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Apple’s just let iOS 7 out of the cage (what, you haven’t heard?). Although the firm initially released the software as an over-the-air update weighing in at 1+ gigabyte, some folks like yours truly prefer starting afresh with each major new iOS release.

There are plenty of reasons to do that, from getting rid of the junk amassed from previous updates for maximum speed to rethinking which apps to install and how you want your devices set up. If you’re going to do a clean install, you’re going to need direct download links for iOS 7 that I’ve included for your pleasure right after the break…

You can grab a firmware update for your device from the iDB Download page.

Please know that download links for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are for the iOS 7.0.1 version, not iOS 7.0. People who are jailbroken should steer away from iOS 7 until we receive more information on the state of the iOS 7 jailbreak.

The iDB Download page also contains links to past iOS firmwares, in addition to indispensable jailbreak tools and much more so give it a thorough read.

If you’re going to do a clean install of iOS 7, you’ll need the appropriate firmware file and the latest iTunes version 11.1 with support for iOS 7 installations and syncing.

Cody has a couple advices for those looking to upgrade their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 7, like saving your SHSH blobs and checking device compatibility. Performing a clean install requires backing up your device beforehand so do check out my guide on installing iOS 7 to ensure a hassle-free experience.

iOS 7 teaser (iPhone 5s ad 003)

Furthermore, Sebastien’s done a nice write-up listing every new feature and improvement in iOS 7, big and small alike, and Cody is busy adding notable third-party apps to our running list of major iOS 7 app updates.

Finally, Apple on its part posted the official iPod touch and iPad User Guide for iOS 7 in the form of free electronic books on the iBookstore.

  • iavengers

    Not available

    • Todd Sorensen

      Says 9 hours remaining. Fast!

      • ܔܛܔܔܔܛ ܛܔܔܔܛ

        Bitch plz

    • Jose Antonio Gomez

      Same here, 4 hours of download for this… It sucks

  • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

    If i have a gevey sim (gogua) instaled on my iphone 5, and i want to update from 6.1.4 to 7 it will work without the reconfiguration of it? Please let me know if anybody knows that thing.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • Joshua Catimpo

      probably wont work because they update the baseband from what i know. and gevey sims works on certain basebands, correct?

    • Fardeen Beharry

      works well on iphone 4s, better wait for confirmation for 5

      • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

        work without the reconfiguration of the gevey sim?Or do you need to reconfigure the gevey sim after you make the update.


      • Fardeen Beharry

        it worked well without any reconfiguration, but i had to manually change the message center again to be able to send message, after that, all was fine

      • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

        Can you be more specific?Do you have goguo gevey sim?

      • Fardeen Beharry

        i use Gevey Ultra-S V2.02

      • Guest

        will try and see

    • Neagu Dan

      Ai reusit silviu ?

      • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

        Da a mers fara probleme. A luat semnal instant.

      • Neagu Dan

        cand ii fac update trebuie sa scot gevey-ul ?

      • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

        Nu trebuie

    • Kenji.serpent

      Me too, i use GOGUO i-5n v6.12 to unlock my iphone 5 locked sprint, i wanna upgrade to ios7 but m not sure whether it will work (3G coverage, message) or not

    • Kenji.serpent

      I saw GOGUO unlock sim’s home page, they said GOGUO i-5n work with ios7, but there’s no new post about ios7.0.2,.

  • kayla


  • Jonathan

    iDB, I love you.

    • amilwani

      mutual feelings

  • Fardeen Beharry

    for those who are asking, gevey works fine on iphone 4s

    • Raza Chatha

      what about iphone 5?

  • samosa king

    Please don’t update to iOS 7.0 on an iPhone 4. It lags way too much and is barely usable. @winocm even agrees with me as well. Heed my warning. Save your 6.1.3 SHSH Blobs as well using iFaith.

    • Qasim Bashir

      I am running iOS 7 on iPhone 4 & its running perfectly

    • Dongtaes

      How do I get SHSH Blobs for ios 6.1.3? I’m on iOS 6.1?

      • leart za jmi

        Download iFaith and follow the instructions, 1 minute job, dont need to be in 6.1.3 , but you have to do it now till the window of 6.1.3 is still open

    • blupp1

      iOS 7 runns way better than iOS6 for me on my iphone 4.

  • kayla

    Is everyone downloading the GM?

    • amilwani

      no y would anyone. makes no sense

      • kayla


  • disqus_njH2bSrOTv

    too late

  • James

    For those wondering about updating from 7.0 GM to the 7.0 PR, I can tell you that the GM version I installed a week ago has the same build number as the one on iDB’s direct link download page (11A465).

    • James

      That is for the Verizon iPhone 5.

    • Jason Duong

      Thank you James. =]

  • chumawumba

    Everyone knows apple throttles speed on non flagship devices to make you want to buy a new one

    • Rowan09

      I have an iPhone 4 on IOS 6 so I don’t believe that theory.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      iOS 7 is as fast, if not faster, then iOS 6 or 5 on my 4S. That theory is completely unfounded and just a bunch of crap.

  • Raza Chatha

    Someone please say yes ios 7 works fine with gevey sim on iphone 5… please

    • James


    • Cameron Nelms

      It works

      • Raza Chatha

        can you please tell exactly what u did?

      • Cameron Nelms

        it just worked, try taking it out and put it back in, then wait a little bit

      • Raza Chatha

        alrite thanks.

      • Neagu Dan

        you install the IOS 7 with or without the Gevey Sim in device ?

