How to update from iOS 7 beta or GM to official release version

How to update from iOS 7 beta or GM to official release version

While the iOS 7 Gold Master (GM) released on September 10 should be binary-identical to the General Availability (GA) version released today, September 18, some people seem to want the comfort of getting what everyone else in the world is getting. If you're one of them, or if you're stuck on the beta and aren't sure how to get off, here's what you need to do to switch to the official release version:

  1. Make sure you've updated to iTunes 11.1
  2. Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into iTunes
  3. Agree to trust the computer if iOS 7 asks
  4. Backup your device, if you don't want a clean install
  5. Click "Update" or "Restore"
  6. Let iTunes download and re-install iOS 7 on your device

If iTunes says there's no newer version to update to, you can force the issue by putting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into DFU mode after the backup, then doing the restore. DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode will make sure you download and install the latest release version of iOS off of Apple's servers.

If you have any questions, or have any clever tips to share with us, leave them below!

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How to update from iOS 7 beta or GM to official release version

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Well darn. I should have waited for this article. I downgraded to iOS 6.4 using the DFU mode method last night. Hopefully others get to benefit!

Good to know. So, in essence, 7.0.2 (since 7.0.1 seems to be new device specific) should be fine OTA?

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GM seems to be 11A465. My phone has 11A4449d and I wasn't offered an update.

As mentioned below, just download it from the dev center...

Yep, mine too...always when I'm in Paris. Thankfully I was able to see it and get the photos off this time but I'm kinda stuck because my Find my iPhone is enabled. Can't do anything through the iCloud app either :|||

I had updated my girlfriends iPhone 5 to the iOS 7 Betas and just yesterday it locked itself and had the activation error. When connected to iTunes it said the phone was up to date. I simply installed the most recent iTunes version and clicked restore, let the firmware download and disconnected the iPhone. After the 7.0.2 firmware finished downloading, I reconnected the iPhone and did the shift+left click on the software update button and searched for the firmware file. The phone successfully updated from the expired beta firmware to the 7.0.2 general audience version. And since it was and update and not a restore I was able to preserve all settings, apps, photos, etc.

the GM = the GA this article shouldn't even include anything about the GM, you are just pointlessly causing people with the GM to waste their time waiting with the masses to re-download a software they already have on their phones..

Help, please!

So, I had iOS 7 beta six on my iPhone 5 for about two weeks. Today, wanting to update to the official release, I reset my iPhone to its factory settings (hard reset? through the Settings menu). I then plugged it in and opened iTunes and it says it couldn't activate iPhone because I'm not a registered developer... Now, I'm stuck and I can't find a version that's working. I need my phone very urgently. I can't even re-install the iOS7 beta 6 for some reason. I tried doing that in DFU mode with no luck. Please help me out here. I just got my phone last month and I'd hate to have wasted $700!!

I've updated iTunes and I hit Restore iPhone and it is now downloading iOS 7. I can't wait to see whether it'll work or not. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the tip!

Hi, I'm having the same problem. From beta 6, I cannot directly upgrade. So I downloaded the ispw and install from file, iTunes said it wasn't compatible. I went in to DFU. The restore option detected is iOS 6.1.4. My iTunes is the latest version.

Trying iOS 6.1.4 worked. Apparently, there was a problem with my proxy. I have to use a proxy to purchase or update Apps and it was momentarily off. I'm now upgrading to iOS 7 OTA.

No, it extracts software, verifies it and then and error message pops up. I went to Apple.com with the error message and it said I had to update iTunes. My iTunes is the latest version. I live in Syria so there are SO many restrictions on iPhone from Apple but that is not it because I'm using a Hotspot with a proxy and I've never had a problem like this with my previous devices.

I'm now downloading 6.1.4 now.

I don't get it, though. I can't update to the public release of iOS 7 and when I try beta it says my phone isn't registered as a part of the iPhone Development Program. This does not make any sense. Sigh.

I'm so close to moving to the S4! :@ I'm furious with all of this but rant aside, the iOS 6.1.4 didn't work. It says it was corrupt. I downloaded another and I got the same. Are the files really corrupt or is this Apple being @$*%#$?

I'll try another and see what happens.

Heres an idea.. If your not a developer dont install the beta and use the phone like everyone else and wait until its available for everyone. How can you sit there and bitch and complain and say your going to leave to get an S4 when you screwed with your phone and now its not working. Get a clue

I was so excited about the new release and I thought, "what the heck!" But, if you're only supposed to do things that you're good at, then two things you shouldn't be doing: trying to help and English. Someone has been using AutoCorrect way too much.

