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Sanchez25
Sep 22, 2013, 03:56 AM
Iíve read about a technique where it was possible (Iím not sure through which methods), but only while the latest iOS6 versions were signed.

Sadly, Iíve read that now they arenít anymore. Guess Iíve been waiting too long, but hey, I wanted to test iOS7 after all.

Now that Iíve realised that iOS7 is a complete disaster (which doesnít even fit to the design of OSX Mavericks), Iíve decided I should go back. Plus, I still own an iPhone 4, and the phone is much slower now.

Now my question is, if I simply restore my phone, from my latest backup, will it not reinstall iOS6 on it?

moargolems
Sep 22, 2013, 04:05 AM
Nope. iTunes always restores your device to the newest possible firmware, unless you shift-click to an older firmware - however, you will not get past Apple's signature check. The last backup has nothing to do with the actual restoring process.

The only instances, where you can shift-click to an earlier firmware, are when Apple is still signing it, or you have SHSH blobs saved on saurik's server (running Cydia for the first time and 'making your life easier') or on your computer (TinyUmbrella).

glacies
Sep 22, 2013, 05:12 AM
Unfortunately no, Apple stopped signing older firmwares

:(

jonankev
Sep 22, 2013, 08:20 AM
According to this Macworld article, it may be possible for a while. Try this link:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2049091/unhappy-with-ios-7-downgrade-while-you-still-can.html

Hope this helps.
John

Tyler23
Sep 22, 2013, 08:28 AM
According to this Macworld article, it may be possible for a while. Try this link:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2049091/unhappy-with-ios-7-downgrade-while-you-still-can.html

Hope this helps.
John

If you read the article (at the top) the author updated it with confirmation that apple has stopped signing iOS 6.

So no, it is not possible to go back to iOS 6. A backup only saves your settings and app data , not the whole firmware.

jonankev
Sep 22, 2013, 01:07 PM
Sorry when I read it yesterday it was still working!
I did succeed last year in taking an iPhone 3G back to iOS 3 after upgrades had slowed it down but I have forgotten how I did it. I was using a Mac desktop and I remember there was a website with many past iOS's to download and a small programme to install them. It is 2 am here in Hong Kong but I'll try to dig out the details tomorrow. I originally found out how to do it by 'Googling' the problem.
John

Tyler23
Sep 22, 2013, 01:25 PM
Sorry when I read it yesterday it was still working!
I did succeed last year in taking an iPhone 3G back to iOS 3 after upgrades had slowed it down but I have forgotten how I did it. I was using a Mac desktop and I remember there was a website with many past iOS's to download and a small programme to install them. It is 2 am here in Hong Kong but I'll try to dig out the details tomorrow. I originally found out how to do it by 'Googling' the problem.
John

You can do that on an iPhone 4 and earlier by having SHSH blobs saved for earlier versions of iOS.

There is no way to downgrade an iPhone 4S or higher unless apple is signing the firmware, and they no longer are.

Edit: just saw the OP has an iPhone 4, so it may be possible. Try googling.

darngooddesign
Sep 22, 2013, 01:28 PM
I remember part of the process was changing the URL iTunes checks against during activation so it didn't matter if Apple stopped signing the firmware.

moargolems
Sep 22, 2013, 01:43 PM
I remember part of the process was changing the URL iTunes checks against during activation so it didn't matter if Apple stopped signing the firmware.
You mean changing the hosts file? It doesn't matter as long as you have your SHSH saved on saurik's server (to where you are actually forwarding the hosts file). If not, it matters more than anything.

There are four instances where the blobs are checked - one in the verifying, one in iBoot, one in the bootrom, and everytime you wake your phone from sleep, so the signatures must be valid at any times. Changing some URLs won't do the trick if you are missing the blobs.

tl;dr: Restoring an iPhone 4 to earlier firmware requires you to have saved SHSH blobs. OP, have you jailbroken your device while on iOS 6?

jonankev
Sep 22, 2013, 02:34 PM
The method I used is outlined here:

http://lifehacker.com/5572003/how-to-downgrade-your-iphone-3g[s]-from-ios-4-to-ios-313

The firmware files are here:

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=750

I used RecBoot and everything went smoothly. Maybe this method would work with the iPhone4?

John

moargolems
Sep 22, 2013, 02:39 PM
The method I used is outlined here:

http://lifehacker.com/5572003/how-to-downgrade-your-iphone-3g[s]-from-ios-4-to-ios-313

The firmware files are here:

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=750

I used RecBoot and everything went smoothly. Maybe this method would work with the iPhone4?

John
iPhone 3G doesn't need blobs in order to downgrade to 3.1.3.