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How to Manually Update to iOS 6



Most of you will just want to sit and wait for the iOS 6 update to arrive OTA or through iTunes.

However, for those of you that don’t like to sit around and wait for iOS 6 to arrive, you have the option of downloading the iOS 6 update directly, bypassing the iTunes servers completely.

Maybe it’s because you have a bad connection, maybe you don’t want to install this very moment, or maybe you’re just impatient. Whatever the case may be, there is a way to download iOS 6 directly and we want to help you through the process.

Read: How Long Will the iOS 6 Update Take?


iOS 6 has arrived, here’s how to install it manually.

First, you’re going to want to download the latest version of iTunes. You can do that through Apple’s website which provides a link to download iTunes 10.7.

Once you have the latest version of iTunes up and running, you’ll then want to download the appropriate version of iOS 6 for your device whether it’s an iPhone 3GS or new third-generation iPad.

So, select the one that you need and make sure you download it to somewhere easily accessible like the Desktop.

Open up iTunes 10.7 and click on the ‘Check for Update’ button with the Option button (Mac) or the Shift button (PC) pressed down. Once you do that, you’ll be prompted and you’ll want to select the file that you just downloaded. That’s why it’s important to put it in a spot that’s easily accessible.

For those that are worried about the process, you may just be better off waiting for the update to download and install. However, for those that want to get it quick, this is an option that’s on the table.

Let us know how it goes and enjoy iOS 6.



  1. VernonJButler

    09/19/2012 at 10:59 am

  2. Ray

    09/22/2012 at 4:17 am

    I downloaded the ios 6 ipad 3rd update but when i tried to choose the file after pressing the update button with my shift button pressed it didn’t recognize the file i put it in my desktop but it said “no files”… please help i’ve been trying to do this because if i try it on itunes the update says that my internet timed out

  3. Nebil

    09/22/2012 at 2:06 pm

    Same problem with me as Ray having when trying to update iPhone 4s, cannot find any file with .IPSW in the downloaded zipped file.

    • hamza shah

      10/16/2012 at 4:55 am

      bcoz u have to extract that zipped folder and after that u ll get ur .ipsw file…

  4. scubax

    10/12/2012 at 11:12 am

    worked fine.thanks a lot.

    • Ekiss

      11/07/2012 at 5:12 am

      plz i need clarifications about unzip the .ipsw file as i think mine is not zipped,how do i unzip the .ipsw file?

  5. gbt

    11/07/2012 at 7:35 pm

    whats the difference between GSM & CDMA as I am not in USA so how do I know what download I need for my device???

    • N/A

      12/23/2012 at 9:51 am

      Most international carriers use the global standard GSM. Very few carriers (such as Verizon & Sprint in the USA) use the CDMA standard.

  6. jason

    02/22/2013 at 1:26 am

    hey guys, i have downloaded ios6.0.1 but has an error, not compatible firmware. which 1 io6 do i download for 1pad 2 wifi. thanks alot of help needed

  7. moses

    09/02/2013 at 12:25 pm

    it says an error has occured while updating

  8. moses

    09/02/2013 at 12:35 pm

    an error message (3194)

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