iOS 5 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

iOS 5 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad now available

Apple has just released iOS 5 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Just plug into iTunes and check for updates. Arguably Apple's most ambitious update ever, it includes iCloud integration as well as Notification Center, iMessage, AirPlay Mirroring, and a host of new features.

If you're updating now, let us know how it's going for you, and if you need help, here are your go-to link.

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jameslaz says:

Downloading now, I have high hopes for iOS5.

Ody says:

Downloading now on the East Coast.

Liam330 says:

YAS! I was well the first to get it ! I kept clicking and got it at 6:04pm :D

Simon Allison23 says:

Been looking forward to this since it was announced a few months back!
Here we go!

Andrewmcd7 says:

won't even connect to server.. must be getting hit bigggg time

Ahmedlawyer86 says:

yeah i do it noooooooooooooooow wooooooooot

Don Camorra says:

Yeah, my iPhone 3GS is updating :)

phil says:

Hmm, I'm jailbroken on 4.3.3 and it only offers me 4.3.5. Do I need to get 4.3.5 first?

Chris Matchett says:

I'm non jailbroken on 4.3.4 and only getting offered 4.3.5 on iPad 2 UK too. Gives my time to do my backup though

Jose says:

YEAAAHH BABYYYYY!!! here we goo!! 4 mins left!

Nuttz565 says:

Its alive(and downloading)!!!!!!!!!!!

Sean says:

Still showing 4.3.5 as current and no update available

bob221992 says:

Never mind here we goooooooo

Mirooo_87 says:

same here....
maybe it's not available right now at my region

Donal Romano says:

click on it and 5.0 comes up!

GB111 says:

Same here, ... maybe have to do successive updates, will try ...

Donal Romano says:

click on it and 5.0 comes up!

Donal Romano says:

click on it and 5.0 comes up!

StevenAlexander says:

If you're an inactive developer, you're in trouble!!! lol

cwilliams706 says:

Downloading now, 5 minutes remaining. I have really high expectations for this version of iOS.

Liam330 says:

iright how is your downloading so quick mine wont move from 20min

fester1698 says:

updating my ipad 2 now :)

DK says:

I don't see it yet...

rasheed215 says:

Its Working!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone Download now...

Gage Matthieu. says:

hmm it says I'm up to date but I have the GM version :/

Gage Matthieu. says:

Even though some things don't work like Newsstand and the camera lockscreen access?

Trent Morgan says:

Try restarting, my newsstand store button showed up then.

Clayton Manzer says:

Im wanting to get my phone out of developer "mode" the provision and all that. I just hit restore, and it gave me the update screen. i think this will wipe all the dev features off my phone.

Blade_Run says:

D/l'd the first 350 mb quickly, now slowed to a crawl. 10 mins left.

Abhishek shah says:

Downloading now in India. IOS 5 is going to be the best mobile software ever.

havok says:

Finally, looks like it's going to be a 7 min wait for me.

Mi Lnn says:

Downloading, 10 min left.:-)

Geoff Davidson says:

Downloading iOS5 like its HOT!

Barb says:

updating now. can't wait to try out all the new features!

Frank Tha Tank says:

I'll be doing mine after work, can't wait. I'm depending on the current 3GS users to let me know how it works and if it's sluggish or not. So excited!!

RCLifeStyle says:

Downloading.... 16 min togo.... This Rocks!

EvoL Lime says:

loving it, ive been waiting for this day forever iMessage for the win! :)

ricoe320 says:

i started mine at 12:59 yeah lets get it

born2vape says:

Its downloading but it is going to be quite a while. The time remaining is going up rather than down. 29 Minutes

Luis says:

Hey everyone, if you go to iTunes and hit ALT+F4 it'll make the download go faster!! (and by the download I mean just mine!) :) and for those who take things seriously, jk, dont do it

Captain Jack says:

option for the apple-philes out there, but don't do it, lol

J3POY says:

yeess!!!! 15minutes remaining.

Kq4q says:

Downloading in SW Virginia.

Jwacton says:

:( Mine saying 3 hours remaining to complete the download (Sad face)

Nuttz565 says:

2nd try. Got booted the first time around!! Servers must be getting hammered!

DK says:

4 hours to download, damn...

Jeremy says:

east coast, ipad 2, iTunes 10.5, it's saying 4.3.5 is the latest version :-( 1:25 pm
update: 1:44pm it now says it's available! yay!

