How to Fix iTunes Activation Error When Activating iOS 7 beta

The excellent features of iOS 7 attracted many non-developers to upgrade it. iOS 7 beta is specially released for developers, the purpose to test new system’s performance and compatibility, and make improvements in the next version. But we can successfully upgrade the beta from iOS 6.x and even without a registered developer account. The key step is “Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the Update button on iTunes (Note: Update Button, not the Restore Button)“. Beside this, the whole process is no different with common restore operations

Of course, if you have chosen to click the incorrect Restore Button. At first firmware recovery will be very smooth, but when you reach to the final stage of restoration, which is the activation process for iOS 7, iTunes will display an error message:

Activation error
This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program.If you are a member of the Program, please register your device in the iPhone Developer Program Portal.

Activation Error

iTunes Activation Error

If you are unfortunate encountered the above tips, I can only say that you careless, of course, this Activation error can be fixed easily, you only need to make the device into DFU Mode, re-use iTunes to restore the previous iOS 6.1.4, 6.1.3 firmware (Download 6.1.X firmware), then update to iOS 7 beta X again with iTunes, keep in mind you should definitely click on the Update button.

If you get an iOS 7 Activation error on iPhone, fixes as above method.

Activation error

DFU Mode

How to Enter DFU Mode

  1. Plug your device into your computer.
  2. Turn off the device.
  3. Hold the Power button for 3 seconds
  4. Hold the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds
  5. Release the Power Button but keep holding the Home button
  6. Keep holding the Home button until you are alerted by iTunes saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode

Make sure the device screen is blank and no logos are present

How to Exit DFU Mode

Hold Home and Power Button till the Apple Logo appears

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  • jeffrey muturi

    do you have to downgrade ? because i dont want to go back to a 6.1.3 :(

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Yes, you can easily downgrade to iOS 6.1.3 without any SHSH blobs before the iOS 7 official release, just restore the device with iTunes when iPhone into DFU mode.

  • deepak malik

    i am using ipad mini model 1455, it is showing activation error after upgrading to ios 7 beta 3, how to activate ios 7 beta 3
    what to do now???

    • JailbreakiOSX

      First back to iOS 6.1.3 firmware in dfu mode, then click Shift + Update button in iTunes to update iOS 7.

  • xxmata

    not workin , ı do all the things but still the same

  • mike

    my phone wont even connect to itunes

  • jay

    my lock/power button is broken so i can’t enter DFU mode. help me please !

  • 3moz

    i’ve selected update button but iam geting an error like “”this iphone could not be update because the firmware is not compatible””

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Please download the correct firmware for your phone model.

  • AP

    Ok I did all of this and I went back and it still said its not compatible

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Whether you have entered dfu to restore 6.1.4, and make sure your phone is a CDMA or GSM, then download the correct iOS 7 firmware.

  • micky

    i did everything and then tried to restore it from my phones backup (when it was ios7) so i get all my content back but it says, ‘The backup “My IPhone” cannot be restored to this iPhone because the software on the iPhone is too old.’ What do i do ?

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Some apps may not be compatibled with iOS 7, you can re-download these apps from the App Store.

      • JailbreakiOSX

        Oh, I know what you mean, if you want to restore the firmware, please download the 6.1.3 firmware, then hold down SHIFT of your keyboard and left-click the RESTORE button in iTunes to restore, this can only be restored to a new iOS 6.1.3, not contain the personal data you saved before, If your device is iPhone 5 please restore 6.1.4.

  • jet

    My phone wont connect to the computer. I checked the lightening cable i can charge but when i connect it to the computer nothing happens

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Reinstall iTunes, and reboot your computer.

  • Ashir

    I already upgraded to iOS 7 beta 1 but it automatically started to update itself to beta 2 and I got an activation error and can’t plug it into iTunes

    • Lei Cao

      Put your device into DFU, iTunes will recognize it as recovery mode

  • eros

    i cant do this because my phone has on find my iphone. please help me

  • Gabriel

    After switching off Find my Iphone, I still can’t downgrade to iOS 6, it still tells me that I have to turn of Find my Iphone?

  • QP

    I got the activation error on itunes and i cant exit out of it to restore. My home button is broken so i cant get into DFU mode. I tried redsnow to get into dfu without a home button but that requires itunes, which happens to be locked because of the activation error. Anything I can do?

  • Joan

    This worked perfectly, thank you so much for publishing this!

  • Ben

    Ok I really need some help, I updated my phone to iOS 6.1.3 and then updated to iOS 7. Everything went smoothly until I wanted to restore my backup on my phone. I restored the backup and my phone restarted and it was hung at the apple logo, this is apparently a problem with beta 2. I went to restore back down to 6.1.3 and that went smoothly. When my phone was activating after downgrading, it said that an apple if was linked to my phone and I need to enter it to download it. It is some random email that I have never seen before and it doesn’t belong to me not does it belong to anyone I know. It looks like this: E***** I don’t know what email this is so now I am stuck with a worthless phone until I can get this sorted out. Is there anything AT&T can do like look at my phone and see that it’s on out AT&T account then activate it for me? Please help.