      • Cameron Nelms


      • zeshan

        plz tel me can i update my iphone 4s with gevey goguo ? to ios7

  • Josue Juarez

    does it matter which ios 7 version I download I have an iPhone 5 from sprint model A1429?

  • Dickbag

    Can’t activate…

    • J M

      Yup, activation failing here for me too. Says it can’t reach the activation server. Apple what is going on with you? You have had so long to prepare for what you knew was going to be a flood of activations and people downloading this…

      • Dickbag

        It’s the same thing every time. You know beforehand it’s gonna be trouble but still you go through with it. Might as well punch myself in the nuts.

      • Gal916

        Same here ! 🙁

  • Kartik Dhawan

    Damn slow server?
    Download from idb

  • Dharam

    Hi can someone help me not sure if I have the GM version or the final public release how can i check which one i have?

  • Help

    WTF? Someone tell me another place to download direct. All these blog sites are using apple’s official server to DDL and it says fkin 10 hours…My internet is fast as fk so i know its not me… Also after about 1 – 3 Mins the DL just stops at goes to 0 mbps…

    • Rick Hart

      I just downloaded it from idb download page in 15 mins tethered to my Verizon i5

  • Kaptivator

    Ill wait till tomorrow…

  • Richard A Forero D

    i restore my iphone 4s to ios 7 , and i get stuck on “could not activate iPhone ” server cannot be reached , and thru iTunes get same error, what should i do?

    • Richard A Forero D

      no one knows?

      • Nuno123

        I guess you have to keep trying… it’s all messed up thanks to Apple!

      • James

        Try downloading the GM…it’s apparently the same. That’s what I’ve been using for over a week and I’ve had no problems.

  • Catas

    Anybody else having issues with activating iphone after update? It says that activation servers can’t be reached

  • Trevor Salmon

    Good heavens there is some major lag with iOS 7 on the iPad 3rd generation. Anybody else experiencing this? Setting wallpapers takes so much longer then usual. its not responsive at times when doing so.

    • SkyFall

      Just a question. Does the iPad 3 still not have the Blur Effects?

  • Nuno123

    After 2 hours and 20 min of trying i’m stuck in the apple logo… it’s taking a lot of time to install… iPhone 4 via OTA!

    • Core

      thats dumb what are ya doin

      • Nuno123

        Why expert?

    • Nuno123

      It’s done finally… a bit lagy but no more that in ios6… i’ll have to do more tests!

      • Core

        what alot more than ios 6

  • Gus Me

    Patience! You’ve waited this long, what’s another day or try and download it overnight.

    • H_ngm_n

      Downloading is hardly the issue. Activating is where the servers are unresponsive. Restoring to iOS6 after a failed iOS7 activation leaves you with a phone that is equally DOA.

      Software engineering genius right there… (this is why you give software an activation window over several days, instead of requiring instant activation)

      • Rick Hart


  • Omid Lotfi

    Im on ios 7 beta 6, can i just update to ios 7 public release or do i have to do something before

  • T.C. ilhan yılmaz

    Still the same f**ng activation issue. They earn billions but use crappy servers…

    • iThinkergoiMac

      The amount of people trying to update all at the same time would hugely strain the most robust server system in the world. The fact that more problems haven’t come up speaks more to how good their servers are.

  • Gal916

    YESSSSSSS finally ACTIVATED !!!! DAMN 2 hours wasted !

  • Khaled AlYoussef

    I can’t activate my iPhone 7 iOS7 why ????!!!!!

    • Khaled AlYoussef

      iPhone 4

    • Gal916

      Servers overload try again and again……

  • Guest

    ….*snifff* my ipod 4g’s life is finally over……

  • David

    *snifff* my ipod 4g’s life is now over… let it rest in peace…..

  • Mohammad Abdelwahab

    Hello 🙂

    Is OTA update is different than the direct download method?

    I see the direct link’s .ispw is 1.3 Giga whilst the OTA’s update is 900 mega.

    What is the difference between the two methods?

  • Frank Ding

    I’m jailbroken on iOS 6, and I’m having a hard time updating. it keeps saying i am losing connection (when I am connected to ethernet) and when it finally does complete downloading, it tells me that the file was corrupted while downloading. Anybody have ideas?
    –Edit– I tried it 2 more times, and it worked. Never mind!

  • Z3r0ViP

    how do they get these link, anywa? I’m just curious

  • Raza Chatha

    i am pretty sure that i downloaded the corrent version its iPhone5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore but my itunes keep saying its not the correct firmware file….

  • Jad

    Im having trouble connecting my iPhone to iTunes!! Whenever I connect it an error occurs saying “could not allocate resource”. I looked up for any solutions and it mentioned to delete the files located in /var/db/lockdown, but this didn’t work. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • kanchisathvikreddy

    Downloaded ios 7 for iPad 3 GSM from iDB , it says file corrupt error during installation, downloading through iTunes is a pain in low internet bandwidth areas. i wonder anyone getting the same error message

  • LeangBunthai

    I just update my iPad 3 to version 7 everything smooth but only the one thing that I face is changing wallpaper. All the time when I change wallpaper my iPad did work smooth for a few minute.

  • OfficialMJS

    hye all.. how to install the ios 7 for iphone 3GS? any suggestion or recommendation or alternate solution?

    • asma

      my iphone 4 is not working with gevey sim:((((((((( after ios7 update….pl any bdy helpppp