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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