How To Downgrade iOS 6.0.1 To iOS 5.1.1


In this guide we show you how to downgrade your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 4G from iOS 6.0.1 to iOS 5.x.x using Redsn0w.

Some important points before we proceed:

  • This guide is meant for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G users. It is currently not possible to downgrade the newer iOS devices such as iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5. As always, we’ll let you know as soon as there is an update, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.
  • This method will work only if you’ve saved your SHSH blobs for iOS 5.x.x either using TinyUmbrella or had jailbroken your iPhone when it was running iOS 5.x.x and launched Cydia at least once, which would have cached the SHSH blobs on its servers.
  • Since the method restores your iPhone with iOS 5.x.x, you need to go through the process of setting up your iPhone from the backup, which can take sometime.
  • Please note that when you restore from backup, you will only see only iOS 5.x.x or lower compatible backups, so you won’t see iOS 6.0.x backups.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to downgrade your iOS device using Redsn0w:

Step 1: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 (RedSn0w 0.9.15 beta 3) from this link.

Step 2: Download iOS 5.x.x firmware file for your iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS from this link or for iPod touch 4g from this link.

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder. Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application. Please ensure that you have launched the latest version of Redsn0w.

Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 4: Click on the Extras button.

Step 5: Then click on the Even more button.

Step 6: Click on Restore button.

Step 7: Click on IPSW button. Navigate to the ipsw firmware file downloaded in step 2 and select it and click on the Open button.

Step 8: iPhone users will be prompted if they want to prevent baseband update, click on the Yes button to continue.

Step 9: You will now be prompted to put your iOS device in Pwned DFU mode to restore to the iOS 5.x.x firmware file. Click on the Ok button.

Step 10: Turn off your iOS device and connect it your computer and click on the Next button.

Step 11: Follow the on-screen instructions to put your iOS device in Pwned DFU mode:

(a) Hold the Power button on iOS device down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the Home button and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until your device’s screen goes black.

Step 12: Redns0w will automatically detect the SHSH blob for the firmware file on Cydia. If Redsn0w cannot find the SHSH blobs automatically then click on the Remote button to try again or click on the Local button and point Redsn0w to the SHSH blobs stored locally on your computer.

That’s it, Redsn0w will create a system restore image and inform you once it has successfully restored your iOS device to iOS 5.x.x.

You’re all set to perform an untethered jailbreak on your iOS device again. If you need help then check our How to Jailbreak page for the link to our latest guide to jailbreak your iOS device on iOS 5.1.1.

Let us know how it goes in the comments.

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  • Slick

    last time u guys posted this didnt work for me :(

    i saw lots of people who had problems
    i tried posting it 3 times but comments didn’t show up ?
    not sure if it was blocked? i didnt swear or said anything rude

    just steps i how i downgraded with snow breeze and redsnow

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s strange. As you can see, it’s pretty straight forward. Not sure, why the comments got blocked. Email us at if it happens again and we’ll have it sorted.

      • slick

        thanks appreciate it

  • Yak and Yeti

    I did it following your earlier guidelines on downgrading. But the mentioned version of redsnow didn’t work, rather 14b2 did the job without a glitch and i came to know this after reading experiences of other folks. Why would that happen?

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s wierd, Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 actually includes bug fixes so it should reduce the chances of hitting an issue.

  • Slick

    wasted so much time last time this was posted

    ended up using ultrasnow and redsnow easily

    hopefully this time helps out everyone who was stuck last time

    i sold that iphone 4 after i downgraded it

  • bojay

    my iphone 4 has been updated to iOS 6.0.1, firmware 04.12.2, if I do the downgrade as stated above, will this downgrade the BB (yes, I saved my shsh from the 5.1.1. version with older baseband …) thx for any support!!

    • Yak and Yeti

      It should as far as i know. But i am a newbie so it may serve you better if you do a bit of more research. Meanwhile, spend more time on reading the issues encountered during the process. Comes handy if anything goes wrong :-)

    • iPhoneHacks

      It won’t downgrade the baseband and besides there is no point of downgrading to the baseband (04.12.01) that comes with iOS 5.1.1 as even that cannot be unlocked, if that is the reason for downgrading the baseband.

      • bojay

        thx for answering, I actually saved the shsh from the 5.0.1. firmware, which I believe was 04.10.01…and which I was able to unlock…am I right that it’s possible to downgrade now back to 5.0.1 but BB will stay the same?

        • iPhoneHacks

          No, unfortunately it is not possible to downgrade the baseband.

          • bojay

            ok. thx! let’s hope for some possibilities to do so in the near future :-)

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    have You noticed , (iOS 6 jailbreakers), there are no shsh blobs saved ( for iOS 6 ) on cydia? i had noticed that even when i first JB iphone 3gs ( tethered ) and only after quite sometime i realized only 6.0.1 blobs were saved. marc

    • Alan

      I can see the iOS 6.0.1 SHSH blobs for my iPhone 3GS on Cydia.

    • D4

      Its because ios6 had wayyy to many bugs and they knew 6.0.1 will have fixes, this allows the team to jailbreak 6.0.1 knowing these bugs dont exist and also apple havent patched the method for them to access what they need.

