What is a .IPSW File And How To Open It – Apple (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .ipsw extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .ipsw file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .IPSW file?

The file extension .IPSW is from iPod and iPhone Software Update File.The development of this file was done by Apple. The format of this file is zip, and it is a miscellaneous file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .ipsw file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .IPSW file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .IPSW file on various operating systems.

How to open a .IPSW file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .ipsw file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple iTunes software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .IPSW file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple iTunes software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .IPSW file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .ipsw file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple iTunes software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .IPSW file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple iTunes software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .IPSW file?

If you cannot open the .IPSW file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .IPSW file.ipt – Autodesk, .iptheme – Stardock, .ipx – Minds-Eye-View, .ipynb – Jupyter Notebook, .iq4 – Trend Control Systems. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .IPSW file with the Apple iTunes program on Windows and Apple iTunes program on Mac.