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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Comments

  1. FletchyBoii says:

    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

  2. FletchyBoii says:

    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

  3. FletchyBoii says:

    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

  4. Mike says:

    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?

  5. Mike says:

    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?

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

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

  8. Dan says:

    It downloaded as dmg what do I do now

  9. Chizza Otto says:

    Fletchy could pls help out

  10. Chizza Otto says:

    Fletchy could pls help out

  11. Guest says:

    R.I.P Steve Jobs :(

  12. Guest says:

    R.I.P Steve Jobs :(

  13. Josh Leyva says:

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

  14. Josh Leyva says:

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

  15. Josh Leyva says:

    have you got  it figured out yet?

  16. Josh Leyva says:

    have you got  it figured out yet?

  17. Anonymous says:

    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.

  18. Anonymous says:

    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.

  19. Jorge W Machado says:

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

  20. Jorge W Machado says:

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

  21. Jorge W Machado says:

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

  22. Jorge W Machado says:

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

  23. Bruce So says:

    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

  24. Bruce So says:

    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

  25. Jesús Robles says:

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

  26. Jesús Robles says:

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

  27. Jkrohn1 says:

    rename .DMG to .ipsw unzip doesnt work

  28. Jkrohn1 says:

    rename .DMG to .ipsw unzip doesnt work

  29. Dave says:

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

  30. Dave says:

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

  31. Idon't Know says:

    Wrong

  32. Idon't Know says:

    Wrong

  33. Jim Gresham says:

    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.

  34. Jim Gresham says:

    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.

  35. derp says:

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

  36. derp says:

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

  37. derp says:

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

  38. Chargold says:

    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.

  39. Chargold says:

    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.

  40. Pmn2415 says:

    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.

  41. Pmn2415 says:

    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.

  42. Works on windows beta 7 too… Tested personally

  43. Works on windows beta 7 too… Tested personally

  44. Josh Leyva says:

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

  45. Josh Leyva says:

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

  46. Ben Fletcher says:

    this does not work for my 3Gs

  47. Ben Fletcher says:

    this does not work for my 3Gs

  48. Oldrelicdvds says:

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

  49. Oldrelicdvds says:

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

  50. Rick says:

    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.

  51. Rick says:

    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.

  52. guest says:

    worked perfectly on my ipod touch 4g

  53. guest says:

    worked perfectly on my ipod touch 4g

  54. torneedsyou says:

    Anyone tried it for the ipad?

  55. torneedsyou says:

    Anyone tried it for the ipad?

  56. bluedevil229 says:

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

  57. bluedevil229 says:

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

  58. Billy says:

    Did not work on my 3GS either =(

  59. Billy says:

    Did not work on my 3GS either =(

  60. bluedevil229 says:

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

  61. bluedevil229 says:

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

  62. Anonymous says:

    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.

  63. Anonymous says:

    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.

  64. Under386 says:

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

  65. Under386 says:

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

  66. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  67. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  68. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  69. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  70. Noah says:

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

  71. Guest says:

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

  72. LimeyNR says:

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

  73. Noah says:

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

  74. Guest says:

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

  75. LimeyNR says:

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

  76. Dale O'Donnell says:

    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!

  77. Dale O'Donnell says:

    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!

  78. bluedevil229 says:

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

  79. bluedevil229 says:

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

  80. Billy says:

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

  81. Billy says:

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

  82. renato pianta says:

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

  83. renato pianta says:

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

  84. Anonymous says:

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

  85. Anonymous says:

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

  86. Owwitburns says:

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

  87. Owwitburns says:

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

  88. Matt says:

    Anyone else missing imessage?

  89. Matt says:

    Anyone else missing imessage?

  90. Rocintante1018 says:

    Worked perfectly on my 1st gen.

  91. Rocintante1018 says:

    Worked perfectly on my 1st gen.

  92. stankpatrol says:

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

  93. stankpatrol says:

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

  94. wezman2k says:

    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!!!!

  95. wezman2k says:

    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!!!!

