How to Install iOS 6 Beta with iTunes 10.6.3 or Xcode 4.5 [Tutorial]

This is a handy tutorial for those who’re new to Apple development and also for those who’ve never tried their hands installing any beta version of iOS. So, if you’re new to apple dev and don’t know how one should upgrade to the new iOS 6, I’m here to guide you through the complete process and in this article, I’m going to cover two ways which are iTunes 10.6.3 and Xcode 4.5 with which you can install iOS 6 beta to your iPhone and test it up.

So, without much ado, let’s quickly drive through what you’ll need and what you’ll be doing in order to successfully run iOS 6 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

[Note]1. Getting ready[/Note]

First of all, you’ll need to register UDID of your device to your developer account. Here’s how to find UDID of your device.

1. From your main Developer Portal screen you’ll see a silver menu off to the right and the first option is iOS Provisioning Portal. Click on it.

2. In the left navigation pane, click on Devices

3. This is where you will add all your iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Tap on Upload Devices and enter the UDIDs and a short description such as the device type and owner’s name. When you’re done, save your list by hitting Submit.

You’re done with the initial process. Now, it’s time to download the iOS 6 beta version from the developer account. Let’s go through it.

[Note]2. Download iOS software[/Note]

1. Log in to the Apple Developer portal with your login and navigate to the iOS section.

2. At the top toggle to the iOS 6 SDK beta section and click on Downloads.

3. Download the firmware file having extensions .ipsw for the respected device on which you’re going to install the iOS 6 and move ahead to the next step. Be sure to download the correct versions for your test iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.

You’re now ready to install the iOS 6 beta onto your iDevice. For this, you’ll need the latest version of iTunes i.e 10.6.3 or Xcode 4.5 developer preview. If you don’t have the latest version, simply update your software and you shall have it. I recommend that developers use the Xcode method while app testers are probably okay using the iTunes method unless the developer would prefer you to use Xcode to submit feedback.

[Note]Install iOS 6 using Xcode 4.5 Method[/Note]

1. Run Xcode 4.5. In Xcode, under software version, you’ll need to choose Other version

2. After the 1st step, you’ll be asked to navigate to the .ispw file which you’ve downloaded from the Apple developer site in the previous block of steps. Navigate it, Select it and click Restore iPhone.

3. A warning will pop up telling you all data will be erased. Agree and your device will be restored to the beta version. You can then restore from a backup in iTunes or from iCloud like you normally would.

Let the process finish and congratulations, your device shall be having iOS 6 beta now!

[Note]Install iOS 6 beta via iTunes 10.6.3[/Note]

This is also a simple method which just need the latest version of iTunes which is 10.6.3. Make sure you’re updated with it. You can also download it from Apple’s website.

1. Open iTunes 10.6.3 after you’ve installed it and plug in the device you’d like to install iOS 6 beta to.

2. Choose your device from the left navigation pane. You’ll see a Restore button. Hold down Alt+option (or Ctrl for PC users) and click Restore.

3. A file browser window will pop up. Navigate to the iOS 6 beta firmware file you would like to install onto your device.

4. iTunes will now begin process to update your device with the latest iOS 6. Once done, your device shall be running on iOS 6 beta! Congratulations.

Note : Either of the method written above can get you to run the new iOS 6 beta and it’s only upto your to decide which method you’ll be updating your device with. In my personal opinion, I’d go with the 2nd method i.e iTunes method.

Thanks for joining with us today. Have an awesome time using iOS 6 and do let me know if you find any difficulty installing iOS 6 on your device. Share the page if it helps. Thanks. P.S. If you don’t have a Developer account, here’s how to install iOS 6 without UDID registration.

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