Apple clamping down on unauthorized iOS 7 installs?


We’ve received emails from our readers which indicates that Apple may have started cracking down on unauthorized iOS 7 installs.

As you probably know, ever since Apple launched the iPhone, non-developers have been able to install iOS 7 on their device without a developer account (i.e. don’t have their device’s UDID registered with a developer account) using a simple trick.

Here’s how it worked, and reports suggest it was worked even with iOS 7 beta 6:

  1. Download the correct ipsw file for your device
  2. connect your phone to iTunes and (Alt/Option for mac, or Shift for Windows) on the Update button instead the restore button.

Some readers who had used this trick are now reporting that they are getting activation errors and unable to use their devices.  Users are also reporting the issue on Twitter.

Non-developers have no option but to downgrade back to iOS 6.1.3 (iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5). Since iOS 7 backups won’t be compatible, you will be unable to restore back to only iOS 6.1.x backup, and will have to potentially wait until iOS 7 is released to restore from an iOS 7 backup. You could also try this workaround as some readers have confirmed that it works.

It’s not clear how Apple has been able to remotely disable such devices as the activation process should ideally be required just after restoring the device. It is possible that iOS 7 beta that you have installed on your device has expired, so installing the latest beta version of iOS 7 should fix this issue. Since iOS 7 beta 3 was set to expire on August 29, it is a likely possibility. It is also possible that Apple is having some issue with its activation servers, so you may want to wait before reverting back.

Update (October 5):

If you’re getting an activation error, it is most probably because you had installed iOS 7 beta 6, which expires on October 6, which means it has probably expired or will shortly expiry depending on your timezone. Check out this post for step-by-step instructions on how to fix the activation error.

Are you getting the activation error on your iOS 7 device? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks everyone for the tip!

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  • frankenstein

    happened to me today at work.. have tried multiple times to restore back with no luck.. oh man.

    • Fred Cruz

      What do they recommend we do? Should I just keep the iOS 7 beta installed?

      • frankenstein

        i have no idea. my phone is “not activated”. every time i put it in DFU mode and connect to itunes it says that the server coudlnt be reached.

        • Matt

          Try downgrading in the same way you updated to iOS 7. Holding cmd, clicking check for update and navigating to your iOS 6 file. This has workied for me in the past.

      • Drusenija

        You could always just stump up the $99 to become a developer and get access to the beta legitimately. This problem has only affected non-developers so far it seems.

        • Mesut Güngör

          I have a developer account it is the same for me. When i try the downgrade using the DFU mode i get 3014 error code.

  • Sasha Dzundzoliya

    нафіг хай ставлять

    • Apple Inc.

      We’re not kicking non devs out And yes beta software is not for you everyday device We also have a program built into the beta that sends us glitches in background if devs don’t report it .

  • Casey

    Late in the game!

    • An Apple Fanboi

      I agree, they should be concentrating on fixing iOS 7 before it comes out for public release!

  • Casey

    You guys are fools!

  • Stan

    Shouldn’t it be unable to restore back to 6.1.x? And not able? Typo error?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Thanks, fixed the typo.

  • LostDimension

    I am a developer on beta 3 and it says my software had expired.

    • Cafer

      I just got the same problem. I could’t understand why but trying to solve it! Any help will be appereciated!

      • aydhen

        i just updated to the latest beta 6 and restored from a backup from my computer, try that :)

        • deactivated

          lucky u aydhen. i’m still on beta 3 and didn’t do a proper back up for weeks.

          guy, is there ANY way i can back up my iPhone whilst having this activation error? i desperate need to back up. just once. helpppp… =/

          • tuma

            pay 30$ and register ur udid

          • r4ymonf

            lol, that won’t help. The beta is EXPIRED. Okay?

          • Tuma

            That was what I did. Except if u don’t need your backup, u can go back to 614/613. If u need ur backup, just register with 30$ and update to ios6

          • r4ymonf

            …you’re clueless.

    • PrivateAppleDev.

      LostDimension, as a Apple Developer, you should already understand that beta versions of iOS shall expire within the time limit they are set for. Beta 3 was released July,8 2013, yet was outdated by Beta 4,5 and now 6. Please update your software by downloading iOS 7 Beta 6 from the official developers website. Thank you.

      • LostDimension

        Ahh thanks. This is my first time trying out beta version since i bought my developer program this march, so i did not know that the beta version has an expiry date. I know that I can update OTA but my device was always full and had no space for the update and i was too lazy to connect to my computer to update, so i held off updating for quite long. I am updating my phone to beta 6 now! Thanks

        • PrivateAppleDev.

          Pleasure being assistance ‘LostDimension’ – Hope iOS 7 Beta 6 has downloaded and installed correctly for you, enjoy your time with Apple Developers!

          Kind Regards,

          • Basem kerd

            so I am on ios 7 beta 6 which is the final beta and my developers license had just expired, I was wondering if I should go back to ios 6 so I can install ios 7 when it officially releases or should I stay on ios7 beta 6 and would i be able to update to the final version OTA ? please help.

        • Christian Valentini

          hey man, I’m just wondering where abouts you found ios7 beta 6? I’m a developer

  • Jake

    what do i do if it wont let my phone connect to itunes?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Put it in recovery mode.

