Here’s How You Can Run iOS 5 Beta On Your iPhone Without A Dev Account [How-To]

Here’s How You Can Run iOS 5 Beta On Your iPhone Without A Dev Account [How-To]

Want to test out iOS 5 but don’t have a developer account? No worries: a new vulnerability makes it pretty trivial to upgrade to iOS 5 on any iPhone.

Be careful, though… rolling back to iOS 4 if things go south isn’t officially supported. This is for pros only, and there’s a lot that can go wrong.

Here’s how you can upgrade any iOS device to iOS 5 without a developer account, courtesy of Gizmodo. We haven’t tried it ourselves (yet) so we can’t vouch for the method, but they’ve gotten it to work… just be extra careful before you do this.

1) Find the proper iOS 5 IPSW for your iPhone n the web. We can’t link you, sorry.

2) Plug your iPhone in, then click on the “Check For Update” button with either Option (Mac) or Shift (PC) key pressed in.

3) Manually select the iOS 5 IPSW file you downloaded and update your iPhone from that.

4) Once your iPhone device is updated, you want to triple click the home button to activate Voice Over.

5) Now triple click the home button again to trigger Emergency Call.

6) Click on Emergency Call. While it’s switching, swipe with your three fingers down.

7) You’re now in Notification Center. Click on the Weather app, then click on the home button to exit to the iPhone’s spring board.

8) Congrats! Your iOS device should be fully operational.

We don’t endorse this method of playing around with the iOS 5 beta: there’s a lot of things that can go wrong, and given the amount of bugs and issues in iOS 5 beta, and the fact that it is not trivial to downgrade back to iOS 4.3.3 if something goes wrong, we recommend only the brave try this method.

If you do manage to get it to work for you, though, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

  • tylerhenson801

    Your headline says “On Any Device”… is that true? Will this work on a 3G?!?!! I’ve been waiting to upgrade to the 5 once it’s released, but this would make they wait a helluva lot better! :)

  • Scott Linder

    My guess is this won’t work on an iPad because there’s no ‘Emergency Call’ functionality?

  • Zac Hall

    Gosh, I dropped $99 last night on it!

  • J_Tremain

    lol who’s gonna bite the bullet first?

  • Ethan Adkins

    is this gunna allow us to send calls and texts??

  • Micronewton

    I can’t even get past error 3002, it checks with Apple and stops the update process.

  • Guest

    What a crock. This doesn’t work on iPad. Talk about a misleading article.

  • Ethan Adkins

    try using tiny umbrella?

  • brownlee

    Correct. I fucked up the original version of the post. Editied!

  • brownlee

    I fucked up the first version of this post: it’s iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 only. Sorry!

  • SapirKraus

    and what if i want to sacrifice my iPod and not my iPhone?

  • guest

    if it doesent work, turn it off and hold home as you plug it into itunes. it will fix it and downgrade. :D

  • Kevin Shimko

    1. you cant use the “check for update method” because you will get error 3002 every time.

    2. tried on my iPt4 instead of my iPad but it doesnt work because there is no emergency call feature.
    3. you are able to restore back down to 4.3.3 if you tried it

  • Joe Levell

    Jumped in head first….. now I see that the article has been updated.  iPad 2 was fail, that’s ok, that’s what DFU mode is for.

  • tylerhenson801

    BUMMER!!! LOL!! Ah well… meh, only a few more months!! Great article, anyhow!

  • twitter-11842652

    WTF :)

  • Na

    Cant get past the error 3002 error message? Hmmmm is this apples doin?

  • Michael Steeber

    Turns out you don’t need an iPhone. iPod touch works as well- see? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Echo1

    So if i put this on my 3GS, how easy will it be downgrade back? Will i have to install all my apps again when i do? How buggy is iOS 5, is it even usable for end users?

  • SapirKraus

    Ok…. thinking about sacrificing my iPhone anyway… has anyone tried it out and it worked well for him?(on a GSM iPhone 4)

  • Support 18inc

    And now for the iPad iOS 5 hack, oui?

  • Hello

    Ok, I have tried it on my iPad, and it works half. You can get the notification window! Without widgets! So you dan’t get in the weather app or stocks.

    Now restoring.

  • Fabienlaine

    No way to get it on the Ipad 2 I tried three times!!

  • Jakob Staune Bakmann

    hahahahahahah… this works :D but you cant use it for good, cause there is no signal to your mobile carrier :/

  • mrwwt

    Tried it on my iphone 4 (o2 uk) – it does work – however, it only by-passes activation on the phone, but not on itunes – so you can’t restore from a backup or anything – rendering it pretty much pointless … you can check out the new features then get in to DFU mode and go back to normal though

  • robpickering

    Rollback works.  Just FYI.

