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If you are impatient and just can’t wait until Apple pushes iOS 5 out to the world on October 12th you can get the final release build now! Apple has put the final build out to developers, and because it is final you do not actually need to be a developer to install it on your phone.

All you need is the latest beta build of iTunes and the latest build of iOS 5. This is a stable release, and is the same one that everyone will be downloading in a few days, so it should not hurt your device in any way (at least no more than it would on October 12th).

Installing iOS 5 is easy. Simply download the correct build for your device from the bottom of this post. Make sure to save the file somewhere you can find it later. Lastly, perform a backup of your phone because it will be wiped clean after.

Open iTunes and Option click (Mac) or Shift click (PC) on the “restore” button. This will allow you to restore from a firmware of your choosing. Choose the iOS 5 build you downloaded and let the phone run though the process just like a normal restore.

After your phone reboots you will have the latest build of iOS 5 on your device. As I said before, this is an official build, so it is safe to install.


Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 4 (GSM)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 4 (CDMA)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone 3GS
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
Download iOS 5 GM for iPad 1
Download iOS 5 GM for iPod touch 4G
Download iOS 5 GM for iPod touch 3G

Download iTunes 10 Beta 7

Source: Lockergnome

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  1. Diz2626
    October 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    it didnt work for me:( i downloaded that unpacking file program or watever and that didnt help. omg i restored my phone and it didnt work so now my phone is all screwed up:( please help omg i dont want all the memory to go away on my phone for nothing

    • Tina
      October 22, 2011 at 11:42 am


      if you cannot find a solution within this comment thread, I recommend you to submit a question via MakeUseOf Answers.

  2. ironhedge
    October 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

    This does not work not only did i have to extract *.dmg file then the *.hfs file to get the ipsw file but the restore says I'm not eligible :( not good...... 

  3. Foster
    October 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I keep getting error code 3194? I updated to the most recent iTunes, and downloaded the iPhone 3GS one.

  4. RobbyRob Musik
    October 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    JUST so everyone on here knows the reasons you are getting errors is because you have to be on iTunes 10.5.7 beta or higher to install this.

  5. sethiboy
    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    done on my iphone 4. Works perfectly!!!

  6. Rich614808
    October 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What about iPhone 3G?

    • Aer_tech
      October 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Sorry, 3G was cut off at this update. You have now reached the end of the road for updates.

  7. Nisanth P
    October 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Worked like a probs in Iphone4. Now my iphone4 runs in iOS 5.0  

  8. Duckman
    October 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This is to hopefully help those on Mac that are having problems. Sorry PC guys, I recently converted earlier this year and am now completely PC free. Perhaps a PC user will provide a similar guide.

    I'm on a Mac running Lion. I searched on the web and downloaded itunes_10.5_beta_9 and also downloaded all iOS5 software for my devices from the post above. 

    So here are your Mac steps for iOS5 if you want to be early. Otherwise wait till the scheduled release next week and all will be automated and painless:
    1. Update iTunes to 10.5 

    2. Select and download each iOS5 .dmg for your devices. 

    3. Extract the iOS5 .dmg files. (Select the .dmg from your downloads. It will mount to your desktop, and extract. Move the ipsw that extracts to the document folder.

    4.Plug your iOS device into the USB and allow back up to fully complete.

    5. Hold "option" key down while selecting the restore tab in iTunes.

    6. Navigate to the correct ipsw file for your device and select.

    7. When complete you will have the option to load the back up profile for your device.

    8. Once completed you will see "Ok to disconnect device" in iTunes

    9.There will be a few on screen setups to complete on your iOS5 device, but then you are done.

    Like the post if it helps you!

  9. Harkirat111
    October 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    i tunes 10. 7 link is  dead

    • Mklop112233
      October 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      google it and find another one

  10. Harkirat111
    October 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    error 21 no install i have to restore version 4.3.5

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      You need the iTunes beta

  11. Dave LeClair
    October 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    For anyone who is having trouble on Mac, try option click instead of command click to restore from a custom firmware, and try this for step by instructions, 

  12. Orange.Crush
    October 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Not working here either, even with latest iTunes Beta... I'm on OSX Lion also. I keep the sim out of my iPhone 4 I wonder if this prevents updating?