  • emad

    how can i get back up before restoring cus it says session could not be started with the iPhone

  • Alix

    It still doesn’t work for me. I can’t restore with itunes, because when I connect my phone, I have an error message in tunes who tells me that I don’t have a developper account. I have this message on my phone and on itunes. I try to put it in recovery mode, it doesn’t work… I don’t know what to do…

    • CMJO

      Recovery mode. you must not be doing it right if it’s not going into recovery mode.

  • Fingers21

    If you are a developer on beta 3, do the OTA update to the latest beta. I’ve found very few major bugs, where as beta 3 I found very buggy on iphone 5.

    To anyone not a developer, your fault! You knew the risk of illegally trying unreleased firmware.

  • TNTastrophe

    Yes I got the same Problem and so I installed IOS7 beta 6. and now that I have done that I still get that same problem. The other bad thing is that if I plug it in my computer iTunes says the exact same error and won’t give me the “restore backup” or “Check for Update” button.
    This means there is at the moment no way to use or down/upgrade my iPhone4S at all!
    If any of you have working suggestions I would be the happiest Person.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Put your device in recovery mode. You will then be able to restore back to iOS 6.1.3.

      • denys

        the problem is that “search my iphone” is activated and I cant downgrade. Any idea?

        • CMJO

          Put it in recovery mode…..

      • TNTastrophe

        Thank you so much!
        I did what you said and It’s working perfect again. And good thing I made a backup of IOS 6 before I installed IOS7.


      • Daniel Zerbs

        how to put my device in recovery mode? I face the same problem, tried to fix it by updating to a newer version, the msg that appears is the same and it won’t sinc to my itunes whatsoever. I’d really appreciate your help

  • Mystic

    Almost gave up my iPhone 5 jailbreak to test out the new iOS seeing that the release is just around the corner. Ain’t I glad I decided to do a little web browsing first :).

  • OberonPuck

    I am not a developer but I paid a developer to have my device registered as such. Now I’m stuck as I can’t download the correct ipsw file for io7 beta 6 from the developer site. Any on have a link to it at all?

    • CMJO

      Just google it. You’ll find it.

  • Oly

    False, some devices never got the beta 4/5/6 update OTA and therefore their beta 3 has expired. that is all.

  • name

    haha i have now the latest beta its beta 7 and i didnt get anything that has to do with expiration im so lucky :D

  • shields

    All the updates are over the air, It’s your fault for not updating the software. If you are still on beta 3 you had 3 more beta’s to download! If you can’t keep up with the updates then don’t download the OS till it is released and you won’t have anything to worry about. This is the chance you take for wanting to be on the bleeding edge, but not seeing it all the way through.

    • ME

      Ummmm…calm down.

  • Jose Lopez

    I’m developer and had few issue but fixed nothing what I hear right here but problem like no signal no visual voicemail and unable to connect to wifi

  • BDJ238

    iphone 4 on the latest beta install. I’ve been doing OTA updates since the initial install of beta 1. No problems seen here.

  • appboy

    so i have ios 7 beta 4 running on my iphone 5 cdma. now seems the beta 4 is expired, and i cannnot do anything. Shows please activate device screen and when entering the icloud details nothing happens since software expired. then try to go to itunes to updated the expired version, but i cant since my find my iphone is on. there is no way to turn it off unless from device itself, and i cannot get into settings. PLEASE HELP? anyone know a way to turn off find my iphone on deivc

    • apple231

      Im having the same problem!! pls help anyone?????

      • Ross

        I’m having exactly the same issue. This definitely seems like an oversight

        • Helpless

          same here – already tryed upgradeing and downgrading nothing worked :(

          the device is udid registerd

          • erik

            I have the same problem, just go to DFU mode, then downgrade to 6.1.4…

  • Dev

    Try downgrading to 6.3 or 6.4, then update to Beta 5/6. Then restore IOS7 backup. Worked for me.

  • Jan Rosicky

    FIX that works for me – I had the same problem (unable to authorize..) but I did not have the latest version of iOs7 (beta6) – so what happened is that my beta expired since it was set to 29.8. I believe many of you have the same problem. I was not even able to backup via itunes, so I got really terrifed.

    The fix is easy – 1) google TORRENT IOS7 BETA 6 and download it. (It wont work from some sources since somewhere the file is corrupted, but later I found the right torrent).

    2) plug in your iphone to computer and HOLD OPTION (ALT) (on win it is shift) AND CLICK ON UPDATE (check for update) -> than it lets you select your downloaded file

    3) your iphone installs new version and than the authorisation works seamlessly

    • PrivateAppleDev.

      Jan Rosicky, I would like to warn you that updating to beta versions of iOS, downloaded via third party servers or torrent downloads shall have a negative impact on devices you install the operating system on.
      With illegal operating systems, not registered with Apple Developers, your device shall be logged and software wiped in order to stop unregistered users from installing the latest beta versions.

      I would not recommend downloading iOS Beta versions off third party servers.
      Kind Regards,

      • Fortune

        Hi Dev,
        I get the same screen requiring activation. When i input my login info nothing happens. When I try to restore in iTunes, it says “enter your password”. I cant enter my password because the phone is not activated… Any way to restore completely without iTunes or update without being in the phone. i appreciate any help you can give!

        • PrivateAppleDev.

          I suggest using iTunes as a last resort, you must download iOS 6.1.3 according to which iPhone you have eg. iPhone5 iPhone4 etc..
          Once restored to the latest iOS version, proceed with the setup- BUT SKIP THE SETUP MENU FOR APPLE I.D LOGIN

          - and do not install any application or media to the device. With the iOS 7 Beta ipsw you have( downloaded from Apple Developer Center), hold CTRL and click update rather than restore. Locate the iOS7 file and select the file.

