Problem dowgrading to IOS6

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by sktn77a, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello all:

    I've followed the (supposedly impossible) downgrade instructions on the web for downgrading from IOS7 to IOS6 but iTunes isn't recognizing my downloaded IOS6 file (iPhone4,1_6.1.3_108328_Restore.zip). when I Shift Click Restore iPhone and go to the download directory with the zipped firmware file, it says "no items matched your search". How do I get iTunes to recognize the downloaded firmware files?

    Thanks,

    Keith
     
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    Tyler23

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    You must unzip the file. The ipsw is what you want, and it is contained in the zip file. Unzip it, and then try it again selecting the file ending in .ipsw.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I unzipped the zip file containing:
    Firmware folder
    0482516-005.dmg
    0482613-005.dmg
    0482679-005.dmg
    Buildmanifest
    kernel.cach.release.n94
    restore

    In the "Firmware" folder is:
    All_flash (folder containing aa_flash.n94ap.production folder containing several .img files)
    DFU (folder containing 2 .dfu files)
    USR (folder containing "local" folder, containing "standalone" folder which is empty)
    Trek-3.4.03.release.bbfw
    Trek-3.4.03.release

    No file ending in ipsw anywhere.

    ?????

    Keith
     
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    Tyler23

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    Unbundle the .dmg's, the ipsw should be housed in one of them. If that doesn't work - sounds like you got your download from a pretty dodgy site..
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't know what a .dmg file is but it's not a folder or zipped file so I don't see there is anything I can do with it. None of the website instructions indicated I should need to do anything other than open up the downloaded file and install it in iTub\nes (?!)

    I got the download from 3 different links to the apple download server so I don't know what the deal is.
     
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    Tyler23

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    Double click the .dmg, it is a OS X install file. When Apple releases software to developers, it comes packaged in the .dmg install file. Double click it, and it will open in a new finder window with the contents. Within it, should be the .ipsw file.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I click or double click on it and nothing happens. try to unsip it further with 7-zip but nada. I'm using windows but I've unzipped the original download file. Is this an OSx only download?
     
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    If you using Mac, select the file and press enter, then rename the extension from .zip to .ipsw. If you are using Windows, then you need to right click and select rename. Change the extension to .ipsw as well.

    I unziped my iPhone 4S .ipsw file and got the folllowing:

    038-3390-250.dmg 038-3456-396.dmg 038-3456-251.dmg. BuildMainfest.plist Firemware fodler Kernelcache.release.n94 restore.plist

    Judging from that, you probably just need change the extension to .ipsw then use iTunes to restore.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    i dont know if it helps, but in windows if you unzip the DMG, you will find a file named something HFS. Unzip this one also. The IPSW will be "inside" this one.
     
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    Carlanga

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    don't unzip, just delete the .zip part and leave it ending w. just ipsw :cool:

    IF that doesn't work get another source. Use iclarified.com to get one.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried everything suggested. Itunes (for windows) just doesn't recognize any of the files!

    :mad:
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    It should at least recognize the file from the link Thierry ba provided.

    If not done yet, download and install the newest itunes software from apple and try again. It should work, do not know what the failure could be on your machine...
     
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    MarcusCarpenter

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    Just rename it to .ipsw simple
     
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    triptolemus

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    I downgraded yesterday successfully using the DFU method. However I did run into a problem. It refused to accept the ipsw file I pointed at.

    I tried a few times then obtained an ipsw file from another source, and... success.

    Get your ipsw from elsewhere.

    I got mine here...

    http://www.imore.com/ios-6-firmware-files
     
  17. sktn77a, Sep 19, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2013

    thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Success!!! I downloaded the zipped file from yet a 5th source and there it was in my download directory and was recognized immediately by Itunes. IOS6 back up and running. Phew!!!

    PS: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
     
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    triptolemus

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    Welcome back.

    No more teletubbies cosmetic counter iPhone for you!
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    how did you do it I download the same as u and see the same thing when unzip and don't get a ipsw or a hfs file in there am trying to downgrade my iphone 4s

    I need help quick plz
     
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    Tyler23

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    You cannot downgrade a 4s.
     
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    Try changing the extension of the file from .zip to .ipsw

    That should fix your issue.
     
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    Tyler23

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    You cannot downgrade a 4s to begin with.
     
  23. macrumors newbie

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    what can I do I want to change firmware don't know how to get the ipsw file out of the zip that I downloaded which when I extract gives me the same as the other user said and am sort of stuck with the worlds most popular paper weight. some one help pliz
     
  24. macrumors P6

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    You simply can't, as already mentioned a few times.
     
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    At this point iOS 7 is going to be your only choice. I'm sorry :(
     

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