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.
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
- iTunes 10.6.3
- The iOS 5.1.1 firmware for your iPhone or iPad
- The iOS 6 Beta firmware for your iPhone or iPad
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.
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.
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.