Where does iTunes store the firmware downloaded from iPhone, iPad?

Open Apple IPSW file

From the first version of iPhone OS, the files or firmware of an iOS device has the extension .ipsw (iPhone Software). One way to explain what a .ipsw file is would be to say that it is the disk images of an operating system for an iOS device. In some Mac programs, the disk image is a .dmg, in many other programs these images arrive in .iso format and, although they are not going to be recorded on a disk, these types of images for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is the .ipsw files.

As firmware or operating system that they are, .ipws files will be necessary to update or restore an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad from iTunes, so we can only open them with the native Apple player, both on Mac and Windows computers (not available for Linux). With this explained, there is still much to explain and in the rest of this post we will try to solve all your doubts regarding the firmwares of iOS devices.

Where to save iTunes firmwares

As different operating systems are, when iTunes downloads firmware for an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, it does so in different routes depending on whether we have downloaded it on Mac or Windows. The routes will be the following:

On Mac

IOS Firmware Path on Mac

~ / Library / iTunes / iPhone Software Updates

In order to access this folder, we have to open the Finder, click on the Go menu and press the ALT key, which will make the Library.

Show library folder in OS X

On windows

Path of iOS updates on Windows

C: / users / [Username] / AppData / Roaming / Apple Computer / iTunes / iPhone Software Updates

In Windows the folders will be hidden, so we will have to enable "Show hidden folders" or simply copy and paste the path in the address bar of the File Browser.

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How to open an IPSW in iTunes

Open iPhone or iPad IPSW firmware

Even if the .ipsw files are for iTunes only, will not open automatically if we double click on them. To open them we will have to do the following:

On Mac

  1. We open iTunes
  2. We select our device from the upper left.
  3. And this is where the important thing comes: we press the ALT key and click Restore or Update.
  4. We look for the .ipsw file and accept.
Open Apple IPSW file
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On windows

In Windows the process is almost traced, with the only difference that we will have to replace the ALT key with Shift (capital letter). For everything else, the process is exact to that of Mac.

How to know if Apple is still signing an iOS version

Check if Apple signs an iOS version

Although it is true that in Actualidad iPhone we usually notify when they stop signing an iOS version, it is also true that we may want to know the status of a version of which we have published an article for a long time. The best way to know if Apple signs an iOS version is the following

  1. Let's go to the website ipsw.me
  2. We select the firmware for our device
  3. We display the firmware menu and, in that same section, we will see in green if that version of iOS is still signed. Easier impossible.

On the same website we can also access the "Signed Firmwares" section or directly by clicking on this link. Once on that web page, we only have to choose our device and check if Apple continues to sign the version that interests us.

Where to download any version of iOS for iPhone or iPad

Download any version of iOS

A very good and updated website recently closed from where we could download any firmware or Apple operating system, as well as find out if a firmware was still being signed. In any case, in addition to the previous website, we always have the classic and easy-to-remember option of getios. It's easy to remember because it's "get iOS" in English (Get iOS) .com. In getios.com we will have available all the firmwares that we may need. In fact, there are some available that are no longer signed, so it is 100% sure that we will be able to download any firmware for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV that continues to be signed.

Where to download the latest version of iTunes

Web to download iTunes

On Mac, iTunes is installed by default. In any case, we can always remove it by mistake or for some reason, for which we would have to reinstall it. For this, it will be enough that we go to the iTunes official website   and download it. The same website is valid for both Mac and Windows and will offer us the download of one or another version depending on the system from which we visit the web.

If we want to download a different version, we just have to scroll down and select "Get iTunes for Windows" for Windows or "Get iTunes for Mac" to download the version for OS X.

Remember that it is very important update iTunes to be able to install the latest versions of iOS on our iPhone or iPad, therefore, we will explain how it is done below.

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How to update iTunes

IMEI in iTunes

If we want to use a new function or make sure we are using the latest version of iTunes, we will have to check if we are using the most updated version. Here's how to update iTunes on both Windows and Mac:

  • To update iTunes on Mac, just open the Mac App Store and enter the Updates section. On the other hand, if we have automatic updates activated, we will receive a notification that an update is available. If we accept the notification, it will download and install it automatically.
  • If we want to update iTunes in Windows it also says that it updates automatically but, since I don't use it much either, I'm not entirely sure. What I do know is that if we open iTunes and there is a more updated version, we will receive a notification that will take us to the web to download the new version of the Apple media player.

