Today, quickly following the conclusion of Apple’s WWDC keynote, the company issued the first beta iteration of iOS 9 to registered developers: iOS 9.0 beta 1 (also, as of July 8th, 2015, iOS 9 beta 5 is now available). While Apple typically restricts beta restores to devices with their 40-character UDIDs (Unique Device Identifiers) registered through an Apple developer account, a long-standing flaw exists within iTunes that affects how the program validates beta restores. In other words, it’s possible for any device to install iOS 9 beta without the need for a developer account.
To preface, this method of updating to Apple’s latest beta firmware is intended for educational purposes only to highlight a rather glaring security flaw in their update system.
iOS 9 Beta 5 or Public Beta 3 and Review!
Install iOS 9 Beta Update: Prerequisites
Update 3: On July 21st, 2015 (approximately two weeks after the launch of Apple Music), the company seeded iOS 9 beta 5 to registered developers. As expected, this educational article still applies to the new 9.0 beta 5.
Also, three things must be taken into consideration. Firstly, once updated to iOS 9, none of the personal data accumulated on the firmware will be restorable if you later opt to downgrade to iOS 8.3 – in other words, use iCloud for backups.
Secondly, connecting to iTunes once your device has been updated will trigger activation issues, stick to Apple’s cloud-based services.
Finally, when proceeding with a iOS 9 beta update, you assume full legal responsibility when it comes to obtaining and installing the firmware.
How to Install iOS 9 Beta 5 Update Without UDID
Without further ado, in addition to watching my above video to aid you in the process of updating to iOS 9 beta 5 (for educational purposes only), the following brief written writeup will ensure a successful iOS 9 update.
Step 1. Plug your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into your computer via a standard USB cable, launch itunes and initiate a backup.
Step 2. Once said backup has finished, restore your device to iOS 8.4 and restore from the backup that was created during the first step.
Step 3. With the latest version of iTunes installed, hold down the option (alt) key on a Mac or the shift key on a Windows computer and left click the “Check for Update” button. From there, simply point the selector at the proper iOS 9 beta 5 IPSW for your device and continue through the automated process.
iOS 9 Public Beta 3
Alternatively, feel free to install iOS 9 public beta 3, which contains 0 activation threats and is identical to iOS 9 beta 5. Watch the above beta 5 video for details on the public iOS 9 build.
1. Navigate to Apple’s public beta portal and return to this post.
2. Ensure your device is running iOS 8.1.3 or higher.
Note: If you’re Jailbroken, you’ll need to restore to iOS 8.4 (simply connect to iTunes, backup, restore to iOS 8.4 and restore from your backup), as OTA updates are completely incompatible with Jailbroken devices.
3. Tap this link, sign in with your Apple ID and tap the button to install the iOS 9 Public Beta Configuration Profile.
4. Reboot your device when prompted, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the basic on-screen process to update to iOS 9 Public Beta 3!
Congratulations, after having completed three simple steps, and watching my above video, you’ve successfully installed iOS 9 beta (for educational purposes).
Install Past iOS 9 Betas
Update 2: Following the release of iOS 8.4 and Apple Music last week, Apple seeded iOS 9 beta 4 to registered developers on July 21st.
Update: iOS 9 beta 3 was released on July 8th – this guide is still applicable to the latest 9.0 beta 3 build – see ‘Update 3‘ for details on iOS 9 beta 5.
iOS 9 Beta 5 Downloads
- Download iTunes for PC and Mac.
- Download iOS 9 IPSW from a separate source (due to Apple’s ownership of iOS 9, we are not providing direct download links)
- The above link can also be utilized to register your device’s UDID for official developer update access.
Thank you for following my latest iOS beta update guide and stay tuned for additional details concerning not only subsequent installments to iOS 9, but also for updates on new TaiG and Pangu jailbreak utilities.