N25000 says:

Soo a few minutes ago is said 21...Now it says 29 minutes..Apples servers obviously took a blow to the balls...

Bill says:

Does the update work if you are running 5.0 GM Release? I get "5.0 is the latest software"


its not working for me yet. guess it takes a sec

Ask12 says:

2 hours remaining! Ech~

guest says:

went from 6 minutes a half hour ago to now 44 minutes and rising.

crazycanuck76 says:

Updating now. Unfortunately for me my connection has decided to slow down. 53 minutes remaining.

Abhijit says:

Isn't this supposed to be an OTA?

Ody says:

OTA once you have iOS 5

BigMACattack says:

OTA will be available for future releases after you've installed iOS5.

cwilliams706 says:

Everyone is competing for Apple's bandwidth, lol. Mine initially said 4 minutes remaining, now it's at 11 minutes. I haven't even broken 500MB yet, smh.

Jwacton says:

Don't complain, mine's going slow too. I'm only at 96.7 MB

Donal Romano says:

Making it happen over an ATT free hotspot at a greyhound station in Chicago! started off saying 4 hours, now its saying 82mins! and yes I was jailbroken on 4.3 and got the message to upgrade to 4.3.5 but when i clicked it it said 5.0 instead!

PJ says:

argh! I have rented movies that I just discovered I need to transfer to iTunes before I update.

RCLifeStyle says:

Apple's servers must be getting crushed. My download time keeps increasing minute by minute started at 16 min now up to 33

Brian Borup says:

Starting download!
7 minutes...
6 minutes...
No no no...
5 minutes...
6 minutes...

Ian Burns says:

Classic download eta on release day!

Brian Barron says:

What build is this? Same as the Gold Master?

Jay says:

yup, downloaded to the Mac, not its installing on the 3GS....still can't wait for my new iPhone 4s to come though!

busydallas says:

updating right now, server seems slow - it said 66 minues to download then 55 so its churning . . .

IDagenais says:

Mine showed as 4.3.5 then finally switched...downloading now...time keeps increasing tho so server's gettin hit!

Freefordan says:

My time went from 9 minutes to 22 :(

iFone says:

96 hours remaining.....

Aidan says:

Uber slow process! but downloading...

Brainflash says:

Just started the download. Jailbroken at 4.3.2, said 4.3.5 was available for update. But when I hit it, the features screen showed iOS 5 features, so I agreed to download. Says 10 minutes, downloading actually pretty quick for me, about 1.1mb down per sec over Comcast.

Darran says:

The the HELL do they insist in releasing this to the world at the same time! why not stagger the release to each region? we all get it at 9am on the 12th local time then it's sorted! and I'm not fighting the rest of the world for server resources! c'mon apple!!! this is basic!

HAVOK says:

Download time 8 real-time minutes.
Installation 10 minutes. ?_?

Thorndy says:

My iPhone 4 is now in Backup mode. Woohoo!!! :-)

Jwacton says:

What did we expect? 200 million plus users probably all trying at the same time. I'm surprised I'm even staying connected at all and still downloading. Wish they would release by time zones.

Mandy says:

updating, but over 2 hours left on the download!!!! you'd think i was on dial up....

kountrycorps says:

683.1 out of 781.9 remaining. Then times out. Restarting now

Jejoro says:

Trying to...
Remaining time keeps getting longer & longer lmao this is gonna take forever...!!!
I will be updating iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 & iPad 2 as it let's me...?!?

WB says:

drops baby... runs to laptop

Ian Burns says:

Haha, of course, I'm glad to see you've got your priorities right!

Andrewmcd7 says:

still says connecting the iPhone software update server.... for a long time now.. any ideas

Simeon Herbert says:

taking longer and longer to download, initially had 13 minutes, now over 30 and about half way through!

bailey0907 says:

Start downloading might have it by the time the iPhone 5 comes out. LOL

Andrewmcd7 says:


Brainflash says:

Just an update for those following the comments. I finished my download (it actually took 12 minutes, unbelievable) and am now in the process of updating my phone.

Sml980 says:

I have mine, it is fantastic. Sorry you all are waiting, :(

Ody says:

Done! All downloaded, installed and ready to use "The most advances OS ever."

Thorndy says:

Extracting Software Mode. :-)

Thorndy says:

Preparing iPhone for restore Mode.

Alex Perez says:

I agree with comments below..30 minutes to go!