Chill, dude, and don't take your anger out on me. Start working out and stuff. It should help!

Try registering as a developer at developer.apple.com , which at $99 is a lot cheaper than buying an S4. Then you have to register your UDID with them, which you get with a UDID or AdHoc app. Then hopefully you could install 6.1.4 at least, and maybe the latest 7, too.

I had the same problem down here in Peru, i called Apple and they told me to try with another wifi network, i took my phone to an Istore and they did ahard reset but with itunes 11.05 so they downgraded my iphone to IOS 6 and then the notification of the software upgrade appear.

Set iPhone in dfu mode, download iOS 6.1.4, then click restore while holding ctrl+shift keys, select iOS u just download as click accept! Should work :)

So I have the iOS 7 GM on my iPhone 5 now, but I want to get the public release on my phone. I am currently downloading iTunes 11.1 (the official release from apple.com). Will plugging in my phone to the new iTunes bring up a update to the official iOS 7 from the GM version?

And yes I know there is not much, if any, difference. I guess I am just one of those people that the article was talking about in the beginning.

im a non developer i updated the GM to the official release as it said there i have mi icloud backup but now i cant activate my phone is this due to the developer thing im really scared i wont be able to use my phone again!!

do the DFU/ recovery mode and after that they will ask u to restore and automatically update your phone to the newest version. make sure your itunes is 11.1

I just got off the phone with Apple support. Their activation servers are overloaded right now apparently. Give it a little time and you should be fine.

I'm in the same boat with you.

Are you sure? Because i've read that the final version really has a slight important thing which ios7beta6 has not.
So for sure, i want to have the final official release.

So you are sure, that doing the steps above will not resulting locked-disfunction-phone for jailbroken it with beta for non developers? Please enlighten me. Thx.

beta 6 was not the final. GM was the Gold Master that went out last week, and is unchanged from release version of iOS7 this week.

I have iOS 7 GM on my personal phone and just installed iOS 7 OTA on my work phone. A difference that I saw that annoys me is the fact that my personal phone does not have all of the new dynamic and regular wallpapers that I can see on my work phone!!!

It is said that, on the final official release, you can hold the camera button for burst shooting lite version compared to iphons5s.

Just called Apple. They said for people in the Mountain Time timezone, to wait until 6:18 PM or so, then the activation server should hopefully be ready so you can activate your device.

I found a problem. When i click to restore my iphone it says "There was a problem downloading the software for the iphone. The requested resource was not found."

What should i do?

So I have the ios 7 beta 5 (or 6, not sure) and im not a developer or anything. Im simply trying now to get the official ios7 version. Should I follow these instructions or will my phone get somehow blocked?

Not too long ago, my phone was on the beta, and it had an update, it said it was just Ios7, no version of the beta, and when i plug in my phone to itunes, it says everything is up to date. Do I still have to do anthing ?

Mine is also beta 6. It doesnt show the beta version.
And when i also check on my itunes, it shows the same as yours (Perhaps).
So, basically, imho, the easiest to differentiate the beta version and GM/GA/Final is by checking the camera function. If you can do burst shooting by holding the button, then its not a beta anymore.

I'm not sure if I have the ios 7 beta 6 version right now, or the ios 7 actual version. I backed up and reinstalled a bunch of things on my iphone so i honestly don't know what i've done. Right now, all my apps are gone and in the "dynamic" wallpaper section, i noticed that there were a bunch of new colors. Can anyone please help?

Hey I have a iPod touch 5 with iOS 7 GM but I want to have the GA version and am trying to put it back on iOS 6.1.3 and then update but I can't...when I connect my ipod IOS 7 GM to itunes 11.1 it always says """connect this iPod touch using a USB cable in order to update or restore it's software""" that's what it says and I already disconnected and connected my ipod but it says the same thing and the usb cable is the original... I don't know what to do please help me..

Pretty much what I need answered and what most people need answered by anyone that can help us is this :

I have the beta 5 or 6 ios 7 on my phone ( iphone 5 ) and I am NOT a developer and do NOT have a developer ID or anything of that sort. What do we need to do to get the official ios7 version without getting locked out of our iPhones ??

Anyone that can answer this, and it actually work, will be a savior to thousands of people. Including myself.

