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How do I update iOS after downloading the files from a direct link??

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Uhm, I'd say with iTunes? – slhck May 16 '11 at 7:24
Well... I'll update the iOS with iTunes.. it's just that I downloaded the update file from a direct link… – ptamzz May 16 '11 at 7:29
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In iTunes, select your device, and hold down the Shift key and press "Restore". A dialog box will pop up asking you for the location of the ipsw file. Select your downloaded file and you're good to go!

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I tried that last time but all the settings were gone, had to download the apps again, then had to authorize the system again for downloads etc.. is there an easy way to do that? – ptamzz May 16 '11 at 7:43
Not sure... You can try keeping the filename exactly the same, and moving the file to %APPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates, and then pressing "Update". iTunes should see the downloaded file and not try to download it again. – Soumya May 16 '11 at 7:46

Try holding SHIFT and click on "Restore" in the Device Details page.

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