How to install iOS 7 beta

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Apple unveiled iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 Keynote address yesterday, which features a completely redesigned user interface and new features such as Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, smarter multitasking and iTunes Radio.

If you’re new to iOS development and want to install the iOS 7 beta on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to test your apps, then check out this step-by-step guide.

Some important points before we start:

  • We’re assuming that you’re a member of Apple’s iOS Developer program. If not you can enroll for the program for $99 per year.
  • This guide is only meant for developers who want to test their apps on iOS 7 beta. As we reported earlier, some users have managed to install iOS 7 beta on their device without a developer account/UDID registration. You can check this post for more details.
  • Beta versions are usually buggy, so please proceed at your own risk
  • Please ensure that you’ve taken a backup of your iOS device to iCloud or iTunes before you upgrade to iOS 7 beta
  • Please note iOS 7 beta is only compatible with the following iOS devices:
    • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4
    • iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini (iOS 7 beta for iPad is not available currently)
    • iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Jailbreakers please note that it is highly unlikely that tools to jailbreak beta versions of iOS 7 will be released

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to install iOS 7 beta on your iOS device:

Provisioning

This is where you assign devices for development and testing purpose

  • Login to iOS Dev Center
  • Click on the Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles at the top right of the sidebar
  • Next click on Devices in the left navigational panel
  • Then click on the + button to add your iOS device
  • Here you need to enter the UDID of the iOS device, which is a 40 hex character string. You can find the UDID using either Xcode or iTunes:
    • Xcode method – Connect your device to your Mac and open Xcode. Then in Xcode, navigate to the ‘Window’ drop down menu and select ‘Organizer’. You should now see your device’s UDID. Double click on it to highlight and press Command+C to copy the UDID to your Clipboard.
    • iTunes method - Connect your iOS device to your Mac and launch iTunes. In iTunes, select your iOS device in the ‘Devices’ section and navigate to the Summary tab. Click on the Serial Number label, this will show the Identifier field and the 40 hex character UDID. Right click on the UDID and then click on Copy Identifier (UDID) to copy it to your clipboard.
  • Go back to iOS Dev Center, now enter the name of the your iOS Device and paste the UDID that you have copied from the above step and click on the Continue button.
  • You will be prompted to review the details. Click on the Register button, followed by Done to complete the registration process for your iOS device.

Download iOS Software

  • Navigate back to the iOS Dev Center
  • Under the iOS 7 SDK Beta tab, download Xcode 5 Developer preview and install it on your Mac
  • Download iOS 7 beta for your iOS device. After it has been successfully downloaded, double click on the .dmg file to mount it.
  • Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes (v11.0.4 or later) installed

Install iOS 7 Beta

You can install iOS 7 Beta using Xcode or iTunes. It is a lot easier to install using iTunes and the preferred method for app testers.

iTunes method

  • Open iTunes
  • Connect your iOS device to your Mac and launch iTunes.
  • In iTunes, select your iOS device in the ‘Devices’ section and navigate to the Summary tab.
  • Hold down on the Option key (or the Shift key in Windows) and click the Restore iPhone… button.
  • Now select the .ipsw file from the mounted drive to install iOS 7 beta and click on the Open button.
  • iTunes will inform you that it “will erase and restore your iOS device to iOS 7 and will verify the restore with Apple”. If you’ve taken a backup of your iOS device, then click on the Restore button.
  • iTunes will now extract the software and install iOS 7 on your iOS device.
  • After the device reboots, if you have Xcode running in the background then it should display the ‘New Device Detected’ dialog. Click ‘Use for Development’.
  • Then set up the device from the backup using iTunes or from iCloud to complete the installation.

Xcode method

  • Connect your device to your Mac
  • Then launch Xcode and close iTunes
  • Navigate to Windows -> Organiser
  • Select your iOS device in the ‘Devices’ section
  • Then Click on Use for Development, here you may be prompted to enter your login details
  • Click on the Software version and click on the Other version
  • Now navigate in Finder to the iOS .ipsw file downloaded from the iOS Dev Center and select it
  • When you see iOS 7.0 beta in the Software version, click on Restore iOS device
  • After the device reboots, if you have Xcode running in the background then it should display the ‘New Device Detected’ dialog. Click ‘Use for Development’.
  • Then launch iTunes and set up the device to complete the iOS installation

That’s it, you’re all set to start testing your apps on your iOS device running iOS 7 beta.

As always, let us know how it goes in the comments section.

