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How To Upgrade To iOS 7

Apple announced yesterday at WWDC among other things, its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7.
With WWDC full steam ahead, Al Gore impressed by what he saw (seriously, why was he invited?) and Macdaily fully up on iOS 7, it was a good Monday.

Macdaily wanted to make sure that our readers knew exactly what you needed to upgrade before we gave you a full on preview of iOS 7. So here it is.

If you haven’t installed beta software before or jailbroken your iDevice, this may be a new workflow for you. Hang tight and we will walk you through step by step in getting iOS 7 onto your iDevice.

Disclaimer: iOS 7 is true beta software. Beta is an “install at your own risk” software. It has bugs, features you are used to are missing, and it will take iterations to get to what Apple truly has in mind. So you must be patient and be willing to play with a few bugs (Google+ crashes like a champ so far!).

If you are ready, let’s get started!

A Unique Device Identifier or a UDID is needed to use iOS 7 in beta. The UDID is necessary to attach to a Developer Account prior to being able to install iOS 7 onto your iDevice. Your iPhone and iPad have their own UDID’s and that is what is needed to contact Apple to upgrade to iOS 7.

Here is how to get the UDID off your iDevices:

There are two ways to grab the UDID, from your iDevice itself, or via iTunes.

Option 1:

Hit up the AppStore on your iPhone grab Ad Hoc Helper. Launch the app and enter your email address. It then sends your UDID from your iDevice to your email. It’s that simple. Then you would enter your UDID into your developer account and start the process of upgrading. We will go over that in a second!

Option 2:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select your iDevice from the upper right corner.
  3. Once presented with your summary, find the serial number to the right of your iDevice photo.
  4. Click on the Serial Number itself, and the Identifier (UDID) will appear, copy and paste to your Developer Account.


Once you have your UDID you will need to add it to your developer account or give it to a developer nice enough to add it to their account.

The account will have a list of the beta files to download according to your device. Make sure you grab the correct files! It will save you a few headaches in the long run.

The files are based upon iDevice and Make (carrier). Your files should look something like the following


The file above is for the iPhone 5 as specified in the path, and the carrier is distinguished by the a1428 (or a1429) number. This is your Model number, which you can find on the back of your iDevice. The number that is at the end is the beta version itself.

Once you have the .dmg file, open it and drag the ipsw file to your local drive of choice.

Connect your iDevice back into iTunes if you haven’t already.

BACKUP – I cannot express this enough, even though you will be setting up your iDevice as a “new device” please do a Backup first!

Within iTunes again hit up the main startup screen.

You will need to hold down the “alt+option” key and click on restore. This will bring up a file explorer window for you to locate the ipsw file we spoke about above.


iTunes will now “erase and restore your iDevice to iOS 7.0 and will verify the settings with Apple”.

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Click Restore and be patient. iOS 7 surprisingly installed super fast on my iPhone 5 and I must say I was impressed with the overall ease of install.

Once you get it installed, enjoy it, start pecking around and trying out all of the new features it has to offer, BUT remember, this is Beta software, some of your apps may not work, Siri may be broken, and items may be missing that you are used to. Be patient, Apple is aware!

Stay tuned for full coverage of iOS 7. The Macdaily team has it installed, after a bunch of fun last night, and will be spreading the iOS 7 love all over Google+ and Twitter!

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