  96. Jekoven Tinsley says:

    its not working on it

  97. Jekoven Tinsley says:

    meeeee to

  98. Jekoven Tinsley says:

    its not working on it

  99. Jekoven Tinsley says:

    meeeee to

  100. Lee says:

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

  101. Lee says:

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

  102. PatrickKaine says:

    this worked perfectly for me, thank you!

  103. PatrickKaine says:

    this worked perfectly for me, thank you!

  104. Jarjar says:

    error 21 everytime. awesome.

  105. Jarjar says:

    error 21 everytime. awesome.

  106. Pipo says:

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

  107. Pipo says:

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

  108. RG says:

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

  109. RG says:

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

  110. Cmiller82 says:

    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?

  111. Cmiller82 says:

    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?

  112. Anonymous says:

    Use Transmac

  113. Anonymous says:

    Use Transmac

  114. Si says:

    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?

  115. Si says:

    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?

  116. Alex McCabe says:

    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.

  117. Alex McCabe says:

    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.

  118. gawd says:

    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 ???

  119. gawd says:

    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 ???

  120. Bigjbolden says:

    use 7zip to extract the files

  121. Bigjbolden says:

    use 7zip to extract the files

  122. KG says:

    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? 

  123. KG says:

    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? 

  124. Cyrus says:

    Actually, the phone goes back to the lockscreen.

  125. ChrisM says:

    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.

  126. Cyrus says:

    Actually, the phone goes back to the lockscreen.

  127. ChrisM says:

    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.

  128. How do you get itunes beta?

  129. How do you get itunes beta?

  130. Alonso says:

    It still has some bugs

  131. Alonso says:

    It still has some bugs

  132. PatrickKaine says:

    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?

  133. Anonymous says:

    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?

  134. PatrickKaine says:

    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?

  135. Anonymous says:

    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?

  136. Itsjakez says:

    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)

  137. Itsjakez says:

    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)

  138. Mark says:

    Thanks a ton!

  139. Mark says:

    Thanks a ton!

  140. Guy74 says:

    Works incredible!!! Great Upload!!!

  141. Guy74 says:

    Works incredible!!! Great Upload!!!

  142. Puter says:

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

    Do we have a link to beta 9?

  143. Puter says:

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

    Do we have a link to beta 9?

  144. guest says:

    you have to double click the home button

  145. guest says:

    you have to double click the home button

  146. Jennifer says:

    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.

  147. Jennifer says:

    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.

  148. bonafidejed says:

    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.

  149. bonafidejed says:

    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.

  150. Josh Leyva says:

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

  151. Josh Leyva says:

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

  152. Josh Leyva says:

    are you using windows?

  153. Josh Leyva says:

    are you using windows?

  154. Derek Purdy says:

    it’s fine

  155. Derek Purdy says:

    it’s fine

  156. ME Ad ME says:

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

  157. ME Ad ME says:

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

  158. Jennifer says:

    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.

  159. Jennifer says:

    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.

  160. Jennifer says:
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  162. Jennifer says:
  163. Jennifer says:
  164. It’s a .dmg file and it doesn’t come up on iTunes when I try to restore it with iOS 5?

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

  166. Scott Kauer says:

    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….

  167. TriedandTrue says:

    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. 

  168. Scott Kauer says:

    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….

  169. TriedandTrue says:

    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. 

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

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

  172. Thindjinn says:

    Did you extract 2 after the first extrctions?

  173. Thindjinn says:

    Did you extract 2 after the first extrctions?

  174. Efraincastro4 says:

    Has anyone tried on Verizon iPhone 4?

  175. Efraincastro4 says:

    Has anyone tried on Verizon iPhone 4?

  176. adit kadakia says:

    i have and works good dude

  177. adit kadakia says:

    i have and works good dude

  178. Magic Trax says:

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

  179. Magic Trax says:

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

  180. did it work?

  181. did it work?

  182. Itune1155 says:

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

    Reply Please.

  183. Itune1155 says:

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

    Reply Please.

