Fix “This iPhone/iPad could not be restored because Firmware not compatible” Error in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

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While installing iOS 13 Beta on your iPhone XS Max, XR, X, 8 Plus/8, 7 Plus/7, 6S and iPadOS 13 Beta on your iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad Mini, if you are encountering error that reads “This iPhone/iPad could not be restored because the firmware is not compatible” then you are not alone.

Lot of readers have reported to be getting this error when trying to update their iPhone to iOS 13 Beta and iPads to iPadOS 13 Beta. Here, we have compiled a list of some of the major reasons that cause this error and method to fix it.

Fix This iPhone/iPad could not be restored because Firmware not compatible Error in iOS 13 iPadOS 13

Methods to Fix “This iPhone/iPad could not be restored because Firmware not compatible”

Method 1: Download Right iOS Beta 13/iPadOS Beta 13 .IPSW File

The main reason that can cause this issue when you try to update your iDevice to iOS 13/iPadOS 13 Beta is using the wrong .ipsw file.

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To fix this, make sure you have downloaded the right .ipsw file. To re-confirm, please re-download the beta .ipsw file for your respective iDevice:

Once done with downloading, re-try updating your iDevice to iOS 13/iPadOS 13 using iTunes.

Method 2: Use macOS Catalina 10.15 to Install iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS 13

If you are not sure, Apple made a surprise move and allow installation of iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS 13 beta only through macOS 10.5 Catalina Beta.

If you own a macOS system, update it to macOS Catalina 10.15 and then try updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.

If you happen to own Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer, then follow our detailed step by step tutorial below:

These two methods to will help you fix iPhone/iPad could not be restored because Firmware not compatible error when trying to install iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.

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