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How to Bypass iOS 5 Beta 1 Activation Without a Developer Account

How to Bypass iOS 5 Beta 1 Activation Without a Developer Account

Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:52pm by iClarified
Mert Erdir has found a way to bypass iOS 5 beta 1 activation without having a developer account, reports Gizmodo.

My will is not to do something harmful to anyone, I just wanted to get the attention of Apple, the company I'm in love with; and maybe one day have a chance to talk to/meet Steve Jobs himself. You can reach me on Twitter for further questions.

I found this because I don't have much cash to get an IOS Developer account, so donations for a young developer will be appreciated. They can be made on my blog (not in english). You'll see the PayPal donate button on the right. Thanks!

Warning: We do not recommend that anyone who is not a developer install iOS 5. Proceed at your own risk... iPad 2 owners should be especially careful since they cannot downgrade even with SHSH blobs

Before starting make sure you have downloaded iOS 5.0 and installed by Shift/Option clicking Update or Restore in iTunes.

1. Triple click the home button. This will activate the Voice Over.
2. Triple click the home button and Emergency Call will appear.
3. Click on Emergency Call and, while it's switching, swipe with your three fingers down.
4. The Notification Center will appear!
5. Click on the Weather widget. The Weather app will load.
6. Click on the home button to exit to the iPhone's springboard.

These instructions will let you bypass activation but apparently will not activate cellular service. You can still use them to preview the operating system but without the ability to make calls, it's far less useful.

Those with an iPod touch could try the instructions posted by Lean in the comments since cellular service is not an issue with that device.

