How to Update from iOS 7 beta to iOS 7 Public Release


Ever since Apple released iOS 7 yesterday, one of most common question by readers who had already installed iOS 7 GM or a beta versions of iOS 7 has been, how do I update to iOS 7 public release.

If you’re on GM then you don’t need to worry, the build number of the iOS 7 public release and iOS 7 GM is the same (11A465). So you don’t need to update to iOS 7 public release. 

If you’re worried about expiry then please note that like the public releases, GM builds don’t have an expiry date, and if Apple releases iOS 7.0.1, you will be update to it via over-the-air (OTA) update. There is absolutely no difference between iOS 7 GM and iOS 7 public release.

If your iOS device is still on a beta version of iOS 7 then it is advisable to update to iOS 7 public release. You can follow these simple steps to update to iOS 7.

Backup of your iOS Device:

It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch before updating it with the latest iOS software update. (Note that if you choose to encrypt your backup using iTunes, along with normal data, secure information like passwords etc. are also backed up.)

You can back up your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud.

Update to iTunes 11.1:

Before we start, ensure that you have iTunes 11.1 installed on your computer. You can download it from here or Click on iTunes in the menu bar and then click  on “Check for updates.”.

Update to iOS 7:

Once iTunes is all squared away, it’s time to turn your attention to your iOS device and follow these instructions.

  • Download the appropriate iOS firmware file for your device.


7.0 (iPhone 4 GSM): iPhone3,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 4 CDMA): iPhone3,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 4S): iPhone4,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 5 GSM): iPhone5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 5 CDMA): iPhone5,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw


7.0 (iPad 2 Wi-Fi): iPad2,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 GSM): iPad2,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 CDMA): iPad2,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 New): iPad2,4_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 Wi-Fi): iPad3,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 CDMA): iPad3,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 GSM): iPad3,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 Wi-Fi): iPad3,4_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 GSM): iPad3,5_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 CDMA): iPad3,6_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini Wi-Fi): iPad2,5_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini GSM): iPad2,6_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini CDMA): iPad2,7_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw

iPod touch:

7.0 (iPod Touch 5G): iPod5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer using an USB cable. Wait for iTunes to open and connect to your device.
  • Click on device button to the left of the iTunes Store button in the top right corner in iTunes.
  • Hold down on the option key (Mac) or the shift key (Windows) and click the “Check for Update” button in the Summary pane. Browse to the .ipsw file you had downloaded earlier and select it. Note: Alternatively, you can also try clicking on the “Check for Update” directly without using holding down on the Option key or the Shift key. If the iOS 7 update is available it will automatically download and update your device to iOS 7.


  • Do not disconnect your device until the update has finished.
  • If necessary, restore your device from the previous backup and sync with iTunes.

That’s it. Your iOS device should be successfully updated to iOS 7. Let me know how it goes and feel free to leave a comment if you’ve any questions.

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  • Alan

    Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

    • Craig

      Did it work?

  • Craig

    Does it work?

  • Vaibhav

    I just downloaded iTunes 11.1 and it said there is an update available for my phone.I clicked update and it’s done.
    I didn’t do any of the steps mentioned here.
    I was on iOS 7 beta 6 iPhone 4S

    • anon

      did you pay for beta 6?

      • Vaibhav

        No i don’t have a dev account so I didn’t pay for it. Downloaded it from internet like many others. It was simple. I guess just download new itunes and let it do the job.

    • yeaaa

      me too
      i have dev account didn’t update to gm just the last beta and new iTunes prompted for update to public release

  • Vaibhav

    Do I need to do anything else??

  • jake

    error code 3194

  • T

    What about iPod 4 gen

    • M

      not available for it

  • chris

    i got a 3194 error code too please help me

  • mohammad

    i have a ipad 4 and want to upgrade to ios7 but i have a lotf of app in that and i need them. i heard if i upgrade the ipad all apps are removed. any body can tell me about that?

  • Simon Ogston

    I need to do this. When I connect my phone to iTunes it tells me there is newer software. I wait 3 hours for it to download but it doesn’t update the phone.

    Also, I have tried to download the ipsw files twice but when I unzip it there is a dmg file for Mac which is no good for me.

