Upgrade to iOS 5 without being a developer

This method was created by Apple lover Mert Erdir. It take advantage of a backdoor exploit in the activation screen, which is tied to the VoiceOver system used by Apple. It was reported on at Gizmodo, if you want to see the article.

Warning: This is not to be attempted if you do not wish to block carrier access or potentially brick your iPhone. Neowin is not responsible for any damage that may occur, even loss of data that may occur. Remember, proceed at your own risk!


  1. Download the iOS 5 IPSW firmware file (Google is your friend) to your PC.
  2. Update via iTunes. Click using the Option key or Shift key while clicking Update. Select the file you downloaded.
  3. Once it upgrades, a new activation screen will appear.
  4. Triple click the home button. This activates the VoiceOver.
  5. Triple click the home button. Emergency Call will appear.
  6. Click on emergency call, and while it is switching, swipe with three fingers down.
  7. Notification Center will appear.
  8. Click on the Weather Widget and it will load.
  9. Click on the home button. The iOS device will exit the springboard.

Your iOS device is now fully activated and operational. Good luck on playing with the new iOS 5. You can reach Mert Erdir at his Twitter account and thank him for this valuable information.

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