What Is an IPSW File?

What is an IPSW file you wonder? You might have come across this extension while updating your iTunes or a system update on your iPhone. It is a new file extension introduced by Apple Inc. which relates to their Device Software Update for iPhone, iPad, Apple Tv or iPod. Basically, an IPSW file is an archive containing DMG, PLISTs, IM4Ps files inside them. Apple introduced IPSW with the intention of adding more layers of security for compatible iPhone models and other Apple devices. Furthermore, They can be used to backup or restore data from your iPhone or iPod.What Is an IPSW File?

How To Open or Acess Contents of IPSW File

You can open IPSW files in iTunes. Whenever you connect any Apple device, say an iPhone, iTunes will automatically search for updates and download them in the form of IPSW files. If you have such IPSW file lying on your PC, just double-click on it to open up in iTunes.

Let’s say your computer username is Jitender; then you can access the download IPSW file vis iTunes in the following directories.

For Windows 10/8/8.1/7:

What Is an IPSW File?

iPhone: C:\Users\Jitender\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
iPad: C:\Users\Jitender\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPad Software Updates
iPod touch: C:\Users\Jitender\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates

For windows XP:

iPhone: C:\Documents and Settings\Jitender\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
iPad: C:\Documents and Settings\Jitender\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPad Software Updates
iPod touch: C:\Documents and Settings\Jitender\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates


What Is an IPSW File?

iPhone: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
iPad: ~/Library/iTunes/iPad Software Updates
iPod touch: ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates

How to Check If an IPSW file is corrupted?

As we discussed earlier that IPSW files are nothing but archives containing other files. So if you want to check whether your file is corrupted or not, try to open it in WinRAR or 7 zip. If the contents of IPSW files ger extracted successfully, then it’s not corrupted at all. However, if you experience any issues or errors while extracting using any unarchive program, then there are chances that the file is corrupt and you have to download it again.

iTunes Is Not Recognizing IPSW Update Files

If the downloaded update is not working, or iTunes showing error messages that it cant verify the downloaded update, then there are chances that download files got corrupted. To fix that you need to download the update again. However, iTunes won’t downloads the file again until and unless you delete the previous one. To delete the downloaded update, simply go the folder where the updates are being downloaded and delete the IPSW file corresponding to it.

How To Convert An IPSW File To Other Format

Although there are not many reasonable excuses to change the file format of IPSW files, you can do it if you wish you do so by changing its extension or achieving it into another file format, for, e.g., RAR, TAR, TZ, etc. But if you change the file format, then iTunes won’t be able to verify it as an official update.

We have covered everything about IPSW files here in this article, if you are still having troubles dealing with these files, then consider updating your iTunes to the latest version. Also, we highly recommend you to not mess with these files; All iPhone backups are stored as IPSW file format, altering or messing around with them will lead to permanent loss of backup.

Jitender Singh

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