Can I downgrade iOS 5 back to iOS 4?

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  1. j-a-x macrumors 65816

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    I am a developer and I partially want to test my app in iOS 5 but more than that I want to try iOS 5 out of curiosity. Since I am a poor grad student who only has access to one iPhone, I am wondering if I would be able to downgrade my device back to iOS 4 if iOS 5 isn't stable enough for every day use.

    I know that with iOS 4 you could downgrade back to iOS 3 but you'd be stuck at the newer baseband (which was not an issue for me since I don't use a carrier unlock). I assume backing up my SHSH blobs would be a good idea, but does anybody know for sure whether iOS 5 is downgradable or not?

    I know it's probably a bit too early for people to report on this but I thought I'd start a thread that could continue once people actually try to downgrade.
     
  2. outphase macrumors 65816

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    I would start with the assumption of "no" and go from there. If you install iOS 5, do not expect to go back to 4. If you can, then great but do not be disappointed if you cannot.
     
  3. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    Think the site has more info there on this. Might want to check there. Pretty sure I saw another developer posting some info on this from the developer site.
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    My understanding is that once you upgrade and iTunes makes a back-up, then when you downgrade back to iOS 4.3.3 you won't be able to Restore from the newest backup (because the backup is of a higher OS).

    Your only option will be to Set-up as new.
     
  5. j-a-x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't you just be able to restore to an older backup from a time machine disk rather than setting up as new?
     
  6. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Yes, I was just about to edit my post to include this info.
     
  7. j-a-x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wonder if I should wait for somebody to confirm or if I should be the first guinea pig...
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I have the same concern/question. Can you ever go back to the public release cycle or will you always be locked into developer seeds?
     
  9. D1G1T4L, Jun 6, 2011
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    Again I would check the developers site as someone had posted some info on this already that they had copied from there. I really didn't pay attention as I'm not a developer.

    Here is one post I was referring too...

     
  10. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    You can probably downgrade using the Cydia blob like in previous versions. When iOS 4 came out, people could downgrade. You just won't be able to restore from your newest backup, but rather the most recent from 4.3.3.
     
  11. labman macrumors 604

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    you might be able too since 4.3.3 is still being signed by Apple. normally you need shsh blobs saved. it will be a few days before we know for sure. might want to wait a few days. sights like www.iclarified.com or http://www.redmondpie.com/ will have tutorials. possibly though might pass since it should be limited access. I'd wait for now if you think you might go back. most Dev's have two devices 1 for testing the other for use.
     
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  13. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000

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    So the disclaimer is incorrect? Should help some people out if it is.
     
  14. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    i can confirm what the other poster said.

    downgrading is possible. just put it into DFU and you're good to go.
     
  15. j-a-x, Jun 6, 2011
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    j-a-x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The disclaimer isn't exactly incorrect. As far as Apple is concerned, you can't downgrade (it's not officially supported) but with 3rd party tools/tricks/hacks you can probably do it. I'm not sure if you need Tiny Umbrella to do it or not but I am guessing you do. I'm going to do my upgrade now. Wish me luck! :)

    Out of curiosity, are people downgrading because it is buggy, or just because they want to test it out?
     
  16. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Off Topic:

    Does iOS 5 require iTunes 10.3? or will iTunes 10.2.2. work fine (iTunes 10.3 is said to be available on Apple's website, but the link still goes to 10.2.2)

    I have iTunes 10.5 beta but I haven't decided if I want to install this version yet on my main computer.
     
  17. Zord macrumors 6502

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    Yes, This!

    I am wanting to install iOS 5 but I'm concerned about the stability of it.

    Can anyone give some advice to those of us that use our devices on a daily basis and don"t have a separate device just for testing??

    Should we upgrade?
     
  18. j-a-x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It requires 10.5 beta. I already installed 10.5 beta because it should be pretty easy to downgrade from if necessary and it doesn't really seem that different so far.

    Almost done upgrading. I can't wait to try wifi sync! And I hope SlothCam still works in iOS 5, otherwise I've got work to do.
     
  19. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Thanks
     
  20. jrodriguezpr macrumors newbie

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    Yes you can downgrade by putting Iphone in DFU mode, ( I just did) I thought my UDID was registered already but it was not so I had to downgrade. Running Itunes 10.5
     
  21. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    iClarified says that with the SHSH you can downgrade anything except an Ipad 2. Has anyone tried downgrading an iPad 2? I wonder whether there's a difference between the WiFi and 3G+WiFi versions?
     
  22. shmootz macrumors newbie

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    @musclenerd has said that only 3G is a problem, he said wifi is fine.

    I have an iPad 2 wifi. I saved my shsh blobs with Tiny Umbrella, but I was forced to save it locally due to their being a problem with Cydia's storage or something... Any idea how to downgrade, if I choose to update, using an shsh blob saved locally to my Mac? I may choose to downgrade if an iPad 2 jailbreak comes out for 4.x.
     
  23. elan123 macrumors 6502

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    Will SlothCam run??
     
  24. pettit03 macrumors newbie

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    I just downgraded my iPad 2 Wifi back down to 4.3.3 with no problem. I just clicked restore in iTunes 10.5 and it asked me of I wanted to Restore and Update to the latest firmware, I clicked yes and it took me back to 4.3.3.
     
  25. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the iPad does not have the same baseband issues of the iPhone. Thats why there is no problem downgrading to any version iOS.
     

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