Related:

How to downgrade from iOS 7 beta to iOS 6

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  • Rammstein

    Hated it, went back to 6

    • Ahmed Lotfy

      why u hate it?

      • sam

        no way ……

    • mkimid

      I need to return to 6 ~~

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Going back to 6 is possible?

      • Steve

        had to goto 6.13, redsnow won’t restore 6.12 even tho i have bobs etc, tried restore with iTunes, it just sits there saying waiting. Sux

        • Jess

          how did you go back to 6.13? ;(

    • Steve

      Tried to restore to 6.12 with redsnow, it just sat there waiting for phone. I stitched ispw etc, then tried with iTunes restore, did the same. Had to go with 6.13.

  • Brennan Babb

    its crappy and buggy and a battery hog, but I am still trying to use it.

    • mkimid

      I agree, while using two hours, I have found more than 30 bugs ~ it is hard to believe it is a beta release. It should be Alpha test level. And, some apps are not compatible, most of old apps use the old keyboard, and …. Anyway, it is too early

  • Carl Smooth

    Is the iPad iOS7 beta already available?

  • BALTRL

    I agree with all that it’s buggy. Dunno about battery hog yet.

    I’ll say that so far it doesn’t interact AT ALL with podcast app (had to download the free version of RSSRaido, limited to three podcast before in app purchase) and it doesn’t do well with findmyiphone (crashes), I had to download Lookout as substitute in the meanwhile (limited to only 2 devices).

    In general I LOVE the control center (about time apple). And I hate that the new search bar (swiping from middle of home screen down) is limited to only searching WITHIN the iphone (remember the older one let you search Wiki and Google too, I hope it’s fixed in next beta).

    One thing I found was that the old way of deleting each individual message in imessage has been eliminated. I don’t know if any of you have figured this out yet. But if you hold any of the messages you want to delete a copy/more button pops up and the more allows you to delete messages (individual or multiples).

    Anyone else figure out anything else?

  • Wezzy

    I really like it I’m surprised at how good it’s been so far. Hasn’t crashed yet in the day I’ve been using it. Facebook app doesn’t work 100% with ios7 some graphical errors and when typing it will come out with some very strangesuggestions.

  • Steve

    YOU CAN NOW NOT INSTALL IOS7. APPLE HAVE STOPPED IT UNLESS YOU ARE A DEVELOPER !!!!!

    • Woody

      Have it running on my 4S buddy works like a treat no problems here

  • Raj

    If anyone wants to try IOS 7 email me @ you.and.you@hotmail.com, I can add you in my developer account. Thanks

    • Jess

      can you unistall ios 7 aswell? i hate it and it is so laggy and i want to go back

      • Raj

        Yes you can downgrade to 6.1.4

        • Jess

          how? please help me :(

          • Raj

            Step One
            Download the latest iOS 6 firmware for your device.

            Step Two
            Launch iTunes from your dock.

            Step Three
            Place your device into DFU Mode by following these steps. Here is a full tutorial on how to put your iPhone into DFU mode if you need additional help.

            Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.

            After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

            Step Four
            Once you receive a message telling you that your iPhone is in recovery mode, press OK then select your iPhone from the list of devices in iTunes.

            Hold down the Alt/Option key (Shift in Windows) and click the Restore iPhone… button.

            Step Five
            Select the firmware file you downloaded earlier from the window that appears and click the Open button.

            When asked to confirm the restore click the Restore button.

            Step Six
            iTunes will go through the process of the restore/downgrade and after about 10-15 minutes, your device will be freshly restored to iOS 6.

      • ste

        who wants to register his udid can contact me at this email: stes88@hotmail.com

        • John

          can you please add me to you developer account : i need apple developer certificate and provisional profile to test an application on my iphone. windows8dev@outlook.com

    • Alexandre Santos

      hey plz… I can not active my iphone.. I need developer acount or back to 613 plzzz

      • Bob Saget

        First of all, you won’t be able to get back to 6.1.3, at most 6.1.4 which means no jailbreak. And you can only use iOS7 if you have a registered UDID.

    • mohammed

      i want to try ios 7 on my iphone 4 can you help me

    • KD

      What info do you need to add me as a developer?