I think that is all. I hope I have been of help to you and that you no longer have any doubts related to the .ipsw files. If not, is there anything you would be interested to know about firmware for iOS?

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  1.   passte said

    First of all, congratulations on the web,
    What I have been able to understand here is that if I have a colleague with the firm 312 saved on his pc, I can replace my 313 and install it all. Ok?
    Thank you very much.

    1.    José Luis said

      thank you very much!

  2.   Enrique Benitez said

    This ONLY serves to avoid having to re-download the file from the internet, but to grab it directly from our computer (if iTunes has previously downloaded it).

  3.   passte said

    Thank you very much, the question resolved !!

  4.   elphoneix said

    Greetings I do this step I put the route in the exploret and I add my user and it does not reconnect it. Please help me I will appreciate it in my soul. I have windows 7 home premium

  5.   Power said

    Let's see, my itunes has downloaded the 4.2.1 update, on my ipod the information appears as if I have it ... but then I follow the path that you have given me and there is nothing ...
    can you help me?

  6.   Paola said

    I already tried everything, and I can't find the firmware of my iphone 3g .. I want to do the jailbrake but without those files I can't, I need help!

    1.    ROLO said

      Have you already activated the option to show hidden folders in windows? I think that may be the problem… ..it is in organize, folder and search options, see, and you must place the option to show files, hidden folders and drives

      1.    pepper said

        garacias I could already locate the file

  7.   E1000IOL said

    Thanks for the info, it was very useful ...

  8.   Carlos said

    Thank you very much, question resolved

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  12.   Robert said

    Thank you very much, the truth was I had already looked for it before and I never found it

  13.   Alejandro said

    I don't have the iPhone Software Updates folder in Windows XP.

  14.   The BAndis said

    Great Thanks- !! It helped me a lot !! Yes I found it and you saved me 2 hours by downloading it again

  15.   joselo. 82 said

    Hello, thank you very much, your info is a gem.

    To those who did not appear the folder, perhaps they have it hidden.

    Right click on start (the windows logo in the lower left corner)
    go to windows explorer / documents / organize / view and there enable the option to show hidden files and folders.


  16.   BillGate said

    C: \ Users \ COMPUTERNAME \ AppData \ Roaming \ Apple Computer \ iTunes \ iPod Software Updates

    this is the path where the ipws for windows7 are hidden and saved, but in the search engine type the following: Software Updates and it will take you to the ipws download folder

    1.    Space boy said

      Thank you ... You knew how to explain. It took 1 month to find out

    2.    spout said

      Good morning, I do not have that folder in existence, as I did, since itunes does not want to update any more to ios 4 and has not downloaded any from my computer

  17.   Repos said

    hey thank you very much

  18.   erobles56 said

    thank you very much
    very good!!!!

  19.   Xavi said

    If you can't find it there, you can give it C: Documents and SettingsAll UsersProgram DataAppleInstaller Cache. At least I found it there

  20.   SAM said


  21.   Juan said

    it served me thanks

  22.   erik said

    thanks lok olo I needed urgently to update my ipod in another itunes because my itunes is not worth hehehe thank you very much

  23.   dwarf said

    very well!

  24.   Tuningcabo said

    THOUSAND GRACIAAAAAS you saved me 3 hours of download

  25.   Jager D said


  26.   Jager D said

    ha ha I did it !!!… for those who have windows 8 the path is: C: UsersUserAppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates

  27.   lol said

    thank you I serve myself

  28.   Luismur8 said

    I can't find that path on mac ...

  29.   BillGates said

    C: \ Users \ COMPUTER NAME \ AppData \ Local \ Apple \ Apple Software Update

    (put check in see olcutes files and folders)

  30.   Palma de Mallorca said

    Thank you gentlemen, very good contribution ...

  31.   George said

    Thanks I found it right away 😉

  32.   PJ said

    thanks, great help

  33.   Juan said

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

  34.   Ivan said

    Where are the ipsw files stored in the copy of time machine? ... I try to find it, and I don't even know how to make the library folder appear in time machine.
    Thank you. Regards