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

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    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

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      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

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      C:WindowsSystem32driversetc

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

      im win7 user

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    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

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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!!

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    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

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    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…

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    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*****@gmail.com. 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.

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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 ?

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        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.

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

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    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???

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