Donal Romano says:


iBim says:

Downloading now in Barbados around an hr to go, can't wait!

johnnyray says:

390 mb down! I'm halfway there, it's all downhill now!! 43 min to go, when will the hurting stop?
I've got all my old awesome sms tones converted to MP4R. let's go!!

johnnyray says:

44 min. now it's going backwards!

johnnyray says:

45 minutes WTH!? the anticipation is killing me, it's like 10 years ago with porn on dial-up, except i'm not going to lose interest and go do something else.

Pjguerry says:

download bar is about 60% done and the time has climbed from 3 mins to 11 mins.

keith06t says:

I used the developer beta, but when I try to upgrade in iTunes it says i have the latest version. Any tips?

Splinter Baker says:

The last GM version of the Beta IS the exact same file version as the one being released right now. In other words if you're like me and had the GM IPSW on your iPhone you won't need to update that IS the newest version ;D

Stillmaticb33 says:

Well where is the Cards App? i have the GM, i just wanna be sure that I'm not missing anything

Hans Madera says:

1 hour ? XD oh well i'll wait

Wadester says:

I only see one other person here reporting the same contact server failure... anyone else having that problem?? I doubt it's a network/firewall problem on my end.

Thorndy says:

Restoring iPhone Software

Mike S. says:

Been DL for 15 minutes now and it only DL 121MB. My 1.37GB Porn I just DL took 8 minutes. Go figure.

USA Rocks says:

Because porn knows how to JAM it in there.

Slipkorny says:

Well just restoring apps and then its time to explore....

Darran says:

Well no because now the servers are being battered and I've had two timeouts and probably won't get it today, hoever if they released it to the UK at 10am local time I'd had installed without an issue.

busydallas says:

Its so nice its giving me hope - I've had 9 minutes remaining for about 20 minutes now . . .

Mcchristolear says:

downloaded and installed...restore in progress. Said could not activate verzion iphone but maybe after restore is will be up and running.

N25000 says:


Eddy H. says:

x 2 for me here... "network failure" or some bull like that.... still attempting..

Nonon says:

big thumps done on track messages reiceve and deliever

Tz616379 says:

Mine has said "Processing File" for the past 10 minutes. Happening to anyone else?

Thorndy says:

Yes you will see that green bar barely move for a long time and then it will speed up. I think it took me 20 minutes or so for that part.

GSBarber says:

At 448MB and then ... Reset! #$&@!!, it starts again from the beginning!

fester1698 says:

bastard thing got to 376MB and then timed out, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Freefordan says:

This is crazy how long it's taking I've been downloading for almost an hour and I'm just hitting 700MB

Mrspops says:

Started downloading as soon as it was available.....still got 5 hours to go, and then I have to do my's like watching paint dry lol!

akingtrey says:

I feel your pain, I'm 2 hours in with 2 hours to go. Then comes the iPad and other phones :-/

Bfd119 says:

restoring from back-up... 2 min remaining

Gio1091 says:

anyone else get a 3194 error?

Dodswm says:

Do you use TinyUmbrella? If so, untick the option that says "Set hosts to Cydia"

Dodswm says:

You can get all of the firmware download links here: (it just generates the links from Apple's servers)

Cell Bull says:

After A few days delay finally Apple released ios5 for public. It has good new features. you can download it directly for the link given below:

Freefordan says:

ok so after an hr i got 720.00 out of 781.9 and it timed out what the fuck

Liam330 says:

It got ready to update and it said my iphone 4 did you hav the right build WTF!!!!!!!!!

Nuttz565 says:

Has anyone actually been able to finish the download??? Im on my 3rd attempt after getting dumped at around 600mb the previous two tries!!!!!

rosser says:

We need mirrors for this

jbdonnelly says:

Installed and running. Excited to finally play around with it. :)

Abqcleve says:

Share some proof! Too many other users reporting restore problems. What is your specific set-up and upgrade method?

BDavis says:

Took 1 hr 8 mins from start to finish. Even setting up the phone.

USA Rocks says:

Been going for 1 hour and 25 minutes and still have 26 minutes left, Im at 580 out of 774.4

FatherB says:

Can anyone say if the new system works OK on the 3GS? I'm a bit nervous to try it just yet...

