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How to Update to iOS 7 – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

There are different ways to update to iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You can either update to iOS 7 over-the-air, which is faster and easier to install iOS 7, or you can simply download iOS 7 and update through iTunes via USB cable connection. In this guide, we’ll talk about both method to update your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to iOS 7 firmware…

  • Jailbreakers should stay away from updating to iOS 7, because you will lose your jailbreak.
  • iOS 7 supports iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and iPod touch 4G and newer
  • Make sure your iTunes is up-to-date. Download iTunes 11.1.

How to Update to iOS 7

You can update to iOS 7 either OTA or via iTunes. Using iTunes you again get two options: update through iTunes or Restore option. We’ve discussed all the update options in details below.

Over-The-Air Update method

If you update your device to iOS 7 via OTA update, you won’t lose your data because it’s not a fresh restore, just an update. Follow the steps mentioned below to update to iOS 7 OTA (Over-The-Air):

  1. Make sure to backup your device to either iCloud or iTunes.
  2. Go to Settings app > General > Software Update
  3. You’ll be presented with the iOS 7 update details.
  4. Tap on Download and Install. You need to be on WiFi in order to download the update or this option will be greyed out.
  5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  6. It will then begin downloading iOS 7 update. Download will take some time depending on your network connection speed, keep an eye on the progress bar.
  7. Once the iOS 7 update is downloaded, tap the Install button.
  8. Agree to the Terms and Conditions again.
  9. Apple will verify the update installed.
  10. That’s it. Your iOS device will reboot, and you’ll be running iOS

iTunes Update Method

This method fresh restores your device.

  1. Backup your personal data
  2. Connect your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad to your computer via USB cable;
  3. Open iTunes. It should recognize the connected device;
  4.  Click on Summary tab if you’re not already there.
  5. Click on Check for Update button. iTunes should recognize that there’s an update available for your iOS 7.
  6. Hit the “Download and Install” button on the popup window;
  7. iTunes will download and install iOS 7 on your iDevice.
  8. Once your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch reboots, you’ll be running iOS 7

iTunes Restore Method

If you’re a traditionalist, or worried about data corruption from old backups due to OTA update and want a clean, fresh start, iTunes is still an option. Here’s how to update to iOS 7 via iTunes:

  1. Make sure your computer in running the latest version of iTunes. Go to About and check for update or visit
  2. Backup your personal data to either iCloud or iTunes before performing any kind of update.
  3. Download iOS 7 firmware for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  4. Connect your iDevice to your computer and open iTunes.
  5. Make sure you’re in Summary tab, hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the Restore button on iTunes.
  6. Browse and select the downloaded iOS 7 IPSW file. Let the restore process complete.
  7. After reboot, your device should be running iOS 7.

If you’re facing any kind of problem with the iOS 7 update or restore process, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.

More on iOS 7

Download iOS 7 IPSW
Download iOS 7.0.1
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24 comments… add one
tamimfaruq September 19, 2013, 2:27 pm

guys i really need help with this… my iPhone 4s is still not working. still the same problem for about a month already. its the no service problem. i did everything… changed a new sim, reboot, restored to iOS 7, removed any phone covers, reset network settings and everything. but still the same… please i need to use my iPhone… hope anyone has a better solution…. thank you so much…

joey November 23, 2013, 10:33 am

try downgrading then upgrading again

Marady September 20, 2013, 11:52 am

if my phone did not jailbreak yet can i run this ios on my new phone (Iphone5) and also if there required for jailbreak how to do jailbreak for i phone 5

archie September 26, 2013, 7:27 am

if I Restored my iphone i log out first the acount of icloud an acount of aps store?pls help…./???

chris April 16, 2014, 4:26 am

Having problem restoring. Everytime I hit shift and restore its asking me to disable
( find my iphone) in icloud. When I do go to disable it its asking for password for apple id of the previous owner of the phone. Is there a why to bypass the old owners apple id password so I can restore

monir May 25, 2014, 12:09 pm

am stuck in recovery mode my iPhone 5s was running iOS 7.0.5 and was jailbroken so accidentally i erased my phone from the settings and after erasing it was stuck in black screen loading then i power off since it was taking time and now its in DFU mode I’ve downloaded an ipsw iOS 7.1.1 tried restoring but all in vain getting error codes like (14), (17),(3004) please help 🙁 🙁

Landon Pottorff March 2, 2015, 7:25 am

help it isn’t working it’s saying they aren’t compatible

Nikita Seiders November 17, 2015, 6:51 am

I just upgraded my I pod from iOS 4 to iOS 6. I still cannot download apps because it needs to be iOS 7. But it doesn’t give me any option to upgrade anymore. What do I do?

Sharon cC Murpjy January 23, 2017, 3:30 am

I do not show software, when I go to settings app, general. Do you know where else I can find it. I have an older version iPad. Thanks so much

SharonC Murphy January 23, 2017, 3:32 am

I have an older version iPad. Under settings app, general, I do not sew software. Can you let me know where else to look. Thanks so much, Sharon

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