IPSW Location For Windows

Whenever you update your iPhone, iPad and iPod via your iTunes, an IPSW file is downloaded onto your computer. If you know this path, its useful you can manually download the IPSW file for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via your IDM and can place in this folder if you are having some problem in downloading them via your iTunes. After placing the correct IPSW file in the exact folder, you can upgrade your device without the need of downloading the file directly from the iTunes, since iTunes will now detects the most recent file in that folder, so it will not ask you to download the file again from the Apple Servers via iTunes Downloader.


IPSW Location For Windows, Mac

IPSW location For Mac OS X

For MAC OS X, the IPSW file is located under the home directory.



Note that this location depends on the device you are using with the iTunse. So different locations depending on your device could be :


~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
~/Library/iTunes/iPad Software Updates
~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates

IPSW location For Windows


Basically in Windows, actual location of the IPSW file depends on your username and the version of Windows you are using. Here are the locations for the IPSW files depending on the version of Windows you are using.

  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
  • Windows Vista & Windows 7: \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
  • Windows 8 / Windows 8.1: \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Where can I download IPSW files?

You can download the new IPSW files directly  hosted from Apple servers. Here are the links from which you can download the IPSW files according to your devices.


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