In case you have updated to beta 5 or 6, please download your firmware as per your model to the following link, remember to update your iTunes upto 11.1 and download the firmware you need, then connect to iTune press and hold Shift while select Update (not Restore) and browse to the file you have downloaded to update your iPhone. (Pls Don't Restore as per the Author of this blog just recommended, it will erase your iPhone and you need to reinstall all appls.), After completion of updating, from iTunes you can select restore from the back-up, then your iPhone still remain the same as before. Good Luck. PPN.

iOS 7 Download Links:
http://www.redmondpie.com/download-ios-7-final-ipsw-for-iphone-5-4s-4-ip...
for all:
iPad (4th generation CDMA)
iPad (4th generation GSM)
iPad (4th generation WiFi)
iPad mini (CDMA)
iPad mini (GSM)
iPad mini (WiFi)
iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
iPhone 5 (CDMA)
iPhone 5 (GSM)
iPhone 4s
iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)
iPhone 4 (GSM)
iPhone 4 (CDMA)
iPod touch (5th generation)

EVERYONE LISTEN! I had success with the plan above. I was a non-developer beta 6 user just like many of you, no UDID registration or anything. What I did was this, I downloaded the latest iTunes 11.1 then I plugged in my phone I clicked "Cancel" on the the automated ios7 update prompt. Next, from the link above, I downloaded the correct ipsw (for me iPhone 5 GSM, took about 30 mins). Next I went to my iPhone in iTunes and did "Option + click Update" at the top middle. This opened the window and I selected the new ipsw I downloaded the exact same way I installed beta 3 back in the day. The update literally took 5 minutes once it started extracting the software. Those were the exact steps I took. I am currently able to take rapid-fire pics, view all the pretty backgrounds, and use the 27 new ringtones! hope this helped. Also not a single thing was deleted. I'm not sure if a backup is necessary for this method, but do one just to be safe.

Ermmmm i successfully did the dfu mode into official ios7, but my back up says that iTunes could not restore "iPhone" because the backip was corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored. What do i do?

Ok what you do is find the official ios 7.0 and download it just like you did the beta and go through the same procedures used via iTunes holding the option key and clicking update.

Anyway, what i've been worried about is meaningless. (:

Once i updated my itunes to vers 11.1 , it was automatically suggesting new ios7. So i downloaded that 1GB , and everyting flows easily.

Good luck!

If I stay in a GM without a developer account could be risky? Does something happens to the GM? Do they get blocked or something like that? If I stay in a GM would I be able to upgrade to iOS 7.0.1??

I am running iOS 7 beta 6 on my iPad 3 and I'm not a developer.
I downloaded iTunes 11.1 and pluggled in my iPad and clicked check for update.
It says an update is available. Should I follow the update procedure or should I still try clicking on restore?
And I'm scared that I'll end up locking out my device for installing beta on a non-dev account.
Can anyone help me. I just bought this iPad and I'm scared that I'll brick it.
Please help..

Thanks for this. I need to do this and was just thinking, once my mini is charged, would it be an easy process to get the release version.

Perfect timing Rene!

OK EVERYBODY HAVING ANY PROBLEMS OR WONDERING HOW TO DO THIS CORRECTLY LISTEN UP . THIS WAS MY SITUATION AND IF YOURS IS ANYTHING LIKE MINE THIS WILL WORK. I DO NOT KNOW WHY THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS POST SAY TO RESTORE . I WAS RUNNING IOS 7 BETA 6 . I 1ST WENT TO ITUNES.COM AND DOWNLOADED 11.1 I DIDNT TRY TOO UPDATE I JUST DOWNLOADED THE NEWEST VERSION AND INSTALLED . THIS WILL SIMPLY UPDATE YOUR OLD ITUNE AND YOU WONT LOSE ANYTHING . NEXT I PLUGGED MY IPHONE 5 IN AND ITUNES RECOGNIZED IT . I CLICKED ON BACKUP TO ICLOUD AND IT TOOK A MINUTE OR 2 TO DO SO . WHERE IT SAYS UPDATE AND RESTORE AT THE TOP RIGHT IT ALSO SAID I WAS RUNNING THE NEWEST IOS 7 WHICH WAS NOT TRUE . I SIMPLY LEFT MY PHONE PLUGGED IN AND CLICKED THE UPDATE TAB EVEN THOUGH IT SAID I HAVE THE NEWEST VERSION. IT SIMPLY DOWNLOADED THE NEWEST IOS 7 (WHICH TOOK 4 DAMN HOURS !!!!!!!! BECAUSE THE APPLE SERVERS ON CROWDED ) AFTER THE LONG ASS TIME OF DOWNLOADING IT WORKED ITS MAGIC AND UPDATED LIKE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO . I LEFT MY PHONE PLUGGED IN THE MY LAPTOP THE ENTIRE TIME TO MAKE SURE MY PHONE WAS THERE ONCE THE DOWNLOAD WAS FINISHED AND IT DID ITS THING AN UPDATED SUCCESSFULLY IN ABOUT 5 MIN OR SO . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ASK AWAY , I DONT KNOW IF ILL HAVE THE ANSWER BEING THAT I TRIED TO WRITE EVERYTHING I DID SPECIFICALLY BUT I WILL TRY TO HELP THE BEST I CAN BUT THIS SHOULD WORK LIKE A CHARM . ON A SIDE NOT I DID NOT LOSE ANYTHING .. ALL MY APPS AND PICTURES ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE WAS RIGHT WHERE I LEFT THEM BEFORE I UPDATED .