Abqcleve says:

It's not working ok on 4's; I'm waiting!!

dlm says:

iPhone could not be restored. An internal error occurred! What is up with this?????

johnnyray says:

oh my goodness, I hope you guys get it straitened out

Darran says:

I've never had probs ever! I've even hard rebooted the iphone and rebooted my pc. How do I delete the downloaded copy of ios5 to re-download it? it just prompts me to update and I want to download it again incase it was corrupted.

Darran says:

it's finally going through...bloody jokers! this is poor! they NEED to stagger the releases next time so it's not hammered by the whole world at the same time! Grrrrr!!!!!!

Korte923 says:

Me I have no phone because mine was jailbroken and won't restart

Abqcleve says:

Lesson for all: Don't update jailbroken devices until you read multiple sources saying a successful method has been found. Don't expect one for a week or more: these are done via trial and error and Apple deliberately has been making it increasingly difficult to do....

Candi Scott Noe says:

Thanks everyone for your comments . . . have been looking for the update all day! I'm at 40 minutes remaining . . . it keeps going up. Anyway, I was glad to have found you guys!

damenace says:

Getting error message 3200. Ugh!! Anyone else getting this??

DeLeon Hughes says:

I think it could be because you didn't update Lion software first. Idk, I'm trying to figure this out now.

Guest says:

Negative, I have lion and and I updated everything last night. I'm getting this error as well.

Keith Conti Borda says:

Im getting it too. Dont know what to do.

RCLifeStyle says:

getting a unknown eroor 3200... what do I do?

Donal Romano says:


Kq4q says:

I restarted my laptop and did not get 3200 again.

RCLifeStyle says:

I restarted my PC and it happened again... I am trying another PC at the moment... We'll see.

J3POY says:

tried retstarting twice and still gets 3200 error.

Guga says:

Already restarted. Someone knows what's that error? Trying out on my iPad to see if that works without that error

eunicke says:

Keep trying. Mine worked on the 4th or 5th try

Jdstacy159 says:

I had the same issue, I left my iphone connected, and held down the power & home button until it did the reset and that did the trick. Hope it helps!

J3POY says:

i tried updating to IOS5 this morning and error 3200 is gone and everything went smooth without a problem with Ipad and Iphone4

Pjguerry says:

looks like mine worked, took about an hour. Now it's backing up.

Chris Zikopoulos says:

Mines chilling at 2 hours -.- Why me? :(

KJ says:

Mine constantly kept timing out...I finally just hit resume, not pause on the DL screen...seemed to start from where I was at. I also found better luck once I wasn't doing a bunch of other tasks on the web at the same time. Not sure if that was just dumb luck, but thought I'd offer it up.

chris_ziko says:

Mines chilling at 2 hours :( Why me?

crazycanuck76 says:

Man the device data restore is taking forever!!!!

Donal Romano says:

WOW, its booting up, in a fine grey tweed!

Ewartmark says:

Unable to get server connection in Eastern Europe. Says I have an update available, but continuous server error...maybe tomorrow...goodnight all

PJ says:

I can't update. It downloads, goes through the Backup then gives an error: "The iPad could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3200)."
Funny thing is, the iPad is remains at iOS4.3.5 with everything in place - ie it's not hosed and works just fine as if I didn't try and update.
Anyone else see this? I've tried it twice with the same results each time.

fester1698 says:

exact same thing happens with my ipad2

Fredluna says:

Same here with my Iphone 4!

Jejoro says:

Can't get it to work... Keep getting errors...!

DeLeon Hughes says:

Looks like you have to have the latest Mac OS X first, THEN download iOS 5.

Greg Nisall says:

Anyone else having trouble moving from mobileme to icloud? it keeps saying can;t do it at this time to try again!!

Abqcleve says:

At least one user at TUAW is reporting success by installing iOS5 as a "new device," them manually restoring data from the back-up (you did do a back-up before starting??). You'll have to manually reconfigure SMS and a few other things; but that's apparently avoiding the restore issues folks are reporting here....

Slipkorny says:

Having issues getting it on my ipod iphone went well keep getting unknown error 3200....:-(

Abqcleve says:

Keep retrying. Other folks are reporting success after 7 or 8 retries....

TheDisher says:

Downloaded and couldn't install :/

Mike S. says:

I'm stuck backing up for the past 20 minutes. The progress bar isn't moving at all. If I press stop do I have DL it over again?

Mike S. says:

It must be doin something, it's taken up 100% of my CPU.

