How To Upgrade to iOS 6 – Updated

Posted by Matthew Snider with 16 Comments

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Apple announced yesterday, it’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. Make sure to check out our Hands on of iOS 6.

The web is buzzing, the Twittersphere is dropping hashtags everywhere, and Geekfori has upgraded to iOS 6 to give you a behind the scenes look at Apple’s latest iOS.

We wanted to make sure everyone knew what was required and how to actually upgrade before we gave you all a preview. Have you installed a beta before?

iOS 6 is a beta software. Beta means that you install and use at your own risk in hopes of reporting all bugs and ideas back to Apple to better the product.

I am not sure the second part of that statement actually happens, but we can hope right!?

***Update*** For those of you here looking for the way to upgrade now that iOS 6 has been released – here you are!

Hit up your Settings app and navigate to General.

Once there, tap Software Update. Your iDevice will automatically start checking to see if your software is up to date.


After a few moments, it will tell you that iOS 6 is available and ask you if you want to download it. It will give you a message about plugging in your iDevice or leaving it unplugged.

It is your choice, I always plug in my iPhone, just in case.

As with ALL updates, PLEASE make a backup!


There are two ways to upgrade to iOS 6 at this point, and both require your UDID. A UDID is a “Unique Device Identifierand something only your device has. Your iPhone and iPad have their own UDID’s and that is what is needed to contact Apple to upgrade to iOS 6.

Here is how to get the UDID off your iDevice:

Option 1:

You can head over to the AppStore and download a great little utility from the famous Erica Sudan named Ad Hoc Helper. Launch this little gem and enter your email address. It sends your UDID from your iDevice to your email.

Option 2:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select your iDevice when it appears in the left column.
  3. Click the Summary tab. The serial number will display to the right of the photo of your iDevice
  4. Click Serial Number, and the Identifier (UDID) will appear


Once you have your UDID you will need to give it to a Developer to add to their account or add it to your device list on your own account.

The account will have a list of the beta files to download according to your device.

Once you have the ipsw files, you connect your iDevice back to iTunes. From the main page, you will need to hold down the “alt” key and click on restore. This will bring up a file explorer window for you to locate the ipsw file.

Click on the ipsw and be patient. Apple will validate your UDID and allow your iDevice to full restore to this new build of iOS 6.

It really is that easy!

Are you running iOS 6? Why not?

Matthew Snider

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Matthew is the Editor-In-Chief, and founder of Geek for i. He has produced such posts as Top 5 iPhone Apps For The BathroomMac or PC and many more. His love for iDevices started back when he purchased the original iPhone.

16 responses to How To Upgrade to iOS 6 – Updated

  1. Lucien Berezowski June 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Hi if anyone could register my UDID, I would be thankfull

    Please contact me

    • Sorry Lucien we won’t be able to help you out on this one. I wouldn’t go posting your UDID around the net either. Apple has started cracking down and banning UDIDs from all upgrades in the last 10 to 12 months.

  2. sorry for the stupid question but i have downloaded the dmg file from Apple but can’t seem to find any ipsw files?


    • Ben the dmg file is a “zipped” file containing the IPSW. You will need to double click on the dmg to “open” it and then put the IPSW somewhere you can access it.

      • sorted! it kept on launching itunes but i couldn’t work out what to do next. Restoring iphone as i type now, many thanks for the quick reply.


  3. brianfalexander June 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’m installing it right now. Hope it works! :)

  4. I’m not installing iOS 6 simply becuase I don’t know any developers. lol

  5. It is incredibly easy I did it already, do not hit restore, hit update or else it will not work

  6. Erick Rodriguez June 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Can you add my UDID to your account? :)

  7. What are developers and how can i find one? My iphone is not jailbroken.

  8. Hi,
    I`ve seen at the Apple page that the IOS 6 is available (the “coming soon” logo disapeared).
    But i can only find the Update to IOS 5 option there.
    Do you guys know if it`s avalable from itunes, i mean only click on Check for updates and Itunes will officialy update my iphone?
    Sorry for the question but i don`t have a pc at hand right now to try it.

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