          Once the update has completed, your device should automatically be setup at this point, finally the phone activates and the iPhone shall tell you that the iOS has updated, which is where you shall continue.

          iOS 7 Beta 6 should be installed onto the device successfully. If any errors occur with activating the device within iOS 7, you are not a registered developer with Apple. However, if done successfully, congratulations to you and your new device iOS.

          Kind Regards,

          • PrivateAppleDev.

            Fortune, also..
            Forgot to mention that if iTunes is recognizing your device as locked and is asking for your password; this password would either be the device password you set before updating to iOS 7 or your Apple ID Pass.

            Please try either to ensure your device is unlocked and is ready to be restored. Also, if you have another computer or device you can plug your phone into.. this is highly recommended.
            If you have no luck removing the password from the device on iTunes, as your device needs activating, try placing your device into DFU mode.

            DFU – Hold the power/lock button for three seconds,
            While continuing to hold the power button, keep hold of the home button for a period of twelve seconds –
            At around seven seconds of doing this, the screen shall turn off.

            After twelve seconds, take your finger off the power button, but continue to hold the home button for around ten seconds.

            iTunes recognises DFU activated on your iPhone, which is where you shall click restore – proceed to try and update to iOS 6.1.3.

            Kind Regards,
            ( Once again.. )

          • cbusy

            AD- thanks for all the details so far. I have this same problem, once I enter into DFU mode for the restore and go through the prompts of
            -selecting a language
            -selecting a country
            -choosing wi-fi

            It again prompts me with the “Activation Error” and says that this device is not a part of the iPad developer program….”

            Any thoughts on how to bypass this?

          • PrivateAppleDev.

            Did you successfully install iOS 6.1.3 onto your device?
            If so, proceed to restore back to 6.1.3 and setup again. Activation settings should be fine at this point, as iOS 6.1.3 is the latest system firmware.

            When this is completed, plug back into iTunes and update with iOS 7 Beta 6.

            If any other errors occur, you’re not a registered apple developer on the server – Or you have been registered on a website which is intended to scam individuals..

            Cbusy, hoping you are registered with Apple Developers Program successfully.. you shall need to drop them an email. You can find this on the Apple Dev – Member Center. Where you can inform them of any problems you are having with your device.. Including not being able to setup your iPad via iOS7 setup.

            Thanks and much appreciate a reply,
            Kind Regards,

  • Ivan

    if you get stuck with iOS 7 and that your computer does not detect your iPhone then put your iPhone in recovery mode.

    recovery mode = shut down the phone completely (slide the red bar) and click on the home button for 14 seconds + – while connecting the phone to your computer .

    Hold the alt button while clicking on ‘restore and update’.

    Done and you will have IOS 6 again and your phone will be fully functioning.

    I had to repeat this process a few times

  • iPhone5 im Arsch

    i just did everything u worte here.

    iPhone 5 (GSM)

    installed iOS7 Beta 4 (without UDID)

    i tryed to downgrade and update to iOS Beta 6 – nothing worked.

    i tryed ipsw files:


    nothing wokred :( i also registerd to UDID! afterwords…

    • me again

      PLS HELP :)

  • Z

    I cant even install beta 6 because i have “Find My iPhone” ON. How can i turn it off, if my iPhone cannot pass the activation screen ?

    • A

      put it in recovery mode, hold down the home button and power button together for ten seconds/until the iphone is turned off. Then without letting go of the home button let go of the lock button. itunes will say that the iphone is in recovery mode and needs restoring.

      • Emily

        When I try to do that from iTunes, it tells me I do not have permission to restore.

  • Lorenzo

    I plug my iphone 5 to itunes and all I get is an activation error on my itunes. How can I restore in this case? Also my top button is broken so its hard to reboot it.

    • Augusto Adunas

      Go to general, settings, accessibilities and turn on assistive touch once it shows on ur screen click device, then touch and hold where it says lock screen.. It will let u turn off ur iPhone.. Once it’s off plug ur USB to iTunes and then to the iPhone while holding the home button. Don’t let go till u see the plug into iTunes logo, it will detect the iPhone in recovery mode and let u restore it.. Good luck :)

      • iasinc

        That information just saved my iPhone. Thank you

      • gaffo

        I restarted my iphone with the ios 7 on and now it says that i have to have an apple developer account, which i don’t have, so i can’t take the ios 7 software out and put my ios 6.1.3 software back. From the iphone and on my computer it says so, so i’m stuck. Help!

      • Akeel

        please help I need to back up but i am not able to

      • nagasandeep

        thanks man it works

      • MossyJoe

        You saved me bro

      • Nelly17

        Omggggggggg thank u soooooo much!!!!!

      • Nelly17

        Never mind it’s still the same… HELP!!!

      • Nelly17

        Lol never mind AGAIN THANK UUUUUUUUUUUU SOOO MUCHHHH!!!!!!! Really thank u lol

      • gerick

        you saved me bro! thanks a lot!!!

    • JOE

      put your phone in DFU mode then

      • Chelsear

        How do you put your phone into DFU mode ?