  13. Steffan Andrews
    October 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    This was confusing initially.

    To clarify, these are all iPad 2 firmwares:
    - iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
    - iOS 5 GM for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
    The only firmware for the original iPad is the "iPad 1" firmware.

  14. Scott F Barber
    October 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Using Mac but should be same for PC I think you need to put the phone in recovery mode like if you were jailbreaking it. I downloaded the .dmg for GSM unpacked (unzip PC) and the nice little lego 2x2 with iphone 1,3_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw pops out. you go to restore button in itunes and alt click (who knows what it is for PC :) and select restore from this lego. then the error 21 comes up. something is wrong with the download, I think the writer of this original post need to try it before they post it... any help for you loyal readers would be much appreciated. thanks

  15. joe
    October 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

    after finally getting ios 5 on my ipod it no longer will sync podcasts, it says they are syncing but when i check my ipod there is nothing there, what the hell!!!!!!!!

  16. David Edgar
    October 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

    says that phone will be wiped after resoring the new ipsw file. So all apps, data in those apps etc. will be lost? Anyway, to get them back after doing this?

    • Anonymous
      October 8, 2011 at 7:32 am

      do a back up.... clearly says so up above...

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      If you make sure to backup your device you will be able to get it back.

  17. Sanket
    October 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Wat about iPad 2 3G

  18. joe
    October 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

    ok i used that other program and i finally got the file, this is one of the laziest articles ever on this site, nothing mentioned all the steps that are needed.

  19. joe
    October 8, 2011 at 4:23 am

    i downloaded the  file and tried opening it with winzip, all i get is a error message saying not a compatible file, this is not easy like was implied

    • Mklop112233
      October 8, 2011 at 4:47 am

      not gonna work with winzip use another decompresser

  20. Alkalain
    October 8, 2011 at 3:15 am

    OK that's it.I'll be patient. I'm waiting a couple days lol

  21. Alkalain
    October 8, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Anybody here can say ios5 is running successfully on their phone?

    • Duckman
      October 8, 2011 at 3:24 am

      Mine is updated and working just fine. Did have to download beta version of iTunes before being able to install iOS 5.0 IPSW.

  22. Antriksh Yadav
    October 8, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Worried about one thing. When the final comes out to the public, will iTunes tell me that I need to update whenever I plug my iPad in? That will be annoying. Also, is it possible that we will just get a delta update on Oct 12?

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      As far as I know, itunes should not alert you in any way as this is the final build.

  23. Kenny
    October 8, 2011 at 2:47 am

    it doesnt work... very bad instructions with the compressed dmg file.. i downloaded the FYZip program and extracted once the dmg and then again the hfs to get to the ipsw file but then when i try to do the shift restore on the new itunes 10.5 beta it tells me "the firmware file is not compatible" yes i downloaded the correct firmware version from the download links...

    • Mike
      October 8, 2011 at 2:55 am

      hmmm, mine worked fine once i updated itunes, did u copy the ipsw file out of the dmg, like to ur desktop? im not sure if tht'll help or wat but it worked for me

    • Mike
      October 8, 2011 at 2:58 am

      This usually means that you either downloaded the wrong IPSW or it is damaged.

      - make sure you downloaded the right IPSW
      - try a different program to unpack the firmware
      - re-downloaded the IPSW

      Also make sure you shift click the Restore button, not the update button

      • joe
        October 8, 2011 at 4:38 am

        there is no ipsw file to download

        • Dave LeClair
          October 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

          You need to extract it with a program like winzip or any file extraction program.

  24. Cpvan822
    October 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I just finished and so far mine has updated to 5.0 successfully.

    • Duckman
      October 8, 2011 at 3:23 am

      Mine too! Looks like all is well. I guess I should have read the original post more slowly, cause all the info was there. Now I'm off to explore new features.

  25. Duckman
    October 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Am downloading beta 9 from a developer mirror. Will try again. Has anyone been successful yet?

  26. Cpvan822
    October 8, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Link to update ITunes to beta 7 is at the bottom of the list on original post.

  27. Mike
    October 8, 2011 at 1:38 am

    To answer your questions guys:

    Yes, you need to install the iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 (Win) respectively 10.5 Beta 9 (Mac) to upgrade to iOS5.