  • Risko

    Still no love for iP5 jailbreakers? :(

  • Friday

    When you launch the methods to downgrade iOS 6.0.1 to 5.1.1 on A5 with saved SHSH blobs 5.1.1 only

  • chu

    I’m still on 5.1.1 on my iphone 4, haven’t updated to ios6 or 6.0.1 yet because i dont want to lose my untethered jb but i’m off contract with att so i asked them to unlock my phone. I just need to restore it thru itunes. Is it safe to update to ios6.0.1 thru itunes to unlock my iphone4 then downgrade it to ios5.1.1 with this tutorial to get back my untethered jailbreak?

    • D4

      you shouldnt need to restore mate, simply open itunes, then connect ur iphone to ur computer and itunes will let you know theres an carrier update and click yes, i had mine unlocked without having to restore and still jailbroke, IF you HAVE TO restore, just make sure you have you’re 5.1.1 shsh and you’ll be fine to downgrade as the baseband wont..

  • afak

    thanks iphone hack team

  • Freddy Born

    i got a ipad 2 32gb with 3g(white) wich is jailbroken on 5.1.1. is it possible to downgrade my other ipad 2 32gb with NO3g (black)with the files from my other ipad?

  • Richard Hoogenboom

    Has someone successfully done this? Just wondering as I wasted my Sunday trying to do it using the instructions on redmondpie. Nearly the same. There RS is used to create a custom IPSW with your saved blobs and then you restore that via a custom restore in iTunes. After a few min though (way too quick my phone restarted and went into a fairly persistent restore mode) later after giving up and restoring 601 again, I stumbled upon the logs and I think it rejected the APT tickets. Not entirely sure though as I don’t dig into it waisting too long on it already.

    • Scott

      Worked like a charm on my iPhone 4 and this one is a lot easier.

    • iPhoneHacks

      If you’ve the SHSH blob, it should be quite straightforward. Let us know if you hit an issue with this guide.

      • Richard Hoogenboom

        Allright, I’m giving it a try tomorrow.

        One thing I would like to clarify: this one does not require any editig of the hosts file. So there should be no special entries in there pointing to a specific IP?

        I have my blobs on Cydia from 4.nwards so I should be ok. I did some reading on the APTicket yesterday and that got me a bit worried.

      • connor schmitt

        I have no SHSH blobs on my computer, and the server cant find any. any hints to where I could get those? It is a new computer and I never plugged my iphone 4 in when I was running 5.1.1

  • Ben

    If I have iOS 4.3 and therefore I don’t have the 5.1.1 shsh blob, is there any way I can upgrade to 5.1.1 atm?

  • Richard Hoogenboom

    I’m having a bit of an issue with RS. Before going through the process of creating the custom IPSW for downgrading to 5.1.1, I figured if I could get RS to just JB my 6.0.1 teathered.

    However, after putthing my phone in DFU mode, RS goes on identifying my build, I get an ‘this progrem has stopped responding’ error and RS is stopped. I tried a few ones now: 9.15b1, b3, 9.14b3, all do the same.

    Tried: extracting RS to the root of my drive, disabled antivirus (all of this was never necessary as I had previously used RS to run teathered 4.3.5), now RS just doesn’t seem to be going beyond identifying. Anyone any ideas? Running 6.0.1 (10A523) iPhone4 GSM.

    • Richard Hoogenboom

      One other specific thing: I’m running Windows 7, 64bits

  • Friday

    I have blobs 5.1.1 on my ipad2 but I’ve update to 6.0.1 already . Can I downgrade to 5.1.1 ? How ?

    • HANNA

      PLZ CAN you send me the blob 5.1.1 i really need it for iphone 3gs. my iphone wont work without it :(((. email.

  • bharathi

    which one is good redsnow or snowbreeze???

  • Emmamadsen

    when can i downgrade iPhone 4’s ios 6.0.1 to 5.1.1 ???

  • braulio421560

    where can i downgrade my iphone 4s from ios 6.0.1. to 5.1.1. Please answer me



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  • JonstaGaming

    It worked! Thanks a lot RedSn0w! Thanks to you I can get my YouTube channel up and running again!

  • Nusri Mohomed

    I haven’t SHSH blobs… pls any one pls help me to how to downgrade my iphone 4..nw my IOS is 6.0.1.i wont to downgrade to IOS firmware update..plz help me…thank.. this is my mobile no +94759143148

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  • Death

    i cant downgrade ipad 2 it ses its ipad2,3 i only can use for ipad2.1 what can i do????

  • Death

    from 6.0.1 til 5.1.1

  • Carlos

    does some has de shsh to help the others (and me) of an 5.1.1 ???

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  • Stel

    Hey guys, can someone help me little bit? I try to downgrade my iphone 3gs from 6.0.1 to 5.1.1, did everything how its write in instruction, but after pressing buttons on my phone to get (DFU mode) its stops. Everything stops and my phone stay turned off. Where is problem? It should be jailbroked before?

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  • marlon

    where to a shsh blob 5.1.1? please help#

  • Rammstein

    how i cant activate iphone 4 ios 6.0.1 without sim card