        • JOE

          Press the power button till it says swipe to turn off then hold the power button and the home button together for ten seconds then let go of the power button still holding the home button for another ten seconds DFU mode it should be if it goes in to recovery mode use redsnow to recovery fix and repeat the process

    • Lukey

      download a program called redsnow and go into extras, you will see PWND DFU MODE, Click that and it will put your device in DFU , Then open itunes and it will greet you with iphone recovery, restore your phone

    • JOE

      Turn it off if u can or let it go died just before it boots up with the apple logo hold down the home button it will go in to recovery mode u then can restore with iTunes

  • Hossam

    I have a developer account & I’m on beta 4 my mobile is bricked asking for activation & still not working, I downloaded Beta 6. dmg but I am using a windows pc then converted it & got an .IPSW then tried to update it but never worked try to help me guys if you please :’(

  • Root&jailbreak

    6.1.4 user, re-restore 6.1.4 ipsw file and update ISO 7. Shift and left click mouse to update button not restore.

  • richbilly.lagasca

    I think my ios7 beta 3 version expired 08-29. My phone is now asking for activation key. I get an activation error since I downloaded the upgrade from a torrent site.
    (my bad). iTunes now wont recognize my phone. I cant restore my phone because it wont enter DFU mode. Help, please?

  • Jpsnap

    My case when I put it in recovery mode my computer won’t recognize the phone. Now what? The same as for me find my iPhone is on.

  • V.

    I have iOS 7, I can’t restore because it keeps saying ‘iTunes cannot restore the iPhole because Find my Phone is on.’ It’s the worst, I’m at the middle, please help. DFU and Recovery Mode doesn’t work too.

  • Jacob

    I’m really confused as to why so many people are still running older betas? You can upgrade to each new beta over the air in the software updates section under general settings. Why haven’t you all been keeping current with every release? I installed beta 6 the day it was released, over the air, and don’t have a developer account. No problems here.

    • chelsea

      im on beta 3 and have the activation thing, I couldnt update to beta 4/5/6 but it said I have a software update but then it says im up to date..

  • Bobila Donoker

    mine is registerred as develloper but i got the error

  • Anthony Bon Louis U. Cubillas

    What could I do? I wanna fix it but I haven’t backed it up yet I think my device is iOS 7 beta 4 or 5.

  • Stephen Hermans

    unable to use phone at all it just has white screen.

  • Stephen Hermans

    screen i5 encrypted after installing ios7 from third party can anything be done or is
    this phone a piece of junk now. I cannot get past a white screen so am unable
    to reinstall ios6.1. Verizon cant do anything and neither can Apple.

  • kersiv

    this is a load of …
    i have it i update every time i can I’m on beta 7 my safari crashes all the time i use itunes radio everything works no problems

  • gilbert

    i bought 2nd hand iphone 4s to a apple web developer and it turns the screen into “ACTIVATION REQUIRED” the it was ios7 beta 3 how can i return it or use it again its been a day

  • bcsc

    What happened to ‘just works’. Just sayin, this kinda thing doesn’t happen to Android. Just flash and go. Works every time.

  • dk

    All of you who are asking for help are beyond help.., get lives people..

  • MR IT

    Lorenzo the only thing you can do atm is to downgrade to 6.1.4 or 6.1.3 depended on your device.
    You must have your phone plugged into your computer with iTunes opened.
    Then Hold down the POWER BUTTON for 10 Seconds and the HOME BUTTON For TEN SECONDS you will find that the device will “Reboot” Showing you the apple screen. At this stage LET GO OF THE POWER BUTTON. and CONTINUE to hold the HOME Until iTunes “lets you know its detected an iPhone”. then select “RESTORE” it will download the update and restore it to your phone. there is ONE Major issue in doing this….




  • Skipper199608

    If my device udid is registered will i also get this message?… Can anyone answer my question

    • iPhoneHacks

      If you’ve installed a beta version that has expired, you will hit an issue. You need to install the latest beta version (beta 6) to fix the issue.

      • Acacia

        if i were to have the beta 6 for my ip5, do i need to keep upgrading whenever a new beta is released? right now I’m having activation error and tried to downgrade to 6.1.4 and it says firmware is not compatible. I’m stuck not knowing what to do. pls help

        • Christian Valentini

          i’ve got the same problem

  • Leoven Morete

    Hi. So My mom and I registered our device since beta 1. And i Upgraded mine with the latest beta 6 but my mom is in vacation so my Mom didn’t know that she need to upgrade. She hast the beta 3 and it got deactivated. Is there anyway i can get the photos in the iphone? Please help

  • chelsea

    I have beta 3(I couldn’t update to other betas because it said I had a software update then said up to date and ive tried to do the whole thing over again for beta 4 and stuff) but I have the activation requirement and ive tried to downgrade to ios 6 but no files seem to work?? any advice?

  • MS

    Hello Guys I have just tried updating my Ipad 3 to Beta 6 from IOS 6. I didnt had any problem doing so. My iPad udid is not registered.

    • PrivateAppleDev.

      I would like to inform you that your iDevice shall be wiped with immediate effect, when Apple Developers scan iOS 7 Beta running devices which are not UDID registered.

      Without being an Apple Developer, your device shall be locked and wiped.

      Kind Regards,

      • MS

        I dare u do that !

  • MS

    Usually this activation thing comes up when an old beta expires.

  • Zachary

    Can I install iOS 7 beta 6 on my iPhone 5/ iPod Touch 5 yet, without getting the error? I am not a developer. Did apple actually stop these people from getting the beta or is it universal, developer or not?

