How to Manually Download and Install iOS 12/11 IPSW File on iPhone/iPad/iPod?

iOS 11 has brought many new features to iPhone 5s and later, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod. Although these days it has been reported to be problematic, lagging the devices, causing app freeze, or battery drain, etc., the urgently released iOS 11.4 afterwards would wipe most of them for good. Although there are easy approaches for users to update their devices, like OTA or iTunes, many should want to know how to download and install iOS 12/11 firmware file manually. This article introduces an easy way to download iOS 12/11 firmware file for iPhone or any other iDevices.

Advantages of Installing iOS 12/11 with the IPSW File

Using OTA or iTunes to install iOS is actually a much commoner approach. Especially for OTA, we don’t even have to use PC to complete iOS download and setup. But installing iOS 12/11 with IPSW file does have its own advantages:

  • To avert and fix iPhone/iPad/iPod stuck issues. iDevices may get stuck or bricked during iOS upgrade/downgrade via OTA or iTunes because of unstable internet connection. In this case, download iOS 11 firmware separately and then import it or install it to your device will free your device of the said problem. And even if such things happened during OTA or iTunes update, you can turn your device back to normal with an IPSW file.
  • To avoid storage conflict. Since the IPSW firmware will not be downloaded directly in your iPhone/iPod/iPad, but in your computer, you do not have to worry about the storage issue during the download and install, if your device has not much storage left.
  • One IPSW file for more than one device. Unlike OTA and iTunes iOS download and update, in which we have to download the firmware for each device separately, using IPSW file to install iOS 11 can enable us to download a single IPSW file in our computer, and then import it into multiple iDevices. If you wish to update your iPhone 6s and your mother’s iPhone 5s, a single file would be enough.

iAnyGo – Best Software to Download and Install iOS 12/11 IPSW File Manually

Although iTunes can help download and install the latest iOS 11 IPSW file to iDevices, it is slow and may cause stuck problems. In this case, some iPhone/iPad/iPod users may wonder how to manually download ipsw file and install on iPhone/iPad. iAnyGo automatically recognizes you iDevices and picks out the iOS firmware that suit your devices for you to download manually. You may selectively download and install any version of iOS, including iOS 12 beta or iOS 11.4 on your iPhone/iPad/iPod within one click and without erasing your data.

Step 1: Download and Install iAnyGo, and connect you device to your computer.

Step 2: Once iAnyGo recognize your device, the interface will display two options for you to choose. Select “One-click to Update iOS”.

update ios 11 with ianygo

Step 3: All the iOS package available for your device will be listed on the interface. Select the one you need and click “Download”, and then “Upgrade Now” after download.

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This article recommends three ways to download iOS 12/11 IPSW file to iPhone/iPad/iPod for free. You may choose to update directly on your devices, or choose iAnyGo, this handy third-party software to download and install iOS 12/11 firmware or other versions of iOS selectively if you fear that iTunes update may cause problems to your devices.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iOS 11 Update Follow @Jerry Cook