    • morrison22

      Hi Raj, I sent you an email just now. Please check it out. Thanks. –morrison22

    • yeury

      hey add me to your develop account to try the new ios 7 my email yeurycastillo@gmail.com thanks

    • Sideways_1M

      Add me please. aarondo99@hotmail.co.uk

    • Heath Simpson

      I am wanting to try the new iOS 7.1

      mhsimpson42@icloud.com

  • Caleb

    iMessage doesn’t work for me, and on the settings panel, when I try to turn it on, it crashes. Rolling it back…

    The bigger thing is this: There is clearly no larger design concept or guiding principle in play here. Everything looks like it was designed by a different team, and there was no unifying vision to hold it together. Even table list views in different places look different from each other. There’s no visual language to tie it all together, other than “hideous day glo colors for stuff”.The result is that it just “feels wrong.”

    Disappointing.

  • LostDimension

    How can I install ios 7 on my iPhone 4S with windows 7? I have a developer account with my udid registered.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      You can use the iTunes method.

      • LostDimension

        How do i get the ipsw file to install? I only got the dmg file from apple.

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          You need to double click on the file to mount it. You will see the new mount under Devices in the Finder app, which has the .ipsw file.

  • Woody

    Have it running on my 4S right now without a developer account works well now they’ve stolen some JB tweaks

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8 Games

    I understand that usually I even have to struggle to decipher merely what a author is creating a trial to say, but you’ve got got created your information clear.

  • Eric Bryce

    can someone add me to their developer account please?

  • ste

    who wants to register the udid can contact me at this email: stes88@hotmail.com

  • solrik

    After installing ios 7 my phone keeps turning from black to white screen with apple icon on and off, I thought it’s totally normal but now it’s been more than one hour, do you guys know what I can do about it?

    • ahmed

      what did u do ? as i am facing this now

      email me plzzzzz

      ahmed.azzazy@live.com

    • http://fuzzy76.net/ Håvard Pedersen

      I experienced something like this on my iPad 2 as well. Seems like the only options that will work is either installing iOS 7 without restoring a backup or downgrading to iOS 6 again. :( To do this, keep sleep and home pressed until the screen goes black. Then release sleep (while keeping home down) until iTunes discovers it as recovery mode. Now you can restore again.

  • ahmed

    after i installed it , now my iphone open white screen with apple logo onlyyyy :((( any help ?

    • ahmed

      ?????????????

      • http://fuzzy76.net/ Håvard Pedersen

        Look at my answer above

  • Scott Mustachio

    Can this be done using windows instead of a mac? After ive downloaded the files to my desktop it dosent show the files being able to “open”. After i hold the shift key and hit restore. Any advice?……..thanks

  • Lorissa

    Can someone add me to their developer account please?

  • Sachin Siwal

    Its awesome . thanks for such a nice post, It helps a lot. Cheers :)

  • kallu

    hey add me to your develop account to try the new ios 7 my email imran40@ymail.com thanks

  • jonny

    if anyone wants to be added to a developer account email: jonny111123@hotmail.co.uk

    • John

      can you please add me to you developer account : i need apple developer certificate and provisional profile to test an application on my iphone. windows8dev@outlook.com

  • Eric Pena

    where can i donwload ios 7 ?? please help i been downloading from alot of placs it wont work..

  • Dirma

    I tried to download IOS7 from software updates on my Iphone 4S and now my screen shows a USB cord wih an arrow to the iTunes icon. When logging into iTunes it says Iphone is in recovery mode and cannot connect it to Itunes until completed. It has been in this mode for some time and I have rebooted several times but same screen comes up. It is frozen in this mode. Any suggestions?

  • maxheart

    Greetings! I tried to upgrade my already working iOS 7 & suddenly it’s NOT working anymore! My screen shows an image of connecting to iTunes & when I do a window informs me that my iPhone’s “in Recovery Mode”! Seems like I’m locked in limbo–I haven’t backed up my data & if, as one of the next windows tells me, I “restore” my iPhone, all my data & media will be LOST!! I have LOTS of really important data, like notes on Contact info & photos & calendar/schedules with notes, etc!! I MUST retrieve this stuff!!–But HOW???

  • maxheart

    Greetings! I tried to upgrade my already working iOS 7 & suddenly it’s NOT working anymore! My screen shows an image of connecting to iTunes & when I do a window informs me that my iPhone’s “in Recovery Mode”! Seems like I’m locked in limbo–I haven’t backed up my data & if, as one of the next windows tells me, I “restore” my iPhone, all my data & media will be LOST!! I have LOTS of really important data, like notes on Contact info & photos & calendar/schedules with notes, etc!! I MUST retrieve this stuff!!–But HOW???

  • Scott

    Can someone add me to there developer account please my email is:
    scottkelly689@gmail.com