Where are iPhone firmware files stored on my computer?

Apple doesn't go out of it's way to tell you where iTunes stores the firmware files it downloads before it updates your iPhone. Should you ever need to access these files, it helps to know where to find them.

Firmware files have an .ipsw extension and can be found at the following locations:

On Windows XP :
Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

On Windows Vista/Windows 7:
Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

On Mac:
~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates


Would itunes detect the latest firmware if i download the firmware manually (through some download manager) and put it on the given location.
( Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates ).

Your help is appreciated.

Yes it would. I've just probe it. Good luck! Gonzalo

There is no need to put it there - you could just click 'Update' with alt button pressed - and iTunes will allow you to choose firmware (*.ispw file) explicitly

Where do you click update at

every time i download a firmware in zip mode it wont let me open it,it says do u want to save without encryotion?and when i say yes the firmware is not there

every time i download a firmware in zip mode it wont let me open it,it says do u want to save without encryotion?and when i say yes the firmware is not there

hey just rename the extension as .ispw and then it will recognise it as the correct firmwere

the ipsw file can jour download at: http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

THANK YOU SO MUCH...BUT...
I have downloaded the zip file but it full of DMG and IMG files and these cannot be recognised by itunes....wen i tried to change the extension from ZIP to IPSW, i got an error message said the update is not compatible. how I badly need an IPSW file for 3G iOS 3.1.3 bse i upgraded to 4.0 and now I cant use any sim card in my country (uganda).
is there a simple I can unlock the 4.O iOS and continue using my iPhone. thanks

i have the smae problem, did u find our how to solve it?

I know it's 6 months later, but did you ever figure out this problem? I have the same one and can't make the firmware open with redsnow.

i did evry thing u sed and it stell dont show up in itunes if u can hellp me pleass e mail me at ultra_man420@yahoo.com are face book me

Put it in ufd mode and then find the host file remove it ...... Try back again

That is hold the SHIFT button in Windows 7. Not the ALT button.

i really need help had an unlocked n jailbroken iphone n i updated it 2 ios4 thnkn it was easy 2 find my firmware but i cant n i really need help

hey lok if your still looking for your firmwire you can download it agen by going to this web sight
www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

can u pleass tell me step by step on how to do this i have widows 7 and evry thing i try is not working it stell want show up in itunes

You can Just hold shift and select the software update that you downloaded manually..

thank you very much , that helped alot

thank you

Good morning,

Thank you very much, I was looking for it without hope.

Regards,
Mohamed

where's documents and settings? lol sorry i can't find it.. ?

I guess your on Vista or Win 7, try Users instead of Documents and Settings.

For Win 7: (Make Sure You can SEE ALL HIDDEN Folders from the Menu Bar and TOOLs - Thats the ONLY way to see AppData folder)

C:\Users\( The name of the main profile)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Example: If It's Joe PC

C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

I tried to shown all hidden folders under my username under C:// and it told me access denied for APPDATA after I allowed the permissions.

when i got to Apple Computer\iTunes it does not come up with iphone software updates any ideas on how to find it elsewhere

you make my day brother /... thnx

For Win 7: (Note You have to be able to see All Hidden Files and Folders, thats the ONLY way to see the folder AppData)

C:\Users\(Main User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

For Example: If It's Joe's PC

C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

I can't find iPhone Software Updates folder.

Hi mate,
in windows 7 you can find it in
C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Hope it helped you