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[FIRMWARE] Downgrading from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1 is officially POSSIBLE!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 17, 2008

Are you one of the sad souls who has decided to upgrade their iPod Touch/iPhone’s firmware to 1.1.3 the minute you saw that it was available even though you know that doing this would remove the ability to add any jailbroken applications/games/widgets to your summerboard, and now you want to downgrade back to 1.1.1 or 1.1.2?…

Well, today is your lucky day. Thanks to Erica Sadun; a writer at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, it is now known how to downgrade from the latest firmware(1.1.3)!

Here are the instructions on how to do just that.

If for whatever reason you’ve upgraded your unit to firmware version 1.1.3 and wish to return to an earlier installation, you can. You won’t be able to use your iPhone, however, as a phone but only as a glorified iPod touch. Here, by popular request, is a quick how-to guide.

1. Get a fairly recent version of iPhuc There are many versions floating around. Make sure yours isn’t too old.

2. Locate your 1.1.1 ipod software bundle. On the Mac, this is in ~/Library/iTunes/(iPhone or iPod) Software Updates.

3. Extract the ipsw file Create a new folder and unzip the 1.1.1 .ipsw file. It is actually a renamed zip archive.

4. Locate the WTF file Inside the unzipped ipsw folder go down to Firmware > dfu and find the file that starts with WTF.

5. Connect your iPod or iPhone to the computer and launch iPhuc Make sure that iPhuc connects to your unit and has a normal prompt (one where you can issue the “ls” command and see the contents of your Media folder). If iTunes starts up, quit it.

6. Enter recovery Type enterrecovery, press return and quit iPhuc. Your unit should go into recovery mode.

7. Relaunch iPhuc. You should now see the recovery mode options. Enter filecopytophone followed by the path to the WTF file and press return. Then Enter cmd go and press return. Quit iPhuc.

8. Launch iTunes. It will complain that it has found an iPod or iPhone in recovery mode. Click OK. Then Option-Click (Mac) or Shift-Click (Windows) the Restore button.

9. Choose the 1.1.1 ipsw file Locate the ipsw file (not the unzipped folder) and select it and start your restore. The screen *should* go white. That’s normal. If all is well and good, your iPhone or iPod touch will downgrade succesfully.

10. Dealing with error 1015 If you run into error 1015, connect your newly restored unit to INdependence or try issuing a cmd fsboot from iPhuc.

Once downloaded, you’ll have to go through all the standard re-activation and jailbreak procedures.


– Jody Mitoma


5 Responses to “[FIRMWARE] Downgrading from 1.1.3 to 1.1.1 is officially POSSIBLE!”

  1. mary said

    i bought the new software upgrade with the 5 new applications for iPod touch and i was wondering if i downgrade will it get rid of the new software?

  2. I can assure you that it will not get rid of the new software. 🙂

    iTunes saves your purchasing information, thus, even if the apps are later removed – they are re-installable via iTunes. At least, that is what I’m told by several people.

    Good luck!

  3. Mary said

    Thanks for the info

  4. No problem.

    From now on, please go to for updates!

  5. a different Mary said

    I upgraded my itouch 1g to 2.2.1, jailbroke it and currently have installer 4.0.
    I was wondering if I can get themes using this installer? I’m clueless..

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