iOS 5 Leaked! Here's How To Get It Right Now

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Some kind unnamed folks have leaked the final version of iOS 5, meaning you can download and install it right now if you want.(Thanks to Lifehacker and LockerGnome for finding the leaked files!)

Now, before we tell you how, we’re going to start with a HUGE WARNING: Back up your phone before you attempt this. It’s not guaranteed to work perfectly.

We’ve seen reports of problems with this process, so try at your own risk!

But if you can’t wait a few more days — iOS 5 officially goes live October 12 — we’ll walk you through the upgrade process step by step.

Back up your device! Before you get started you need to make sure all your apps, contacts, etc. are synced. You're about to wipe everything from your phone, and you'll need this backup to get your data back

Download the right file for your device

Not all devices are supported yet. Click the link to download.

  • iPhone 4 (AT&T)
  • iPhone 4 (Verizon)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
  • iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G AT&T)
  • iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G Verizon)
  • iPad (Wi-Fi)
  • iPod touch (3G)
  • iPod touch (4G)

Save the file to a folder you'll remember. The download is almost 800 MB, so it'll take some time.

After the download, open the disc image

This window will pop up. It contains the .ipsw file that you'll be installing on your iPhone. Drag it to your desktop. (Don't open it!)

After the install, you'll be asked if you want to restore your phone from the backup you just saved on your computer. Do it! This is how you'll get all your data back.

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