If you have been keeping up with Apple news lately, then you probably know that the Cupertino giant just rolled out their third pre-release version of its next major mobile operating system, the iOS 5. And as per usual with all other iOS betas, iOS Beta 3 is only accessible to those who have an account with Apple’s iOS Dev Center. But since people can be very resourceful, the iOS 5 Beta IPSW found its way across all sorts of file sharing websites. But even if you have the firmware, you will still have to supply a registered UDID which needs a developer account in order to get past the system’s built-in activation. But just like Beta 1 and 2, someone has found a workaround.
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This guide is posted here in Jaxov for educational purposes only. We do NOT recommend in any way that you install iOS betas in a non-registered, non-developer device. There is always the risk that it could damage your device or end up with an unusable one until the next fix comes around. So don’t say we didn’t warn you. This method also involves calling an emergency number which we really do not condone, not to mention that it could potentially get you in legal trouble. So proceed at your own risk.
Steps on How to Activate iOS 5 Beta 3 on iPhone Without UDID:
Download the iOS 5 Beta 3 IPSW and install it in your iPhone.
Boot up your iPhone and perform “Slide to Setup” as instructed.
Once you see the Language Selection menu, quickly press the Home button 3 times which will bring up Voice Over. Then again, quickly press Home 3 times and this time you should see the Emergency Call option if done correctly. Tap on it.
Now you will be presented with the dialer. Dial 112 which would quickly bring you to the call screen. Once the call screen pops up, quickly tap on Contacts in order to quickly end the call.
Now press the Home button and navigate over to the Home screen. You iPhone should be now activated.
Steps on How to Activate iOS 5 Beta 3 on iPad and iPod touch Without UDID:
First you will need to restore your iPad or iPod touch to iOS 5. Having done so, put in under Recovery Mode.
Now unplug the device from your PC or Mac and shut it off.
Now plug it back into your computer and let it turn on.
Once your iPad or iPod touch turns on, you should shortly see the Setup screen which says “iPad” or “iPod” depending on your device. Once you do, put your device to Sleep mode by hitting the power button. Hit the Power button to turn it back on.
Now instead of the usual iOS 5 Setup screen, you should be seeing the standard iOS bubbles. Now press the Home button 3 times which would bring up the Voice Over.
Unlock your device by sliding. You should see the time on the top right of the screen , tap on it. You device should start reading the time for you through Voice Over, while it is doing so, slide down your three fingers from the status to bring up the Notifications Center.
In the Notifications Center, tap on the weather widget followed by pressing the Home button. If done correctly, your iPad or iPod should now be activated.
For those who are trying out this workaround, keep in mind that the iOS 5 is currently in Beta for a reason. Early iOS builds are filled with bugs and some features might not work properly which is why they are recommended for more advanced users. If you want to get access to iOS betas, then you can always do so the legit way. Just head over to Apple’s iOS Dev Center and enroll for an account. Aside from the annual fee of $99, there are no other requirements in order to qualify.