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I've been using iOS5 beta 7 for a while. About 4 hours ago (possibly the end of the 20th, PST, the expiration date for iOS 5 beta 7) the phone locked itself and claims it requires activation. Whenever I try, it claims the activation server is temporarily unavailable.

Should I sit tight and wait, or is there something else I can do, such as wipe iOS5 and reinstall from a release image?

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closed as off topic by bmike Jul 25 '12 at 13:49

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How about installing iOS 5 GM? – Dave DeLong Oct 21 '11 at 4:44
How about making an actual answer, instead of a comment, Dave :). – Jason Salaz Oct 21 '11 at 5:39
Welcome to Ask Different! Normally, questions about pre release software are off topic for this site. Since this is likely to be useful to many people and not change quickly, I'm leaving this question open. Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. – Nathan Greenstein Oct 21 '11 at 14:28
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You'll have to upgrade to the release version, not much else you can do about it.

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iTunes insisted my version is up to date, so I tried the factory reset method, after which iTunes admitted it needs to download an update. I'm 2 hours into the 4 hour download... – bdares Oct 21 '11 at 6:45
Same here, but with my iPad.... – gyurisc Oct 21 '11 at 9:04
iTunes won't automatically update the betas - to iTunes, beta 7 is the final version. You need to manually download it from, or do a restore and download it that way. – chrismanderson Oct 21 '11 at 11:25
With the download complete, the release version installed fine and my phone is working fine again. – bdares Oct 22 '11 at 14:53

if your iPhone refuses to being updated to iOS 5.0, maybe you should put it in DFU (Device Firmware Update mode). To do that, follow these instructions:

  • Plug your iPhone to your Mac/PC;
  • Hold the power button for 2 seconds;
  • Without releasing the power button, hold the home button for 10 seconds
  • Release the power button and keep holding the home button until your iPhone appears in iTunes;
  • Proceed with software restore; you might restore your software backup at the end of the procedure.
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It looks like the OP knows how to restore and is asking whether to do that. Your answer is technically correct, but doesn't appear to be answering the question posed. – bmike Oct 21 '11 at 18:21

The only beta still usable is the GM. So try updating to this beta.

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GMs aren't betas. That's why they are called Gold Masters. – user10355 Oct 21 '11 at 19:21

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