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How to (Manually) Update to iOS 5 for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple TV

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How to (Manually) Update to iOS 5 for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple TV

Apple has released iOS 5 which has over 200 improvements. iOS 5 is Apple’s attempt to fully turn your iPad into a true laptop replacement. (Direct Download Links for iOS 5.0 Below!)

Notable Features:

i)  Bugs and Security Patches. Fixes Known Bugs from previous releases.
ii)  Notifications.  Allows notifications to appear from the top of any iOS Device screen.
iii)  iMessage. Allows you to send unlimited text, photo, and video message with other iOS users. Think of it as an AOL Instant messenger or Blackberry BBM for Apple
iv)  Newstand. This organizes your magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
v)  Reminders. Syncs with iCloud, iCal, and Outlook. Also has location based reminders for iPhone 4 users.
vi)  Twitter. Has built-in Twitter support.
vii)  Camera. Multiple Improvements. In our opinion the biggest improvement is iOS 5.0 allows for faster photography with the ability to take pictures with the lock screen and Volume UP button.
viii)  Built in Photo editing/improvements. Has correction for red-eye and allows you basic editing features such as crop/rotate.
ix)  Better Email. iOS 5 includes additional email editing features. Now allows for custom mail sounds.
x)  Better Calendar.
xi)  Game Center Improvements.
xii)  AirPlay Mirroring for iPad and iPhone 4S
xiii)  Multitasking Gestures for iPad. 4 and 5 Finger Home screen pinching. Swipe up to show multitasking bar (instead of double tapping home). Swipe left or light to switch between apps.
xiv)  Over the air software updates without plugging into iTunes!
xv)  iCloud Support. Allows syncing with iCloud for  iTunes, Photo Stream, Documents, Books, Apps, Backups, Calendar and Mail contacts.
xvi)  New Music App for iPad
xvii)  Weather Forecasts
xviii)  Stock Quotes
xx)  Improved Keyboard. iPad users now have a split keyboard. Also supports custom keyboard shortcuts.
xxi)  Windows Exchange ActiveSync Improvements.
xxii)  1500 New APIs for Programmers.

Before You Begin:

1. We suggest you back up your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch through iTunes.

2. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes which at the time of this writing is version 10.5. Apple requires you to have the most recent iTunes version. You can update iTunes clicking “Check for Updates” or by downloading iTunes from

For Windows 32-bit users, the direct download link is HERE.

Windows 64-bit users can download 64-bit iTunes HERE.

3.  If you are having trouble downloading and installing the operating system on your iPad through iTunes, this may be caused by your computer’s anti-virus or firewall software. Disable your anti-virus and firewall software, and restart iTunes before trying to update your iPad again. You will have to download the update file again, or you can follow the Manual Update Instructions below.

If you are getting an ERROR 3200 or ERROR 3002:  This means the Apple servers are jammed up. Apple requires your iOS device to contact their servers for validation before the installation process begins. This means even if you have already downloaded the software, you cannot install it without Apple’s digital authorization. You either have to wait for later, or just keep trying. Try a manual update if this situation arises. Instructions are below.

If you still get the ERROR 3200 or ERROR 3002 message, there is a work around for this for certain Apple devices such as the iPad, but it requires you to first back up your device. If you do not backup your Apple device you will lose all your data attempting this method. With this method, you will be restoring your iPad with the new iOS 5. The restoration method requires you to manually download the iOS IPSW for your Apple device.  If you already downloaded the iOS IPSW for your device when trying the manual update instructions, there is no need to download the software again for the restoration method.

The restoration method is just like the manual update instructions except for one detail.  Execute the manual update instructions but instead of clicking the “Check for Updates/Update” button, choose the “Restore” button with the proper key sequence

Mac – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Restore” button.
Windows PC – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Restore” button.

What will happen is your iPad/Apple Device flash/hard drive will be wiped clean, and iTunes will restore your iPad/Apple Device with the new iOS 5 operating system. Then iTunes will you use the backup you made of your device to restore your apps and data. This method takes up to 30 minutes to execute as your backup files must be transferred to your iPad. We cannot stress enough you must make a backup of your data or risk losing it all with the restore method to install iOS 5. Lastly, the restore method does not work will all Apple Devices as we have received reports that some iPhone 4 users could not update to iOS with the restore method.