Sherkens says:

thats the issue i got too. it looks like it may take a couple hours at this rate

Brandon A. Vaughan says:

I keep getting an error code (3200) when trying to update my iPhone even though my iTunes is up to date... Does anyone know what the problem is?

Abqcleve says:

Software/server hang-up. Since you opted to be on the bleeding edge, you're dealing with TONS of competing traffic. Keep retrying--folks on other blogs are reporting eventual success!

Brandon A. Vaughan says:

I keep getting an error code (3200) when trying to update my iPhone even though my iTunes is up to date... Does anyone know what the problem is?

chogan4583 says:

I downloaded right at 10 and had no problems! Enjoying my iPhone with iOS 5! iPad is taking a little longer but not bad...

ijoshie says:

I am not able to download anything. I have tried several times to download the new itunes software first, and no option to save pops up. FML.

Eduardo Wilches says:

can anybody tell me why it says "this device isn't eligible for the requested build"

DC says:

No problems downloading at all. Completed in 7 mins..

MattC says:

Error 3200, phone stuck in DFU mode and I need it for tomorrow. Not happy Apple!!

Abqcleve says:

Not an Apple issue: the update requires server access and you're competing with....millions?......of simultaneous early adopters. If the device is critical and you haven't yet begun upgrading, WAIT!!!!

MattC says:

Can't really, work starts at 7am for me! Hopefully the servers have calmed down before I need to sleep.

Slipkorny says:

Can't get it on iPod touch 4g an unknow error 3200

Pinnpatchcollector says:

Keep getting 3200 error. Tried everything from rebooting, to restarting phone, the whole nine yards. Won't extract software.

Ainslee Szalai says:

it did that to me. make sure you don't have any other usb devices plugged in to your computer.

jgold says:

I keep getting the 3200 error. How do you remove this?

Ainslee Szalai says:

ERROR 3200 --- Make sure you have the newest version of itunes, that there are no updates your computer needs to make, and that you don't have any other USB devices plugged in

Ainslee Szalai says:

make sure you have the newest version of itunes, there are no updates your computer needs to make, and that you have no other USB devices plugged in.

J3POY says:

im getting error 3200. tried restarting pc but no luck. anyone have any success?

Abqcleve says:

Yes...others are reporting success after repeated retries. Rebooting etc. has no effect--it is a communication issue and you're competing with tons of folks around the word attempting to do the same thing.... Keep trying!

Mike says:

Where is iMessage cannot find it

Mandy says:

I think it is single stream with txt

Mr. MOe says:

Like Many people said, it works on the 7th time.

ptinlv says:

Got the download, now my back up is taking FOREVER. Anybody know why this happens?

Sherkens says:

still stuck backing up my phone. im getting nowhere quickly

aidan ferre says:

me too update downloaded really quickly but now my back up is taking forever

Tyson Trogdon says:

Stupid error 3200. I'm just going to keep trying until it works.

Andrewmcd7 says:

it says internal error occurred! what the heck

Brian Borup says:

Ehh.... error 1604, anyone?

Abqcleve says:

Jailbroken?? See YouTube for "ios5 error 1604"....

Michael Mason says:

is it just me or is all ios 5 slowing down all iphones

Abqcleve says:

Here's a post from a few minutes ago on Apple's discussion forum....
I had this issue on my 3GS. Here are the steps I took with Apple Engineering's Support:

  1. I rebooted my Windows 7 machine
  2. I TEMPORARILY disabled my virus and firewall
  3. Restarted itunes
  4. Reconnected the 3GS to the USB cable
  5. Clicked "Update"

The backup took a lot longer than normal and the whole thing was complete in about 20 mins. I now have iOS 5 and it appears to work great!

johnnyray says:

finally got downloaded and now it won't restore!!
I'm on my fifth try, if it doesn't work this time i'm going outside to kill a small animal and see if that helps.

Abqcleve says:

you're neighborhood is in danger of being depopulated: some folks are reporting 15 required retried restores! You're competing with tons of server traffic: please be patient and spare the wildlife!!

Abqcleve says:

That should be "your" Sorry!

Don Camorra says:

iOS 5 combined with iCloud is amazing, and runs smoothly on my 3Gs. Great work Apple.

galbrecht says:

I can't get iCloud to transfer. Any tips?

Don Camorra says:

No idea why it wont work. Perhaps the servers are a bit slow due to heavy traffic at the moment, otherwise it should work.