    On a Mac it is option-click (alt-click) to manually select an IPSW file

    On Windows you can use either one of the tools previously mentioned or maybe you already have 7zip installed which can open DMG files. The IPSW file will be located within the .hfs archive in the DMG

    Although the GM build is not locked down to registered unique identifier (UDID) it is still a developer build.

    With both of them not being final releases it may cause problems after or during upgrading or not.

  28. Duckman
    October 8, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Do we need the developer's 10.5 version of iTunes in order to install these IPSW files? I have 10.4.1, am installing manually, and still get the same error code 21.  Frustrated and very disappointed. Have not seen a single successful post yet regarding this subject.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, you need the beta, there is a link at the bottom of the post, and here

  29. starleader
    October 8, 2011 at 1:18 am

    newest version of itunes is 10.4.1? if not can you share one.

  30. Cpvan822
    October 8, 2011 at 1:14 am

    For the ones getting error messages... Did you update your Itunes to the newest version first? Also Command click did not open firmware choices for me, but Option click did work.

  31. Duckman
    October 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

    No go using MAC command + click of restore. Option + click of restore allowed me to select the IPSW download manually, but get error code 21. 

    • Porkflavor
      October 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

      I get the error code #21 too and now my phone won't restore at all. What the hell?!

      • Duckman
        October 8, 2011 at 1:37 am

        Hold home and power at same time with phone plugged into USB should give you option to restore

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Make sure to download the latest beta release of itunes

  32. Nonso
    October 8, 2011 at 12:34 am

    It returned an error message after extracting the software. Any help pls.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      make sure to download the latest beta release of iTunes here

  33. joe
    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    ok i dowloaded the file did the shift restore thing, it opens up the folder where the file is but i cant  see it. why? because it s has to be an ipsw file which this is not, so much for being easy

    • Mike
      October 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      all u have to do outside of itunes is download the file, and then open the file with a program like winzip or FYZip, and find the ipsw file inside.

      • tane
        October 8, 2011 at 12:44 am

        I've downloaded the 3GS image and it seems to be missing the ipsw file - it has 4 files, .ddm, .hfs, .free and a .Apple_partition_map

        • Nonso
          October 8, 2011 at 12:59 am

          extract the .hfs file

        • Maurizio Vescovi
          October 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

          same happens here :(

        • Dave LeClair
          October 11, 2011 at 12:19 am

          extract the .hfs file with a file extraction program and the ipsw will be in there.

      • Guest1
        October 12, 2011 at 5:41 am

        transmac also works great

  34. Mike
    October 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I tried and it says An unknown Error occurred (21) :/ help?

    • Eskedal
      October 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Me to. Any one know how to fix it?

      • Davide
        October 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

        I had the same problem. You have to download the latest beta of iTunes, then it should work flawlessly

    • Dave LeClair
      October 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Make sure to download that version of itunes and you should have no problem!

    • Guest
      October 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

       disable your antivirus and firewall programs and try again. Hope this helps!

  35. Krisminejko07
    October 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    how do you do this properly?...whats alt-click?.
    got ipad connected now, ready to back up but cant see file that was downloaded in itunes.

    • Mike
      October 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Plug In ur Device to the computer, open itunes, click on the bar to the left of the itunes screen where it says ipad at
      Then it should say the name of ur ipad, how much space u have on it , "click here to update", and so on.
      There's also a button that says "restore" THAT IS THE BUTTON U SHIFT+CLICK ( alt + click if its mac) and choose ur file u downloaded

      (btw the ios 5.0 file needs to be opened with a program like FYZip or something if ur on a PC)

      • Mike
        October 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

        Im Sry, on a mac Its Command+Click (Not alt+click)

  36. RDM
    October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    sorry but it just isn't working. i tried cmd-click on restore, but it did a regular restore, no iOs 5

    • RDM
      October 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      nevermind. it worked with alt-click

  37. Anonymous
    October 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    ThIs might be a silly question, but the gsm download for iPhone 4 is a DMG file. Aren't these for Mac's only?

    • Ashymer
      October 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Not at all dmg is a tipe of cd image you can open it with ultra iso or a program like that one!

      • Shane Harris
        October 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        Thanks mate, ill give it a go.

        [EDIT] Just realized i signed in with a different account lol.