Download And Install IOS 5 Early

Apple has been teasing us for a long time with IOS5 and they’re just about to release it, but if you’re like me, you want to get your hands on it early. Everyone wants to try the latest and greatest first, but there’s another advantage to diving in early. If you’ve ever tried to update your IOS on the release day, you’ve surely realized the painful wait for the software to download as millions of other people try at the same time. Grabbing this early release should eliminate that problem as well. Warning: Back up before you begin! This kind of update can be riddled with unexpected problems, so be prepared for anything.

Here’s all you have to do to update early:

(edit 1: I added a new first step, to first install iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 or higher)
(edit 2: Plug directly into the computer – don’t use a USB extension cable as this can slow the backup/restore down a LOT)
(edit 3: Want the official release now? Download the latest iPhone ISPW and repeat steps 2 and then 5-7 below – 8 id needed)

1. Install iTunes 10.5 beta 7 or higher (Win 32, Win 64, or MAC OS X)
2. Sync your device and run a backup.
3. Download the file you need from the list below. It’s around 800MB, so it’ll take a while.
iPhone 4 (GSM)
iPhone 4 (CDMA)
iPhone 3GS
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G GSM)
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G CDMA)
iPad 1 (All)
iPod touch (3G)
iPod touch (4G)

4. Extract the file you downloaded. I suggest using 7Zip if you’re on a PC. Find it at
5. Hold down SHIFT (or “Option” on a MAC) and click “Restore” in iTunes
6. A file selection box should open up. Choose the ISPW file that you extracted from the DMG file you downloaded.
7. iTunes will wipe your device and install IOS5. That’s OK.
8. After the install, it should ask if you want to restore from a backup. Say YES and choose your backup from Step 1.

Thanks to this guide for the tips.

Author: Joe Colburn

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10 thoughts on “Download And Install IOS 5 Early”

  1. Benjamin: Thanks, and thanks for the link back!

    Justin: I think you’ll love the update. I haven’t had time to even play much, but the advantages of the new notification system became immediately apparent. I like it a lot.

  2. Thanks, Marty and Apple Blog.

    Sourish: Steps 4, 5, and 6 explain what to do after downloading, but if you need (or just want to suggest) more detail that I can add, let me know.

  3. the steps are just fine. but sometimes if may throw error 3002 3200 , so you have to copy the ipsw files in this location

    On Windows:
    %APPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes\iP{one|ad|od} Software Updates

    On Mac:
    ~/Library/iTunes/iP{one|ad|od} Software Updates

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