iOS 6 IPSW [Direct Download Links]

Sep 19, 2012 - 90 Comments


iOS 6 is now available for everyone to download. Most users are best served updating to iOS 6 through OTA or iTunes, but advanced users can upgrade manually with firmware files. This has several advantages, particularly for those upgrading multiple devices in a household or institution, or for those updating from older versions of iOS.

The following firmware links are hosted directly by Apple, using IPSW files requires iTunes. You will want to have the latest version of iTunes installed before attempting a direct firmware update with IPSW.

Regardless of how you decide to upgrade to iOS 6, just remember to back up first. The likelihood of something going wrong is slim but it’s better safe than sorry.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone


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  1. open the link in google chrome and download it. I am successful. thanks…

  2. Den says:

    Hi I am trying to download Firmware 6.00 for my iphone 3Gs but cant seem to get the right file.The other files have an icon as at the top of this page..i.e. a dice,or cube. when I do a search in RedSnow to use the one I downloaded it cannot find the correct file but the otherones are showing. Its driving me nuts. What am I doing wrong.Cheers and thanks in An———–ti——ci—————pation. ;-)

    • brian says:

      look for iphone 3gs 6.0 ipsw download the one that is properly named use red snow How to jailbreak tethered on iOS 6.1.6 using Redsn0w

      Step-1: Download Redsn0w and save the application in a folder named Redsn0w on the desktop

      Step-2: Download iOS 6.0 firmware file for the iOS device (The trick is to point Redsn0w to iOS 6.0 firmware file and note iOS 6.1.6 firmware file.)

      Download link: iPhone / iPod Touch

      Ensure that you have downloaded the correct version of firmware for the iPhone model.

      Step-3: Connect the device to the computer and double click Redsn0w zip file and extract the application. Navigate to Redsn0w folder and launch Redsn0w application

      Note: Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as Administrator. For that, right-click on the Redsn0w and select ‘Run as an Administrator.’

      Step-4: Click on Extras button

      Step-5: Then click on Select IPSW button. Navigate and select the firmware file downloaded in step-2. It should successfully identify it

      Step-6: Navigate to Redsn0w’s main page and click on Jailbreak button

      Step-7: Redsn0w will now start preparing jailbreak data

      Step-8: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options. Ensure Cydia is selected and click on Next button to continue. iPhone 3GS users can also select Enable battery percentage option

      Step-9: You will be prompted to put your iOS device into DFU mode. Redsn0w will guide you through the necessary steps

      a) Hold Power button on your iOS device for three seconds

      b) Hold Home button simultaneously and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds

      c) Now release Power button while keeping Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device.

      Step-10: Your iOS device should reboot now [Do not forget to release the Home button.]

      Step-11: The iOS device will reboot again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading new RAM disk and kernel

      Step-12: You will be notified once the jailbreak process is completed. Click on OK and then Quit button to exit the application

      Step-13: The rest of the process will take place on your iOS device. Wait until the process is completed. The iOS device will reboot again. You will see Home screen on your iOS device but Cydia would still be missing. This is since you still need to tether boot your iOS device using Redsn0w. Follow these steps below.

      How to boot tethered

      Step-14: Launch Redsn0w again

      Step-15: Click on Extras button

      Step-16: Then click on Select IPSW button. Navigate and select the firmware file downloaded in step-2

      Step-17: Then click on Just Boot button

      Step-18: You will be prompted to plug the iOS device to the computer and switch it off again. Follow the instructions and click on the Next button to move to the next screen

      Step-19: Now place the iOS device into DFU mode.

      Step-20: Redsn0w will recognise the iOS device in DFU mode and apply the limerain exploit. The iOS device will reboot and a pineapple logo will appear, indicating a tethered boot

  3. akshay says:

    i’hv a iphone 3gs just updated it to os 6.0, now it is saying cannot activate iphone and on the left top no services

    what to do?

    • PERSON says:

      To fix this you can just restore your iPhone if you have a recent backup (1 day – 2 weeks) but if you don’t, you have to downgrade to last update. If this doesn’t work, try another forum. This usually works but doesn’t work every time from luck.

      My sources: I had all iPhone types and jail-broke them all and this happened to me to the first two iPhones.

  4. Puneet says:

    I am trying to update my Iphone 3GS and Iphone4, i am getting error code 3194.

    How to come out of this error and how can i update my IOS.

  5. Tayler says:

    Whenever I click on any of the links it just says waiting for….. Any clue how to fix? Happens for any of these direct download links and iTunes is wayyyy to slow so I’d prefer a direct download.