someone registered me on their account but im not so sure it matters because like i said it still automatically said i was running the latest version which i wasnt and i wasnt registered under my itunes. clicking update should still make itunes search for the ota version and it should still find it and download it . when it comes to the ota itunes shouldnt have anything to do with developer accounts being that it no longer has anything to do with developers and it is now a public release so i feel pretty confident this should work fine for most people . but do so at your own risk i guess but like i said i dont see why it wouldnt work

im sorry, i should've mentioned the "Rohan gupta3"
i've been meaning to reply him... and your experience is pretty much the same as mine, and my phone is still working properly. cheers (=

i guess your recognized as a developer . so i had beta 6 running and i heard a few people were having problems bc apple wasnt recognizing them as a registered device . i had no issues though

ok .. on a side note it doesnt hurt to see if clicking update on itunes will find a new version . it doesnt affect your phone until its 100% downloaded . it downloads to itunes 1st then extracts and then it syncs up with your phone and installs so checking wont do anything wrong to your phone at all . if it does find the ota and starts to download ( good luck waiting a few hours to finish) then you should be good to go

Hey guys i need help
1) i had ios 7 beta 6 untill morning
2) i wanted official release, when i went on software update on my IPOD 5 it showed im running the latest software
3) i connected to my itunes 11.0 it showed update available (ios 7)
4) i clicked download and update
5) the download finished and update started
6) the update was 3/4th done i got an error ( error 06 )
7)Ipod went into recovery mode
8) now when i click restore ipod it gives error .. your device is not eligible for requested build
PLEASE HELP ME

Everyone has their reasons as to why they do/don't like IOS 7. For number 1 it hurts my eyes. It's also like they've added more steps just to complete a task. It may be simple but it's not realistic as such as IOS 6. For me Apple was a sleek and sexy interface. If you notice the colors for the icons in IOS 7 are too bright. The icon are just ugly. I can honestly say I hope Apple changes this quickly. Apple needs to create something that Steve Jobs would have done. This is not one of them.

Hi guy, would like to help some of you who have problems, I have an ipad 3 with ios 7 beta 6 which I just finally updated to the final ios 7 from iTunes!
My ipad was reset and erased and wouldn't activate and kept saying I haven't got a developers account!
This is what I did, download the latest iTunes software.
Power off the ipad
Plug usb in ipad but not computer (I was using a macbook pro)
While holding down the home button plug usb in computer keep home pressed then you see the ipad say connect to iTunes, this is recovery mode, on iTunes click restore and it will start downloading ios 7, now some way through the download my ipad came out of recovery mode and went back to the select language page but the ios was still downloading, so from here disconnect ipad from computer and continue letting ios 7 download, power off ipad, when ios 7 is download connect the ipad again by going into recovery mode again so while holding down home button connect ipad until ipad says connect to iTunes then click restore and the ios 7 will update you ipad, hope this works for you as it did me

I have iOS 7 GM on both my iPhone and iPad. Will I get updates to the OS from apple? If so I feel no need to reinstall the OS to get the official version.

Rene, thanks so much for this article.. it actually saved alot of minutes! and yes - I am loving iOS 7 on my iPhone 5 and iPad mini both are black/slate

If I do the process as described, when I hit "restore", will that not erase everything? Will I lose all of the stuff in my phone?

This is the only tip I can find anywhere to unbrick my phone but for me it doesn't work. I go into DFU mode and select the correct IPSW (I've tried iOS7 as well as 6) and when it finishes extracting the software I get an error message about 3194. I've looked it up and the only tips on that are network issues which I've got none of. Has anyone else had this same error?