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Install iOS 5 Beta 5 On iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch [How To]

The anticipation for the latest version of iOS (iOS 5) is increasing, and Apple knows exactly how to add fuel to that fire. Over the weekend iOS 5’s fifth beta version was released for developer unlocked devices. The update comes with significant changes and bug fixes. Curious and want to try it out for yourself? You can perform an online wireless upgrade, or you can use iTunes 10 to get this latest beta up and running on your device. If you choose the latter method, here’s how this can be accomplished.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

The beta 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G, iPad and iPad 2.

So here are the requirements and instructions.


  1. An iOS 5 compatible device (as listed above).
  2. iTunes 10.5 (Beta 5). Go to this page and download the appropriate version for your computer’s OS.
  3. The ipsw file of the update, which is available here.
  4. And of course, a developer unlocked device.


  1. Connect your device to the computer via USB cable.
  2. Run the latest version of iTunes (as downloaded in step 2 of requirements).
  3. Create a backup of your device using iTunes.
  4. Now you have to perform a firmware restore on your device. This can be done by keeping the iTunes window active and then pressing:
    Shift + Restore (in iTunes) for Windows
    Alt + Restore for Mac
  5. Point the file path to the file you downloaded in step 3 of requirements.

Wait for the procedure to complete all by itself, and once your device restarts, you’re good to go!

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