Originally Published: September 19, 2013.
You can update your device over-the-air by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. However, keep in mind that the update is over 1 GB in size. The time it takes to download will depend on your internet speed.
If you prefer, you can also manually update and install iOS 7. This article will guide you through the process. But before you proceed, make sure to backup your device.
iOS 7 is compatible with iPod (5th gen and above), iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, and the iPad Mini. The iPhone 5S and 5C come with version 7.0.1 pre-installed. Here’s how to get iOS 7 on your Apple device.
Identifying GSM vs. CDMA Models
If you’re unsure whether your device is a GSM or CDMA model, you can find out by checking the model number on the back of your iPhone or iPad. For example, the model number A1387 corresponds to the iPhone 4S.
Accessing Download Links
We’ve organized the download links for different models in the table below for your convenience. Once you’ve downloaded the necessary file, proceed to the next section for manual installation.
iPad (4th Gen)
|iPad 4 (Global)||A1460||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (GSM)||A1459||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (WiFi)||A1458||Download||1.32 GB|
|iPad Mini (Global)||A1455||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (GSM)||A1454||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (WiFi)||A1432||Download||1.11 GB|
iPad (3rd Gen)
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi||A1416||Download||1.31 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (ATT)||A1430||Download||1.34 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon)||A1403||Download||1.34 GB|
iPad (2nd Gen)
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi||A1395||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)||A1396||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)||A1397||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPhone 5 (CDMA)||A1442/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
|iPhone 5 (GSM)||A1428/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
iPhone 4 / 4s
|iPhone 4s||A1387||Download||1.18 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM)||A1332||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (CDMA)||A1349||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPod touch (5th generation)||Download||1.16 GB|
Step-by-Step Guide: Manually Updating to iOS 7
Once you’ve downloaded the necessary file, follow these steps to manually update your device to iOS 7.
Open iTunes on your computer. Make sure you have the latest version installed. Then, locate and click on the iPhone (or iPad) button at the top right corner of the screen.
Hold down the Options (or Alt) key on your keyboard and click the Update button.
Navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded .ipsw file and click Open.
And that’s it! Your device will now begin the installation process.