An .IPSW file is a software update file used for Apple devices including iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV devices. The IPSW file is an archive file that comprises of encrypted DMG files, PLISTs, BBFWs, and IM4Ps formats. In addition to providing a software update, the IPSW file can also be used to add new features and to fix security vulnerabilities on the compatible devices. As the Apple releases new IPSW files, the files can be downloaded through iTunes or through IPSW downloads website. Further, as the Apple iTunes does not recognize a compatible IPSW file or if the IPSW file is corrupted, then iTunes will automatically download a new IPSW file to update the device.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open IPSW files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. IPSW files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Being unable to open files with IPSW extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with IPSW files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
Problems with opening and working with IPSW files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with IPSW files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download iTunes and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading iTunes installed is by going to developer’s website (Apple, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening IPSW files still occur even after installing iTunes, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of iTunes is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why IPSW files are not compatible with iTunes. The most recent version of iTunes is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of iTunes installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage IPSW on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the IPSW file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
Should it happed that the IPSW is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the IPSW file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the IPSW file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with IPSW extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open IPSW files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with IPod And IPhone Software Update Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle IPSW files.
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