How do I restore an iphone 3gs without upgrading it?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Miss.Michele, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Miss.Michele macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2010
    I am not a techie person, but I am not a moron either. :) Please explain it to me as if you were talking to your grandmother.

    I have an iphone 3gs which I need to restore because the ipod has stopped working. I have backed up all of my stuff and tried to restore it last night, but my computer told me that I had to upgrade to the new iphone system (4.01, maybe?) I have been told that this version is annoying and that I do not want to upgrade, but I do not know how to restore without upgrading.

    I have read other posts about this which refer to things like Cydia, SHSH and hashes. I do not know what any of these things are.

    Is it going to be easy for someone like me to restore without upgrading?

    Is the new system really that bad?

    What advice do you have for me? (And please be nice. :) Like I said, I am not a technical person, and have not been on a tech forum before.)


  2. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2009
    Uhm, there is nothing you can do. You HAVE to upgrade. Who said it's "annoying". Upgrade it, it's better and faster than 4.0x.

    If you do not have SSHs, then you can't restore to an older firmware. Apple quit signing those older firmwares, which is where SSHs come in to play. Basically they run through a program like tiny umbrella. Tiny umbrella sorta impersonates apples site, making iTunes think that they are still signing for that firmware through the SSH files. You do not have SSH unless you store them thru tiny umbrella, and since you don't even know what it is, then sorry to say there is nothing you can do.
  3. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    For the 3GS, there's really no reason not to upgrade. On the 3G, there's some degradation in performance, but most 3GS users seem to be fine.

    As mentioned above, you don't have the option to not upgrade if a restore is necessary unless you've taken the precaution of storing your SHSH files for a given firmware version while Apple still signs that version. At this time, only 4.1 is being signed, so that is the only version you can restore to. It's unfortunate, but Apple doesn't provide for firmware downgrades.

    Restore to 4.1 and enjoy the new features!
  4. Miss.Michele thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2010
    Thanks, guys! I'll be going from 3.1 to 4.1, actually.

    Are there any really big differences that you can think of that I will notice making that change? :)

  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If you don't care about jb or unlocking then mind as well go up to 4.1

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