How to Install iOS 10 Early for Free

iPhone and iPad users who cannot wait for the iOS 10 release date to download the new iPhone and iPad update can try the new iOS 10 features now without paying or registering as a developer.

This guide will show you where to download the iOS 10 GM and how to install the iOS 10 GM on any Apple device that supports iOS 10 so you can try the update out early without paying for access.


Normally users need to pay Apple to register as a developer, join the official beta program or pay to register a UDID with a third-party site, but the iOS 10 GM does not require this anymore.

How to install iOS 10 early without paying.

How to install iOS 10 early without paying.

Like the earlier iOS GM releases you an install this update without registering and without wiping your iPhone — but you should still backup your iPhone before installing the iOS 10 GM.

After months of testing the iOS 10 GM arrives just ahead of a public iOS 10 release date on September 13th. A GM normally offers a finished product, but there is a chance for some small bugs to remain. If you try the iOS 10 GM and don’t like it you can go back to iOS 9.3.5.

The iOS 10 GM download is not meant for the general public, despite the ease of upgrading. If you use your iPhone or iPad for work or are traveling, you should wait for the full release. If you are jailbroken do not use the iOS 10 GM as you cannot downgrade to a jailbreakable version of iOS.


Here’s where to find iOS 10 GM download links and how to install iOS 10 early using the GM.

How to Install the iOS 10 GM

The iOS 10 GM is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for all devices that support iOS 10. If your device runs iOS 9, there is a good chance it will run iOS 10. You can install iOS 10 early without registering your device with Apple. It is a good idea to avoid using the macOS Sierra beta to install the iOS 10 GM.

1. Find an iOS 10 GM download link from the Apple Developer program or by searching online.

2. Download the right iOS 10 GM for your device.


3. Plug the iPhone or iPad into the computer and perform a local backup to be safe. 

How to install the iOS 10 GM to try iOS 10 early without paying.

How to install the iOS 10 GM to try iOS 10 early without paying.

4. Open iTunes and upgrade to the iOS 10 GM by choosing Check for Update.

  • Be sure to hold alt/option on Mac when you click Check for Update.
  • On Windows, hold Shift when you click Check for Update.

5. Click on your ipsw file and then on Open.

6. Allow the iOS 10 GM install to complete. If you run into problems you can backup your iPhone and choose “Restore iPhone” with the special click instead of Check for Update.

Users can install the iOS 10 GM on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPod touch 6th generation. When on iOS 10 users can install the WatchOS 2 GM to the Apple Watch.

The iOS 10 release date is September 13th and the Watch OS 3 release date is the same day. Expect the iOS 10 release time at 10AM Pacific.

The slides below walk through many of the new iOS 10 features so you can see what is new and how it compares to the iOS 9 update.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 



Camera and Photos


  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library



  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes



  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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