    • Lei Cao

      Please try to restore a 6.1.3 firmware in DFU mode, use your own Apple id for activation

  • Farid

    Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are genius

  • frustrated iphone user

    so i am trying to do this, and i cannot put the phone in dfu mode, because my lock/power button is stuck. i have the activation error so my phone is useless right now. is there a way to put my phone in dfu mode in restore it without the lock/power button… because when i plug it into itunes it says…

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Try use redsn0w to enter a dfu mode

      • frustrated iphone user

        to use redsn0w to enter dfu mode, i am unable to use because i must power off my device which i cannot do due to a broken lock button. i tried using tiny umbrella twice to put in recovery, which was successful, but then when i would restore it to either 6.0.1 and 6.1.3, it would be unsuccessful and i get error code 3194

        • JailbreakiOSX
          • frustrated iphone user

            this is what happens when i try it? my phone also has the connect to itunes screen, because it is in recovery mode currently..

          • JailbreakiOSX

            Because this software is the Chinese version, it may be garbled, just click the first button on the upper left corner to fix error 3194

          • frustrated iphone user

            this is the error that i get

          • frustrated iphone user

            i tried restoring once more and it said this, should i just wait and try i again or what?

          • JailbreakiOSX

            try restore to 6.1.3, you should download a 6.1.3 firmware, Apple has stop signing 6.0.1

          • frustrated iphone user

            tried 6.1.3 again, got that same error as above

          • JailbreakiOSX

            Whether you restart iTunes after fixing 3194, if not, re-open itunes, try again.

          • frustrated iphone user

            this time i tried restoring without using my own downloaded software, and i got error 3014

          • JailbreakiOSX

            Manually modify your hosts file contents, according to the tutorial I just told you.

          • frustrated iphone user

            how do i do that?

          • JailbreakiOSX

            this tutorial has said very detailed, carefully read the Steps:

          • frustrated iphone user

            this is what happens when i get to step 2

          • frustrated iphone user

            nevermind, the restore is working now thank you

  • excited about ios 7

    i a having the same problem as entioned above as i updated my I5 to ios 7 from ios 6.1.2 bt now to correct it i m downloading ios 6.1.4 firmware and then try it again to update to 7 so i hope so it works properly without any further activation error

  • Ross

    thankyouthankyouthankyou i thought that there was no way out of this so i was almost preparing to buy i new phone then i found this and was surprised my how easy it was :) thanks!!

  • HEY MAD IPHONE USER!!!!!!!!!!!

    use recboot and you should be fine just run as admin if not one already and then just click enter recoverymode and follow instructions on itunes if it helped to mad iphone user

  • jmadura

    I have an iPad 2 wi-fi only and it’s stuck on the activation screen when I open iTunes and have my iPad connected. Not 100% sure what to do now. It’s like just broken now or something. I tried to go back to the older software 6.1.3 and it won’t let me because it won’t let me restore it.

  • Allen

    Thank you for this! I felt like an idiot but thank god I was able to fix and eventually UPDATE to iOS 7 beta 4.

  • Patrik

    I have a problem. After i followed the instructions i get; connect to iTunes. When i do so, itunes says (in swedish); iPhone recoverymode. Your iPhone doesn´t need to be upgraded. i Tunes will search for upgrades 2013-08-05. What to do?

  • Michael W Jacobs

    Having trouble downgrading to 6.1.3. Pretty sure I have the correct ipsw for iPhone 4, CDMA, 6.1.3, but still get firmware not compatible… Also tried 6.0.1, and error was not eligible for this build. any ideas? thx.

    • JailbreakiOSX

      Apple has stop signing 6.0.1. Also, tell me your iPhone’s model, capacity as well as the name of the 6.1.3 firmware you downloaded

  • Yap

    In fact, once you entered dfu to restore 6.1.4 using Itunes, you dun even need to download 6.1.4 firmware separately, Itunes will automayicall detect the right firmware for your phone and download it for you immediately.

  • iPod 4

    Can I magically get iOS 7 for iPod 4?

    • Lei Cao

      No, only Touch 5 available

  • Stephyyyyyy

    QUick question when downloading the links … it says restore.ipsw

    do i use that to do the update? or is there another link for the ipad 2
    please help!!

  • Ali Lawati

    i get a message “this i pad is not eligible for update………” when i upgrade IPAD 2 wifi+GSM from 6.1.3 to ios 7 beta 4 unofficial . this ipad was never jailbreak or never used the PC for jail breaking. Kindly help
    Kindly help

  • Mario Camacho

    THank you so much! ios 7 is soo cool!1 :))

    • Mario

      ipod touch 5g

  • Oscar Wei Ching

    How to fix error 3194 ?

    • Denrich D. Taule


      cut the host put into your destop restart the itunes no error…

      im win7 user

  • tron

    error 3194?

  • Belz


    • Belz

      hi please help me ! i have an iphone 5 io 6.4 not jailbroken and i downloaded the ios 7 beta 4 , when i try to update it say error 3194 , i have tried everything even removed host file wrting … ?? what else can i do , thnxxxx

      • JailbreakiOSX

        Clear the HOSTS file contents on the computer, try again

  • Dickson

    ERROR 3014 (unknown error) is killing me

  • Nicholas Chansiri

    what happen if my lock button broke?

  • Cristoforo

    what happen if you lock button is broken then how do you get out of this error ?

  • Twy

    It is currently working great on my iphone 4 now. But the problem comes when i tried to connect it to iTunes and it just wont allow me to sync anything. They just kept wanting me to verify my product

  • Madik

    Yea, how to fix an error 3194?? pls help

  • Christian Oliveira

    Works here, thanks a lot!!!!! o/

  • AC

    I encountered the Activation Error and still get the same error after re-doing evrything stated above. what do i do?

  • Alain Vasquez

    thanks for the info

  • Vlad

    Hi everybody,

    I found a very good webpage with all the details about solving this problem and even a video.