How to Download iOS 8 and Install It on iPhone/iPad Without Developer Account

Security flaw discovered in Apple’s software allows non-devs to install the beta

At the WWDC opening keynote yesterday, Apple announced availability of an iOS 8 beta for developers. The beta is not made available to regular users, but some hackers apparently discovered a flaw in the software, allowing non-developers to download and install the beta as well.


Before you do anything, know that installing iOS beta software on your handset is ill-advised, especially if the iPhone you’re planning to install it on is your only communications device. iOS betas are extremely buggy at this early stage in development, and installing one without a registered developer UDID can even void your warranty.

With that being said, iCrackUriDevice has put together a handy (albeit quite long) YouTube video that claims to show you how to install iOS 8 on your handset. The clip is available below, for your viewing pleasure.

The download part is tricky, but you should be able to find the appropriate IPSW for your device model using a few Google searches (i.e. "download iOS 8 IPSW for iPhone 5"). Before you ask, we can’t help you with links (for reasons disclosed in the disclaimer above).

Again, we’re posting this solely for informational purposes. Normally you need to have an iOS Developer Program membership to access these betas and Apple doesn’t charge $99 / €99 a year for nothing, as you can imagine.

iOS 8 will be officially released this fall for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.

The new mobile software packs minor aesthetic changes, focusing more on adding new functionality, such as iCloud Photo Library, new Messages features, a new Health app, predictive typing and support for third-party keyboards, Family Sharing, and iCloud Drive.

“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

Alongside iOS 8 Apple released the iOS 8 SDK, dubbed by the Cupertino giant “the biggest developer release.” The SDK packs more than 4,000 new APIs that promise to open new windows of opportunities for veteran developers and newcomers alike. Visit the related links below for more information about iOS 8.

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