  • J_Tremain

    Yeah you’re not able to sync via iTunes after updating because the phone checks for iTunes 10.5 and the beta iTunes out now is 10.3. I was able to get my mail, contacts, etc to sync because I’m using MobileMe still. Not sure how to get music back on the phone though, if there is a way. Apps and iTunes purchased music can be restored using the App Store and iTunes app on the phone.

  • nazimjamil

    You have to hold alt [if you’re on a mac] and click ‘Restore’ and then restore the iOS5 ispw file. But I seem to have NO signal. So you shouldn’t install it.

  • Sam T.

    I finally got it to work, I had to hold option and click restore to install the beta, clicking the update button kept giving me an 3002 error. But it works!

  • Na

    This is not good, so I updated my phone and my itunes, now no carrier, apple knows I’m not a delvoleper , so I’m now stuck with a phone with now service… how on earth do I restore everything back?

  • Mike Rathjen

    typo

    “for your iPhone n the web”

  • Na

    How do we go back to normal? 

  • Michael Steeber

    It tells me my device is not eligible for the update. 

  • Tyler T

    same thing… i dfu restored to 4.3.3… somehow it restored carrier

  • Sam Shapiro

    Works great except for messages!
    ipod touch 3g btw

  • Mattreed91

    How can I update without holding the option button while clicking check for updates because every time I get the error 3002 message.

  • Zoul?SoShi. 515! :D

    @Mattreed91 you can restart. dont do it if youre having and iphone… phone service doesnt work at all

  • Zoul?SoShi. 515! :D

    restart your windows/mac

  • nazimjamil

    That’s because it isn’t.

    Try holding Shift  when clicking the restore button. If you’re on a mac, holding ALT and clicking Restore will let you search for and install iOS5. If you’re installing it onto an iPhone it wont function as a phone anymore.

  • Michael Steeber

    Yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I haven’t heard of anyone else who’s had this problem, it’s starting to really frustrate me. Tried iTunes 10.3 as well as 10.5 beta. Nothing. 

  • Wjwickham

    I’ve been trying to do the EXACT same thing… I keep getting error 3002 as well! I’ve tried everything! You say it won’t function as a phone anymore? Is that true?

  • Zack

    Guys, in my home I have my own computer running Windows 7 and my brother’s running OS X, trying this on Windows 7 flat out didn’t work for me, but OS X seems to be showing some success…

  • Krack Jobo

    I had this error and its because you have an older version of iOS. Befor updating to iOS 5 you will need to update to iOS 4.3.3. After you have that then get iOS 5. And it doesn’t seem to be able to call…

  • dsjr2006

    I’ve heard that you will not be able to use your phone if you activate this way because it won’t connect to the cell network results in no reception…. can anyone confirm?

  • James marshall

    Dude 3G isnt supported by the ios5. Look on the apple site, oldest iphone supported is 3GS.

  • Pascal Balthrop

    Yep, I finally got around the 3002 error (using iTunes 10.5 beta and option-clicking Restore), then went through the VoiceOver/Emergency Call steps to ‘activate’ the phone, only to find that it no longer works as a phone. You have to have a developer account to *fully* activate as iPhone running iOS5 beta. (Took me forever to downgrade and restore it too. Long story.) Don’t do this if you want to use your phone as a PHONE.

  • Carlos Rincon Eckardt

    Why even bother? this is Pre-release software, with a plenty of bugs and issues, iCloud services won’t work and to top if off you’re not able to make or receive calls!

    Bottom line if you don’t have a developer account you’re better off just sticking to 4.3

  • JK

    Don’t Update iphone. There is No Service after upgrading to iOS5 :(

  • Andre

    I confirm. Did that and No Service.

  • Luke

    I FIGURED IT OUT!! Ok, for those of you who cant get it to restore because apple is rejecting it, open up tinyumbrella and click start TSS server. Open iTunes and opt click restore again and it will work!

  • Legomexican

    how do you get past activating on IPAD im stuck! plzzz help!

  • Craig List

    email me (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)…. I’ll set you up.

  • Craig List

    email me (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)…. I’ll set you up.

  • Craig List

    email me (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)…. I’ll set you up.

  • Craig List

    email me (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)…. I’ll set you up.

  • Craig List

    email me (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)…. I’ll set you up.

