How to Downgrade Back to iOS 5

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scissorhands

Am I the only one thinking that we're spending hours chasing after this electronic bullshit instead of actually creating and working? It seems that we spend so much time polishing the junk that masquerades as tools of productivity, rather than actually being productive.

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ziedee

What about iPad four? D: i just hate iOS 6! And i cant get rid of it.

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HallBrook

FaceBook Campaign - RollBack Petition for IOS 5.
Please join, maybe this helps us closer to the goal.

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Ramadan Daoud

If I have a iOS 4 how can I Dow OAS iOS 5 without downloading iOS 6?

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Ramadan Daoud

If I have a iOS 4 how can I Dow OAS iOS 5 without downloading iOS 6?

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Hardley

From the comments,it looks like downgrading back to iOS5 isn't possible.

I know Mac Life needs to maintain a good working relationship with Apple, but I would sure like to see an article about Apple'a arrogant attitude about their products when they release products that don't make the grade.

The Maps application of iOS6 is completely useless. And my iPhone4 runs SIGNIGICANTLY slower than under iOS5 - I guess that's Apple way of saying "it's time for me to buy a new iPhone."

It really would be great if Mac Life would server as a bully-pulpit to shame Apple into rectifying the iOS6 deficiencies.

From now on I will wait 6 months or more before upgrading to any new Apple products, both hardware and software.

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almost2020

Big brother doesn't want you to downgrade. You will not downgrade.

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rifin2000

Hello, for those who have this error "device isnt eligible for the requested build.",
just keep your iphone or ipad on until the battery run out completely, then try to restore ipsw in itunes.
Good luck.

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Ihateios6

Just wondering if anyone tried this method and succeeded in downgrading?

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down2earth

One of the best reasons for subscribing to a resource such as Mac Life, is simply to exercise the mind. Even if you don't succeed in accomplishing a certain task by following How-To-Do-It instructions found in its latest publication your resulting frustration will probably reinforce your determination to try try ... try again.

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cryellow

I tried this with iTunes 10.6 and putting iPAD 2 into DFU mode, still get the same error "device isnt eligible for the requested build."

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Tim Downie

Folks, as others have said, this doesn't work. Don't waste you time trying, it probably did work whilst iO6 was in beta form as 5.1.1 was the "official" OS and just doing a restore would take your device back to 5.1.1. Now that iOS6 is officially released, it's the only OS you can get from Apple.

Messing around with different versions of iTunes or DFU mode won't help.

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qwertyvibes

I have iPhone 4 White , iOS 6.
I want to Downgrade to iOS 5.1.1.
I tried a lot with "iPhone3,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore" ipsw file but iTunes always comes up with" unknown error 3194" even in DFU Mode too.
Please help me to Downgrade to iOS 5.1.1.

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Kamau

Hey guys, Can anyone help with downgrading the iPhone 3g from iOS 6. I can only find guides for iPhone 3gs and above. thanks

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keybladeninja2010

I always get the same error message, I have no way to tell waht generation it is, but it was bought near march 6th 2012,
the message is;
The iPod "***** *****'s iPod" could not be restored.
This device isn't eligible for the requested build.

Ever since I upgrade my iPod has been essentially unusable, and I use it quite frequently, could somebody PLEASE give me help?

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oirudleahcim

Has anyone approached an Apple Genius to see if they support downgrading or will help with a reliable way to do it?

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keybladeninja2010

doubtful, apple employees tend to state that the latest and greatest (and most expensive) apple anything is the greatest and that only a fool would'nt spend there life savings on it.

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Homey Simpson

I too can confirm this does not work! Looks like Apple servers are blocking it and giving me an error code.

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odedo1

there are a few things that are wrong here:
you need to find a computer with an older iTunes or no iTunes and install an older one u can't install an older one on your new one because there are parts that stay from the new iTunes .

seconded they forgot about tinyumbrella after pluging the iPhone to the computer if iTunes open close it open tinyumbrella and run the TSS Server

now open iTunes press shift restore point to 5.1.1 click open and let it do it's thing.

PS: if you didnt save the blobs with tinyumbrella import them from Cydia with tinyumbrella so it will store it in the right place after that remove the v from get SHSH from Cydia turn off tinyumbrella then turn it back on and run the TSS Server.

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penwith

Hi odedo1. This is penwith from the Apple forum re downgrading from IOS6 to 5. I'm hoping that on here you can speak openly rather than being previously blocked by Apple.

