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

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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.

iPhone:

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

iPad:

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.

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  • 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.
    JUST DO NOT FORGET TO UPDATE iTUNES BEFORE DOING THIS
    MY FRIEND DID THIS ON AN OLD VERSION OF ITUNES HE ENDED UP WITH A CONNECT TO ITUNES MESSAGE ON BOOT.
    ***********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?

  • PANKAJ

    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

      • joshua khull

        Joshua khull
        I don’t like IOS7 BETA

  • 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

    THANK A LOT MAN !

  • 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

    Hi,
    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?

    • DD

      GSM is AT&T or T-Mobile. CDMA is Sprint or Verizon

  • jamesvo

    the steps mentioned here are for those who “updated” their iphone to ios7 BETA when they were not suppose to. This means if you updated your to ios7 beta# without having a developers account (many people were able to update to ios7 beta long before the final ios7 was released to the public).

    Now, many people who have done so have been locked out of their phone (their phone’s ios7 beta6 was deactivated and cannot be activated because the user doesnt have a registered developer’s iphone/account…. and this is where the manual/force install of the final release of ios7 (the steps you have to take as described in this article).

  • Yuheng

    Hey James , now i downloaded the firmware , its says the update not compatible . So how ? Can anybody help ?

  • james

    My iphone currently stopped working and said i had to activate it, which didnt work so i tried to restore/ update on my computer however it says that the firmware is not compatible and now im stuck without a phone……….. how do i make my iphone work again????

    • Benjamin

      I ran into this problem last night. You will need to download the 7.0.2 ipsw. Then hold down opt and click check for update. Navigate to the 7.0.2 ipsw and click ok. This will install the updated version and then will allow you to activate again. I also had my phone in recovery mode so I don’t know if that also allowed it to be installed or not.

  • Taylor

    My iphone has been deactivated because i had the ios 7 beta and it expired and now i’m locked out of my iphone and it won’t let me restore it or update it or anything, olease help!

    • james

      i updated my itunes software to 11.1, put my iphone into DFU mode, then itunes came up and said about a new updae, it downloaded and now its currently in the middle of restoring, hopefully it works :D

      • Taylor

        How did you put your iphone in DFU mode?

        • james

          Connect your iphone to the PC and it should come up showing on itunes about your phone blah blah, then while still connected, turn off your iphone, then once turned off hold down the top and home buttons at the same time for 10 seconds, then let go of the top while still pressing down on the home until your PC recognizes and then itunes should recolonize that your iphone is in DFU mode, then it will say about restoring and let it just do its ting, just finished my iphone and it all works now just hopefully icloud can restore my files and personal things

          • Taylor

            When i turn off my iphone, it disconnects from itunes and the only way to turn it back on is to plug it into itunes :( what do i do?

          • james

            turn the phone off while its connected via cable to the PC, the it will disconnect from Itunes but not the PC, then follow the steps i gave you

          • sherri

            Thank you I have been going crazy for hours trying to fix this. Obviously I wasn’t the only 1

          • D. Green

            yes I thank you as well my phone “died” today while I was using it and I have been trying to figure out how to fix it. It is currently updating the software in recovery mode so i hope this works.

  • Astorm

    Im currently trying to do this since my ios 7 beta version just quit on me saying I need to register. Whenever I try to manually click the restore there is no file for me to restore it to after I just downloaded it? help!

  • Jairo Fuerte

    Thank you!!!

  • Dan

    My 5 was stuck as well, tried a normal restore/update but it wouldn’t let me do it, after it tried to sync it didn’t recognize the apps and bunch of other things… Here’s what worked for me: Remove Find My iPhone if active (icloud.com); Turn the phone off; Have cable plugged into computer but not phone yet; hold the home button while plugging the cable into the phone (continue holding home button until you receive the message on iTunes to go into recovery mode); choose to restore/update or whatever it says–7.0.2 software should begin downloading; when your phone is finally recognized by itunes after download is completed and it’s trying to sync, cancel it before it tries to back-up/sync <Users>”YourName”>Library>iTunes>iPhone Software Updates

    • Dan

      Forgot to mention itunes has to be updated to latest software as well before you do this.

  • Frette

    Same here, it says incompatible firmware.

  • dewman

    Same issue for me….but my question is, is there a way to backup my phone before restoring it? I REALLY don’t want to completely reset everything and sadly, it’s been a while since I backed my phone up (I know, rookie move). Thanks for the help.

    • Dave

      Back up everything on iCloud. if you know your apple id and password you might be able to back it up from iclould.com if you cant get into your phone

  • Sam Evans

    Easy fix guys…

    1 – Plug your phone in to your mac
    2 – Hold power and home
    3 – When Apple logo appears release power
    4 – iTunes logo will appear
    5 – Restore through iTunes

    • tdawg

      this worked amazing. thankyou.

  • kayleighhhhhh

    you saved my phone my beta version ran out and would not let me access anything on my phone i thought i had broke it, but this worked it was brilliant!!

  • Jim

    Thanks sooo much. This worked flawlessly. I purchased a used iphone that had beta on it and today it said it needed to be activated. I’m thankful for you putting these directions on here.

  • me0wm1x

    0mg this actuly worked!

  • rico

    Until
    now my iphone 5 can’t update to the latest ios 7.0.2, everytime i try
    to click update in itunes, it keeps on saying that ” This version of
    the iphone software (7.0) is the current version. I already update my
    itunes to the latest version 11.1.1.

    Please help me. I’ve been stuck since monday.

    Thanks in advance.

  • james

    is there ios 7 for ipod 4 pls tell me ???

    • joshua khull

      no sorry I wont to be ios 7

  • james

    i hate samsung

    • joshua khull

      me to