Downgrade from IOS 6 to 5.1.1

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by johndallas999, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    Is this currently possible? iOS6 needs more work.
  2. donrsd macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2011
    South Florida
    Oh God, stop it!!!
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    What the matter with it? I'm finding it exactly like 5 but with some extra features.
  4. drxcm macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Actually this is a good question - I'd like to roll back my OS to 5 also.

    Apple Maps sucks - especially in NZ. I also use street view a lot..

    So, back on topic -how do I do this?
  5. DemonsMaster, Sep 19, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012

    DemonsMaster macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012
    The dev team literally made a post about this a few minutes ago.

    Wait for the new redsn0w. If you are on iPad 3 or 4S (or iPad 2 without iOS4/5 blobs saved) then it's impossible. If you have an older device it's possible with saved blobs. Good luck and be patient though.

    Also I forgot to mention it should be possible at time of this posting because the window hasn't closed yet, but that will be closed very soon.
  6. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    I'm sure google maps won't be long now. Maybe 2 - 4 weeks until it appears in the AppStore.
  7. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Did they ALREADY stop signing 5.1.1?

    Usually they wait a few days...

    Damn, stop being arseholes, Apple. :(
  8. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    As said elsewhere, in Apple's infinite wisdom, they have decided no one will be able to downgrade firmware, unlike every single other electronic device ever made... I guess that is too high of a level of thinking for us though, so I appreciate the company making easy, I mean extremely difficult decisions for me!
  9. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    At least the Ipad 3 got SIRI :D

    I cant wait to get home, update to iOS 6, then ask stupid questions for SIRI! Whose with me?!:apple:
  10. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    I would go with you, but I only have an ancient iPad 1 from a whole two years ago. I used to have Siri, but Apple took it off the app store and disabled the app. Thanks Apple! They make life so much easier!! I will certainly buy a new iPad now, even though my old iPad used to do the same thing fine!
  11. b0dyr0ck2006 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    It's not impossible at all. If you have saved the 5.1 update from before then it is totally possible, just maybe not for the run of the mill user.
  12. fr4c macrumors 65816


    Jul 27, 2007
    Hamster wheel
    Download iOS 5.1.1 manually here.

    Put phone into DFU/Restore mode, "Alt" + click Restore and browse to downloaded 5.1.1 ipsw file.
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Trying to downgrade now, desperately.
    iOS 6 is fugly. Maps are annoying. Tried getting bus directions like I would normally try, but was directed to the App Store to buy a bus routing App.

    Okay, no.
  14. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    No, they're still being signed. I just downgraded mine - fortunately.
  15. PK939 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    fr4c, wordoflife - just registered with the site to say thanks a mill for your posts - I upgraded to iOS 6 last night, and then discovered the horrible mess that's the new Music Player.

    Fortunately I found this page, downloaded 5.1.1 and was able to downgrade - not a moment too soon from the sounds of it. I'm keeping the ipsw in a very safe place :apple:
  16. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You need to back up your SHSH too (use TinyUmbrella).
  17. Edge macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2005
    I did it successfully yesterday.

    I say successfully, but I lost some saved application data. And oddly enough, the Apple YouTube app disappeared.
  18. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    Downloading the ipsw file we speak. Thank you guys for the idea and information! :)

    If I use tiny umbrella, can I always revert back to 5.1.1 no matter what Apple does?
  19. dnkbro macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
  20. alec6542, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012

    alec6542 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    If you have a A4 device or lower, yes you can always downgrade. if you have a A5 device, it's will be impossible to downgrade from 6 to 5.1.1 once apple stops signing 5.1.1, which could happen any minute.. As of this post Apple is still signing 5.1.1, so those of you with an a5 device running iOS 6, if you want to remain in the JB scene, you better downgrade ASAP.e good news for A5 people is if you have your blobs saved it will always be possible to Restore to 5.1.1 using Redsnow as long as the device has 5.1.1 installed. But once Apple stops signing that firmware
  21. dnkbro macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
  22. WolfSnap macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    There's an official method of downgrading actually.. However, if you do this, your existing iOS6 backup will NOT work. You'll be starting from scratch (or grab an old backup from timemachine)..

    Here's how..

    Be a developer on iPhone. It's only $99.

    Buy a Mac.

    Install Xcode on said Mac.

    Enable developer mode on iPhone.

    Acquire old ipsw

    Tell Xcode to downgrade iPhone to version of iOS you have as an ipsw file.

    That's it. Works like a charm. I've done it a number of times to debug something I was playing with.
  23. dnkbro macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010

    What the ....
  24. WolfSnap macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Don't shoot the messenger :)
  25. dnkbro macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    4 years with iPhones and this is the first time I'm truly truly disappointed.

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