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How to Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w?

It is no secret that there have been users who are dissatisfied with the latest iOS and would take the opportunity to downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1. At this point, the iOS 6 jailbreak is still pretty much spotty at best and obvious that it is still a work in progress. Aside from the fact that it only works with A4 devices (iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G), the jailbreak does not even install Cydia by default. And there's the fact that it is a tethered jailbreak. Truth be told, iOS 6 is simply not the most attractive choice for jailbreak users at this time. Fortunately, we have a guide on How to Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w.

Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1
So why iOS 5.1.1? For users who want to downgrade from iOS 6, iOS 5.1.1 is the best version to fall back to because it has the latest and most stable untethered jailbreak available. Downgrading iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 is a fairly easy task, provided that you have fulfilled all the requirements.

Requirements to Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1:

  • This guide is only applicable to A4-based devices which include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G.
  • IMPORTANT: Apple has already stopped signing the window for iOS 5.1.1 which means that you won't be able to downgrade using the conventional iTunes restore method. So before you can hope to use this guide, make sure that you have saved your SHSH blobs for iOS 5.1.1, either locally or through Cydia. Otherwise, there is no hope for you to downgrade.

Steps on How to Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w:

  1. Download the latest public release version of Redsn0w [Download Redsn0w 0.9.14b2].
  2. Download the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW file that corresponds to the device you wish to downgrade. Download links can be found here.
  3. After you have downloaded the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW file, you should locate the SHSH blobs of your device if you have saved it locally. Place the blobs in the same folder as the iOS 5.1.1 firmware file. If you have saved your blobs in Cydia, then you can proceed to the next step.
  4. Launch RedSn0w 0.9.14b2 and on the main screen click Extras.
  5. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 Extras

  6. Click SHSH blobs and on the next screen, click Stitch.
  7. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 Stitch IPSW

  8. In this screen, this is where you will use the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW file you've downloaded earlier and your saved SHSH blobs. Click IPSW and you will be prompted to browse for the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW file.
  9. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 Select IPSW

  10. If you have saved your blobs in Cydia, then click the Cydia button. If you have saved your blobs locally, click the Local button and browse for your blobs.
  11. Once both components are selected, Redsn0w will now stitch a custom firmware file for iOS 5.1.1 which contains your SHSH blobs. This will enable you to downgrade to iOS 5.1.1 despite the fact that Apple has stopped signing it.
  12. Now we need to place your device in Pwned DFU mode, so that we can use the stitched firmware to restore your device. Otherwise, you will encounter an iTunes 1600 error. In Redsn0w, click the back button twice and click the Pwned DFU button. Just follow the onscreen instructions to place your device in Pwned DFU mode.
  13. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 Pwned DFU

  14. Launch iTunes and it should detect your device in Recovery mode. Hold the SHIFT (Windows) / Option (Mac) and click the Restore button. Select the stitched firmware we have created earlier through Redsn0w. You can tell the file apart because it is prefixed by a series of numbers which is actually your device ECID.
  15. iTunes Restore

  16. iTunes will now restore your device and you will encounter an iTunes Error -1. Don't be alarmed, this is normal.
  17. iTunes Error -1

  18. Launch Redsn0w again and this time click Extras > Recovery Fix. You will be required to place your device in DFU Mode so Recovery Fix can commence.
  19. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 Recovery Fix

  20. After the Recovery Fix process is completed, you should have downgraded your device to iOS 5.1.1.

And with that, you are done! Again, this is only applicable for folks who have A4 devices and have saved the iOS 5.1.1 SHSH blobs. Now you can jailbreak your device and enjoy the most stable untethered jailbreak as of now. If you have questions on how to downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1, feel free to let us know in the comments section.


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    Mateo7 years, 9 months ago

    Just used it to downgrade from io 7 to 5.1.1 on my iphone 4. Great !

    hambal7 years, 11 months ago

    does it works with iphone 4s ios 5.1.1???

