iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Sep 17, 2014 - 39 Comments

iOS 8 IPSW Downloads

Apple has released iOS 8 update for all compatible devices, and while most users are best served by downloading the update through the Over-the-Air mechanism on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, another option is to install the update manually by means of IPSW firmware files. While not particularly difficult, updating with firmware is considered a bit more advanced, and it requires the download of a full firmware package file which is upwards of 6GB or so, which is considerably larger than the smaller delta update offered through OTA.

Regardless of using IPSW or OTA to update to iOS 8, it’s a good idea to prepare for the update by cleaning house on the target iPhone or iPad. At the very least, always back up your iOS device to iCloud and/or iTunes before installing new system software.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Below are direct download links to the appropriate IPSW files stored on Apple servers. Download the file that is relevant to the device you are going to update. You may want to choose to Right-Click and do a ‘Save As’ of the file in question, and be sure whatever you are saving has the “.ipsw” file extension. If you have never used firmware files before, be sure to update iTunes first to the latest version, and then go here to learn how to use IPSW files to update an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the new release of iOS.

iOS 8 IPSW Firmware for iPhone

iOS 8 IPSW Files for iPad

iOS 8 IPSW for iPod Touch

Users will need to have the latest version of iTunes available to install iOS 8 through ISPW, so be sure to update iTunes either though Software Update or the app itself before using the firmware.

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone

39 Comments

» Comments RSS Feed

  1. Alex says:

    The iPad Air + Cellular file you linked says it’s not compatible with the device – please confirm the link

  2. SamB says:

    you may have your IPSW files mixed up for the iPhone 5S GSM and CDMA, I downloaded the file you recommended for the 5S GSM and iTunes reports that it is incompatible with my mobile device.

    On the back of my iPhone the model number is A1457. Can you clarify if this is the case?

  3. newswede says:

    The iPhone 5 GSM you linked does not work!

    “The iPhone could not be updated because firmware file is not compatible.”

    • tps says:

      The iPhone 5 GSM and CDMA links are swapped. The file named iPhone5,2_8.4.1_12H321_Restore has worked for my iPhone 5 GSM model.

  4. HEMIsphere says:

    iPhone 5s CDMA IPSW indicates it’s not compatible with mi iPhone 5s CDMA.

  5. braininpain says:

    A1457 model owner (not hacked-snowed whatever), downloaded the ipsw from the link you provided for this model (5s) – 2.05GB file. (the link was http://appldnld.apple.com/iOS8/031-05671.20140917.dyJlj/iPhone6,1_8.0_12A365_Restore.ipsw)

    itunes says : not compatible.
    trying to update from 7.1.1

    any thoughts on this?

  6. ! says:

    Whats the difference between these two?

    iPad 2 Wi-Fi (2,4)
    iPad 2 Wi-Fi (2,1)

    Trying to figure this out. My iPad’s model is MC980LL/A

    • MS says:

      I am also trying to figure out the difference between the two ipsw file links for iPad 2 WiFi.

      Can some one update about this

      • BD says:

        Same here – can’t seem to find an answer, Google brings me here (!)

        • Paul says:

          Apple released two different model iPad 2 devices, one was the first release when it debuted, and the other was a slightly revised version a few years later. So it depends on when you bought your iPad 2, if it was a long time ago, the iPad 2 is probably 2,1 and if it was more recently it is probably an iPad 2,4

          • merc says:

            yes, there are two and i tried them both – neither one seems to work. typical apple practice of supporting a product that’s 3 whole years old.

  7. Josh says:

    The iPhone 5s GSM didn’t work on my model A1530

  8. JM says:

    yeah this doesnt work i have an authentic non jailbroken iphone 5 and both links only give me “The iPhone could not be updated because firmware file is not compatible” message so thanks for wasting my time with this useless crap

  9. Nope says:

    If you don’t know how to use ipsw firmware then don’t download ipsw firmware, duh

  10. james says:

    Author just messed up 6,1 stands for 5s GSM and 6,2 stands for 5s CDMA so in this case if 5s GSM owner want to download ipsw then they should go for opposite link that is 6,1 CDMA

  11. techietrash says:

    iTunes requests “iPhone6,1_8.0_12A365_Restore.ipsw” for a iPhone 5s GSM model.
    I think you’ve got your links mixed up!!!

  12. Madonepro says:

    iPhone 6 Plus is 7,1 and the iPhone 6 is 7,2

    Therefore you have the wrong ipsw files listed

  13. Michael O says:

    A bit frustrated: Is the Apple IPSW server regionally locked/blocked (maybe only USA initially)?? I get “you do not have permission…” to download, and no download.
    Whatever I do I cannot get a download on direct click or right click download linked file on above links.
    Suggestions/comments from anyone.

  14. chris says:

    Dumb couple of dumb questions model is A1533 and when I attempt to download a file it is a zip .. go to unzip and its not recognized format .. am I missing something ?

    • Paul says:

      You need to right-click and choose “save as”, the firmware is a .ipsw file, not a .zip file.

      It’s usually better to update through Settings on the phone

  15. PrIyAnGsHu says:

    All the links are working fine. Just downloaded the IPSW image for my iPhone 5S. Thanks guys!

  16. Yojalemrac says:

    Oh toooooo bad didn’t work for my Ip5s A1530. Downloaded the (6,1) version because some comments said that the author mess with the link. If i’m going to download the ip5s 6,2 do u think it will work for me?

  17. A P says:

    I think u need to relabel ur links.
    iPhone 5s GSM = iPhone6,1 Can someone confirm this please!

  18. hausjam says:

    Yes, the above links for iphone 5s are backwards.

  19. syuw1210 says:

    Yes, the above links for iPad 3 GSM & CDMA are also backwards. I downloaded the GSM one and iTunes said it is incompatible for my iPad which is actually a WiFi + GSM version. Please relabel your links to avoid people wasting their times downloading the wrong firmware.

  20. LD says:

    I have an ipad mini with retina – wifi. I have tried all three of the files and it still says the files are not compatible. I have ensured that they have the .ipsw extension. Got any ideas?

  21. Jason says:

    I think the link for Ipad 4 CDMA is incorrect, I am looking for the ipsw for Ipad3,6 can anyone help?

  22. Tony Brown says:

    what file do i have to download for the 5s model A1457 please .

    Ive downloaded the latest 8.1 and my phone is terrible and would like to downgrade if possible. The gsm and cdma files are both saying incompatible

    • Bumz says:

      Well you would download the iOS 8 IPSW for the iPhone 5S. But you can not downgrade iOS 8 any more, you are stuck with iOS 8.1 or newer.

  23. Gonad says:

    Next time you have information here’s a thought. MAKE SURE YOU F-n know w t f your talking about

  24. Jeff Helms says:

    I have tried every possible link for my 5s CDMA with no luck at all. ITunes says not compatible. Anyone with real answers as it seems that switching files doesn’t help either.

    • Jim Gaba says:

      Is anyone monitoring this site? 5S CDMA files are either incorrectly identified or the files are corrupt.

      • IJTNa says:

        The IPSW files are fine, they are linked to Apple servers. But, iOS 8 is no longer being signed by Apple, you must use a version signed and supported by Apple. Currently, that is iOS 8.4.1, iOS 9, and iOS 9.1

  25. WFTApple says:

    Ive been trying to download a 5s 8.3 restore for weeks and i keep getting errors, wtf apple!!!

Leave a Reply

 

Shop for Apple & Mac Deals on Amazon.com

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates