iOS 7 was announced just a night ago at WWDC and as expected it was met with a lot of hot and cold reactions. While the Apple fanbois jumped with joy that they finally have a refresh they had been waiting for, the Android enthusiasts took it as a perfect opportunity to rub it into faces of everybody how Android was already on the curve that Apple was trying to jump to.
The first few impressions of iOS 7 have been mixed and everybody is sitting on the fence given that only a Beta Release of iOS 7 is available so far. Like with any Beta release, there are things that are a little bit wonky and mildly frustrating to put it best. The best way to put your curiosity to rest is by trying iOS 7 on your device. However, Apple only allows the users who are registered with a developer account to try out the Beta of any new iOS release, and this case is no different for iOS 7.
However, a simple workaround can allow you to install iOS 7 on your iPhone 4 or above. Just follow these steps.
You need to know the exact model number of your iPhone before you begin. You can check the back of your iPhone to know this.
Screenshot taken via: iPhonefaq
You can also visit the Official page here to know the model number of your device
After finding out the model number of your device you must head over to the link below to find the .ipsw file for your model. The file is available only for iPhone 5, 4s, 4 and iPod Touch 5th Gen currently.
It is worth noting though that download can take a while given the large file size and the fact that servers are indeed overloaded.
Once you are done downloading the right firmware file for your device, you need to connect your iPhone to your computer and fire up iTunes. Make sure you back up your device and that you will lose your jailbreak and everything once you put your device through this procedure. So if you do not want to lose it, you must quit right away.
Also, although you can come back to iOS 6 despite installing iOS 7, you will be restored to the latest stable iOS release which in case of iPhone 5 is 6.1.4 and 6.1.3 on other iPhones.
If you are continuing to read means you want to go ahead with iOS 7, so let’s do that without any more warnings. In iTunes, select your iPhone which you obviously must have connected.
In the iPhone window, you will see two buttons, to either restore your device or to check for update.
You will now hold the Shift key on your windows running laptop, or Alt key on your Mac, and click on ‘Update iPhone’ tab in iTunes. Make sure the two actions are done simultaneously.
We have been told, you could factory restore your device before installing iOS 7, in case this procedure does not work at the first go and try all over again
Once you do that a pop up window will open, all you have to do now is to select the .ipsw file that you have just downloaded from the link above and click on go.
You can now sit back and relax and give the device time to install iOS 7 on your device. Do remember, this is a Beta release and you cannot expect a perfect performance. It is also worth noting that all Beta releases hit the battery hard, so you will not have as good a battery backup on your iPhone running iOS 7 as compared to iPhone running iOS 6.
That is it, after a little wait, iOS 7 will be booted and ready on your iPhone.
I do not like iOS 7, how do I go back to iOS 6?
In their official statement, Apple always maintain that it is not possible to go back to the previous stable build. But, you can do that by following the same method that you did when you installed iOS 7 on iPhone.
You need to follow the exact same steps, plug your iPhone, click on Shift+Restore and select the firmware file for iOS 6 and install it.
It is all very easy to do, all you need is a little bit of patience. So in case you do have any doubts, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.
Note: This method is not the official method of restoring or installing new iOS on your device. TechSplurge team will not be responsible in case you brick your device trying it out. You will carry out the procedure above at your own risk.