  184. Anonymous says:

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

  185. Anonymous says:

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

  186. Johndoe619 says:

    where do i get the itunes beta from ?

  187. Johndoe619 says:

    where do i get the itunes beta from ?

  188. Kwilk95 says:

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

  189. Kwilk95 says:

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

  190. Durrell Robinson says:

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

  191. Durrell Robinson says:

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

  192. George says:

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

  193. George says:

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

  194. Sturlahe says:

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

  195. Sturlahe says:

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

  196. Sturlahe says:

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

  197. G0c says:

    works ok on iphone4 gsm, now onto ipad2

  198. wizdude says:

    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.

  199. wizdude says:

    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.

  200. Josh E says:

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

  201. Josh E says:

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

  202. Anonymous says:

    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

  203. Anonymous says:

    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

  204. Jennifer says:

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

  205. Jennifer says:

    Sign in to your computer as an administrator.

  206. Barry Tatum says:

    Works great

  207. Barry Tatum says:

    Works great

  208. Benoît Huron says:

    It worked like a charm. Thanks!

  209. Benoît Huron says:

    It worked like a charm. Thanks!

  210. Richard Feliciano says:

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

  211. Feliciano Richard says:

    me too

  212. TiMOThY ERiC says:

    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…?

  213. TiMOThY ERiC says:

    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…?

  214. Tripod says:

    You need to use the restore not update button

  215. TiMOThY ERiC says:

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

  216. TiMOThY ERiC says:

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

  217. Eric Smith says:

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

  218. Eric Smith says:

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

  219. arvin says:

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

  220. arvin says:

    can someone plz answer..

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

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

  223. Fsdsdsdsdsdsd says:

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

  224. sethf says:

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

  225. ka says:

    Worked great on my iTouch 4th gen.

  226. ka says:

    Worked great on my iTouch 4th gen.

  227. TiMOThY ERiC says:

    found it.

  228. TiMOThY ERiC says:

    found it.

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

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

  231. CBlasek says:

    Is this still working? Im unable to activate on VZW

  232. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  233. Michael Sheffield says:

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

  234. Kcarley says:

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

  235. Kcarley says:

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

  236. Dan says:

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

  237. Dan says:

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

  238. Josh E says:

    Fuck that’s a stupid mistake. Thanks dude. 

  239. Josh E says:

    Fuck that’s a stupid mistake. Thanks dude. 

  240. Anonymous says:

    AT&T = GSM
    Verizon = CDMA

  241. Anonymous says:

    AT&T = GSM
    Verizon = CDMA

  242. Aajeev says:

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

  243. Aajeev says:

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

  244. Guest says:

    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.

  245. Guest says:

    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.

  246. Anonymous says:

    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.

  247. Anonymous says:

    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.

  248. Jennifer says:

    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.

  249. Jennifer says:

    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.

  250. Jennifer says:

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

  251. Jennifer says:

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

  252. Moviemedic says:

    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. 

  253. Chino561 says:

    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…

  254. Anonymous says:

    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?

  255. Anonymous says:

    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?

  256. Augell0 says:

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

  257. Gcerickson96 says:

    Is this legall?

  258. Gcerickson96 says:

    Is this legall?

  259. Gcerickson96 says:

    Is this legall?

  260. Jacob says:

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

  261. Familienhald says:

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

  262. Anonymous says:

    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.

  263. Anonymous says:

    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.

  264. Guest says:

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

  265. Guest says:

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

  266. Jay says:

    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?? 

  267. Jay says:

    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?? 

  268. bmbufalo says:

    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! 

  269. bmbufalo says:

    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! 

  270. toni says:

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

  271. toni says:

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

  272. Oscar says:

    How do you update iTunes?

  273. Oscar says:

    How do you update iTunes?

  274. Roel Cisneros says:

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

  275. Roel Cisneros says:

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

  276. Daniel Robinson says:

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

  277. Daniel Robinson says:

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

  278. guest says:

    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.