  6. rommel says:

    yeah i have to say that you did leave out some key things ,, it shouldnt be this hard ,, never was b4 ,

  7. SAURABH says:

    i download the IPHONE 4 GSM file, but i don’t know how to install it to my phone.
    please help

  8. Vinny says:

    can not jailbreak ip 3gs, when i try to use redsnow, it says missing file build, can anyone help plz? followed instructions on this website but can’t seem to get it.

  9. Jordan says:

    The iPhone 5 GSM and CDMA links are swapped as well. Works for me now. Managed to downgrade back to 6.0.1

  10. Jordan says:

    Tried to downgrade my iPhone 5 GSM from 6.0.2 back to 6.0.1 but I get this error when trying to select the ipsw file: “iphone could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible” What am I doing wrong?

  11. Jill says:

    I got the iphone 4s one but when i went to put it in on the redsn0w thing it said this is only availible on 4 3gs and 3

  12. MEG says:

    I am using a mac and I tether the iPhone 4 but I can’t do it on my iPhone 4s. It’s says the IPSW can’t go with the version of redsn0w 0.9.15b3. Can anyone help me please!?

  13. mega says:

    6 Ios ipsw. Downloaded its not zip its many files with other file extentins.must i rename all to ipsw or winzip file then. Ipsw. That didnt work either

  14. Hanymeer says:

    Hey guys….I have got iPhone 4 currently running on
    iOS 4.3.3 and want upgrade it to iOS 6 and everytime I try to do it from iTunes 10.7 update thing it disconnects my 3G net connection and it happens in both cases either in update or in restore…how can I do the update now please help

  15. Innocent Iruka says:

    Hello guys… can i unlock my Iphone4 with this with the restore file?? or is there other software that enable me do that??

  16. idais says:

    how can i know if my iphone 4 gsm or cdma

  17. pawan says:

    when i tried to install this ios6 , the itunes opened and again starting dowloads this ios 6 .

  18. pawan says:

    i downloadthis ios and tried to install but i could not insall,,itunesagain tried to download,,,

  19. Jean says:

    When restoring my iphone 5 to ios 6 with your ipsw file using itunes, it gives me firmware errror y?
    Reply thx

  20. Sarwar says:

    Please im downloaded ios 4.3.3 and now my iphone 3gs is stuck in rocovery how can i fix it ?????

  21. Valentino says:

    To all having problems with downloading. Can I recommend that you use a download manager. If you are using mac, get igetter and if you are using windows get FDM (free download manager). They support resume. If you are anywhere like I am (South Africa) during a download like this I can get up to 20 disconnects, a download manager stops this and keeps the file integrity. My two cents worth. Good luck

  22. Liam says:

    I’m trying to restore and update a second hand iPhone 3GS. I’ve changed the file extensions of the files from .dmg to .ipsw but I’m getting an incompatible firmware error when I try to update in iTunes. Help?

  23. McGyver says:

    Thanks, must be my iphone thats faulty.
    I tried to change the extention, but the phone wont accept anything

  24. McGyver says:

    Both iTunes and snowbreeze says the ipsw files I downloaded from here are corrupted. What to do?

    • Dbrer says:

      The IPSW are hosted by Apple, they are certainly not corrupted. You need to right-click and Save As, it’s a .ipsw file not a .zip file. Use a different browser.

  25. Deion says:

    i cannot jailbreak my ipod 4th generation ios 6 i tried everything it keep saying it cannot build HELP

  26. Sam says:

    my ios 6 has been not worked and when i connect to itunes it only says “sim is not compatible” what should i do????

  27. Forhad says:

    I cannot understand whats wrong with iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPhone 4 (GSM). Every time I click download, i got a file of 1980KB only by which i couldn’t update my phone. I was also trying to download the iOS from my apple device but it shows error on the middle of download. I also tried to update my phone through iTunes but there is also a same problem like the first problem(1980KB File size and it shows error after download). So what can I do now?

  28. Amerist says:

    These links are from Apple. If you look at the source URL you can see that pretty clearly so any of you having problems with the content of the firmware file should either re-download or take it up with apple. Yes, the iPad 3,3 file should be marked as the GSM ipsw and not the CDMA. I can confirm that the iPhone 4S GSM and iPhone 4 GSM ipsw files are working. Again if you are having problems, you probably got a corrupted download. It happens.

  29. Issac says:

    so, which one do i download if i have the iphone 4 running off ios 6?

  30. Leppa says:

    Dmg File asking for a password?
    What is it?

  31. kevyn g says:

    wat is the difference between iphone (3,2), GSM, CDMA??? please explain.

  32. AhnSe says:

    How can I use it? Help me!

