iOS 6 downloaded but which iOS will install?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by janfon, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. janfon macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2014
    My iPhone 4S is on iOS 5.0.1 right now and has long time ago downloaded iOS 6 to the phone OTA. It seems I can install this iOS 6 but is that possible? I mean Apple doesn't sign it anymore but is the installation file I have on the iPhone already signed back when it downloaded and thus will install?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I doubt it, but give it a shot.

    Because Apple long stopped signing it, you'll not be able to go through the installation process - at least that's how I understand it.
  3. janfon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2014
    Thanks. I'm reluctant to give it a shot because I wouldn't want it installing iOS 8. I'm confused by how this signing business works? If the iOS 6 is already downloaded to the iPhone and I can choose to install it, wouldn't the copy I have be signed and ready to work?
  4. randomgeeza macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2014
    United Kingdom
    Nope, because the installation will have to verify itself with Apple. And it is at that point you will either succeed or hit a brick wall. If the install says iOS6, it will be iOS6... Not 8. It should be worth a shot... At the worst it will stop you and you remain where you are. At best you manage to move onwards and upwards...
  5. janfon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2014
    Ok thanks. I'll see if I feel brave enough to do it. Just a bit worried about getting a bricked phone :rolleyes:
  6. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    The iOS 6 it installs is not a usable iOS, it is just used as a way to update to iOS 8

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