Here's my situation. I have a the new iPad 2 with retina display (which seems to be popularly called iPad 3). I've unwittingly 'upgraded' to IOS 6 without checking reviews and have lost the very useful Google map app and the YouTube app. My battery drains like nothing else and I have random glitches and slows across the entire system.

I desperately want to revert back to IOS 5.1.1. I don't have my blobs saved and have never tried jail breaking it. Therefore I presume that I can't get them from Cydia because they never had them.

I've tried finding the TextPlus app but can't locate it in the apple store. Another IOS6 'feature' I wonder?

Is there a way to downgrade to IOS 5.1.1 on my iPad in any way at all? I just want it to revert to what I paid for.

Hoping that you can help. Many thanks.

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Shoeboxmoonpieb...

Update:

After several attempts, restarting my laptop, putting my phone into recovery mode and updating itunes, it no longer gave the error message and allowed me to restore the iphone using the file with the previous software. Only problem is, when it finally restored, it is back to ios 6. What a big waste of time.

If someone has a solution for this that actually works, please let me know.

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Sasparilla

The article leaves out putting the iThing (Phone/Pod/Pad) into DFU (update) mode prior to restoring, not sure if it will fix it, but seems to be a step left out.

After backup but prior to connecting for the update:

Put the iPhone/iPad/iPod into DFU mode by turning the phone off and then holding down the sleep and power button for 10 seconds, then release the power button but hold onto the home button until iTunes tells you that the device is now in recover mode.

That was on this page on how to fix a 3194 error in iTunes when trying to restore:

osxdaily.com/2010/12/06/error-3194-fix-for-itunes/

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almost2020

This does not help.

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Shoeboxmoonpieb...

Please help!

This does not work for me.

It extracts software then gives the error:

"iphone software cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable"

I'm on Windows XP

itunes 10.6.3.25

iphone 4 GSM

I desperately need to get Google Maps back as I rely on it for work!

Please please please help.

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seirolax

it didnt work for me it said a error saying that the libary file couldnt b found so i had to reinstall 10.7 any way i can get some help wit this

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jpolito

Hi everybody.

Yesterday I downloaded the ios 6 upgrade directly from my iPad. I had not read anything about the problems with ios 6 before downloading. But before installing I decided to take a look, and for my surprise only bad news. Well now I just want to get rid of the downloaded installation, so I don't even need to bother with downgrading.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Lord John Whorfin

Has anyone at MacLife tried this with conclusive and repeatable success? Many of the responses below indicate this technique doesn't actually work, but requires all the jailbreaking, SHSH blob-saving that I think most of us were hoping to avoid.

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redjellydonut

If you've upgraded to iTunes 10.7 this won't work. If anyone comes up with a workaround a grateful populace will sing of you in the mead halls for eternity.

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Basti

Does all this work without having saved SHSH blobs and not JB the phone?

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imariopereira

Why should I want to downgrade to iOS5? Maps just came out for the first time, I think nobody expects it was going to be perfect in the beginning, I mean... Google got it's Maps service for years! ...and Apple releasing now on it's first version already this revolutionary 3D view, in my opinion it's just amazing, and a couple of years I have no doubt that it will turn better then Google.

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oirudleahcim

There are more problems with iOS 6 than just the Maps issue. It seems to draw all the press, much like Hurricane Katrina did in the headlines even though it was followed by at least as destructive a hurricane, Rita, only a month or so later. But Rita didn't hit a tourist-oriented area of Louisiana, where I was living at the time, so even though the loss of life wasn't as bad, the physical destruction at least matched Katrina. But who's heard of Hurricane Rita?

That's what I thought.

So, my point: do a Google search or look at the Apple Support community forums for the legion of complaints about the performance of the new Music app in iOS6. And how about the ingenious idea of some high-paid blockhead at Apple to separate Podcasts into their own app? Bottom line: the Music app doesn't get along with home sharing. And now I can't home share Podcasts to my iPhone 4.

You know, there's only so much memory on any iThing. Not being able to use home sharing for podcasts and the many errors with Music app are a huge black eye for Apple, IMHO. And I read of other problems as well.

Just nobody's making much of it, Apple media hounds included.

I much regret upgrading to iOS6.

