Are you confused as to where are iPhone firmware files stored on the computer? Then we have 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 another computer, to manually update or restore your Apple device like iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Note – iPhone OS software updates are only stored on the computer when you update your iOS device automatically using the Update process in iTunes.
How to Find iPhone OS software on Windows – First enable the “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 a hidden folder on Mac. To access firmware files, type the following command in the terminal.
Open a Terminal and type:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE then type
Now navigate to usr/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/
You’ll now see iPhone/iPod/iPad Software Updates file with a .ipsw extension.