Manual Update Instructions

1)      Download the iOS IPSW file for your iPad or iPhone version.  The download links from are given below.
2)      Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad/iPhone using the USB cable.
3)      Depending on whether you run Windows or have a MAC, follow

Mac – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
Windows PC – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

4)      A dialog screen will appear prompting you for the location of the IPSW file you downloaded. Find the file in the file browser and select the IPSW file.
5)      iTunes will now use the iPSW file and update your iPad/iPhone to the new iOS version. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

iOS 5 IPSW Direct Download Links from Servers:


iPad 2, CDMA (Verizon). DOWNLOAD HERE.

iPad 1 (1st Generation ). DOWNLOAD HERE.


iPhone 4, CDMA (Verizon) DOWNLOAD HERE.


iPod Touch 3G.  DOWNLOAD HERE.

iPod Touch 4G.  DOWNLOAD HERE.


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  • Anonymous

    The 3GS link does not work.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for letting us know. We have updated the link for the 3GS. It works now.

  • Cicho658

    i have iphone4 factory unlock no at&t or Verizon what i need to Download ????

  • K3ry

    Using iphone 3gs : File iPhone2,1_5.0_9A334_Restore
    PC – Shift ON
    Restore – Failed – 3194
    Update – Failed – 3002Tried so many times..Trying manual updates..2 hours waiting
    Done download..
    stated got something about network problems..
    *lazy to wait again 2 hours..tried 3x

    Now no idea what to do..><"

  • Sonia

    Hi, I have an Ipad 2 with wi-fi and 3G – please tell me which software to download – GSM or CDMA? I cannot upgrade to IOS5 through iTunes so need to download and install manually.

  • Tnc3p

    great resource as I could not contact server (Windows + ipad 1) even with firewall off

    backed up, dl’d ios 5 IPSW file and hit “shift-restore” keys

    then restored ipad from backup– done


  • Anonymous


    Who do you have your 3G service with? If you purchase 3G service through AT&T, download the GSM version of the iPad 2 IPSW file. If you purchase 3G service Verizon, download the CDMA version of the iPad 2 IPSW file.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad we can help. Tell your friends about our site. We are trying to create a tablet community here at MyAppWorld where everyone collaborates on finding the best apps and solving any problems that might arise.

  • Anonymous


    If its the 3002 error, that means the Apple servers are overloaded. I had the same problem with my iPad 1. Please re-read our article. You can try a manual “restore” to update to iOS 5. Make sure you back up your phone first as restoring your phone with the iOS iPSW file will delete all the data on the phone.

  • Anonymous

    There is no need to extract the file you download. The file you downloaded is technically called the “IPSW” file. Just execute the manual update instructions with the single file you downloaded

  • Anonymous

    It depends on the phone model you have. US phones are either CDMA or GSM. You need to determine which version of the iPhone 4 you have. If you are a US user and own a T-Mobile as your provider, its GSM. If you use your unlocked phone with Sprint, you have a CDMA phone.

  • Anonymous

    You do not need to extract the file. the single file you downloaded is the IPSW file. just follow the instructions above

  • ADC74

    I keep trying to upgrade my iPad 1 original software 3.2.2 through iTunes to 5.0. It downloads the file and then tries to back-up and gets stuck. It’s done it twice now.  My iPad is saying Sync in Progress, but an hour? My progress bar on the iTunes screen flashes but hasn’t moved since the beginning. Any idea what is happening?

  • Glass

    Thanks a lot helped me I was stuck with IOS 3.2.2 from a year on my iPad 1

  • Andrei Ivanov

    I gave up.
    Downloaded file (it’s in rar format). Using instracitons you provided, but brouser doesn’t see dowloaded file. I use Windows 7. Is there any trick? 

  • Anonymous


    The file you download is apple’s ipsw format. This is an archive file that can uncompressed with winzip, winrar, 7zip, etc. After you download the file for your apple device, you do not need to unzip or unrar it. When you manually update, Windows will open the a browser window so make a note of where you downloaded the file to. If its easier for you, move the ipsw file you downloaded from your download file to your desktop.

