Everyone’s dying to get their hands on the first beta of iOS 5 and try out all of its terrific new features, but unless you’re signed up to the $99 per year Apple developer program, you’ll have to wait until later this year to get your hands on the public release. That is, until now!

A Gizmodo reader has discovered a “backdoor” that allows you to install iOS 5 on the iPhone and enjoy all of its features without having to register its UDID with Apple first…

This workaround takes advantage of a Voice Over security flaw within the activation screen. Here’s how to do it:

First, you’ll need the iOS 5 firmware, which you’ll find with a quick Google search. Now, update your device in iTunes by holding the ‘Option’ key while you click the ‘Check for Update’ button, then select your iOS 5 IPSW file. When your device reboots, you’ll be greeted by a new activation screen.

Now follow these steps:

1. Triple click the home button. This will activate Voice Over.
2. Triple click the home button and Emergency Call will appear.
3. Click on Emergency Call and, while it’s switching, swipe your three fingers down.
4. The Notification Center will appear!
5. Click on the Weather widget. The Weather app will load.
6. Click on the home button to exit to the iPhone’s springboard.

Your device should now be activated and fully functional with the iOS 5 firmware.

While this is incredibly cool, and a great way to get your hands on iOS 5 early, we don’t recommend you try this on your primary device. If anything goes wrong, you’re stuck with an iOS 5 beta that you can’t activate, and an iOS device that will be nothing more than an expensive paperweight until this Fall.

If you do try it, however, let us know how it goes.

[Cult of Mac]

  • Adrian

    Does this work on pc vista?? Would like to try this out 🙂

  • Seriously

    I’d rather wait until September and get it for free than install a buggy beta and pay some random $10 and gift you my UDID lmao

  • Ray

    Tried. iPhone 3Gs
    Worked though, BUT your mobile carriers will be DOWN, meaning you can’t dail or recieve any calls.
    WIFI works but I’ve discovered that the multitasking and notifications center doesn’t show up
    nothing came out when I swiped my fingers down.. some fancy ALARM till Fall..

  • iosdevaccess

    do not do this, it is a mess, I tried then when I noticed your phone did not work as a phone it was a pain to downgrade. I have since purchased a developer account and have a few UDID registration spots for those interested for a small fee to recoup my costs. iosdevaccess at gmail dot com

  • Chris

    Getting to ios 5 works like a charm… However, there is no way to activite cell service on an iPhone. Upgrading to ios5 is fine for an iTouch, but not for anyone who needs to get cell service.

    • Graham

      iTouch dosnt have emergency call…

  • Yomama

    Is there another way to do this on an iPod touch? Even though it doesn’t have emergency call?

  • David

    Oh nice trick! But this will surely be stopped in the next version.. to ensure future versions.. purchase here instead from this page “http://iphonebeta.com” I bought there yesterday, and they are low.. only 4 $.. cheapest I ever seen

  • Troy

    How do I install it after I activated my udid

  • right sounds weird but hold shift and point it to the IPSW file! when i tried doing shift and update it didnt work! im on Windows 7 with itunes beta 7 and i used transmac to extract the IPSW file 🙂 easy as pie! any troubles im on twitter @m3stevo

  • Jonas Selvikvåg

    I got an error when i tried it (3002), and then i pressed the reboot-button while holding down the option key and foun the same ios 5 file, but then i got another error (21)