    • MS

      Yes it can be, I have tried it the other day only!

  • Anthony

    Just a question. I too paid a dev to try ios7 but allowed the beta to expire. I switched back to ios6 and used a back up from february. but i still have the backups from the beta 3. Will these work when i go to restore my latest backup to ios7 when it comes out officially?

  • shrill679

    i let my friend update my iphone 5 software to ios7 before it has been released and now it says activation error because my iphone is locked because my device is not recognised by the apple developers program, please help, i cant use my iphone at all

  • ios4lif3

    It seems apple wont let people OTA update to beta 6. If you were to go to ios 7 beta 1,2,3, or 4 and check for a software update, it would say your up to date; however if you were on ios 7 beta 5, it would let you OTA update to ios 7 beta 6. Its quite weird and odd since a device on ios 5.0 can OTA update to 6.1.3..

    • MS

      Yes that’s right only previous version hHAS ota update only

  • Cheri delarosa

    Hi can any one help me? Ican’t update my iphone 5 iso 6.4 to iso 7 what should i do? I follow all the steps but still it errors please help me thanks

  • Creezy

    anyone got a download link for firmware?

  • cole

    i accidently downloaded beta 1 and it had essus i tried going back to ios 6.1.3 but it wont let me it says i am not registered as part of the apple program? any help

  • PrivateAppleDev.

    Thank you for making it clear that you’re not a developer, as a result of this, please do not attempt to upgrade your iOS to beta versions in the future.

    In addition to the information you have given me, your iPad shall not except any version below iOS 6.1.3 – Apple have stopped signing these iOS versions, as they are now outdated. iOS 6.1.3 can only be restored onto the device, when in DFU mode OR when your device is plugged in, and the update option is available.

    As your device is unable to show the update option, please continue to click restore in iTunes, while in DFU Mode – Hopefully, you understand DFU mode is different to recovery mode and is the mode used for developers to install factory settings to iDevices.

    When the restore option has been clicked, iTunes should show various boxes, confirm the software download and update.. iTunes shall download a clean version of iOS 6.1.3 for the iPad you are using.

    Update shall be successful and you shall be able to access your iPad once again; hopefully not encountering any problems, as of the update (iOS7 Beta 6) without being a developer.

    Kind Regards,

    • cbusy

      Hey AD, still having issues. When i enter DFU mode (not recovery), iTunes prompts me with an error that “iTines could not contact the software update server b/c you’re not connected to the internet.

      I’m most definitely connected to my network (I’ve done wireless and through my Ethernet cable). I’ve run iTunes Diagnostics and verified that everything is connecting correctly. I’ve also confirmed that ITunes is NOT blocked through my firewall, and I’ve reset the DNS settings (per a Windows 8 tutorial).

      Pretty much stumped on what else could be causing this, I’ve looked at every Apple help topic about this error and gone through each and every troubleshooting step.

      Thanks for the feedback and direction.

      • PrivateAppleDev.


        As far as I know, iTunes might need to be reinstalled. However, this is only the best option, if you are willing to try.

        Before trying this method; I would like to recommend you do the following;

        (1) Navigate to Control Panel,

        (2) Go to Network and Internet,

        (3) Internet Options

        (4) Go to the ‘Connections’ tab.

        (5) LAN Settings

        (6) Check the box – Automatically detect settings.

        (7) Relaunch iTunes and try again.

        If this doesn’t work, try to reinstall iTunes.

        I would like you to delete the iTunes hosts file; located in C:/>Windows>System32>Drivers>Etc>Hosts – Only if you are willing to reinstall iTunes once again. If so, please make sure you copy any music from iTunes folder> User>My Music>iTunes>iTunes Media – From there,Mobile Applications(if any) & Music (if any) copied to Desktop(Ready for the new iTunes).

        The other problem that ‘stumped’ me, was the image you attached to the forum, it clearly states ‘iPhone software update server’ and not ‘iPad Software Update Server’ – Therefore I would like to know whether you are having problems with an iPhone or iPad or both.

        Do you have more than one firewall activated? Sometimes application servers cannot connect if more than one firewall is active; or one is disallowing the program.

        Has your device previously been jailbroken?

        iTunes can sometimes disallow the restore or update of iOS Devices, if they have been jailbroken.

        Kind Regards,

        • cbusy

          I actually have gone through that LAN setting process already, that was the Apple Help suggestion. No luck.

          I have also re-installed iTunes and removed the original host files. (while saving the apps, music files, playlists, etc.)

          I went through the process of disabling ALL firewalls, just to see if that was an issue. I received the same errors.

          It’s strange, I don’t know why that error message said iPhone and not iPad. (see attached, same error). I did go through the process of requesting updates for my iphone 5, and it contacted the server without issue. That’s what’s strange, the iPad can’t connect but the phone can.

          No the device has not been jailbroken.

          • PrivateAppleDev.


            I am sorry to say, but from here on, I am unable to locate the problem; I would suggest you take your iPad to the nearest Apple Store and use the genius bar; where they can try to restore your iPad for you, however, I wouldn’t recommend that you tell them you tried to update to beta versions of iOS. – There could be a problem with the iPad itself, rather than any settings on the computer, as you said, your iPhone manages to contact the server.

