Where are iPhone firmware files stored on my computer?

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


Hai, I restore my IPhone in reset my iphone soon after that my iphone restart, after that it only show apple icon, I cant acess inside it. So please help me to fix my problem. Is there any one who can help me? Im new user of it And accidentely I done it. please help me....I will be more thankful


any body can help me out from this error shows "firmware file is not cimpatible" while updating by itunes the ios 5.1.1...

Iphone 4 3g

Thanks, your input help a lot, finally found where it located: Location on Windows 7 & Vista: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Took me a while to look but finally found them....cool, thanks again.

I have located C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates but there is nothing in there....why do I not have the IPSW file?

I have located the C:\users\user\.......\iPhone Software Updates folder as well but there this nothing in that folder?

What gives guys?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

ispw file Download from firefox instead of intrenet exploer and download to it hope itunes hope it helps a little to late lol

go to control panel and click on personalisation the go to folder options and click on show hidden files it will open and just hit the show all files hit apply and done go to users and so on you will see it now


For Doing this simply go to your User folder or administrator's folder on the desktop or on the start menu Then click on the tools>Folder Options> Then click on view on the top and then come on to the Advanced Settings and then click on the show hidden Files and Folders and then apply it.... Then there is a folder appeared named as AppData Open it And then open the Roaming folder and then double click on the Apple Computer then iTunes then Iphone Software Updates you can paste any ispw file or any firmware version you want to install on your iphone...

You can downlaod many of firmware version by searching in www.filecrop.com
Then put the name of the firmware version you want to download for e.g iphone 4.1.ispw it will show many of unlocked and latest firmware versions you can download them free from file crop....

i want to restore my ipod wid one of the older softwares.................i hav succesfully found the .ipsw files how do i use them???

press SHIT + RESTORE and select your prefered IPSW file ...

Shift + Restore was the information that I was looking for. Thanks!

i cant find application data, Help!

i have windows 7 home premium and i've tried to find the .ipsw files but i cant seem to locate them anywhere. can someone please help? i would prefer if i could be emailed about this problem. thanks!!!

C:\Users\this will be your username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

hey im trying to downgrade my ipod touch from 4.2 to 4.1 but everytime i try to custom restore to 4.1 it says that it is not compatible i am using itunes 9 so yeah plz help i tried to follow one of those guides to make it compatible but the number it told me to change in the buildmanifest.plist was not there so yeah oh btw its a ipod touch 3g if some1 could like make the firmware for me like change the numbers for me i would be so so so so thankful my email is aluebbers@live.com plz help me! Thanks!

Thank you! This gave me exactly what I needed.

MAC: It is important to note that in order to find the iPhone Software Update folder, you must be searching through your home folder. If you look for it by way of the hard drive (i.e., "MACINTOSH HD") you will only fine iTunes plugin folder.

hi i need your help. i got a iphone3G which is on iso 4.2.1 and i want to unlock. i cant find the ipsw firmware file. all the downloads i am getting are in zipped folders. i have tried to extract the folder, rename it an also download the file from many different sites and torrents but still wont work. would be glad if you could help me. your help would be greatly appriciated. thanks

ive downloaded the file and cant find the .ipsw file anywhere, not even with redsn0w. how/where can i find the ipsw file?

Use Firefox thats how it worked for me

Thanks, i was good for me...

Thanks, it's was good for me!!

That helped SOOOO much!
Thank you times one million!!

Ive gone thru all thouse steps "Users\\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates" ...................

But in the "/iphone software updates"

it shows no info. it just says "This folder is Empty"

can anyone help?

I don't mean to be a n00b or anything, but i'm new to this stuff,
and i'm doing it on my new computer (windows vista) and I can't find
Users, I searched it on the start menu: Nothing. Can anybody help, I realy want
to jailbreak my device and I have been at this four five hours.
Plz, Thanx!

Start, computer, c:. It should be listed there.

Thank you so much, this really helped me out!

i just tried the whole deal, but after downloading firmware from ur suggested page, when i try to restore to that firmware, and after it tries to validate it, there is an error (3194 i think)
what should i do now? the current version is 4.3.3. and i want to restore it to 4.0.1..
i would appreciate any kind of help, thanks in advance :)

i have iphone4 and i took all the steps required but it keeps telling me unable to recognise specific ipws file what to do ????