Solve Activation Problem in iOS 7 [Detailed Instructions]

iOS 7 activation error is a common problem for some “fruit” consumers who didn’t install the latest Apple firmware in time. It is mostly faced by iPhone and iPad owners who remembered to install the 6 beta of iOS 7 and forgot that it expired on October 6.

Update: After iOS 7 release many users faced with new activation problem caused by enabled Find My iPhone feature. Use Activation lock checker to avoid this issue when you plan to update your device to iOS 7 or purchase used iPhone.

Apple gives expiration dates to all its firmware versions that are going through beta testing. This way the Cupertino-based giant makes sure its “fruit” testers update to the official releases or newer beta introductions. Don’t worry if don’t know how to fix activation problem in iOS 7 as we provide you with this step-by-step guide on how to upgrade to iOS 7.0.2 and solve the issue.

iOS 7 activation problem

iPhone 5 / 4S users are not able to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3 / 6.1.4 since Apple doesn’t sign these versions of its operating system any more. Only iPhone 4 owners can use iFaith to downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3. Everyone else has to just follow these steps with instructions.

Step 1. You need to download iTunes version 11.1 in order to fix the problem. Install it on your PC. This program is must-have for iOS 7 users because it supports the latest Apple firmware. There are two ways to update iTunes: by downloading and installing it / by going to iTunes menu and pressing “Check for updates” option.

Step 2. Users who can still access their iPhone should back it up via iCloud or iTunes. Others should skip this procedure.

Step 3. Plug in the “fruit” handset to your PC via a USB cable. iTunes will be launched and find your gadget.

Step 4. Download iOS 7.0.2 system file for your device

Step 5. Select iPhone from the top menu [it is located near iTunes Store]. Windows users should hold down SHIFT / Mac owners should press down Option and choose “Check for Update” option from the Summary menu.

Check for Update iTunes

Step 6. Now you need to browse your .ipsw file obtained in Step 4 and choose this file. You should now get upgraded to iOS v.7.0.2. Wait till updating process is complete.

The activation problem should be fixed. You can also restore iPhone / iPad from backup and sync it with iTunes if you need this.