            I’m sorry I couldn’t be much help to you, the issue you have brought up is very strange I must say. Personally, I have never found this issue. If you manage to ask a member of staff at Apple, and the situation is sorted; please do not hesitate to give me a quick reply; to tell me the issue has been resolved.

            Sorry once again Cbusy, the Apple Genius Bar is the best bet now.

            Kind Regards,

          • cbusy

            I actually took it in last week and the (snarky) genius bar guy wouldn’t help me reset it because I had installed the iOS7 beta without being a developer.

            One final question, would you assume that once the official ios7 rolls out the iPad will automatically reset with the new software, or am I screwed long term?

            I appreciate all the time/help!

          • PrivateAppleDev.

            You might want to retry taking the iPad into the Apple Store, but only mention that you tried to update to iOS6.1.3 > But there was an apparent activation problem.

            If trying to restore back to iOS 6.1.3 and restarting the whole process is a problem, the iDevice could encounter a problem when iOS 7 is rolled out, however, I cannot personally state that there shall be one.

            I would take the iDevice back to Apple and retry before any other method.

            Kind Regards,

  • Need help

    I try to restore my iPod 5th generation . It ask for me to disable find my iPod but I can’t get passed the activation screen error.

  • mr andrews

    so basically what your sayin is im without a phone until ios 7 drops?

  • alex

    im not a developer and am having activation issues… anyway i casn keep ios 7 and still not become a developer? its beta 6

  • Jamie

    Ok, i’ve had iOS 7 from beta 1 to 6 running on my iPhone 5 and iPad without problem and without a developer account. Once you find and download the correct file for your device do a backup of your device i found it best do backup to both iTunes and iCloud. Then once the backup is done on a mac you hold down the alt/option key while clicking on “Check for update” then a finder window opens up and you select the downloaded ipsw file and it will install. One last thing, if you’re having issues with that then after the backup update to the newest iOS version normally for a fresh install then follow the above instructions.


  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    99$ a year isnt that much.Why dont people just buy a developer account?

  • Brad

    Reactivated my iPhone and Installed ios 7 from the first link I found yesterday and it worked just fine.

  • jay

    what about iphone 4??

  • jay

    what about iphone 4

  • gaffo

    I restarted my iphone with the ios 7 on and now it says that i have to have an apple developer account, which i don’t have, so i can’t take the ios 7 software out and put my ios 6.1.3 software back. From the iphone and on my computer it says so, so i’m stuck. Help!!

  • Andy

    I am getting a MAJOR PROBLEM with my ios7.. I cant update or download any programs… How do i fix this ??

  • Akeel

    HELP please! I need all the data on my iPhone 5 but I cant do backup and the activation error is there help !!

  • AK

    Question… If my iphone isn’t registered would it work when the update comes? Would I be able to tell the difference?

  • Mike

    i plug my iphone 5 to iTunes and it says I can not connect I need 11.1 or later help please?

  • genius

    I’m only 16 and i figured it out …simpletons

    • merissa

      please help me i am not tech savy what so ever i dont know how to get rid of this problem

      • genius

        restore using icloud

        • merissa

          i cant get into my phone at all

  • lomi

    how can i restore my phone? i just keep getting this notice on my phone telling me im not a developer. and when i hook the phone up to the computer i cant even authorize it on itunes. help please.

  • kat

    i downloaded the iOS 7 a long time ago and now my iphone is saying activation required. i cant go to any other part of my phone bc of this. it only goes to a screen saying activation error i cant go to settings or anythingg please HELP

  • Andre

    My Iphone wont let me do anything AT ALL

    it has the Activation error on the screen. Then it has the Activation Error on Itunes. What do i do??

    • @ahmadjo86

      Update your itunes, 11.xx Then plug your iphone. it will ask you to wait, then it will give you the error, No problem. press and hold the home button + power button. till its off, remove your finger from the power button. A msg will appear at your NEW itunes. Voila! you got ur 6.1 ios. then update with ion. good luck :)

      • Julia

        My power button hasn’t been working, so this doesn’t work for me, do you have any tips? :/

        • JOE

          Restore with redsnow if it’s below a 4s

      • Blondest Link

        I got into itunes and got a message saying I needed to do this but I have done it twice and it is STILL asking me to do it ;-(

        • JOE

          Remove iTunes install latest iTunes then turn your phone off when it shows the apple logo to turn on hold the home button and your go into recovery mode then u can restore

    • JOE

      Put your phone in DFU mode and restore in iTunes

  • Irmarie

    I’ve tried everything possible but now it says that I have to turn off Find my iPhone BUT I dont have access to my phone to turn it off. What can I do????

    • Irmarie

      ive tried putting it in recovery mode and holding alt/option button (mac) and clicking restore then picking ios 6.1.4 ipsw file.. it still gives me an error at the end and it would just turn my phone back on

  • David Foggia

    How do i connect my iPhone running iOS 7 beta 6. iTunes 11.0.5 doesnt recognize or detect my iPhone. Can someone help me out?

  • Jake

    So I’ve been stuck with the iOS7 and I’m trying to go back and I can’t seem to figure it out I tried downloading iOS6 and everything. I’ve also tried going to the restore mode but it doesn’t work. It says I need iTunes 11.1 so does that mean I’m stuck with iOS7 till it comes out for the public?

  • Joe.01

    I’ve downloaded the ispw file, but it gets stuck on verifying with apple and never gets passed that. What should I do?

