iOS 7 Download Links and Installation Steps

Originally Published: September 19, 2013.

Apple’s latest iOS version, iOS 7, is now available for download. If you’re new to it, there are several features and tips you should be aware of.

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.

Identifying Apple device model numbers

Note: For additional help with identifying models, visit Apple’s support pages for iPhone and iPad. You can also refer to this comprehensive list of model numbers.

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

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

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

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.

  1. 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.

    Navigating to iPhone on iTunes
  2. Hold down the Options (or Alt) key on your keyboard and click the Update button.

    Clicking Update in iTunes
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded .ipsw file and click Open.

    Locating the .ipsw file

And that’s it! Your device will now begin the installation process.