      Patrick Gumban7 years, 11 months ago

      I’m sorry but the guide is only applicable for A4 devices, which doesn’t include the iPhone 4s. :\

    neetan8 years, 7 months ago

    i have to update my jailbroken iphone from 4.3.3 to 6.0.1 ! when i try to update it shows error 3194 error n i used tinyumbrella to fix that shit but after  that i faced error 11 or 21 simultaneously .? what shud i do …!!??plz help 

      yashwanth8 years, 2 months ago

      I have the same problem  . First got 3194 , then usingtiny umbrella I am getting 11 error . Any solutions ?!

    XiL8 years, 8 months ago

    Hello, i updated my iphone 4 to 6.1 using latest Redsn0w tool. when the update has finished the redsn0w instruct me to do a recovery mode but it keeps me giving a “missing keys.plist error” eccid 6.1″… I tried reinstalling agian to custom 6.1 with using sn0wbreeze in “itunes’ and error 1601/1602 comes up… Phone state: RECOVERY MODEhere is my question: i will try to downgrade to 5.1.1 stiched with blobs. does the phone will update its BASEBAND on 5.1.1 baseband? or is there any other way.i hope you can help me.. thanks..

    Will8 years, 10 months ago

    I followed the steps as showed, got the error code -1 then went to redsn0w to complete the recovery fix. I followed the intrustions to complete the recovery but after holdiong down the power and home button etc and the phone turned off, the ”next” button is greyed out so i cant continue to the recovery fix? it stats the phone is in (Pwned DFU mode) any suggestions?Also the connect to itunes logo keeps coming up when turning it onThanks

      TH35KULL8 years, 8 months ago

      Hi Will, I am sure you figured out how to but if someone is not sure how to then here’s the way to fix it: When you are in the iTunes and USB cable screen (recovery mode) just go to RedSn0w and do the same as before. If not you can try iREB but some iPhones (which im not sure which iPhones) require a hack to be able to recover

    RS8 years, 11 months ago

    Thank you, this is the only thing that worked for me, much appreciated.

      Tyler (Jaxov Team)8 years, 11 months ago

      Glad we could help!

    bernardes8 years, 11 months ago

    Is this works with iphone4s and ios 6.0.1? I have my blobs saved.

      Tyler R8 years, 11 months ago

      This is just for iOS 6 downgrade, you cannot currently downgrade iOS 6.0.1 to iOS 5.1.1 on an iPhone 4S. Sorry for that, but give it some time, keep checking back and it should become available in the near future.

    shibs9 years ago

    hi i have done everythng cool till the pawned DFU mode.but wen downgrade to 5.1.1 after sometime its showing error 1600…now i am not able to “just boot” in ios 6 also…its showing missing keys .plist data for this build….plz plz help me. 

      Patrick Gumban9 years ago

      Hi, you can try this:
      Download Redsn0w, then go to Extras > Pwned DFU
      When you click pwned DFU it will take about 10 seconds and it should be done. Once its finished close Redsn0w and ensure that tinyumbrella is still running (or you will get error 1600!!) and try restoring with iTunes.

        Jean8 years, 10 months ago

        Hello, trying desperatly tu upgrade A4 (4-16) from ios 4.3.3 to 5.1.1. Tinyumbrella running, Redsnow 15 stiched 5.1.1_208 or 206 ipsw cannot be restored. Always either error 11, 1601 or 1602. wwwwhen not tinyumbrella, 3194… help I am running crazy ;)

    chamroeun9 years ago

    i still can’t recovery fix

    UTO9 years ago

    I currently stuck with expired iOS 6 beta. I try to restore my phone to 6.0 release but I keep getting error 3194. Worst of all, I don’t have any saved blobs. Do I have to wait for iOS 6.0.1 or is there any other solution? Thanks in advance.

      Dans9 years ago

      Try to edit the hosts file and should fix the error

    Wolf9 years ago

    Thank you very much! this post was a great deal of help!