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Updating iPod Touch To Latest iPod OS 3.1 Without Paying

Apple iPod TouchApple iPod Firmware 3.1 is out now and available for download, the major update to the core operating-system features some pretty exciting improvements like ability to manage your iPod Touch applications icons and screens via iTunes 9, the update is free for all iPhone and iPod Touch users except iPod Touch users currently having any firmware version older then 3.0 - they are required to pay an upgrade fee of $4.95 to get this latest OS upgrade and will get prompted by this screen when accessing iTunes.

iPod Touch OS Update 3.1 Purchase Prompt

Luckily, as previously done we can bypass this paid upgrade and get the latest iPhone OS 3.1 onto our devices using iTunes and iPod restore files as demonstrated next.

To get this done we will be using the same old .IPSW restore trick we used to bypass the $9.95 upgrade from iPod OS 1.X to iPod OS 2.X earlier, here is the detailed illustrated step-by-step process to get this done for iPod OS 3.1:

  1. Identify your iPod Touch generation using instructions provided here, download and save corresponding 3.1 IPSW restore file from links provided below:
  • Upgrade your iTunes to latest version.
  • Launch iTunes and you should be prompted to upgrade your device, simply scroll to bottom of page and click Remind Me Later.
  • iPod OS Update
  • You will be shown screen as below, Now hold down Shift button on keyboard and click the Restore button in iTunes.
  • Shift Restore
  • Browse and select the .IPSW firmware file downloaded in Step 1.
  • Browser iPod OS IPSW Restore File
  • iTunes will confirm the action click Restore button to start the process.
  • Confirm iPod OS Restore
  • Sit back and let iTunes upgrade your device Operating-system.
  • iPod OS Upgrading Process
    iPod OS Upgrading Process
    iPod OS Upgrading Process
  • Once done your iPod will reboot automatically.
  • iPod Reboot
  • Now, check iTunes or iPod and your device is now upgraded to latest iPod OS 3.1 without paying anything.
  • iPod With Firmware v 3.1
  • You can now use iTunes 9 to enjoy new features like app. icon management.
  • iPod 3.1 Icon Management with iTunes 9

    This process will erase all data from your device and you will also loose the jailbreak until iPhone Dev Team's comes with an update to PwnageTool making it compatible for jailbreaking iPod OS 3.1.


    got this message when downloading update for touch 2g

    "An error occurred while processing your request.

    Reference #50.36a32ed0.1252632160.11e8fa8"

    Same error here. The link seems to be broken...

    You´ll find it here:

    The shift key alone worked fine - It did not need the download which I had already saved.

    Hey thanks..
    This is the best thing ever. This is the first time i ever did some thing different with my iPod. I always download softwares and application directly from the iTunes App store. So I was a bit worried about using other applications and software.

    I had the software version 2.2.1.
    I installed latest iTunes. I downloaded the software for 3.1.2. The link is,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw?downloadKey=1255759188_9d238a8a135feae86225dd8f846f8210
    from the site . followed all the steps given above and it worked like magic without any problems and errors.

    Thanks a lot.
    Now i need to jailbreak it and install other softwares.
    I love this site. Thanks for all the help. :)

    Guys, i couldnt open the link given.
    it says:
    An error occurred while processing your request.

    Reference #50.2d10a07d.1258044036.62aa5c0

    So, what should i do?

    its better you use download managers like flash get.

    Trying again and again to use the Shift-Click instruction above did not work for me (iTunes 9.0.2 and OS 10.6.2) so before giving up I tried a few other key combos and the option key worked to bring up the folder with the restore files. Before that, I kept getting an offer of a download for 2.2.1 or a paid 3.x from Apple...


    Always 100% Good.

    hey guys the first steped worked but i couldnt find the 2 step

    Is it also possible to downgrade from 3.1 to 2.2.1 in case of too much bugs in the newer version?

    Thank you soooooo much. I've been trying to upgrade for months and this was easy and fast.

    tyvm. it works!!
    finally..aftr sourcing for 3 days...

    Good information. I though iPod software updates were free anyway.

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