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How to Install the iOS 6 Beta for Free

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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.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

41 Comments

  1. Chuck

    06/14/2012 at 9:12 am

    What can be said about the legality of going through hacktivation (with use of custom bundles in redsn0w) with this beta?

    • macgeek

      06/14/2012 at 10:34 pm

      This method will mostly brick your iPhone when iOS beta 2 comes out. Be safe, register your udid on http://www.udidz.com

      • ahmet

        06/29/2012 at 10:51 pm

        NOT TRUE… I have beta 2 and its working like a charm! :)

  2. Ben

    06/14/2012 at 10:38 am

    It does not work for me, when i install ios 6 it tells me there was a problem activating.

  3. Cam

    06/14/2012 at 2:48 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_2l7xqmIIo

    There is an iOS 6 jailbreak its just not easy to use. Its all code that you insert your self. SEE LINK

  4. thomas

    06/14/2012 at 5:12 pm

    can u downgrade to 5.1.1 if you dont like

    • ahmet

      06/29/2012 at 10:43 pm

      yes

  5. Jordan

    06/14/2012 at 6:49 pm

    I updated my iPod to ios 6 beta and its working but for some reason I don’t have siri

    • Andrew

      06/15/2012 at 7:16 am

      Siri will only be available for the 4S and the New iPad in iOS 6

      • blair

        06/15/2012 at 1:04 pm

        And the Ipad 2

        • tim

          06/15/2012 at 1:26 pm

          iPad 2 is not getting Siri. As Andrew stated, Siri will only be on the iPhone 4S and the new iPad(3rd generation) in iOS 6.

          • blair

            06/15/2012 at 2:07 pm

          • Steve

            06/15/2012 at 2:13 pm

            As of now, the Ipad doesnt have Siri but speculation is that in the official release The ipad 2 will receive siri.

          • Peter TMC

            06/17/2012 at 10:11 am

            @blair it’s saying it will be available for the NEW iPad, and the 2 is a reference code, to scroll all the way down for more information on this topic

    • Techulo

      06/18/2012 at 11:08 pm

      maybe because siri does not work on ios 6

  6. santu

    06/14/2012 at 7:35 pm

    yes…
    thanks
    i do it very smooth.

  7. Kevin

    06/15/2012 at 6:56 am

    If I activated my UDID last summer so I could get iOS 6 Beta, do I need to reactivate it or will I be good to go with iOS 6 Beta?

    • Andrew

      06/15/2012 at 7:18 am

      Depends on when you registered your UDID. If it was more than exactly one year ago then you will need to register again.

  8. Joe

    06/15/2012 at 11:35 am

    it went through everything and when it went to verify after my phone rebooted it said i didnt have a developer account and i couldnt use my phone. I had to put info dfu mode and reinstall 5.1.1 to use my phone

  9. Austin

    06/16/2012 at 2:39 pm

    how do i update to iOS 6 if i did register my uuid

    • Peter TMC

      06/17/2012 at 10:16 am

      Either SHIFT Restore or SHIFT Check for Update, your call

  10. Austin

    06/16/2012 at 2:40 pm

    how do i update to iOS 6 if i registered my iPhones UUID within a month or two?
    what program do i use or will it allow me to update directly on itunes

  11. Eben

    06/17/2012 at 1:33 pm

    Im worried this will mess up my phone if i install it can i uninstall it to fix it if it does? Has anyone done it with udid thing?

  12. Apple develop

    06/19/2012 at 8:08 am

    illegal use of this software will void your warranty and we will brick all devices with this un-developed edition of iOS 6
    We recommend that is you have it that you will have to stick with it due to the fact that you can not revert to the older iOS versions.

    • Apple Representative

      06/21/2012 at 1:20 pm

      The poster above is stupid.