  • d_n

    Just coz you’re replying in the comments, doesn’t mean that the journo of this post should drop the f-bomb. ;)

  • d_n

    yeh this guy should check his posts. i’ve spotted several previously.

  • ConceptFusion

    How much? ;-)

  • Jimi Dennis

    ipsw file downloading aand ill give you an update alright

  • t87

    Can I also hire your mom for tonight ? How much ? 

  • Bessan Bom

    Does this affects your calling & data service abbility

  • Fdgdfhg

    click the restore instead of update

  • GingerNinja

    What is it with you and swearing in the comments?  It isn’t becoming and neither is it big or clever….. :)

  • appledrunk

    If you want your phone to actually be activated and work I can add your UDID to a developer account in a few minutes.

    http://appledrunk.com/udid-act

  • Kevin Olson

    This is garbage and nothing works, plus it is hell to downgrade, I bit the bullet and signed up for a dev account, have some spots that I can register UDID’s email me if interested, (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address), then you can just do the official beta route. $8 bucks an ID

  • mikey.p

    tried with second .ipsw, still says wrong build.  what am I doing wrong?!

  • Brandon halterman

    ummm yeah they do…

  • Craig List

    email me, ill help you. (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

  • Craig List

    i just did my ipad 2 and it works perfectly. email me and ill help you out. (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

  • Ton Swieten

    Can we do something like that with a ipad 1 too

  • Kevin Olson

    removed

  • Joe

    you probably need to stop telling your hosts file to look at sauriks server and instead let it point to apples server.

  • otrumbore

    Works pretty well! Don’t have service on my phone though. Had to downgrade back to 4.3.3. If anyone knows how to activate the phone service on the iPhone 3Gs 5.0b1 please reply back to me here.

  • Symbolic000

    can someone pls help me im not getting any signal bar on my iphone 4 running on ios 5

  • perrohunter

    Did you guys solved it?

  • Morgangies

    Those widgets aren’t on the iPad. They work fine on iPhone.

  • Justintobin

    Check out http://www.applegirlfriend.com They set me up in about an hour after I gave them my UDID. Only cost 7.99

  • J Tobin

    Activate you UDID here to get iOS 5. We accept fast and secure PayPal payment. http://www.activationsudid.com or http://www.applegirlfriend.com

  • J Tobin

    Activate you UDID here to get iOS 5. We accept fast and secure PayPal payment.http://http://www.activationsudid.com or http://www.applegirlfriend.comEdit
    Reply

  • J Tobin

    Activate you UDID here to get iOS 5. We accept fast and secure PayPal payment.http://http://www.activationsudid.com or http://www.applegirlfriend.comEdit
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  • J Tobin

    Activate your UDID here to get iOS 5. We accept fast and secure PayPal payment.http://http://www.activationsudid.com or http://www.applegirlfriend.comEdit
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  • J Tobin

    If you want your phone to actually be activated and work I can add your UDID to a developer account in a few minutes.
    http://www.applegirlfriend.com

  • J Tobin

    If you want your phone to actually be activated and work I can add your UDID to a developer account in a few minutes.http://http://www.iphoneudidactivations.com

  • J Tobin

    If you want your phone to actually be activated and work I can add your UDID to a developer account in a few minutes.
    http://www.ios5udidactivations

  • Bradley Williams

    ok just jailbreak it and donwload ifile or search it on google

  • Apple Hardcore

    We can activate your UDID for you for 7.99USD Go to http://www.applehardcore.com

  • jmbjmb98

    i need some help i try to do the three finger swipe but it just dos’t work then i tryed the voice over thing and that do’s not work ether what shold i try and i cant restor my iphone can some one tell me how to get passed this stuff please?

  • jmbjmb98

    well i just did it so ok i am trying to downgrade do you no how? please tell me

  • Shahbaz Ali

    how did u downgrade helpppppppppppp plzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Nathan Primeaux

    is there a fix for this yet. my 3gs is having service problems tried downgrading and im getting the same result….

  • Austinkroeker93

    Ok so i’m kinda worried.  I updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 Beta 6 and i know it’s still in beta but i can’t get any service.  It just says, “no service.” Does anyone know if when the Final release comes out, will i regain AT&T service Please help.

  • Iphone493

    i don’t have service either

  • Dirtrider631

    when i swipe my fingers down nothing happens and i have no service):

  • Kamaran Mohsin

    no service error uhg!

  • chaviza

    what’s up with this No service thing , I am stuck with the same error. I can’t even downgrade to older firmware ?

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