One of the most common problems faced by a lot of people trying to upgrade to iOS 7 Betas is a permanent lockout screen saying that “The device is not registered as a part of the iPhone developer program”. It seems there is no way out and you are frustrated thinking about what to do to get out of this mess. Well, I had the same exact problem and there are two solutions to fix this issue.
Method 1: Ask someone for a UDID registration
Your problems are just getting started. In order to do a UDID registration you need to go to the iPad summery tab and grab yoru UDID number. However, once you launch iTunes you will be greeted with the same exact error message. Follow the steps below to retrieve your UDID without iTunes.
- Find the iTunes backup location for your iPad or iPhone. Generally it’s under C:\Users\Rahul\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync
- If you have taken a backup (I am sure you have) then you will find a folder containing all your data. The folder name should be an endless stream of alphanumeric characters.
- This is actually your UDID for your iOS device. Copy the folder name and paste it in Notepad. Make sure you save the notepad for using it in future.
- Ok, now that you have your UDID all you need to do is tell someone you know to register your device under the Apple Developer Program. Please remember that each developer can register up to 99 devices and I am assuming that’s more than enough for most people.
On the other hand if you don’t know anyone who’s on the developer program then you can use a paid UDID registration service. Although there are tons of them out there you can go with our recommendation of IMZDL.
What’s Next After UDID
- Please download iOS 7 IPSW here.
- Reinstall externally using iTunes. You may need to put your device in DFU mode. Please use comments section for help.
- Now go through the same process of setting up your iPad and this time Apple is going to recognize your device and greet you to the iOS 7 family.
Note: Some people also reported that after successful UDID registration you can try and restart the device to see if problem still persists.
Method 2: Restore Back to iOS 6
This is perhaps the not so preferred option and should be used only when nothing is working out and you are stuck with a device you can’t use for your daily needs. Follow the steps to restore your device.
- Connect your iPad or iPhone to your Computer and Start iTunes
- Hold the Power and Home button for 10 seconds and when the iPad switches off keep holding the home button. This is how you enter DFU mode.
- Pretty soon you will get a popup in iTunes that says Recovery Mode Detected, you need to restore your device. A button to restore your iPad will also appear instead of the boring error message.
- There are two way to restore. You can either click on the link and download the file from Apple or select Shift+ Restore iPad. This will open up a new window where you can select a specific IPSW files.
Bonus: Some of you might get Error 3194. Here is an article which covers how you can solve Error 3194 during restoration of iOS.
Note: Make sure you have at least 1.5 GB of free space left on your C drive before restoring.
I hope this tutorial was useful to all of you suffering from the activation error message. If you are still facing any problem then use the comments section below to ask me direct questions. I will be happy to help all of you.