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How to Downgrade iOS 5 to iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Posted by: 8 June 2011 11 Comments

Few days before Apple announced iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011 with some features similar to Android, and later it was jailbroken on the iPod Touch by MuscleNerd. Some of you might have upgraded to iOS 5, but there had been a buzz going around on Twitter and different forums that iOS 5 lags on iPod Touch 4th Gen, and even some of the features are missing. On the other side it is working fine for some people. So if you are the one who is facing lag problem, you might want to downgrade it to iOS 4.3.3 or older firmware, or you could wait for the next Beta release of iOS 5.

iOS 5 How to Downgrade iOS 5 to iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Follow the steps below to downgrade iOS 5 to iOS 4.3.3. First make sure that you have latest version of iTunes installed.

1. Download iOS 4.3.3 from here.

2. Connect your device to your computer, make sure that its turned off.

3. Now you have to Press Home + Power Button for 10 seconds.

4. After 10 seconds, release the Power Button, but keep on holding the Home Button for next 25 seconds.

5. If you followed the above 2 steps correctly, your device will enter in DFU Mode. Now open iTunes. iTunes will detect your device and will alert you for the recovery mode. Press OK.

6. To downgrade to iOS 4.3.3, iTunes will ask for the IPSW file. Browse and select the firmware that you download at the start. Once you have selected the firmware, restoration procedure will begin.

7. Just sit back and relax. If you get an error or your device is stuck in recovery mode than you would have to download TinyUmbrella  or RecBook. This will help your device to get out of recovery mode.

Blogsdna tried this procedure and said:

We have tested the guide on iPod Touch 4G and successfully downgraded from iOS 5 Beta to iOS 4.3.3 and there shouldn’t be any issue in downgrading iOS 5 on iPhone 4, 3GS or iPad.

Once you have restored iOS 4.3.3 on your device, you might want to follow this guide for untethered jailbreak using Redsn0w. For unlock via Ultrasn0w 1.2.3 follow this guide.

via [Blogsdna]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/heatsk7 Darren Debbie Rangel

    step number 6? Itunes never asked for a IPSW file…

  • http://www.facebook.com/heatsk7 Darren Debbie Rangel

    step number 6? Itunes never asked for a IPSW file…

  • azatarso

    Shift + Restore (Windows) it will open file browser

  • Stgeorgecross

    i get an error 20 window from itunes, any work arounds ?
    i loaded up ios 5 and cant stand it compared to jailbroken 4.3.3
    many thanks, steve.

  • http://www.tecrux.com/ Usman

    Thanks for telling Darren.

  • http://www.tecrux.com/ Usman

    You can put your device in DFU mode in order to get rid of error 20 – try this ‘connect your device to the pc, turn it off, and press power 3 seconds, then hold power and home buttons for 10 seconds, and then only hold the home button’ iTunes will say that a recovery device is detected.

  • Waseem

    i get an error saying 3194

  • Nikhil asrani

    error 3194 :(

  • http://www.tecrux.com/ Usman

    use tinyumbrella and uncheck this option – set hosts to cydia on exit

  • http://www.tecrux.com/ Usman

    use tinyumbrella and uncheck this option – set hosts to cydia on exit

  • JL

    Thanks dude….:D m/