Where does iTunes store/save iPhone Software updates or Firmware files on Windows & Mac

by Mayur on June 23, 2010

in iPhone

Software Update File_icon Are you confused as Where are iPhone firmware files stored on computer? then we’ve a prominent answer to it. The Apple Device Software Update File may be needed while jailbreaking or if you wish to move the iPhone OS file to other computer, to manually update or restore your Apple device like iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Note – iPhone OS software updates are only stored on computer, when you update your idevice automatically using the Update process in iTunes.

How to Find iPhone OS software on Windows - First enable ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option from Folder options. Now open the directory as per your Windows:

Location on Windows 7 & Vista: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates

Location on Windows XP: Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

You’ll now see iPhone/iPod/iPad Software Updates file with a .ipsw extension, if present.

How to Find iPhone OS software on Mac – iTunes saves the firmware file in hidden folder on Mac. To access firmware files, type the following command in terminal.

Open a Terminal and type: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE then type killall Finder 

Now navigate to usr/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/

You’ll now see iPhone/iPod/iPad Software Updates file with a .ipsw extension.

Also See: Where does iTunes Save iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad Apps on Windows & Mac

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Philip Lewis June 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm

When i get to the roaming folder on WINDOWS 7) i only get 3 options. macromedia. media center programs and Microsoft. not apple computer


Mayur June 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Check out in Local or LocalLow folder under AppData.


ss December 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

After I do that terminal thing in mac how do i make those weird folders dissapeear


John February 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder


Aditya January 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Great article. Short and to the point. And very helpful.

Thanks man.


erik April 4, 2011 at 12:49 am

hey, do you know how to change the location of the folder?


Bsquidwrd April 4, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Actually for Mac I have found the firmwares without ever having to touch the Terminal. I just browse to /Users/USERNAME/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates and the most recent one is in there.


Matt June 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

For Mac OS you could simply hit Command-G and paste in the box

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/


gursher singh January 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

thanks bro i found update but how to get custum firmware


MacBandi December 24, 2012 at 3:19 am

thankkkkkkkk you soooooooooo much

u r really cleverest iMaker ever ;D

?????????? all these apples for u ;D


Rayden March 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

only itunes plug in are there.. no software or ipsw..


Perry Tanko June 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Hello Mayur, i believe you are mistaken about the updates On Device.
You’ve heard that /private/var/mobile/ stores most of the user settings, and with a bit of luck found this out with a jailbroken device. BUT (this is really important) somewhere on the device is the push update that Apples sends out. I think you’ve got to accept the updates in iTunes, then accept to install it. So I went digging in the JB device and can’t find the updater file. But sure enough, when connected to INTERNETS apple decided to push iOS7 out to my device. And I’m damn sure that automatic updates for my device was off.

So where do you think the updater file is stored? Because it’s taking up about 1GB of data on the device, and don’t want to update to iOS7 at this time. And before I forget…
thanks Apple


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