How to Get iOS 5 Beta for FREE Today!

Josh provided some great sources for getting iOS 5 beta for under $10, but there’s still another alternative in getting the beta of Apple’s developer preview for the next-generation iOS software. To do this, all you need is a little Google (or Bing) searching and a bit of patience as the procedure is truly not hard.

Before you proceed with the upgrade, we should warn you of a few things, just to be clear. First, this is a beta software and bugs can exist. Second, you cannot downgrade to iOS 4.x if you change your mind or if you find that the beta doesn’t suit your needs. And third, you’re on your own if you brick your device. Your mileage will vary with Apple’s support center if something goes wrong with the beta.

Now, on to the fun stuff. Gizmodo had posted some great instructions on loading the software and activating it without registering your device through Apple’s developer program or via the cheap third-party alternatives. Essentially, all you’ll need to do is download the iOS 5 IPSW file from the web. You can locate this by using a search engine and downloading it unofficially. Next, update your phone through iTunes. When you connect your phone, click ‘Check for Update’ with the following keystrokes: Option and click on the Mac or Shift and click on the PC.

After it updates, a new activation screen will appear. To bypass activation, here’s what you do:

1. Triple click the home button. This will activate the Voice Over.
2. Triple click the home button and Emergency Call will appear.
3. Click on Emergency Call and, while it’s switching, swipe with your three fingers down.
4. The Notification Center will appear!
5. Click on the Weather widget. The Weather app will load.
6. Click on the home button to exit to the iPhone’s springboard.

 

46 Comments

  1. samwize

    06/08/2011 at 2:22 pm

    I was told that it can unlock, but the phone will not have any reception.. Not fully working.

    Reply

    • Henry Watson

      06/08/2011 at 4:06 pm

      Does it work if you don’t unlock?

      Reply

      • who .

        06/08/2011 at 10:08 pm

        im not sure i registered my UDID and it seems stable so far running iphone 4 on verizon. not big bugs that im aware of. the icloud service isnt fully up though. 

        Reply

        • Lp122158

          06/09/2011 at 12:36 am

          The full function of Icloud will be activated in the Fall.

          Reply

    • who .

      06/08/2011 at 10:06 pm

      you have to register your UDID with apple then it works 

      Reply

    • Lp122158

      06/09/2011 at 12:35 am

      This has been tested on my personal phone and it can be bypassed but you are unable to make calls from the phone. So, you can see all the new changes but mean nothing because you are unable to make calls but you can access wifi and use safari to browse.

      Reply

    • Alex Chung

      06/09/2011 at 2:40 am

      I’m a developer through apple. If you’re interested in trying iOS 5 Beta, please check out my page: http://www.getiosbeta.org/news

      All proceeds go to help the poor Mexico. 

      Reply

    • Jordan

      06/09/2011 at 12:40 pm

      I can activate your UDID for only $5 and if you have 3 devices to be activated, you can get it at $12. eMail me at [email protected] or go to my website http://www.greendothosting.net

      Reply

      • samwize

        06/09/2011 at 2:05 pm

        Others activate for free: http://www.just2me.com/2011/06/i-can-activate-ios-5-beta-for-you-my.html

        Reply

  2. Henry Watson

    06/08/2011 at 4:05 pm

    Can someone please tell me if this works and can you sync it too? I don’t wanna screw up my iPhone 4!

    Reply

    • Lp122158

      06/09/2011 at 12:38 am

      You are able to restore your phone back to the 4.3.3 software so dont worry about messing up your phone. This has been tested on my personal phone.

      Reply

  3. Dale Bottrell

    06/08/2011 at 4:30 pm

    The comment, “Second, you cannot downgrade to iOS 4.x if you change your mind or if you find that the beta doesn’t suit your needs”, is not true.I know this because I screwed up installing iOS5 beta not knowing about the activation. I have the Touch 4G and it was completely screwed up, couldn’t do anything with it. I had almost given up when I found this link – http://iphoneism.com/2011/06/05/create-signed-ios-ipsw-using-ifaith-to-restore-iphone-without-cydia-server-or-tinyumbrella/

    Basically I used iFaith to get it into DFU mode and install an authentic IPSW from Apple. The Touch pod works fine again. It did get wiped out but that’s what iPod backups are for. I’m back at iOS 4.3.3 and have the UDID and ready to take another swing at it now that I know what is going on.

    One caveat – iFaith can only run from Windows. But I keep my MacBook installed with Windows XP for those times when only Windows has the software I need. There is suppose to be a Mac version in the works

    Reply

    • Toshikagarwal

      06/08/2011 at 11:06 pm

      Hey Hi. I guess I ended up as the same case as urs. Could u kindly give me link for SHSH blobs of the firmware 4.3.3 for ipod 3. Please that would be really helpful. Mine has become a brick.

      Reply

      • Anonymous

        06/09/2011 at 12:28 am

        The shsh blobs are specific to your phone, this means that his blobs won’t work on your phone. The good part is that Apple is still signing 4.3.3 firmwares so you don’t need the blobs. Simply put your phone into DFU mode and then hit restore.

        Reply

        • Dale Bottrell

          06/10/2011 at 2:46 pm

          You don’t need the SHSH Blobs, as with any jailbreaking tool, get into DFU mode and use an authentic Apple IPSW to get back to being able to use your iPod/iPhone.

