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How to Activate iOS 5b3 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Without Registered UDID?

If you have been keeping up with Apple news lately, then you probably know that the Cupertino giant just rolled out their third pre-release version of its next major mobile operating system, the iOS 5. And as per usual with all other iOS betas, iOS Beta 3 is only accessible to those who have an account with Apple's iOS Dev Center. But since people can be very resourceful, the iOS 5 Beta IPSW found its way across all sorts of file sharing websites. But even if you have the firmware, you will still have to supply a registered UDID which needs a developer account in order to get past the system's built-in activation. But just like Beta 1 and 2, someone has found a workaround.

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This guide is posted here in Jaxov for educational purposes only. We do NOT recommend in any way that you install iOS betas in a non-registered, non-developer device. There is always the risk that it could damage your device or end up with an unusable one until the next fix comes around. So don't say we didn't warn you. This method also involves calling an emergency number which we really do not condone, not to mention that it could potentially get you in legal trouble. So proceed at your own risk.

Steps on How to Activate iOS 5 Beta 3 on iPhone Without UDID:

  1. Download the iOS 5 Beta 3 IPSW and install it in your iPhone.
  2. Boot up your iPhone and perform "Slide to Setup" as instructed.
  3. Once you see the Language Selection menu, quickly press the Home button 3 times which will bring up Voice Over. Then again, quickly press Home 3 times and this time you should see the Emergency Call option if done correctly. Tap on it.
  4. Now you will be presented with the dialer. Dial 112 which would quickly bring you to the call screen. Once the call screen pops up, quickly tap on Contacts in order to quickly end the call.
  5. Now press the Home button and navigate over to the Home screen. You iPhone should be now activated.

Steps on How to Activate iOS 5 Beta 3 on iPad and iPod touch Without UDID:

  1. First you will need to restore your iPad or iPod touch to iOS 5. Having done so, put in under Recovery Mode.
  2. Now unplug the device from your PC or Mac and shut it off.
  3. Now plug it back into your computer and let it turn on.
  4. Once your iPad or iPod touch turns on, you should shortly see the Setup screen which says "iPad" or "iPod" depending on your device. Once you do, put your device to Sleep mode by hitting the power button. Hit the Power button to turn it back on.
  5. Now instead of the usual iOS 5 Setup screen, you should be seeing the standard iOS bubbles. Now press the Home button 3 times which would bring up the Voice Over.
  6. Unlock your device by sliding. You should see the time on the top right of the screen , tap on it. You device should start reading the time for you through Voice Over, while it is doing so, slide down your three fingers from the status to bring up the Notifications Center.
  7. In the Notifications Center, tap on the weather widget followed by pressing the Home button. If done correctly, your iPad or iPod should now be activated.

For those who are trying out this workaround, keep in mind that the iOS 5 is currently in Beta for a reason. Early iOS builds are filled with bugs and some features might not work properly which is why they are recommended for more advanced users. If you want to get access to iOS betas, then you can always do so the legit way. Just head over to Apple's iOS Dev Center and enroll for an account. Aside from the annual fee of $99, there are no other requirements in order to qualify.

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    ankit10 years, 2 months ago

    hey,i cannot get standard ios bubbles,i have followed the steps but still get setup screen,and i tried many times to get notification center by sliding downn three fingers..its not happening..,help me please

      Pramod10 years, 2 months ago

      Update to iOS 5b4 instead and read this to get yourself activated on the same w/o the need for a Dev a/c.

    aaron10 years, 3 months ago

    does this render the phone’s
    sim to network unusable… like beat one did???

      Pramod10 years, 2 months ago

      Yes. As long as your not a part of the iOS dev program, you do not have a valid UDID registration with Apple. Therefore, this is only a work around & you’ll not have any calling/messaging functionality on your iPhone. This works best on an iPT3G/4G.

    jose10 years, 3 months ago

    what do you mean by putting it into recovery mode? how would you do that?

      Pramod10 years, 3 months ago

      Follow this to put your iDevice in the Recovery Mode:
      Step 1: Open iTunes and connect the iPhone via USB.
      Step 2: Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
      Step 3: Continue holding the both buttons until your iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

    daniel10 years, 3 months ago

    hi.. i`m using itunes 10.5 beta 3 to restore ios5 b3.. but i got a “firmware is not compatible” error popup when starting to restore my 4.3.3 ipad 1..

      Pramod10 years, 3 months ago

      Are you sure that you have downloaded the iOS5b3 IPSW for the iPad 1? Probably not.