  • Rbodzioch

    restarted my iphone with the ios 7 on and now it says that i have to have an apple developer account, which i don’t have, so i can’t take the ios 7 software out and put my ios 6.1.3 software back. From the iphone and on my computer it says so, so i’m stuck. Help

  • King Skiip

    so i had beta since it came out.,… and i plugged it into my computer for the first time.. in months, and now my phone is fcked. i downgraded back to 6.1.3 but now i cant get my icloud restore cause it’s on 7.0 -__- HELPPP

  • Iphone5Viv


  • Iphone5Viv

    I have iphone 5, i registered my udid in developers account.. my ios7 is beta 3 & now its not upgrading or downgrading to any ios like 6.1.4 or ios7 beta 6… now what i have to do.. currently my iphone is showing “Activation Required”…. its not activating actually, its showing the activation server is temporarily unavailable. I have done everything using itunes & all… Can anyone give suggestion to again start my iphone5 please… one last thing if today ios7 officially released then my iphone will automatically upgraded?

  • Mariam

    I have iphone 4s and its saying that my ios 6.1.3 is up do date. How can i update my iphone to ios 7 if i cant find it

  • Mariaamm

    Hey,i’ve got problem.i have iphone 4s and i cant update it to ios 7 because its saying that my ios 6.1.3 is up to date. Can someone help me? How can i get ios 7?i need your help

  • Hector O

    I downloaded a beta of IOS7. Worked fine. Trying to remove the beta and I get this message. “This device is not registered as part of the iPhone developer program” My iPhone 5 is now locked and I can’t get to the “check for update” page in iTunes.

    • Laura Elizabeth

      I’m the same way with my iPhone 5.

      • david

        same ere

  • Quan

    It keeps saying I have an error!!

  • ray

    my ipad 2, iPhone 4S and iphone 4 wont update to 7. even itunes is saying 6.1.3 is the latest software

    • Raxi

      Update iTunes to 11.1

  • Ryan Marten

    I downloaded it early and have received each mini update to iOS 7 successfully but now I search for software update in settings and it says I am up to date, but that isn’t true because it’s not showing the brand new release from today…

    What is going on!?!?!

  • Deanna

    Download is complete but now it says “software update is not available at this time. try again later.”

  • Andreas Anastasi

    I had installed the beta6 on my iphone 5 without having a developers account, and i now restored my iphone but it wont let me activate it again. Neither Itunes can read it.. Please help!

    • Kartheek Bodanki

      I have the same problem. It says “your iphone cannot be activated because the activation server cannot be reached”. Any Help??

  • Pissed Off

    I have a factory-bought unlocked Iphone 4S. No illegal or unauthorized software and all I get is the “activation server unavailable” both in itunes and on the phone itself.

  • trae

    i am receiving an activation error “because the activation server cannot be reached.” How do i bypass this issue?

  • JulianZH

    stuck at activation…..

  • Diane

    My iPhone 4S is a Verizon carrier and is not activated, does this have something to do with my iPhone not being able to download IOS 7
    Please email me back at


    i cant do anything.. it just comes up with activation error.. WHAT DO I DOOOO HELP!!!!!!!

  • Jay T

    Yes just updated my iphone 4 to iOS 7 and I’m having an activation problem.

  • Sanjay

    Activation problem,what the hell is going on

  • Raxi

    My iPhone just got activated after 3 hrs of trying :D

    • Jay T

      omg… how??… does it say No Service on the top left corner? or is it your carrier’s??

      • Asbjørn

        Try to restart your iPhone, worked for me.

        • Jay T

          Yep nevermind…. got it working after persistent pressing on “Try again” button lol.. I guess it’s the Apple Servers crashing

  • El Ro

    i am getting this problem after updating my ipad to the official iOS7 which was released today. It says it cant activate the product cos my home network is not working and the device cant reach the apple servers.

  • Ace

    Says my software is up to date

  • Mitch Bryant

    I’m getting the activation error on my iPad which has never had a pirated version of any software on before…any fixes?

  • Nicole

    hi, i used a beta version of the iOS 7 – and now my phone won’t activate after restoring, i can’t do anything.. any suggestions?

  • Emre

    First i upgraded my iphone to ios 7 beta today i downgraded it to 6.1.4 after i restored to the ios 7 now i cant activate Please Help Me !!!!!

    • Nicole

      I am having the same issue, hopefully someone will have some advice to help

      • JOE

        Use redsnow to recovery fix in extra once done put ur phone in DFU mode then u can restore

  • britany

    I downloaded the ios 7 andit is on my phone but it will not activate. I previously had it jailbroken but in order to get the ios 7 I had to restore it.. now I am unable to get past the error screen… I really need help. I can’t do anything on the phone.

  • kevin

    said i had to restore my phone. I did. not it wont connect to itunes says enexpected error try later? my phone doesnt work! help!

  • abbey

    hey so I got the Activation Error aaaages ago on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2, and as I didn’t want to loose all my data etc. on my phone and iPad I just waited for iOS7 to be officially released (I think I was on beta 3)… well now it has, it’s just not doing anything. I tried plugging it into iTunes and updating it that way, well it worked apparently then said I needed to register as a developer… Is there anyway that I can update to iOS7 without havign to restore to iOS6 and loose all my stuff? thanks x

  • Genie Shekar

    i updated to ios7 and i really need to get ios6 back, and its not the beta version. even though i heard its not possible i need to still activate it which i have no idea how to since my dad did it for me…. does anyone have advice for me?? i have a iphone 4s

  • Brandon

    So i have the activation error on my iphone and my iTunes but my top button on my iphone is jammed, am i completely screwed or is there any possible thing i could do?