          The way it works, download the IPSW (Google for it), then hook up your iPod/iPhone to your computer and use the software to get into DFU mode. Then open iTunes and click on the iPhone item. You’ll get a message your device is in restore mode. option-click on the restore button and find the IPSW you d/l’d and let it go to work. When done, basic stupidity has been reversed

          Reply

  4. Anonymous

    06/08/2011 at 7:45 pm

    If anyone is interested in registering their udid I am asking for a donation of $10
    email me at [email protected]

    100 times faster then a website.

    *Speak to a real person*
    *skype available* @ iosguy

    find me on twitter: iosguy
    Facebook: [email protected]

    spread the word! 
     
    ****THINK ABOUT FUTURE UPDATE AS WELL****

    Reply

  5. Anonymous

    06/08/2011 at 7:45 pm

    If anyone is interested in registering their udid I am asking for a donation of $10
    email me at [email protected]

    100 times faster then a website.

    *Speak to a real person*
    *skype available* @ iosguy

    find me on twitter: iosguy
    Facebook: [email protected]

    spread the word! 
     
    ****THINK ABOUT FUTURE UPDATE AS WELL****

    Reply

  6. David Marbach

    06/09/2011 at 12:07 am

    I have a Developer account and will add your UDID for a $10 donation.  Email [email protected].

    Reply

  7. Edward Lerchen

    06/09/2011 at 5:36 am

    For $7 you can be added to my developer account to experience iOS 5 beta for yourself. Email me at [email protected]  

    Reply

  8. samwize

    06/09/2011 at 6:18 pm

    Many developers are charging $$ to “help” activate iOS 5 beta..

    I do it for free: http://bit.ly/m33THV

    Reply

  9. samwize

    06/09/2011 at 6:18 pm

    Many developers are charging $$ to “help” activate iOS 5 beta..

    I do it for free: http://bit.ly/m33THV

    Reply

  10. Cole Winston

    06/09/2011 at 7:50 pm

    The Emergency Call WILL NOT work on iPod touch. Is there an alternative??

    Reply

  11. Davidebob

    06/10/2011 at 1:37 am

    How do you do this on an iPod because there is no emergency call button?

    Reply

  12. dwinsmith

    06/10/2011 at 4:49 am

    This method will not allow your iPhone to work properly as a phone. I can do quick, fast and easy UDID registration so you can use all iOS Betas with no problems. Go here for more info: http://bit.ly/m6scqP

    Reply

  13. Randy Hans

    06/10/2011 at 8:35 am

  14. John

    06/10/2011 at 2:45 pm

    You CAN downgrade back to iOS 4.3.3 put in DFU mode then restore with iTunes

    Reply

  15. Bart110

    06/13/2011 at 5:53 pm

    download ios 5 en activate your udid here: http://www.iphone5bestellen.com/ios5-en.html

    Reply

  16. Joker1121

    06/15/2011 at 10:34 am

    Hey Can anyone activate my device for free?

    Reply

  17. Seb007

    06/16/2011 at 2:21 pm

    I just tried http://www.registermybeta.com 
    ..ok it’s “not free” but still it’s a verrrrrry fast (within 2 minutes) and friendly service !
    You should give a try 

    Reply

  18. Gmgold

    06/18/2011 at 7:34 pm

    hey guys, I think it’s better to buy activation from dev, then to live and day by day think when your fake beta will discontinue or guys from cupertino will close this hole. Common i’ve payed only 10$ and got real beta. if you afraid of frauds, i can recommend you good developers, i bought from them: http://ios5activate.info

    Reply

  19. Ryaniss10

    06/21/2011 at 7:11 am

    All I get is error 3002 or my iPod is not eligible for the requested build! Help!

    Reply

  20. Lordben777

    06/26/2011 at 11:18 pm

    You can actually downgrade back but you have to go into DFU mode

    Reply

  21. Giuseppe

    07/01/2011 at 8:12 am

    Really?! I know waiting sucks, but just wait until the stable release comes out. Better than bricking your phone.

    Reply

  22. Vuman23

    07/09/2011 at 11:35 pm

    [email protected] will add you for whatever price you think is fair

    Reply

  23. Roy Santiago

    07/28/2011 at 4:33 pm

    Does anybody still have one free activation left? I can’t wait! I will pay you in kind words and OK, I can make you a mixtape if you want. [email protected]

    Reply

  24. Kelvin410

    09/03/2011 at 7:27 am

    Do You Want To Try iOS 5 Badly ? Can’t Wait For The Features Like iCloud , Well Wait No More Your Can Get Your Chance To Try iOS 5 Right Now . You Just Pay $5 For The UDID Activation And They Will Activate For You Instantly When They Get Your Money . I Got Mine Activated 10 Minutes After I Email Them My Details . You Can Contact Them By Email : [email protected] 

    Reply

  25. Alikandroa88

    09/03/2011 at 5:17 pm

    Iwant iOS5 but idont know where iwant someone sended to me please [email protected]

    Reply

  26. Denniz Persson

    11/03/2011 at 7:35 am

    Hi. send me a mail. to [email protected] with the UDID :)
    Then i will aktivate you ;) !

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *