Fix iOS 7 beta activation errors

Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Charmed, Anonymous, Eng

Updating your iPhone from iOS 6 to iOS 7 for either testing or development purposes may mean being confronted with the issue of activation errors. This won't be due to an error on your part, it's actually Apple performing routine checks on the UDID of the device to make sure it is registered under a legitimate developer account.

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You are not alone in experiencing this problem because many users have gone through the same thing when they tinkered with devices that had not been on beta before. So to help you and all the others with the same problem, here are steps you can take to fix iOS 7 beta activation errors. Keep in mind that the recommended steps only apply to devices with legit UDID.

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Downgrade to iOS 6

The good thing when upgrading to the iOS 7 is that if it malfunctions, there is the convenient option of downgrading back to iOS 6.1.4 or iOS 6.1.3. To be able to do this, follow these step-by-step instructions

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  1. 1
    Download iOS 6.1.3 or iOS 6.1.4 firmware for iPhone 5 on your desktop.
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  2. 2
    Connect the iOS gadget with installed iOS 7 to your computer.
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    Open iTunes and select your device.
    On the Restore button, press shift + click in Windows.
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  4. 4
    Select the firmware iOS 6.1.3 or iOS 6.1.4 you earlier downloaded in Step 1.
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    Wait for the device to downgrade back to a previous version of iOS 6.
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Take note that downgrading to the latest firmware is only possible for iOS on an A5 gadget with SHSH blobs.

Update to iOS 7

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By now, you've seen that the activation error originated when the Restore option in iTunes was clicked instead of the Update option when iOS 7 was installed. Once you are done downgrading to iOS 6, you can update back to iOS 7 beta by following this set of instructions

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    Connect the device to your computer and launch iTunes.
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  2. 2
    Select Device options.
    If you're using Mac, hold down Alt+option before clicking the Update (not Restore) button. If you're on Windows, hold down the shift key, then hit the Update button.
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    Navigate to the current folder and select the iOS beta file.
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    Leave iTunes to do the work of updating your device to iOS 7 beta version without any problems on activation.
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That's how easy it is. After you follow these steps, your device will boot normally with a functioning iOS 7. Remember, these steps will only be effective for users with legitimate UDID on file. The method will not work on any device that is not authorized to install the beta.

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Backup your device before upgrading to iOS 7. You can use iCloud service like Dropbox or you can connect the device to a computer then backup your files in iTunes.
  • Always read the Terms and Conditions, taking care to study the fine print and understand important clauses before clicking Agree.
  • Keep the device plugged in while downloading; it will automatically restart once iOS 7 is completely installed.
  • iOS 7 is getting a reputation for being battery hungry. To save battery life, turn off some apps by going to Settings or Control Center then select the apps.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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