  • Misaps

    I’ve tried the auto download of IOS5 for my first gen ipad but kept getting the 3259 code even though Mcafee and windows firewall have been completely disabled. So I tried the manual download version using the link above but when I try doing the update I’m now getting error code 3002. I’ve been through the firewall / anti-virus to check all is disabled and am totally lost where to go next. Any ideas………please!!!????

  • Anonymous

    I had the same problem with updating my iPad 1 to iOS 5. Backup your current iPad data. With the file you downloaded, execute a restore update. Follow the directions in the article.

  • sim

    tried all the steps but it keeps giving the 3194 error message. can you help please?

  • Compguru81

    For those having trouble with it downloading as a zip (and therefore not finding after hitting “Shift + Update”) I had to type *.* in the open box line then hit enter and it appeared as a file and iTunes was able to read it and it worked like clockwork.  Do NOT unzip the file.

  • Kylie

    I cant manually install this update, keep getting the 3002 error, even while installing manually 🙁

  • Anonymous

    For fixing the Error 3002 or 3200, backup your current iPad data. With the file you downloaded, execute a restore update.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the input compguru81. For our readers, do not UNZIP or unrar the file. The file you download has the extension .ipsw. IPSW is a type of archive file so most tools such as winzip, 7zip, winrar, etc are able to read and open those files. Depending on how your computer assigns the default program to a file extension, the IPSW file you download will have a zip icon.

  • Hamdoon_90

    tried all the steps but it keeps giving the 3194 error message. can you help please?

  • Hamdoon_90

    same , keep getting 3002 error

  • Anonymous

    In the past, the 3194 error code meant “the device isn’t eligible for the requested build.” That means Apple will not allow your device to be upgraded to newest version of the software. When you get this error message, what does the text after the error code say?

  • Bidemic

    Is this the latest version of iOS5? 

  • Jonnyneedshelp

    Hi been having same problem as sim below. Running XP, updating ipad 1, updated itunes today, couldnt autoupdate so tried manual. 3194 as others, here is the report file; debugger seems to show a server resposnse stopped the build?? Please help!

    2012-01-17 01:02:56.390 [3828:b24]: restore library built Sep 14 2011 at 01:30:07
    2012-01-17 01:02:56.390 [3828:b24]: iTunes: iTunes
    2012-01-17 01:02:57.546 [3828:b24]: iTunes: Current software version: 8C148
    2012-01-17 01:02:57.546 [3828:b24]: iTunes: Software payload version: 9A334 (option key)
    2012-01-17 01:05:14.250 [3828:920]: iTunes: Specifying UOI boot image
    2012-01-17 01:05:15.328 [3828:920]: *** UUID 2B309D33-73E8-8B40-96BE-04FD48DBD3E7 ***
    2012-01-17 01:05:15.328 [3828:920]: requested restore behavior: Erase
    2012-01-17 01:05:16.250 [3828:920]: amai: AMAuthInstallDebugWriteObject: debug object written: C:DOCUME~1JONNYL~1LOCALS~1TempPerF3.tmpamaidebugtss-request.plist
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: amai: tss_submit_job: HttpQueryInfo returned 200
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: amai: tss_submit_job: error from server=94 (This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.)
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: amai: kAMAuthInstallRequestCacheLocalizedTssError: cached server error text: (3194) This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: amai: AMAuthInstallRequestSendSync: failed tss submission: This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: amai: AMAuthInstallBundlePersonalizePartial: server request error: This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: failed to personalize the restore bundle: This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.
    2012-01-17 01:05:18.843 [3828:920]: AMRAuthInstallDeletePersonalizedBundle
    2012-01-17 01:05:20.140 [3828:b24]: iTunes: Restore error 3194
    2012-01-17 01:05:20.140 [3828:b24]: AMRAuthInstallGetLocalizedStringForServerError: no cached text for tss error code 3194

    thanks 😉

  • Karan

    I’m using an ipod touch 4G on my Windows 7 (64-bit) PC. Strangely, I’m stuck with iTunes 10.4 and I’ve tried several fixes to upgrade it to iTunes 10.5 but it just wouldn’t install on my system.

    Can you help? And if I update my itouch’s software to ios 5 (from a friend’s pc), Im worried it might just not sync with the itunes 10.4 that I currently have.

  • Rey

    had same problem too.its been days now that i tried to update my iphone 4 to ios 5.but still having error the way im currently in saudi arabia.tnx

  • arlo

    thank you so much 🙂