’John Davidson

    I have all my apps but no contacts, how can i get them back?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1421970102 Andrew D’John Davidson

    I have all my apps but no contacts, how can i get them back?

  • Db

    Worked great for my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 wifi

  • Db

    Worked great for my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 wifi

  • Yoyoyo

    Awesome! This worked for my iPhone 3GS with a flawless install. :D

  • Yoyoyo

    Awesome! This worked for my iPhone 3GS with a flawless install. :D

  • Dimpleperson

    I can’t mirroring to work on my iPad 2

  • Dimpleperson

    I can’t mirroring to work on my iPad 2

  • Dimpleperson

    What about apple tv?

  • Dimpleperson

    What about apple tv?

  • Johan von Lindeman

    will I loose all my apps?

  • Johan von Lindeman

    will I loose all my apps?

  • Daviddamionkim

    it wont let me open the file up when im doing the restore part! what do i do?!?!?

  • 123

    File link to itunes 10 beta is corrupt.

  • Guest

    I backed up my phone while under iOS 4.3.1, then followed your steps to upgrade to iOS5.  However, when I tried to restore my information after the upgrade, iTunes said that my old backup data is corrupt.  Since then, I’ve lost all of my contact information and photos.  I am also having a hard time trying to downgrade to 4.3.3 as well when using TinyUmbrella and other tools.  I never had the issue of not being able to restore my data when upgrading firmware before, until iOS5.  Do you think that because I’m using a beta version of iTunes that it does not recognize the old backed up data?

  • Tech Pepsi

    this works but now I can not downgrade to 4.3.5

  • Arengorn

    doesnt work itunes 10.5 beta 7 expired

  • Pbccmm

    doesnt work itunes 10.5 beta 7 expired

  • Anonymous

    No. Even if it were, it would be like taking a leak in the woods – technically illegal, but who will know or care? Just don’t get any on ya.

  • Kaparicio

    Is this only for macs? I downloaded the software but cant open it on my windows computer,.

  • Mike

    I tried both downloading the file the changing the ext to .ipsw as well as extracting the .dmg then the 2.hfs

    Both of them gave me the following error:

    The iPod “iPod Name” could not be restored because the firmware is not compatible.

  • Dwdlux

    i did all the steps and extract the DMG file (the bigger file that’s about 760,000KB since there are 2) but then when i try to extract the DMG file again it says cannot be done

  • Michaelm0377

    is this for a MAC only? I dl the ipad2 wifi file and it is a .dmg so how do I install it? I tried it once and it got an error and stated it needed to be restored back. Thanks

  • Badger

    Can you use this with the official iTunes 10.5 just released?

  • Bevlee729

    I have no idea what link downloads iOS5for iPhone GSM,once I click on the link above… It takes me to a page with a whole bunch of downloads that are not clearly labeled as to what is what… HELP

  • pljs08

    how do u upgrade itunes to the official itunes 10.5?

  • Brandon Hawkins

    If I updated this way will it affect the official update

  • Blksuperman89

    what is the 2.hfs file you have to extract??

  • pradeep

    hai..the links are invalid..no os files are there..please upload those..