Due to a small security flaw in iTunes, it’s possible for anyone, regardless of whether they are a registered developer or not, to download and install iOS 7 beta 4. The flaw is such that iTunes seems to skip the part where UDID registration is checked. However, some of you may be experiencing an activation error.
For some, iTunes seems to be kicking up an activation error message, telling you that your UDID is not registered and you can’t go any further. If you have an iPhone 5, an easy way out of this issue is to restore your device back to the latest publicly signed firmware, iOS 6.1.4.
How to Install iOS 6.1.4 on a iPhone 5 Stuck in Activation Error Screen :
iOS 6.1.4 is purely for the iPhone 5, for any other model experiencing the same issues you need to restore back to iOS 6.1.3. In order to restore back to iOS 6.1.4 you will need the relevant IPSW file, download it below before you do anything else.
First put iPhone 5 on DFU mode or Recovery Mode :
- Make sure your computer and iPhone 5 are still connected
- Hold down Power button for 3 seconds
- Press the Home button down as well and hold both for 10 seconds
- Now release the Power button but continue to hold the Home button until a message appears in iTunes to as it has detected a device in recovery mode
Dont worry if your timing was not right . You will come up with something like this . This will also work as it shows “Connect to iTunes”
Restore to iOS 6.1.4 :
Hold down SHIFT key (Option key on Mac) Click on restore and point iTunes to the 6.1.4 IPSW you downloaded earlier. It will now proceed with restoring your iPhone 5 back to iOS 6.1.4.
Download iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 :
Once you have successfully restored your iPhone 5 you can go ahead and try to download iOS 7 beta 4 again by following our guide. If you continue to receive the activation, error message you will have to stay with 6.1.4 until iOS 7 either is publicly rolled out or consider joining the Apple Developer Program for $99 per year.