iOS 6 Beta Can Be Installed Without A Developer Account

    June 14, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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When Apple unveiled iOS 6 during Monday’s WWDC 2012 keynote, there were many oohs and aahs over the new features. The latest version of Apple’s operating system brings a staggering 200 new features, including Facebook integration, new security and privacy settings, a Do Not Disturb feature, tweaks to numerous stock Apple apps, a major overhaul to the Maps app (complete with turn-by-turn navigation), significant updates to Siri, and much more.

Unfortunately for most of us, though, only iOS developers have been able to get their hands on the beta version of iOS 6. The rest of us have been relegated to admiring the new goodies from afar in the form of leaked screenshots or video walkthroughs. Except maybe there’s a way for the rest of us to get the iOS 6 beta after all.

It seems that glitch in iOS 6 beta 1 allows it to be installed without a registered UDID (i.e., without an Apple developer account). While you can probably expect this to be fixed in the next beta version, for the moment you can install iOS 6 on your iPhone even if you’re not a developer. You can find instructions on how to do so here. The process is actually fairly simple, though it requires you to set up your device as new, rather than restoring from a backup.

Before you get started, you have to have the latest version of iTunes (iTunes 10.6.3), you have to be running iOS 5.1.1 on your device, and you have to have acquired the iOS 6 beta file, which can be downloaded in a number of places (including here). Once you’ve got all that, you simply plug in your iOS device and hold down the Alt key (on a Mac; hold down shift on a Windows PC), and click “Restore.” Again, make sure you restore as a new device. Once that’s done, hold down the shift key and the left arrow, then click “Check for Updates.” That allows you to choose the update source, in this case the .ipsw file for iOS 6 beta.

Now, there are a few points about this that need to be stressed. First, I haven’t actually tried this myself, and so cannot vouch for how well it works – or whether it works at all. Second, if you do this, save your old backup along with the .ipsw file for iOS 5.1.1. That way if you encounter a problem, you can always get your phone back to where it was before you started. Third, it’s worth stressing that this is a beta version of iOS 6. What’s more, it’s the first beta version. While Google has tried its best to teach us that “beta” means “pretty much ready for the public,” that’s not what it really means at all. From everything I’ve been hearing, the iOS 6 beta is pretty rough.

In other words, if all you want is to get your hands on iOS 6 early, you should probably skip this. If you’re a little more technically savvy and you want to be able to poke around in iOS 6, then this may be a good way to do it (but again, I haven’t tested it, so I can’t confirm). At any rate, you can bet that if Apple finds out this is possible, iOS 6 beta 2 will be locked down a little tighter, making it impossible to install without a developer ID.

  • Jacob Jones

    Don’t you get it? Stop making this go mainstream if you do Apple will fix this for sure! Keep it secret…You guys have ruined this for people without Dev accounts. I personally didn’t use this method to get the iOS 6 beta.

    • Coop

      Shut up stupid. Apple has teams of people that test things like this they were already gonna find out. No secrets in the tech world

  • Chris

    Yes this works fine but I have heard that there is an expiry set on the beta for wends 17th next month?

    • Coop

      All betas expire and new ones come out. Beta 2 will be out by then

  • http://jtsblog.com JT Ray

    You can indeed install iOS 6 Beta on your iPhone. From firsthand knowledge if you erase and attempt to reinstall after that, the iPhone will not register without a UDID and you have to put it in DFU mode and reinstall via iTunes.

    Running iOS 6 Beta on a 3GS is a bit sluggish and many of the nicer features are not available. I am not sure if the sluggish response is a result of the 3GS not having enough horsepower or if it is the beta software.

  • http://non mac2012

    hey can i install at iphone 4s factory unlock and it does not affect on my unlock

  • JMH

    Real nice, Clark. Encourage folks to put an operation system on their phone that can’t be downgraded and that locks them out of their phone if they don’t keep up with the betas and move to Beta 2, 3, …

    I wouldn’t advise ANYONE to put iOS 6 without a dev account or you will be screwed. Apple only lets you go so long without keeping up with their betas. I’ve neglected to move up the ladder as they do and ended up having to restore. Luckily I have a developer account and had to go download the current beta and restore through iTunes to get a working phone again.

    Bad story; encourages users to potentially render phone useless until GM.

    • Justin

      @ JMH

      Why would you NOT recommend users to try iOS6 beta? You are a very silly man. If it doesn’t work the way you want, simply make sure you save your 5.1.1 ipsw and restore. Who doesn’t have an extra 15-30 minutes to try. Don’t be such a worry wart my little sweet tart.

      I downloaded and installed iOS 6 beta and it runs very smooth and without any noticeable bugs. Well there is one…I can’t use my emoji’s



      you are completely wrong! I followed this simple video link as had it up and running in less than an hour. I then simply restored back to 5.1.1 and brought back my backup and was using the phone just as it was prior. Please dont go shooting your mouth off about shit you have no idea about. And please quit developing for this platform before your piece of shit app discourages user from using this amazing platform!!!!

  • Ujwal Boddeti

    You need to click Shift and Check for Updates, if you click Restore, it won’t activate upon completion of download. Chck for Updates works!

  • stuart

    can someone shed some light for me please… i have paid for the apple developer account, succesfully installed the ios 6 on my devices apart from one. the ipad 3… there doesnt seem to be a download for the ipad 3. i have the ipad 3 32gb wifi + celluar .

    is anyone able to tell me im being blind and missing something? many thanks

  • http://www.downloadredsn0w.com/ Jon

    But no use since there is no jailbreak available and the redsn0w version will not install cydia for ios 6 beta :-(

  • mark

    video link: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CFYQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DXid-CmWIby4&ei=jW_kT__fJajg4QTI7czCCA&usg=AFQjCNFjMxaKWM14FAhmZhvDJrHXYQlWOQ.

    Step 1: Jailbreak, and boot tethered your iOS 6 device. See this iOS 6 jailbreak tutorial for more info.

    Step 2: SSH into your device (you must be on a local WiFi network). I use Coda in my tutorial, but there are tons of other SSH tools available on the Mac. Tools like Putty work well on Windows. SSH username = “root” SSH password = “alpine”.

    Step 3: Execute the following command via SSH (copy and paste): wget -q -O /tmp/cyinstall.sh http://wyndrepo.googlecode.com/files/cyinstall.sh && chmod 755 /tmp/cyinstall.sh && /tmp/cyinstall.sh

    Step 4: Your device will respring, and Cydia should now appear on your Home screen. Open Cydia, and it will begin Preparing Filesystem. It will then respring.

    Step 5: Now you can use Cydia and start installing apps and tweaks via Cydia. Beware that most apps and tweaks have not been updated with iOS 6 in mind, so your mileage may vary as far as compatibility is concerned. Proceed at your own risk.