How to Install the iOS 6 Beta for Free

If you don’t have a developer account, but you want to install the iOS 6 beta on your iPhone or iPad, we have the solution.

Normally users need to register the iPhone UDID with a developer account for $99 or through a service like IMZDL for $7 to $8, but someone found a hole that lets anyone install the iOS 6 beta without paying to register their UDID.

Read: How to Install iOS 6 Beta on the iPhone 4S

This method tricks Apple into verifying the iPhone or iPad so that iOS 6 can be installed. Several commenters on Absinthejailbreak confirm that it is working, but it’s possible that this hole will be closed with the iOS 6 beta 2, so we still think it’s worth paying $7 to get iOS 6.

But, if you like a free ride, here’s how to install the iOS 6 beta without a developer account or a registered UDID.

What You’ll Need

How to Install the iOS 6 Beta without a Developer Account

Before you start, be sure to backup your iPhone or iPad to iTunes and to install iTunes 10.6.3

1. Hook your iPhone or iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

Install iOS 6 beta without developer2. Restore to the iOS 5.1.1 file downloaded.


To do this open iTunes and click on the device name.

  • In Windows Shift click on Restore.
  • On a Mac, alt click on Restore.

Select the iOS 5.1.1 file and wait for the iPhone or iPad to restore.

3. When prompted restore as a new device.

4. Now we need to install the iOS 6 beta.

  • In Windows Shift click on Check for Update.
  • On a Mac, alt click on Check for Update.

install ios 6 beta without UDID

When the prompt opens, click on the ipsw file you downloaded for iOS  6.

5. Wait for the software update to apply, typically 10-15 minutes. When the iPhone or iPad restarts you can start using the iOS 6 beta.

The video below shows how to install the iOS 6 beta without registering a UDID. Make sure to turn your volume down as it has a loud music soundtrack.

iOS 6 Beta Warnings

Installing this beta software means that some apps won’t work, battery life may take a hit and the iPhone may crash more often than normal. If that’s not something you can deal with, skip this beta and wait for the iOS 6 release date later this year.

This method may also result in issues with future iOS 6 betas, and it might fail if you don’t follow the directions exactly. I recommend spending the $7 to register your iPhone UDID for a smoother process.

There is no iOS 6 jailbreak, upgrading to the iOS 6 beta could mean a long wait to return to the jailbreak world.

The iOS 6 beta only works on the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3 (The New iPad)
  • iPod Touch 4G

Let us know how this goes in the comments.