iOS 5 Hack – What Happens If You Do It


The iOS 5 hack is all over internet since yesterday. I tried the method discovered by Mert Erdir but it didn’t work for the first few attempts. I changed some steps and managed to update to iOS 5!

I was very happy, simply because it worked but not too thrilled to find out that unregistered (developer) devices have essential services disabled when running iOS 5 beta. Essential meaning phone line, multitasking and notification centre.Not to mention that all my data is not restored. Yup, spanking new iPhone running iOS 5! If you really want to install anyway, please do it at your own risk, including the possibility of bricking your iOS device. There is no current workaround yet, unless you can get your iOS device registered by a developer.

Below is the method I used (an adaptation from the original method publish by Gizmodo).

Here’s what you need:

1. iTunes 10.5 beta

2. iOS device (iPhone 3Gs in my case)

3. Data cable


1. Download the iOS 5 IPSW file from the web (it’s easy and readily available. Just Google it and torrent it down).
2. Update your iPhone using iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone to your computer, click on the Restore button with the Option (Mac) or Shift (PC) key pressed. Select the iOS 5 IPSW file from the place you downloaded it to.
3. Wait until it upgrades. A new activation screen will appear. It takes less than 10 minutes.

Activate iOS 5

1. Triple click the home button. This will activate the Voice Over.


2. Double click the home button and Emergency Call will appear. (Triple click will only deactivate Voice Over). From this point on, you may disable Voice Over).


3. Double click on Emergency Call and, while it’s switching, swipe with your three fingers down. (Single click if you have disabled Voice Over).
4. The Notification Center will appear!

5. Click on the Weather or Stocks widget. The selected app will load.
6. Click on the home button to exit to the iPhone’s springboard.

There you have it! iOS 5 running on your device, 3 months before launch but you’re officially without a phone :) But if you want to reverse this, you can. Here’s the guide to rollback to iOS4.

For iPod, here are the steps:

Step 1: Restore to the iOS5 Beta using iTunes.

Step 2: On the setup screen, push the home button 3 time until VoiceOver activates.

Step 3: Hold the time on the status bar.

Step 4: Drag down the screen with 3 fingers.

Step 5: Tap twice on the Y!

Step 6: Push the home button.

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