      If you really were a Apple Dev, you’d know that a simple restore will erase anything you may have had and restore your warranty. As far as bricking devices with Beta 1, I’ve bricked my iPhone 4S twice trying to uninstall iOS 6 b1. Guess what? I’m using iOS 6 b1 right now and I’m not a developer.
      In those two times I bricked my iPhone, I successfully restored to iOS 5.1.1.. Go back into your troll-hole. There is a Big Mac for you there.

      • Vinny

        07/01/2012 at 1:59 pm

        LOL….
        also read what he/she said again “We recommend that is you have it that you will have to stick with it” and realize that an official Apple Dev would know how to speak English Properly

    • ahmet

      06/29/2012 at 10:49 pm

      Don’t listen to this idiot… Everything he is claiming I tried and did successfully with a good old restore! You can even go back to 5.1.1.. Apple Representative, thanks for calling this phony piece of garbage out… I also believe that a REAL Apple developer wouldn’t make so many grammatical errors… FAKE.

  13. Apple develop

    06/19/2012 at 8:10 am

    We hope you have acknowledged this and hopefully subscribe as a official apple co-developer for a fee of $99. Please take this as a caution and a warning.

  14. MOHEET

    06/21/2012 at 3:37 am

    hey,can u plz tell me how to install Siri on iPad 2 in iOS 5.1.1?

    plz reply

    • Vinny

      07/01/2012 at 2:01 pm

      you cannot get Siri for iPad 2 on IOS 5.1.1

  15. MOHEET

    06/21/2012 at 3:39 am

    hey,can u plz tell me how to install Siri on iPad 2 in iOS 5.1.1?

    plz reply
    soon

    • Brad

      08/24/2012 at 2:40 pm

      Siriport original for iPad is a tweak available on cydia from repo.siriport.ru

  16. shaggey

    07/04/2012 at 9:20 pm

    hy every 1.. m in a bit problem with my ipad2.. i tried to upgrade to ios 6. but its not getting registerd… plz tell me a way to restore it back to ios 5.1.1…

  17. Jim

    07/16/2012 at 7:50 pm

    Moheet- Siri on iPad 2 has not been possible for me but works fine on 5.0.1 with spire installed. I do have to mail my certificates to myself daily using assistant connect for iPhone and then open with assistant connect in the iPad 2. It’s worth the small hassle for me but suppose it depends on individual users. The assistant connect file is different for the iPhone 4s than the one you would install on the iPad if you do decide to downgrade from 5.1 to 5.0.1. I’m running 5.1 on iPhone and 5.0.1 on iPad 2. I’m staying with these for now – not willing to give up jailbreak tweaks that are awesome – and quite a few of them paid tweaks. Hope this helps.

    • Brad

      08/24/2012 at 2:42 pm

      Dude. Siriport works way better then spire. Activate once and ur good. Works on any iOS 5 device incl iPads

  18. Jim

    07/16/2012 at 8:04 pm

    I should have started my post by saying Siri has not been possible for me on iPad 2 running iOS 5.1.1 but works fine on 5.0.1.

  19. Dylan

    07/19/2012 at 12:45 pm

    I just upgraded to ios 6 beta 3 this morning for free and I had no problems upgrading to ios 6.

    There are few bugs but it is still in beta form.

    I love ios 6 and for the most part it it runs quite smoothly.

    *****THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY AND APPLE DOES NOT HELP. THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO GO BACK TO IOS 5****

    • Charlesmh

      08/02/2012 at 4:47 pm

      where’d you register your UDID?

  20. verone gnanaraj

    08/04/2012 at 10:58 pm

    i am scared to do this because of yhe warning thanks for the warning but can you let me know when applewill release ios 6 please ( cant wait ) ;(

  21. James

    08/28/2012 at 7:39 am

    I want siri on my ipad 2 and have ios 6. Couldn’t I simply download the firmware for the ipad 3 and load it on my ipad 2?

  22. Josef Rivera

    09/11/2012 at 10:24 am

    I really wanna die listening to all these assholes asking the same questions over and over. Try to relax, it will be released shortly . WTF

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