    Anyone know where I can download the actual A1429 iPhone 5 GSM file from please? Starting to think I’ll have to do a restore and lose all my content :-(

    Cheers in advance
    I’m on build 11A4449d

    • logsys

      Well, you dont need to extract the zip, just rename it to .ipsw if you can. If you can’t, just go on folder options. Also, hit shift + check for updates and select that .zip folder. If you are Mac, the procedure may be different. What I told is for Windows. I think in Mac instead of Shift + Check for Updates just ⌥(option) +Check for Update
      If you need help, just reply ~logsys

  • Rohan

    ***********UPDATE ITUNES BEFORE DOING THIS******************
    Works perfectly.
    I have an iPad 3 Wi-Fi running iOS 7 Beta 6 (without a developers account)
    Just plugged it in to iTunes, it prompted me that an update is available.
    The size was 1.31gb, It downloaded iPad3,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw as mentioned above. Now I’m running iOS 7 public release.
    ***********UPDATE ITUNES BEFORE DOING THIS******************

  • Guest

    I’m on build 11A4449d

  • 李Lee 曜宇Yao Yu

    hi, I accidentally restore the iPhone 5, I was on IOS 7 beta, now it tells me that want me to register my Iphone to be the developer. What can I do now?


    it says firmware file not compatible……

    i hav a ipad mini :(

    plz help.. it is in build version 10B141

    • saeed

      me too..

      it says firmware file not compatible
      iphone 4 modem firmware 4.12.05
      version 10B329

  • aieng

    i have an iphone 4 and i downloaded ios 7 before the public release. I downloaded the newest public release in itunes but when if finishes it says again that there is a new software for mi iphone. Also, in my iphone it says that the software is up to date. I can’t put music into my iphone please help :D

  • Nix

    iPhone 4 JB on 6.1 .. Wana update to iOS 7.. Can I do an OTA update or should I just do it from my comp?

    • Awsome

      It is better to unjailbreak 1st and then update to ios 7 via ota or computer it is all the same but computer is usually faster

  • Mees

    i have ios 7 beta and how can i update to ios 7.0.2

    • Gautam

      You can follow the steps mentioned in this guide to update straight to iOS 7.0.2.

  • musti

    i had the ios 7 beta 6 version and this just helped me update to public ios7 and to the 7.0.2


  • chiky

    Perfect ! Thank you so much god bless you

  • Indrid Cold

    Worked fine for me – was using the last BETA for IOS7 and would not update to the public release. Do exactly as the instructions read and you shouldn’t have an issue. Make sure you have a clean boot of both iPhone and your system so you don’t have a lot of stuff in-memory. Thanks Gutam.

    • Gautam

      Welcome Indrid!

  • L

    I have iPhone 5 with ios7 beta 6. Can’t update to the public release 7.0.2. It says that the firmware version incompatible. Please HELP

    • ryan

      make sure you have the right one downloaded ex. “GSM” or “CDMA”

  • Kayla Ingerson

    I accidentally restored my iPod 5, and it keeps giving me a error every time I try to set it up saying that my iPod is not registered as a developer device and it wont let me do anything. What do I do?

    • Gautam

      Upgrade iTunes to 11.1, then follow this guide.

  • diana

    how long does this take?

  • helloyou

    it doesnt work for me says the file is not compatible

  • Nitin Vegi

    I have an iPod Touch 5th generation which is currently running on iOS 7 Beta 5. I never got an OTA update for the Beta 6 version. Can i update my iPod directly from the Beta 5 to iOS 7 official release version ? Will my iPod get updated by following the above steps.
    Please reply asap.
    I have downloaded the iTunes 11.1.

    • Nitin Vegi

      Again my iPod is on iOS 7 “Beta 5″ (without a developers account).
      Please let me know if i can update my iPod.

  • itsjoeybear

    Worked like a charm on my4s with Beta 6 .. it originally prompted me for the upgrade, but then said there were apps that havent been sync’d… so I did a regular sync, and the option was gone … but after the above steps It updated and then prompted me for 7.0.2 without having to wipe .. Thanks !!

  • Peter

    What is the difference between the GSM and the CDMA restore file? And how do I know which one I should use?