Downgrade from 4.1 to 4.0 (even if you don't have SHSH)

Discussion in 'iPod touch Hacks' started by andyyfeng, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. andyyfeng macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2010
    Hi, I'm new to the forum and I was helping my friend jailbreak her itouch. Her itouch is 2nd Gen MB model which started with 2.x.x firmware. I tried to make it 4.0 in the beginning and it failed, prompting me to restore. After the restore, the itouch became 4.1 firmware. In order to bring it down to 4.0 you need to first edit your host which is located under your C:\windows\system32\etc\hosts. You edit it by using Notepad. Once you open hosts, add the following onto the bottom (including # and hit TAB key once): Once you have done that, put your itouch into recovery mode. To do so, you turn off your itouch without the USB plugged in. Hold on to the home button and plug in the USB, which will bring you to recovery mode. Now hit shift + click restore and select 4.0 firmware for itouch 2g. When everything is finished, connect to Wi-fi and go to and your all set.

    link to firmware:

    Note: I only did this once and I can't guarantee it to work. Try at your own risk. Hope I helped!
  2. GoodBoy macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2007
    Thanks! I will definetely try this! Not sure if it's gonna work on my touch though. I have touch 3rd gen MC model as opposed to your friend's MB 2gen.

    Thanks for the site too, but it's weird why they don't have 4.01 fo the iPod touch:confused:

    tried it, unfortunetly a message "error number 3194" popped up :(
  3. andyyfeng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2010
    Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. Did you edit your host? I can provide a visual look of how the host should be.
  4. GoodBoy macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2007
    I did. Mine looks like that

    I guess it's the matter of iPod models. I've read somewhere it's only possible to downgrade without saving SHSH blobs on MB models only. MC no can't do, that's what I've heared :/
  5. andyyfeng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2010
    Ah... I think I see the problem. Erase everything that has to do with apple. Then re-add looking like this on the bottom.

    # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host


    (that is only the bottom of my host)
    Only have # once and have it underneath everything with the # symbol.
  6. Abscissa macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2010
    This is old, just saying. I tried it awhile ago for something and it wouldn't work for me on windows or mac...
  7. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You do know that the 2G iPod Touches don't have the same kind of SHSH blobs as the 3Gs and iPod Touch 3G right? They have soft SHSH blobs which can easily be gotten around. And even then the soft SHSH blobs only exist of 4.0 and higher.
  8. PsychosisNC macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2010
    This worked fine on my sons ipod touch 2G. Was able to go back to 4.0 and then jailbreak with jailbreakme 2.

    The one thing you are incorrect on with the hosts file is the line you added. The # cannot go before the or it won't even use that line. The # comments out that line, thats why all of those above have #'s in front because they are just examples and other text.

    Also when you add to the hosts file and save it you will have to shutdown itunes and restart it before it will work. Then you have to set your ipod up as a new one when it finishes restoring. You cannot restore a saved profile or you will go right back to 4.1.
  9. snowscar macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2010
    U cant Jailbreak 4.02 directly using Jailbreakme.
    There is a good tutorial to jailbreak ipod 4.02

    TinyUmbrella works well to get your existing SHSH blobs onto Cydia then its easy to downgrade without any problem. It also solves the errors during downgrade

    Read it and follow the step u will downgrade to 4.0 and jailbreak the iPod
  10. Speczorz macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2010
    Nothing like cracking photoshop. ;)
  11. masterskizal macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! this jus made me so much happier like its unbelievable...UR AN IPOD GOD!!!! :D

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