Downgrade iPhone 3G 3.0 to 2.2.1

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ryan.go.habs, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. ryan.go.habs macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007

    1. Attempt a restore of 2.2.1 in DFU Mode

    2. Get the iTunes error message.

    3. Reset device

    4. Launch QuickPwn

    5. Press next and get past the first 3 steps.

    6. Bam, phone is fixed.

    EDIT: It does work, just tried. iPhones baseband will still be updated but 2.2.1 works fine on it.
  2. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
  3. mirrdur13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Its not working

    plz plz plz plz plz help me!!!
    its not working for me at all.
    Could u give a more detailed explination mabye im not doing it right.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Which is why you should have not updated to 3.0 in the first place.
  5. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular


    Mar 30, 2006
    Safari desert
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/7A238j Safari/525.20)

    How to "reset" device???
  6. sd2009 macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2008
    after some screwing around it seems to be restoring in itunes just fine :eek:

    Yep its restoring. Note that this was with a custom firmware i made in pwnagetool. But I didnt include cydia or any other jailbreak stuff with it. since I dont want a jailbreak.
    After this im going to restore it again to the normal firmware.
  7. sd2009 macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2008
    iphone restored.


    back in 2.2.1 :)

    whats the 3.0 baseband version? cuz mine is 04.20.01
  8. lindsayanng macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2008
    East Haven, CT
    this is what happens when the little kids need to have the bestest newest thing.. Soon you will all be turning purple and blowing up into a big balloon.. ITS NOT READY YET
  9. lostfan916 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2007
    It is 4.20.01

    Once the BB is upgraded there's no downgrading it.
  10. Pared macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
  11. mocque macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2009

    on a Windows Computer

    1) open itunes
    2) get iphone in DFU mode
    3) select restore iphone (using the original 2.2.1 firmware, not the custom one)
    4) let iphone do the restart process until you get ERROR 1013
    5) close itunes
    6) open quickpwn. you will get a message saying to hold power and home for 15 seconds. do it exactly like that hold the power and home for 15 secs.
    7) turn on iphone by holding power button for 2 secs
    8) open itunes and BINGO iphone is recognize and activated

    there you go...

    PS: iphone works fine on FW 2.2.1 and the newer baseband 04.20.01
  12. SGB2190 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    I tried these steps but I get an error 1604. Any thoughts?
  13. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Did anyone else miss the part where it says that you cannot downgrade once you install 3.0 on your TEST DEVICE? You shouldn't be installing it if you're not going to be developing and testing on the device.
  14. mikec20 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Worked for me. Thanks.
  15. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    Did you miss the part where someone just DID downgrade 3.0? Get off your high horse. No one wants to hear any more of your negative comments. You've made enough in other threads to last everyone a long time.
  16. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Actually he is saying a truth. What people have found is a lopphole to put back 2.2.1, it is not allowed nonetheless.

    Honestly, why do people have to have things now and cant wait. I already expect a slew and avalanche of new threads with tittle like "I got a PSOD!!!111!!!222 What do I do now???!?!12" because many people don't realize seeds contain expiration dates, just like in the days of 2.0 betas.

    Please do not update just because you want to show off or because you don't want to wait. You will regret it later. Wait, its always worth the wait. BTW, before anyone says Im jealous I don't have the beta, I am registered in the iPhone Dev Program since December. However, I have just 1 phone, I won't sacrifice it just because of new features when its a pain to deal with bugs and reverting it back.

    tl;dr - people who are not official developers should not update, period.
  17. MDMac macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2006
    McAllen, TX
    I did all these steps but I wound up with a functional phone that still has iPhone 3.0 on it. I don't understand what any of these steps actually accomplished. I tried to restore with original firmware and pwnd firmware... but I still wind up with 3.0. Am I missing something? I'm iTunes 8.1 BTW. Is this a problem?

    Also... When I hold down the home + power button for 15 seconds the phone powers off then turns on again on its own before I can even hold the power button for 2 seconds. Does it REALLY need to be 15 seconds or just until the phone turns off?
  18. ryan.go.habs thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    Ive downgraded twice now and ive held it down for the full 15 seconds. It turns back on at around 13 but trust me it works. Just follow the steps exactly as it says.
  19. danimal99 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    Thanks for the helpful guide. I downgraded mine as well back to 2.2.1, and it went exactly as described. Good deal.

    I am a paid developer and decided OS 3.0 was still a bit too quirky to deal with for now, but look forward to a future release.
  20. SGB2190 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    It will let me reinstall the 3.0 beta but will only give me the 1604 error with 2.2.1. Anyone at all?
  21. mocque macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2009
    do you get this error right after you press restore or it takes about a while before u get the error?

    in other words do you think that the 221 FW is fully installed in ur phone???

    try this when you press the restore buttong hold down shift (on windows) and make sure you select the 221 FW. try both ways putting phone in DFU and also without DFU.

    hope u fix ur phone soon.
  22. SGB2190 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    I was finally able to get it. I don't think I was actually in DFU mode, just recovery mode. Once I got to the point where there is the blank white screen and tried to load the 2.2.1 FW it took it. Seems to be working great now on 2.2.1. Thanks!
  23. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2007

    Was this a custom firmware or the stock one? I've been successfully able to get a customized 2.2.1 running, but am still getting errors about half-way through the restore to stock 2.2.1 if I try. Any ideas?
  24. lftrghtparadigm macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    High horse??? This having to hack/downgrade from 3.0 to 2.2.1 is absolute nonsense! This shouldn't even be a topic, because there shouldn't be a flood of people with no idea what their doing and too much throw-away money upgrading to "permanent testing status in 3.0 beta".
  25. Lucagfc macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    I'm a developer so I've installed 3.0 firmware lawfully but now I won't to go back to the 2.2 version. There's a way to do that witouth jailbrake or other crack way? I want my original iPhone 2.2 version but without using some third party software. It is possible? thank you

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