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jpolito

The problem is that not everybody wants to wait years to have the quality they already had 5 days ago. It is just my opinion, but it was not a mature decision from Apple to take that huge step (abandoning google maps) without guaranteeing they had it all first. There are people relying on this service for years and suddenly they cannot count on it anymore (there is obviously the option to use gmaps in your browser, but not with all the options - it is very different).

Also, many people are reporting other minor problems, and it is very clear that apple rushed the launching of this ios 6 and some of it's features, affecting it's quality. It's a shame.

I believe everybody would agree that if they had tested maps extensively, for example, they would have noticed at least some of the big problems with the technology. The same with battery draining and high cpu usage issues. It's really a shame for such a big company.

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jscottk

Huh. If all you want is Google Maps back, there is a much easier way.

Launch Safari. Go to maps.google.com. Follow the instructions on screen for adding a web app to your home screen. Done.

Now you have Google maps, including mass transit navigation. Oh, and all of iOS 6 too.

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Sasparilla

And in 2 weeks Google said they will add street view for iOS on the web.

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Frankybabee

There is a good you tube video that shows you how...just search ios6 to ios5.......

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Frankybabee

Dont upgrade itunes before you attempt this. You need to put your phone in dfu mode and then just restore. I made the mistake of updating itunes first.

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jbdecker

I have already upgraded itunes. What is the solution now?

Thanks.

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MartiniGuy

Google for or browse to a website: oldapps dot com

then /itunes.php

(Sorry - when I try to include a URL here it triggers this Board's SPAM protector.)

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Lord John Whorfin

Unfortunately, oldapps.com (Mac stuff is at mac.oldapps.com) doesn't store Mac OS X versions of iTunes (or QuickTime) - presumably an Apple cease-and-desist thing. However, iTunes 10.6.3 and even 10.3.1 are still available via Apple at support.apple.com/downloads. Once there, enter "iTunes" in the search field.

Of course you'll also need to restore a previous version of your iTunes library, but that should be stored right in the Prev. iTunes Lbrary folder - just look for the most recent one prior to your iTunes 10.7 update.

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Frankybabee

Didnt work. It extracts the software and prepares phone but then the error message appears "device isnt eligible for the requested build" whatever that means. Major let down! Bummer........

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cbentl2

I have the same error, have you given up?

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seirolax

i got the same msg did you find a way around it or still trying i want to downgrade my iphone 4 gsm but i still cant find anything that will help me solve my problem all your help muchly appreciated thank you

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winnirya

Does anyone know if and how you can do this with Windows?

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Shoeboxmoonpieb...

Exactly the same way except instead of the 'option' button you hold down 'alt' or 'ctrl' or 'shift' while clicking 'restore' to bring up windows directory.

The button you need to click on the keyboard will depend on your hardware, I guess. Try all three. It's shift for me.

Don't get too excited, though because this doesn't seem to be working.

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John Haggard

The link labels are wrong - the one saying it is the iPhone 4s is really for the 4!!!

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Kevin Munro

John is correct. All the labels are wrong in the firmaware downloads. Make sure to read the actual file name when you download as it is the only way to find the correct build

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John Haggard

I was thrilled to see this article and instructions - but when I follow it - the point where I hold the option key and select the 5.1.1 iOs, itunes says it is extracting the iPhone software - then gives me the error message : The iPhone could not be restored. The device is not eligible for the requested build. What can I do? I desperately need to get Google Maps back for navigating my daily use of Houston public transit, this screw up by Apple has left me spending an extra 30 minutes going each way to work for lack of information on schedules.,

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jbdecker

Do you have to go into DFU mode first before applying the firmware?

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Sasparilla

Yes, I believe you do.

Put the iPhone/iPad/iPod into DFU mode by turning the phone off and then holding down the sleep and power button for 10 seconds, then release the power button but hold onto the home button until iTunes tells you that the device is now in recover mode.

That was on this page on how to fix a 3194 error in iTunes when trying to restore:

osxdaily.com/2010/12/06/error-3194-fix-for-itunes/

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slowpok22

this doesn't work, kids ipod touch 4G, duf mode updated the host file nothing seems to work, really Mac Life posting an article that doesn't work!
even removed iTunes and installed an earlier version.

still get the same 3194 error

update: is the mac community really this bad?

the more i read the worse it gets, why would you post something that will not work?
no one seems to know this is ridiculous, thank goodness there is access to ANDROID!
Developers that know what they are doing and know what they are talking about.

Apple the only computer system that can make smart people stupid!

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