  279. guest says:

    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.

  280. cjschris says:

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

  281. cjschris says:

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

  282. Solomonlight says:

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

  283. yes it is. it was proven legal in court.

  284. yes it is. it was proven legal in court.

  285. Vpatel787 says:

    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? 

  286. Anonymous says:

    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. 

  287. Anonymous says:

    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. 

  288. senoj says:

    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?

  289. Patrick Gaik says:

    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?

  290. Patrick Gaik says:

    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?

  291. 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.

  292. 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.

  293. David Drewienka says:

    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?

  294. David Drewienka says:

    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?

  295. Jeffrey Handy says:

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

  296. Jeffrey Handy says:

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

  297. Yi Q. Chen says:

    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.

  298. Yi Q. Chen says:

    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.

  299. Jason Maas says:

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

  300. Jason Maas says:

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

  301. gimpless says:

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

  302. gimpless says:

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

  303. Illum says:

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

  304. Illum says:

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

  305. Illum says:

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

  306. Illum says:

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

  307. Illum says:

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

  308. Illum says:

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

  309. Patrick Gaik says:

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

  310. Patrick Gaik says:

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

  311. David says:

    It works & its BOSS

  312. Marcell Gooding says:

    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

  313. Marcell Gooding says:

    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

  314. mr x says:

    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

  315. mr x says:

    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

  316. Me here this guy says:

    I keep getting error code 21!!! Wtf

  317. Me here this guy says:

    I keep getting error code 21!!! Wtf

  318. Guest Appearance says:

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

  319. Guest Appearance says:

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

  320. Johnnybravo says:

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

  321. Johnnybravo says:

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

  322. Cody says:

    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…. 

  323. Searls03 says:

    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?

  324. Chris says:

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

  325. Guest says:

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

  326. RandomAct says:

    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?

  327. Someone says:

    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 

  328. Anonymous says:

    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

  329. macw00dy says:

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

  330. Jo says:

    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…

  331. Dan Arlington says:

    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.

  332. Dan Arlington says:

    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.

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

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

  335. Anonymous says:

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

  336. Anonymous says:

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

  337. Lukeschmidty says:

    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???

  338. Lukeschmidty says:

    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???

  339. Buena82 says:

    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?

  340. Buena82 says:

    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?

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

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

  343. Ada says:

    Thanks….worked fine!

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

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

  346. Db says:

    Worked great for my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 wifi

  347. Db says:

    Worked great for my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 wifi

  348. Yoyoyo says:

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

  349. Yoyoyo says:

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

  350. Dimpleperson says:

    I can’t mirroring to work on my iPad 2

  351. Dimpleperson says:

    I can’t mirroring to work on my iPad 2

  352. Dimpleperson says:

    What about apple tv?

  353. Dimpleperson says:

    What about apple tv?

  354. Johan von Lindeman says:

    will I loose all my apps?

  355. Johan von Lindeman says:

    will I loose all my apps?

  356. Daviddamionkim says:

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

  357. 123 says:

    File link to itunes 10 beta is corrupt.

  358. Guest says:

    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?

  359. Tech Pepsi says:

    this works but now I can not downgrade to 4.3.5

  360. Arengorn says:

    doesnt work itunes 10.5 beta 7 expired

  361. Pbccmm says:

    doesnt work itunes 10.5 beta 7 expired

  362. Anonymous says:

    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.

  363. Anonymous says:

    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.

  364. Kaparicio says:

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

  365. Mike says:

    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.

  366. Dwdlux says:

    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

  367. Michaelm0377 says:

    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

  368. Badger says:

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

  369. Blowme says:

    You suck at life!

  370. PatrickKaine says:

    yes, windows vista

  371. Bevlee729 says:

    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

  372. pljs08 says:

    how do u upgrade itunes to the official itunes 10.5?

  373. joshuapaul says:

    works well

  374. Brandon Hawkins says:

    If I updated this way will it affect the official update

  375. Blksuperman89 says:

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

  376. pradeep says:

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