iOS 7 Beta 6 Expires Causing Mass Hysteria – Here’s How to Fix It

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A handful of iOS users who obtained a copy of the iOS7 beta by unofficial means, and who still have not upgraded to the public release, have been hit with a massive deactivation of their devices tonight. Luckily, us here at Gadgetsteria are here to assist those of you who are no longer able to use your devices as intended.

Operation Fix Your Phone

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1) First thing, you need to do is stop worrying. We have you covered. Your device is fine, it was a simple mistake, and showcases why Apple only wants developers to run these beta builds.

2) First you are going to want to download the firmware for iOS 7.0.2; this is the latest build of iOS 7 that Apple has released. You will be downloading this (Links are below), as we will be performing a manual update.

3) Once you have completed the download, plug your device into your computer, and open iTunes.

4) Once in iTunes, go to your device, if you are using a PC hold the SHIFT KEY and click Update. If you are (thankfully) on a Mac, you will hold the OPTION KEY while pressing the Update button. It will open up an explorer window, locate the file you downloaded and let the good times roll.

Update: A reader from Twitter pointed out, that you may get denied the update due to Find my iPhone being enabled. While this is a way Apple is assisting in helping phone thieves, from erasing your phone to resell, there is a way to bypass it. Disconnect your phone from your computer, then turn it off. While it is off, hold the home button, as you reconnect to your computer. This will put your device into “Recovery Mode”, and overlooks the Find my iPhone issue.

Update 2: Please for the love of all things holy, please stop using Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer to do anything online is bound to result in errors; for this instance, it downloads the firmware as a zip file, because it’s that great of a browser. Please use a browser like Chrome or Firefox, thanks!

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iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
iPad mini (Model A1432)
iPad mini (Model A1454)
iPad mini (Model A1455)
iPad Wi-Fi 3rd generation
iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
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iPhone 4 (GSM)
iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)
iPhone 4 (CDMA)
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  • jail

    this doesnt work for me. it says my phone can not restore, or update. can anyone help i need my phone back

    • ZacCoffman

      Are you running the latest iTunes?

      • klo

        yes… it says the firmware is not compatible

        • ZacCoffman

          Do you happen to have an iPhone 5? And are you positive you have the right build, if so?

          • KLO

            i phone 4S MODEL-A1387 RUNNING BETA AT@T

          • KLO

            So one fix is to hold the home and lock button until the screen turns black. keep holding until you see the apple logo then let go of the lock button. this will delete everything off your phone. then just back it up

          • yanna

            i have an iphone 5 and firmware is not compatible please help thought i was so close!

          • ZacCoffman

            Verify you have the correct firmware; as there are 2 different iPhones. If it still doesn’t work, try to put your device into recovery mode, instructions are under the Update in the post.

          • yanna

            still didnt work even after recovery mode same issue remains. im wondering why the firmware isnot compatible? iphone 5 MODEL A1429

    • Morgan

      This didnt work for me either. Its saying my phone isnt eligible for this build?

  • Lewis

    Does it keep all your photos, contacts etc? Have loads of memories on my phone and i cant afford to loose them

    • ZacCoffman

      Yup, this updates it rather than restores it.

  • brendan

    im using a pc and when i hit shift update it does not take me to the file i downloaded nor do i know how to get. can somebody please help me out here im about to be royally screwed by apple

    • ZacCoffman

      On a PC when you hold the shift key and click the Update this iPhone button, it should open up a Windows Explorer window. You then just have to go to your Downloads folder (Honestly has been years since I touched a PC, so I just assume they use common sense naming). Select the ipsw and let it do it’s business.

      Is it not opening the explorer window for you?

      • brendan

        it opens up the windows explorer window but when i click the firmware file that it downloaded it just takes me to a screen with 3 more files each opening and bascially saying no items match your search. im not sure what else to do. do u have any other suggestions? apple is of no help at all in my situation as i did not put the beta on my phone another devoloper did

        • ZacCoffman

          When you download is it downloading as a zip file instead of the IPSW? It should only be 1 file…

  • Seth

    Ive been trying to download the firmware since early in the morning, but after about 3 or 4 minutes it stops downloading. Does anyone know why?

    • ZacCoffman

      It could be the browser which you are using, as it’s a large file, many browsers will time out.

  • Drea

    When I unzip the file I don’t see what I’m suppose to use???

