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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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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