Where are IPSW Files Stored on Mac, Windows? Here’s Answer

We can download the iPSW file from the direct link by using iTunes as an alternate technique. iOS users are using iTunes to download iPSW files for specific cases like interrupted network (Direct download may be stopped at any point and it will not restart again from the stop), Not have enough knowledge about Download files from the Apple server in Browser then restoring iPhone using iTunes step by step. The default iTunes ipsw file location is the same on one platform.

Different OS systems Stored iPSW files in different places; here, I will show you how to Find iPSW file locations on Mac computers, and Windows PC.

See the Downloaded iPSW file location on macOS or Windows

How to change IPSW File download location on Mac?

No, it’s impossible to change the IPSW File download default save path location in iTunes before downloading.

Direct guide on find iPSW file saved location on Mac

Step 1: Open Finder on Mac, From the top menu, Click Go and choose Go to folder


Step 2: Copy the below path and paste it into the filed box, and next click on the “Return” Key on your Mac keyboard. For more info, you can see the given Figure.

Directory Path: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates


Step 3: So an iTunes file will open; please click on iPhone Software Updates folder to open it.


That’s it. I hope, you finally got the location of your downloaded IPSW file storage on Mac. This is the answer to the, where does Ventura put IPSW files that it downloads for device updates?


Sometimes, Old macOS users are unable to see the IPSW file folder after attempting the above Procedure. So that I suggest that you please copy the below-given path and paste it as the same above explained:

~/Library/Application Support/iTunes/

Note: Here, “~” means your home directory of a Mac computer.

If you are tech-savvy, you can also find the IPSW file location using Apple terminal app. For that, Open terminal on Mac, and Now Run the following command.

find /Library ~/Library -type f -name ‘*.ipsw’ 2>/dev/null

Please ask us in the comment box below if it doesn’t work on your Mac computer.

Where are IPSW Files Stored on Windows 11, 10?

Windows users can find using the different paths of running the Windows version.

Below is the command USERNAME: Your computer Name. Use Profile Name For the multiple accounts in a single machine,

Folder Search Tips: To directly open AppData folder on Mac, type %appdata% in run windows. Start > Run > Type: %appdata%.

Windows 8 & Windows 10: Go to the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\

Windows 7: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Windows XP : C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

If you are not able to find the downloaded firmware file using iTunes, Get a direct link from the below links,

Download iPSW for iPhone

Download iPSW for iPad

Download iPSW for iPod Touch

Ping me on any confusion, command not working, or unable to find the ipsw file location on Mac or PC using the above solution in your system.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood, a Wellington-based journalist, excels in covering Apple and tech trends. With a diverse background in public safety, government, and education reporting, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, offering readers a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. Contact Her Team:- jaysukh.pharma@gmail.com [OR] admin@howtoisolve.com