    • xerax

      renaming the .zip to .ipsw

    • ZacCoffman

      Why are you unzipping the file? It’s the firmware file, no reason to unzip anything; or it would have been in the instructions to do that :-/

      • Drea

        When I click on the link for my device it asks if I want to open or save. It’s a zip file.

        • ZacCoffman

          For some reason your computer is not realizing that the ipsw is a real file type. Don’t extract it, but rename it to .ipsw instead of .zip.

  • Josh

    I don’t understand what to do after downloading zip while can anyone help?

    • ZacCoffman

      Where are you downloading a zip file from? The links I give are the ISPW files; which are the firmware files.

  • Josh

    zip file*

  • Chris

    every file is a DMG file? I downloaded your file, went to iTunes on my PC, held shift and no files come up, iTunes wont recognize the zip file your provided

    • ZacCoffman

      They are not DMG files though…. They are IPSW (iPhone Firmware Files), as they are linked directly to Apple’s website.

    • ZacCoffman

      They shouldn’t be DMG…. as they are IPSW; which is the iPhone firmware filetype. If it is showing up as a zip file, it’s due to you using Internet Explorer, please use a browser like Chrome or Firefox (links are in an update on the post) and it will actually work, plus you’ll have a better browser. It’s a win/win.

  • Phil

    the file being downloaed is a zip file!

    • ZacCoffman

      Are you on a PC? Also which browser, I’ve tested it on all Mac browsers and it downloaded the IPSW as it should have.

  • Phil

    Zac, your link is a zip file!

    • ZacCoffman

      Looks like after testing that you are using Internet Explorer. Please stop! :) If you use a browser like Chrome or Firefox (added links in an update to the post) you will have no problems, and a developer somewhere will hate himself a little bit less.

  • ZacCoffman

    Hey Guys, seeing that a lot of people are having a problem downloading the link in the format it should be in. As the links are FROM Apple’s servers, and if you copy the link, you can see that it is a .ipsw not a .zip; I want to say it’s a typical Windows error; go figure, right? I’m verifying this right now.

    • ZacCoffman

      Turns out it’s an Internet Explorer issue. All other real browsers work.

      • Chris

        I just downloaded Mozilla, and I can see its the right file now. Thank you for the update, im re-downloading now

        • Drea

          Yea I have Google chrome. Thanks!

  • Themath

    Works fine for me. THANKS!!! How do I prevent this from happening again? Is there a way to remove the “beta”?

    • ZacCoffman

      This will remove it for you. And put you back on official software.

      • Akhmad

        Hi..Which one do I need to download for Iphone 5 ? Is it Iphone 5 ( Model A1428 ) or A1429 ?

        • ZacCoffman

          If you look on the back of your phone down in the lettering, there is the model number. AT&T is A1428, the others should be A1429

  • Praveen

    Thank you very much, it works fine. Was really anxious with the error message showing up no matter what I did before ending up on this message. Now its sorted and the ios 7.0.2 software is working fine!

  • Praveen

    Thank you very much, it works fine. Was really anxious with the error message showing up no matter what I did before ending up on this page. Now its sorted and the ios 7.0.2 software is working fine!

  • Drea

    I’m back in business! Thank you so very much!!

  • John

    That was great. The biggest item though was not to use internet explorer. Did that several times and ended up with the stupid zip file each time. Move that note to the top! Thanks again!!!!

  • Gannon

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Your writeup solved a problem so quickly that I had been struggling with for hours. You absoolutely earned the page views, thanks again for taking the time to publish this.

  • Please be truthful

    Hi, I have a developer account and obtained my iOS through very official means and I got the same error.

    • ZacCoffman

      I was truthful, if you were a legit developer, you would have upgraded; in my opinion.

  • Please help me

    How long does it take to download? After a couple of minutes mine still says “0.0/1.2 3 hours left”. My phone is the 4S, and I have the latest version of itunes. I’m on a PC and it reads as “ipsw”.

    Thanks!

  • sal

    i keep on getting a 3004 error HELP what do i do?!

    • ZacCoffman

      If you are on a Mac. Quit iTunes, open Terminal and put in “dscacheutil -flushcache”

  • Zac Coffman

    Which browser are you using? The browser may be timing out due to the file size and amount of time it takes to download.

  • Zac Coffman

    Main question is, why are you downloading a zip?