iPad 2 And iPhone 4S Can be Downgraded to iOS 5.0.1 From iOS 5.1 [Updatex3]


We’ve some great news for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users who may have accidentally upgraded their jailbroken iOS devices to iOS 5.1

iH8sn0w, developer of Sn0wbreeze – developer of popular jailbreak tool for Windows users has just revealed that he has managed to successfully downgrade his iPad 2 to iOS 5.0.1 from iOS 5.1.

He tweeted:

Found a loophole in Apple’s apticket system. Restored my iPad 2 to 5.0.1 from 5.1. Works on all A5 devices. 🙂

A5X devices will work too once Apple pushes a new firmware for it.

BTW, This cannot be applied to basebands. Only iOS itself.

It is currently possible to downgrade iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G from iOS 5.1 to iOS 5.0.1 using the SHSH blobs saved using TinyUmbrella or TinyCFW.

With this latest development, it means that iPhone 4S and iPad 2, which are powered by A5 chip and in the future the new iPad, which is powered by Apple’s A5X chip can be downgraded to the previous firmware versions as well.

So users will be able to downgrade to iOS 5.0.1 and enjoy the untethered jailbreak until the jailbreak for iOS 5.1 is released (Update on iOS 5.1 jailbreak available here). Update: We’re assuming that you will need SHSH blobs saved using TinyUmbrella to downgrade to iOS 5.0.1.

This is an amazing achievement as Apple had made it extremely difficult to downgrade to a previous iOS version with the release of iOS 5.0. iH8sn0w hasn’t mentioned when he plans to provide details on how to downgrade to a previous version.

Frequently asked Questions:

Here are answers to frequently asked questions:

1. Can I downgrade to iOS 5.1 to iOS 5.0.1 if I have iOS 5.0.1 SHSH blobs?


2. Can I downgrade to iOS 5.1 to iOS 5.0.1 if I don’t have iOS 5.0.1 SHSH blobs?

No, while iH8sn0w hasn’t provided the details it seems very (very) unlikely that you can downgrade to iOS 5.0.1 if you  haven’t saved the SHSH blobs.

3. Can I save iOS 5.0.1 SHSH blobs if my iOS device is still on iOS 5.0.1?
Using TinyUmbrella:
No, since Apple has stopped signing iOS 5.0.1, which is required for TinyUmbrella to SHSH blobs, it is currently not possible.
Note: Please note that if you’ve jailbroken your iOS device on iOS 5.0.1, then Cydia would have save the SHSH blobs. You can store these SHSH blobs locally using Tiny Umbrella (Launch Tiny Umbrella -> Ensure Request SHSH from Cydia option is selected and then click on the Save SHSH button). You will notice that when you deselect the Request SHSH from Cydia option and then click on Save SHSH button, TinyUmbrella will throw an error (Log tab) telling you that Apple no longer signs iOS 5.0.1.
Using iFaith:
You should be able to save iOS 5.0.1 SHSH blobs even though Apple is not signing it using iH8sn0w’s iFaith utility, which is available for Windows users. Since it is developed by iH8sn0w, we’re assuming SHSH blobs using iFaith will allow you to downgrade from iOS 5.1 to iOS 5.0.1.
4. Can I downgrade my iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to iOS 5.0.1 from iOS 5.1?
No yet, iH8sn0w hasn’t provided the details on how we can downgrade.

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Update 1: Added the FAQ section.

Update 2: Added the note section for the answer to question 3 to avoid any confusion.

Update 3: Updated the FAQ section with information about iFaith.