iOS 5.1 Released [Direct Download Links]

Mar 7, 2012 - 55 Comments

iOS 5.1 Download

iOS 5.1 has been released, alongside the new iPad 3 and new Apple TV. The update brings a variety of new features and bug fixes to iOS including the ability to delete images from Photo Stream, camera shortcut visible by default on lock screen, improved camera face detection, Japanese language support for Siri, genius mixes for iTunes Match, updated AT&T network indicator, improved battery life, and more.

You can get the iOS 5.1 software update directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by using OTA Update, otherwise you can update through iTunes or by downloading the IPSW and performing a manual upgrade.

We have included links to the firmware files below, they are hosted by Apple.

Download iOS 5.1

iOS 5.1 (build 9B176) is compatible with iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 3rd & 4th gen, and iPad 3. Additional builds are available for Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3.

If you don’t know how to use IPSW files, you should just update with iTunes or on the device itself using over-the-air downloads.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Karla Guevara says:

    I need to fix my phone

  2. Nobel says:

    Hello , I jailbreak my iphone 3gs to 5.1.1 and everything good , but whenever my iphone turns off i have to open redsnow and go to extar and then just boot and then the iphone start working , why everytime , please there is any solution ……?

    • marie says:

      You need to download de the latest version of redsnow. The same thing was happening to me until I had the version

  3. JayaramanS says:

    Pls reset for apple inc 5.1.1 iPhone 3gspersonal hotspot

  4. adrian says:

    i have one question can i use this to jailbreak my ipod touch 5.1.1 im having a realy hard time trying to jailbreak it!

  5. rebecca says:

    It says the software is not compatible? what should i do?

  6. Brad says:

    Hello everyone,
    My Iphone is jailbroken, is it OK to update the ios directly from the iphone using software update? my iphone won’t get bricked?

  7. Sue says:

    Since did software update my phone refuses to acknowledge my correct apple I’d thus I can’t update or but any new apps what with this?Went to settings ,store etc to ck it’s all correct there but not when trying to download anything? Any ideas as apple says have to go to nearest store and I don’t have extended plan to cover this.. Cause I updated what they said to?

  8. Jackie says:

    When I upgrade from my iPod touch 4g what should I do with my files Pics and apps? To prevent deletion.

  9. Lozzie Bear says:

    Hi, I really want to download iOS 5.1 on my iPod touch 4 generation but when I try to download it, it says that Safari can’t download the file. I have tried everything from resetting the history, the cookies, and the cache but still doesn’t work! Please help!!!

  10. Kholisile says:

    For my ipad2 not for ipad3 please anyone help me

  11. Kholisile says:

    So I’ve got the iOS 5.1update notification for my ipad3,but I can’t it doesn’t allow me to download what is the problem how do I get this to work? Please help anybody

  12. […] heard from a few readers in our comments and through emails that after updating to iOS 5.1 their Personal Hotspot […]

  13. Aditya says:

    Thanx , updated my iPad 2 to iOS 5.1 , but voice dictation is not present can anyone tell me how to install voice dictation

  14. naren says:

    i update new 5.1 but hotsopt missing in genrel setting plz help me

  15. Venu says:

    I’m owing iphone 4s. But I cant use Cellular Data for OS upgrade to 5.1 from 5.0.1, Since that option is shown inactive. Only option is I need to Connect to Wifi. Is there any work around for update it via OTA(Cellular Data).. pls help me

  16. Zach says:

    So I used your links to download the update. But when I press shift+update and select the ipsw file I downloaded, it says it is not compatible. I dont understand since I have always upgraded my software in this manner from your links.

    I downloaded the iPhone 4 GSM updated.
    Model number: A1332.
    The file name is this: iPhone3,1_5.1_9B176_Restore

    Please help?

  17. Paul says:

    Remember to rename the .zip files to .ipsw after downloading!

  18. rajkamal says:

    Personal Hotspot Is Missing in iphone4s After iOS 5.1 Upgrade, any solution….

    • Matt says:

      Try going to Settings > General > Reset Network Settings

      • Colleen says:

        I tried this and it didn’t work. I also tried Settings > General > Cellular Data > Set up Personal Hotspot. When I tought Set up Personal Hotspot, it says I need to call AT&T to set this up. Can this be gotten around? Do I need to pay for this? Is it a monthly charge?

  19. MKZA says:

    Which is the correct firmware update for the Ipad 2 with WIFI and 3G?

    Is it the Ipad 4,2 ????

  20. Chris says:

    Try seeting DNS server to and download worked after that.. Been trying for days and worked right away!

  21. TjMuller says:

    when i click on it it sends me to an error screen, im using google chrome. so idk, it wont show on firefox either. im trying to get ipod 4g. cuz my computer wont download it from itunes

  22. […] “The network connection could not be established.” If you’re having trouble downloading iOS 5.1 from Apple’s servers, try these two […]

  23. Joi says:

    I keep getting an error message that says “Unable to check for update. an error while checking for a software update”. I have an iPhone 4S. Can anybody help me please?

  24. OS X Story says:

    Any Mirror please? I try to download using Apple Server and always fail :(

  25. siidZ says:

    After updating 5.1 its consuming more battery:(

  26. […] may have noticed that iOS 5.1 changed the behavior of the lock screen camera compared to it’s predecessor, this has caused […]

  27. Monika says:

    (3gs) updated last night and now when i top the camera shortcut the screen just does a small bounce, wont open my camera. It worked fine with the double click prior to the update… anyone esle have this issue?

  28. […] latest version of iOS 5.1 is already jailbroken thanks to the iPhone Dev Team’s newest release of Redsn0w. The […]

  29. Chey says:

    With the new update, my banners seem to not be working. I have stopped getting any notifications with my texting apps even though my settings say all badges and alerts are on… Every time I update, I always have a problem… Help?

    • Deepa a says:

      I am having the same trouble. Lost my alerts, keypad touch sounds etc. any help for these

    • Samantha says:

      It gives a warning before you update with the itunes update version, so even your texting will be needing to be reset manually.

  30. Petrak says:

    There are no changes, I don’t get it.

  31. BX says:


    Links posted for iOS-5.1 aren’t working, or maybe servers are maxxed.

  32. […] 10.6 has been released alongside iOS 5.1. The update is fairly minor but includes several bug fixes and improves song matching and how album […]

  33. TWO says:

    It seems with the new update on accessing the camera that anyone could flip through all your photos. Apple needs to address this quickly. I believe this happened ith the 5.0 update.

    • cee202 says:

      someone pls tell me this aint’ true!

      • 911 says:

        It’s not. With a lock you can still open up the camera app to take photos, but you cannot see any other pictures on the phone. It will say ‘device is locked.’ I just tried.

        • cee202 says:

          thank god, i updated my iPhone and i can see that it is NOT possible to see the photos with a locked phone.

      • afk247 says:

        Yes if you don’t have a passcode on anyone can view your pictures but if you have a passcode on it will say that the phone is locked

    • quadric says:

      The photos are only accessible from the locked screen if you phone has not reached the Auto-Lock timer. Once that has happen then you can’t get access to the photos. As mentioned already the phone indicates it is locked.

  34. B.R. says:

    Ok now we have 5.1 will this help us with 4.11.8 baseband on our iPhone 4 they unlocked 4s now here comes iPad 3 so is our wait finally over with 5.1 I’m ready to use my iPhone 4!!!

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