How to Install iOS 7.1 Update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

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Apple just released iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which includes interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features.

You can follow these simple instructions to install the iOS 7.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Warning for Jailbreakers

Apple has patched number of vulnerabilities in iOS 7.1 that was used by evasi0n7 jailbreak, so jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to iOS 7.1 until further notice as you will lose the jailbreak and won’t be able to jailbreak your device.

Install iOS 7.1 update wirelessly Over the Air (OTA):

Before you start the download, plug in your device so the battery doesn’t drain during the update process. It can take anywhere from 15 mins to an hour for the update to download and install, depending on how Apple’s servers are handling the load and your internet connection. You may also want to connect your iPhone to your local WiFi network, so you don’t get charged for downloading the update over your cellular connection.

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Once you are plugged in and connected via Wi-Fi, open the Settings app and tap on General > Software Update. iOS will automatically check for available updates and will inform you that iOS 7.1 software update is available.

Tap Download to download the update. Wait for the download to complete and then tap Install to apply the update. If you get tired of waiting for the download to finish (it could take a while) then go do something else. Your iPhone or iPad will continue to download the update and will send you a notification when the update is ready.  Go back to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap Install Now to install the now downloaded iOS update file.

A note to Jailbreakers: If you’ve used evasi0n, OTA updates will be disabled, which is convenient if you plan to delay updating. If do want to upgrade, you’ll have to restore your device via iTunes as described below.

Install iOS 7.1 update via iTunes

Some folks prefer to physically connect their iOS device to a computer via a USB cable and update their phone via iTunes. Since you are not dealing with Wi-FI signal, there is less chance of an error occurring during the download and install process.  Before you plug in your iOS device. take a moment to make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes. Click on iTunes in the menu bar and then click  on “Check for updates.” You can also go directly to Apple’s iTunes download page, which is now allowing you to download iTunes 11.1.5, the most recent version of the media manager.

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Once iTunes is all squared away, it’s time to turn your attention to your phone. Connect your iOS device to your computer using an USB cable. Wait for iTunes to open and connect to your device. Click on your device in iTunes and then click the “Check for Update” or “Update” button as you can see above in the Summary pane. If an update is available, iTunes will prompt you to download and install the update. Wait patiently and do not disconnect your device until the update has finished.

Install iOS 7.1 update using firmware file via iTunes

If for some reason, the iOS 7.1 update isn’t available via OTA update or via iTunes then you need to follow these instructions.

  • Download the appropriate iOS firmware file for your device.

Note: If you need help in identify which iOS firmware file to download based on your iPhone’s model number, check this link and for iPad check this link. After you have figured out which iOS firmware file to download, click on the appropriate link below to download the file.

iPad:

iPhone:

iPod touch:

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

Let us know how it goes in the comments. Hope this helped and feel free to drop us a line in the comments below.

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  • Retina

    I already installed iOS 7.1 update wirelessly over the Air (OTA)

    • Pavan

      Me neither.

    • RetinaDisplay

      Wow, thanks for telling everybody! I was really wondering.

  • http://www.tualatinweb.com/ Daniel Payne

    I tried installing iOS 7.1 on my iPad3, but it gets to a screen asking me to connect to iTunes with usb and I don’t want to do that sync. Do I have any alternatives?

    • Kyle Izwany

      connect to itunes and restore

      • http://www.tualatinweb.com/ Daniel Payne

        OK, I finally connected to iTunes and after two hours of effort now have iOS7.1 installed. My iPad3 still reboots randomly throughout the day, so 7.1 didn’t fix that most important issue for me.

  • blucola

    I updated to 7.1 and now my ipod won’t sync. iTunes doesn’t recognize it, even though it shows up in My Computer .

    • Kyle Izwany

      have you try on other desktop/laptop?

      • blucola

        I did this morning and it backed up and then synced it. That computer runs Vista with an older itunes. But new laptop has Windows 8.1 and the most recent itunes. It only recognizes my ipod 4, not the ipod 5.

  • pit

    i have jailbroken my iphone! is it safe to Update it over my phone? or just use update button on itunes and not restore it???

    • Kyle Izwany

      If you are already jailbroken at iOS 7 or below, stay put where you are. don’t update to iOS 7.1 or you are sure to lose your jailbreak and may be without until iOS 8.0 releases.

  • Akshay

    I downloaded the 7.1 firmware for my iPhone 4 and after the download completed and I used iTunes to restore the iPhone, it said that the “firmware is not compatible”. However, I downloaded the correct Firmware from this site itself. :(
    Please help me. It took 7 hours to download the firmware!

    • Kyle Izwany

      you might get the wrong firmware. gsm/cdma?

      • Akshay

        iPhone 4 GSM
        Model: A1332

        • Kyle Izwany

          correct firmware provided above. or have you try upgrade from itunes itself?

          • Akshay

            I shift+click on the restore option in iTunes and selected the downloaded firmware. It said “iPhone cannot be restored because the firmware was not compatible”.

  • Aman Deep

    updating using the firmware wont hamper the country lock right?

    • Gautam

      What do you mean by country lock? If you’ve a factory unlocked iPhone then no installing the update won’t affect it.

      • Aman Deep

        i mean i got it unlocked after i bought it.

        • Kyle Izwany

          if you got it permanently unlocked then it wont affect

    • Gautam

      So what kind of unlocking solution did you use? What’s your iPhone model?

  • ralex

    i just downloaded 7.1 and i have NO signal :'( i dont know what to do now….

    • Kyle Izwany

      which idevice?

      • ralex

        Iphone 5, i downloaded the update wirelessly, it was working perfectly before and now i get a “Searching” sign all the time. I did a bit of research and apparently it is a hardware fault. I already try the reset network option, remove the nano sim. i will do a full iOS installation once i get home. But it is just weird, cos it was working perfectly before…

        • sheryls

          so does my daughters ipod touch 5. Not sure what’s going on either!

  • Ouss Lary

    Hi.. I had a problem with the catering for Iphone 5, ios 7.1 (error “27”) what is the solution..please.??!!!

    • Satish Bisure

      Install through iTunes software.

  • Dark Shadow1000

    Do you think 8.0 will come out for iPhone 4? I have 7.1 right now with no Jailbreak.
    Do you know if I can downgrade my iPhone 4?

  • Shubh keshri

    I have iphone 5s and i’v download the software on air and while installing its showing error and its not showing error no. Please help me

  • Guest

    I installed iOS 7.1 on my Ipod Touch and now when I charge my phone, the screen fades away and turns grey.. Takes a lot of time to turn back on (only if i connect my USB on computer).
    HELPPP PLEASE!!

  • Aditya

    I have downloaded the zip file for my iphone 4s. However, iTunes is not recognising the file as it is in zip format and not ipsw. any suggestions on how to make this work?

    • Noelle

      try to unzip it???

  • Abby

    i installed the update, and now ALL of my apps are gone. Is there a way to get them all back in one move, or do I have to go out and find them all and get them again?

  • Mark Edwinson Sanchez Lingad

    Why I can’t update my jailbroken ipad to 7.1 it’s loading and loading with the check for update?
    Please answer thanks :)

    • Gautam

      evasi0n7 disables OTA update. It is seen as a feature, so jailbreakers don’t accidentally install the update.

      • Mark Edwinson Sanchez Lingad

        Can you teach me how I can update my ipad?

  • Eric

    I have an iphone 4 and want to update and it keeps saying checking for update and thats it how can i fix this without pluging into itunes

  • redsla

    my ipad 2 says I have to restore to factory settings. All I did was plug it in. I did not even press to install update. It is frozen with plug pointing to iTunes. I did not even have a chance to backup. This is crazy and every update does something like this.

    • Gautam

      You seem to be recovery mode. You can try to hardware reset your device to see if you can come out of recovery mode.

  • anees butt

    thnks alot for giving us this info…

  • K Hashmi

    My iPhone 5 accidentally shut down DURING an update to IOS 7.1.1. Now my screen is completely black and a hard reset isn’t working at all. Can somebody please help me?

    • K Hashmi

      never mind…it eventually worked. For anyone in my situation i would recommend waiting a little and then attempting a hard reset.

  • David Rubin

    can os 7.1 be put onto my iphone 3g?? How??????? Thanks

    • Gautam

      No, iOS 7.1 is not compatible with iPhone 3G. In fact, the latest version that you can install on your iPhone is iOS 4.2.1.

  • adriana

    Would someone help me please?
    I have an iphone 4s…plugged it in to my pc and opened itunes…it finished and had a summary page and then a window popped up saying this device is ready to use so I unplugged it and now it won’t work except it shows and itune icon at the top and underneath a plugin with an arrow pointing up…what do I do now? I don’t want to lose everything I have on there. Can I take the battery out and put it back in to help it go back to phone mode?

  • adriana

    I did it to update the OS 7 update…forgot to add this to my comment below