  33. Rahul says:

    downloaded this dosent work says unknown error 14 when restoring now my phone is stuck in recovery mode anyone know how to fix it :(

  34. Beav45 says:

    attempted to upgrade IPAD 2, to OS 6 —-now screen only shows Apple logo, computer does not recognize, ITunes does not recognize – nothing works!

  35. Sean Collins says:

    when I replay all on ios 6 it also replies to me, is filling my inbox up with replies.

    Never did that before and I cannot for the life of me find a setting. Can someone tell me how to correct that?

  36. rahul says:

    How to install direct download ios 6

    • turbo50t says:

      in iTunes once your phone is identified simply hold down Shift key and select restore. Go to the directory your ipsw file is in and select it. Then your upgrade to iOS 6 will start

  37. Jack D says:

    Thanks too you, I downloaded IPSW file for iPhone 4S with download manager fast. Where should I copy it to have iTunes used it??


  38. Kleeko says:


    I just tried the iPhone 4 update, and it crashed while updating due to an unknown error, phone is in restore mode, this is a mess.

  39. Xander says:

    Hello Guys,

    I am not sure how to download one IPSW file with extension ‘.IPSW’. I want to preserve the BB by using redsn0w – 0.9.14b2.

    Can someone help me in that?

  40. James says:

    I was updating my iPod Touch OTA to iOS 6, and it ended up showing the Connect to iTunes screen, which is weird because that kind of gets rid of the whole OTA idea, but it was fine since I have a MacBook with 10.8.2. Anyway, I ended up having to restore it and my latest backup was from August 9th, so that kind of pissed me off. I just don’t understand why that happened. It’s not jailbroken or anything like that, by the way.

    • jess says:

      james did you lose all yur songs and photos? my itouch is showing the connect to i tunes and i dont have itunes on new computer.. nothing is backed up. do you think i will lose everything?? im scared!!

      • Sherwin Pereira says:

        yes you will lose everything you idiot always make a backup before you update. Didn’t you read at the top?

  41. Sakib says:

    update for iPhone 4s work but my speaker is not working. Though I can listen through my headphone.

  42. NIKHIL says:

    does it work with ipad 2 gsm??

  43. Akash says:

    Hey guys dont blame these people blame apple as these files are from Apple servers not osxdaily’s they cant do anything

  44. yashdrocks says:

    What the hell
    downloaded iPad GSM ipsw which isnt working
    iTunes update is also freakin not working

  45. Ahmed says:

    I have download iPhone 4s ios6 and it gives error while restore now my iphone stuck on recovery mode. iPhone 4s users please don’t download from this link otherwise you will kill your time and lose your data too.

    • manish says:

      i am also having the same problem…. are u able to fix it… if yes… then then share with me the fix…….my ipod is kind of dead right now… help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. iphonepro says:

    the difference between Iphone 4 (3,2) and iphone 4 gsm (3,1) and iphone 4 cdma (3,3) ???
    please help?

  47. pn2bade says:

    So is the iPhone 4S one here for all of the iPhone 4S models (GSM and CDMA)?

  48. Russ says:

    Just got a 3GS for my daughter (second hand) updated it, got code 1015 so guess was previously jalibroken. Will d/l this newest file ipsw save it or need some other miracle?

  49. Stuart Duncan says:

    The iPad 3 GSM and CDMA files are swapped.

    iPad3,2 = CDMA
    iPad3,3 = GSM

  50. b0bby says:

    How to jailbreak ??

  51. Ben says:

    Hi. I installed the iOS 6 GM last week? Is this update 100% the same as that? When I click on update it tells me that its up to date so assuming it is but wanted to check. Thanks

  52. Jonathan says:

    I wonder where people get these links.

    Where did you get it?

  53. Alex says:

    You guys posted the same garbage everyone else did – the DMG files, not IPSW.

    • TechButton says:

      just change the extension to ispw and it will work.. the ispw is just a dmg file with a different extension..

      • Marc says:

        Which file do I change though? There are many! You would think they would have already had them as ipsw files considering thats what they are listing them here for

  54. Scott says:

    I believe the iPad 3 GSM and CDMA versions are swapped. Isn’t the iPad 3 LTE GSM version the iPad 3,3? and the CDMA version the iPad 3,2?

  55. Marcus says:

    What is the difference between Iphone 4 (3,2) and the other Iphone 4 updates?

    • Raghav says:

      Exactly.. other sites are listing iPhone4 (3,2) as GSM which is wrong.
      iPhone 4 (3,1) – GSM
      iPhone 4 (3,2) – ??
      iPhone 4 (3,3) – CDMA

      I tried iPhone4 (3,2) for my GSM handset and it gave me incompatible firmware error.

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