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Talha - June 9, 2011 at 9:00pm
another easier way is just to go to emergency call and dial a number...during the call press the keypad button..form there you can press home button to get to the homescreen..
zib - June 9, 2011 at 6:11pm
I had no problem downgrading my ipad2 from ios5 to 4.3.3
MAlejandroH - June 9, 2011 at 1:36pm
This is not an Activation, this is just a tricky way to get into the homescreen. The multitasking bar is disabled and the notification center won't work. And most important, the phone WOULD NOT HAVE SIGNAL.
Daniel - June 9, 2011 at 1:11pm
Pretty useless.
Baadshah - June 9, 2011 at 2:54am
I want a dev account for my iPhone 4 and iPad 2, so I can update them to 5.0, if there is anyone who can help me out, pls contact me, I will pay you.
Stevo - June 9, 2011 at 12:13am
Pretty useless at this point good taste of what iOS 5 holds in store though if you dont feel like waiting till fall for iPhone 5 I never got past the 3 finger swipe oh well back to 4.3.3 I go. Successfully downgraded on my iPhone 4 if anyone is having trouble try Sn0wbreeze make sure you get your phone into iReb mode Cheers
Marc539 - June 8, 2011 at 11:09pm
Beware the Battery life on iPhone 4 is horrible with this beta. Down 50% within about 2 hours with wifi, most notifications, and spotlight search off. Aside from that everything seems to be working smoothly.
Fabian - June 8, 2011 at 4:03pm
how to bypass on iPad 1 ?
Airrick - June 8, 2011 at 4:06pm
your UDID must be on a dev account.. or it won't activate i have a couple slots available for 5.00 email me at ericplunkett at me dot com and i can get you set up
Fabian - June 8, 2011 at 7:03pm
i don't understand your email please resend
airrick - June 8, 2011 at 7:05pm
ericplunkett @ me . com
Fabian - June 8, 2011 at 7:13pm
You have a MSN ? i'm not speak a good english, i want know how i have a valid UDID
Sloan Kettering
Sloan Kettering - June 8, 2011 at 9:37am
Hey could you email me some info on how this process works. I think I'm interested in purchasing an account. lbmitche at svsu dot edu.
nazoof - June 8, 2011 at 7:19am
Any one can active my UDID please send me an E-mail I will pay for you ... Waiting ...
Jordi De Poortere
Jordi De Poortere - June 8, 2011 at 7:08am
Easier method: Press emergency call, call any 3 digit number (I did 911) and press the lock button while its starting to call. It'll say failed, just press ok and you will be at the home screen.
JR - June 8, 2011 at 10:27am
... Yeah, and kiss your ability to make and receive calls GOODBYE ! Gotta be registered as a Dev phone.
iPod touch iwber
iPod touch iwber - June 8, 2011 at 5:55am
Does anyone know how to restore from your last backup? I'd really appreciate it. THANKS! :P
kloquewerk - June 8, 2011 at 5:19am
I can do it for $5, if you'd like. I've been adding people all night
bms122223 - June 7, 2011 at 10:59pm
Let's do it. Is the udid number the same as the imei?
Airrick - June 7, 2011 at 11:06pm
Plug your iPad into iTunes and under the info screen click once on the serial number and it will show ur UDID! It's 40 characters long, numbers and letters
tvadakia - June 8, 2011 at 12:48am
Nope, it's easy to get in iTunes though. Just click on the serial # and it changes to something beautiful. The just head to the menu to copy it.
Airrick - June 7, 2011 at 10:48pm
ericplunkett at me dot com
bms122223 - June 7, 2011 at 11:03pm
Hey bro I am interested how do you want to do this?
JR - June 8, 2011 at 12:26am
Any slots still avail? Where do I send PP $$ ? Will it be completed tonight?
Airrick - June 8, 2011 at 12:29am
slots still available.. send to jeffutsa2001 at yahoo dot com via paypal and it will be completed in a matter of minutes..
JR - June 8, 2011 at 12:45am
Done !
sdraper - June 8, 2011 at 12:07pm
hey can you send me a email thecheet at I would like to get a dev account for my ipad and iphone 4 thanks
Paul - June 9, 2011 at 2:55am
please activate my ipad I will pay $5.
Marco - June 13, 2011 at 9:57am
Can you activate my ios beta for 4$?
bms122223 - June 7, 2011 at 10:30pm
What are the steps for the ipad2 to break activation??
tvadakia - June 7, 2011 at 9:50pm
Hey, these guys are right. There's a ton of developers on EBay raking in the cash for this. Just got mine activated for $1.
Elliethebug - June 7, 2011 at 7:42pm
Why would one want to upgrade...If thet can't use the phone?!
Leon chen
Leon chen - June 7, 2011 at 7:34pm
i figured out how to bypass this on the ipod touch first of all you have to go to the activation failed screen. tripple tap home button. then press on ipod to the voice will say. ipod. after that pull down the widget by sliding down with 3 fingers. then keep on pressing on the little information buttons untill your out
leon chen
leon chen - June 7, 2011 at 7:38pm
by the way you can turn off voice over fter you have reached the lockscreen
dave41172 - June 8, 2011 at 5:55am
does anyone know how to get round activation on 3g ipad1? any help would be great thanks
Muhammad - June 8, 2011 at 8:12am
once you install it on your ipod can you down grade to 4..3.3?
Adil - June 8, 2011 at 12:54pm
Yes. You can downgrade it to 4.3.3 by entering into DFU mode and then click restore. That will take you back down to 4.3.3
ipodtouch44085 - June 11, 2011 at 8:11pm
My iPod Touch 4g got messed up somehow while trying to get ios5 to work, now it's stuck in voice over and voice over isnt even WORKING! I cant get the triple click to work either. it just brings up the start over button. got any tips?
Scott Forstall
Scott Forstall - June 7, 2011 at 7:18pm
this works!! confirmed! did this on a Verizon iPhone 4...only thing is you'll have No Service.... just buy a dev account slot on eBay they're like $3 if you want iOS 5 early that bad! its good forever as long as you keep in contact with the dev you're registering with. and if you get a new device let them know they can swap the UUID's! hope this helps guys! p.s. thought the name would be clever !
c305lo - June 8, 2011 at 11:27am
I'd like to update to iOS 5 but want to make sure i dont brick my phone.. Is there any way you can give me step by step instructions for dummies (including all steps not included on article)?
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