  • carlos

    why do I have a password after ios 7 if I never had one?

  • calvin

    i downloaded ios7 beta 2 and it upgraded to betas 3 and 4. It wont let me update to the ios 7. Should i try to downgrade or just pay $30 and get a developer

  • Bob

    After upgrading, it asked for my pass code but when I enter it, it denied me and now my phone is disabled. Help!

  • Mitch

    New sign in with ios7 is english/russian. My password has Greek characters so how do I sign in now?

  • JQ

    and it wont even let me type my password….

  • Lasse A. Madsen

    Was installed on my 4S without issues. Now it cannot unlock like before (does not type in numbers immediately – takes a couple of seconds) As well as typing in a text message. This is not working at all and the phone freezes for several seconds. Too bad as the iOS7 looked very nice. Need to wait for new update.

  • Kim

    My phone won’t let me text it types one or two letters then freezes and like 30 seconds later finishes typing the rest of the word how do I fix this

  • Mike

    Yes, now my photos are not full screen, they have these big ugly black bars on the sides

  • Brenda Hernandez

    It doesn’t let me do anything it just keeps telling me checking for update

  • Jacob

    ok i have a ipod touch 5th gen and its telling activeation error blah blah blah and it will let me do 1 THING AT ALLL what do i do

  • Tracy

    Downloaded ios7 worked fine,then crashed can’t get get phone on……..please help what should I do

  • Blondest Link

    I got a message last night in settings that iso7 is available to download, so I downloaded,,,,it changed the layout of my phone but as it was late I thought ok will play tomorrow n went to bed,,,,,,,,now it is asking me for a pass code…….I have never used a pass code on my phone, ever! I just slide and use, simple (not secure I know but as I never let it out of my sight thats ok) or was until now. I tried the default 0000 few times, now my phone is saying disabled and I can’t get into it for love nor money since last night…………help!!!!

  • Cadeluca79

    ahmadjo86, Thank you very much!!! I was ready to pull out my hair!!!

  • jassssfabbb

    My my update says my phone is not activated as in the carrier when before the update it was just fine

  • marc

    my ipone was jailbroken and i installed ios7 and now ive got the apple logo coming and going all the time and ive tried everything but it doesnt work :(

  • Zay

    My iphone is stuck at activation screen and I can’t down grade . I tried dfu mode and recovery but it wouldn’t downgrade can yu help ?? Please btw it’s iphone 4s

  • nicck7777

    i was using ios7 beta 6 and suddenly my phone got deactivated what should i do ?

  • Elie

    I am downloading the ios7 BUT at the end it is giving me an error when the dowload ends.. i have updated the itunes.. what to do ?

  • jammie

    i downloaded the iso7 software and it says connect to itunes so downloaded itunes but then got a messages saying my phone is in recovery mode and it will restore factory setting if i continue and now my phone wont come bk on help please does this mean i have lost everything on my phone cos dont have icloud set up

  • JOE

    If u need to know how to put your phone in DFU mode download redsnow it will show u the steps or YouTube it

  • Carl

    Please Help Me.. I Update My Iphone 4 Past day, So Then Its Lock, Not Recognize Sim.. Cant Bypass Activation Screen. Please give Me Redsnow for support IOS 7 IPSW. Redsnow 9.15b3 Not Identified IOS 7 IPSW. Any One Have a Answer, Please Help Me..

  • kenny

    I found a iPhone 5 at a restaurant bathroom. Is there anyway I can unlock the passcode and restore it so I can use it

  • Anna

    After downloading IOS7 my iPad did not recognize my Apple ID. After restoring it the activation screen states my Apple ID is incorrect. But it works fine on my iPhone and when I log into iCloud. What can I do?

  • Dude Man

    I downloaded the 2nd beta, from then on until beta 7 it let me update straight from my phone to the next beta. I’m stuck on beta 6. Now it says it’s up to date every time I check. I even tried restoring my phone and it won’t work. I get this message when I try: “There was a problem downloading the software for your iPhone. The requested resource was not found.”

    Please help!

  • Alex

    OKAY! so i have had all these same problems, activation error, power button broke, and in register mode,,,,DOWNLOAD RECBOOT… plug your device in and click enter DFU…. IT IMMEDIATELY WORKS,,, and then itunes will say something like “you must restore this device before you can use it with iTunes.. but click that okay button and it will come up like 5 freaking times in a row, but after that, it will let you click restore!!

  • Shae

    After removing jailbreak from iphone5 how do I install ios7! It is not showing up under software update!

  • Dan

    My iphone and itunes come up with the activation message
    My itunes is up to date.
    I cant turn my phone off to put it im DFU mode


  • Skye

    I downloaded a beta of IOS7. Worked fine. Then one day it stopped and I get this message. “This device is not registered as part of the iPhone developer program” My iPhone 5 is now locked and I can’t get to the “check for update” page in iTunes. It won’t let me do anything – I’m trying to save this data as it’s my late husband’s phone and I don’t want to lose his photos or data. Both the iPad and iPhone I have are doing the same thing.

    I’ve tried to reboot but it says that “Find My iPhone” is on but when I log into the iCloud, it won’t allow me to delete it…
    Help help please??