A handful of iOS users who obtained a copy of the iOS7 beta by unofficial means, and who still have not upgraded to the public release, have been hit with a massive deactivation of their devices tonight. Luckily, us here at Gadgetsteria are here to assist those of you who are no longer able to use your devices as intended.
Operation Fix Your Phone
1) First thing, you need to do is stop worrying. We have you covered. Your device is fine, it was a simple mistake, and showcases why Apple only wants developers to run these beta builds.
2) First you are going to want to download the firmware for iOS 7.0.2; this is the latest build of iOS 7 that Apple has released. You will be downloading this (Links are below), as we will be performing a manual update.
3) Once you have completed the download, plug your device into your computer, and open iTunes.
4) Once in iTunes, go to your device, if you are using a PC hold the SHIFT KEY and click Update. If you are (thankfully) on a Mac, you will hold the OPTION KEY while pressing the Update button. It will open up an explorer window, locate the file you downloaded and let the good times roll.
Update: A reader from Twitter pointed out, that you may get denied the update due to Find my iPhone being enabled. While this is a way Apple is assisting in helping phone thieves, from erasing your phone to resell, there is a way to bypass it. Disconnect your phone from your computer, then turn it off. While it is off, hold the home button, as you reconnect to your computer. This will put your device into “Recovery Mode”, and overlooks the Find my iPhone issue.
Update 2: Please for the love of all things holy, please stop using Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer to do anything online is bound to result in errors; for this instance, it downloads the firmware as a zip file, because it’s that great of a browser. Please use a browser like Chrome or Firefox, thanks!
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