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Downgrade iPhone 3G OS 4.0 to 3.1.3 or lower


Apple released iPhone firmware 4.0 Beta 1 for iPhone developers to develop and test their applications with new API extensions released with new iPhone SDK. Upgrading to 4.0 with Ultrasn0w/Blacksn0w installed will cause people to lose their unlock and jailbreak for iPhone 3G. OS 4 beta 1 contains a baseband update 05.13.03 for iPhone 3G and 3GS. So if you accidentally updated your iPhone 3G to OS 4 here is the handy guide for downgrading.

Remember this will not downgrade your baseband only your firmware will be downgraded. It’s possible to downgrade OS however we strongly suggest you to carry on with OS 3.1.3 until Dev team update Pwnage Tool or redsn0w Tool.

Step by Step Guide to Downgrade iPhone 3G

Step 1: Make sure you have latest iTunes installed, Now connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Put your iPhone 3G in DFU mode with following instructions.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  • Turn iPhone off.
  • Hold power and home together for 10 seconds (exactly).
  • Release power but keep holding home until the computers beeps (observed on a PC) as a USB device is recognized.
  • A few seconds later iTunes should detect your iPhone.
  • If the Restore Logo is present on the screen, you are in Recovery Mode, not DFU.

Step 3: Once your iPhone is in DFU mode following message will be appeared in iTunes. Click on “OK” , Now hold Option key while clicking Restore in iTunes and browse the OS 3.1.2 or below firmware for your iPhone 2G, 3G. Now the restore process will take 10 – 15 minutes.


Step 4: If you encountered an error message like 1011, 1013, 1015, just ignore them(Actually the firmware3..1.3 is already successfully installed) and use iRecovery to get the hold of your iPhone again.

Download this package [Download Here] included iRecovery for Windows & Mac and LibUsb-Win32. Windows user also download Latest version of  iRecovery [Click Here]

1) Windows users Install libusb from the downloaded pack, Mac users can skip this step. If you are on Windows Vista / Windows 7 then follow the steps given below to install Libusb-Win32.

  • Right click on this file. Select Properties | Compatibility Click the “Run this program in compatibility mode” box and select  “Windows XP (Service Pack2)” from the drop down list.
  • Right click again and select “Run as “Administrator”. Follow the installation instructions. Running the test program list the usb devices plugged into my computer – but not my new device.

2) Start iRecovery in Terminal / Console with iRecovery -s

3) Execute the following commands:

  • setenv auto-boot true
  • saveenv
  • reboot

4) Reboot your iPhone (keep holding home + sleep for 10 seconds).

But if you encountered with error message like 1601, 1602, 1600 or anything else then try putting the iPhone into DFU mode and try again.

Disclaimer : This process is universal and tested several times though we are not responsible for and damage (if any) so use it at your own risk. If you like our work then consider to digg the story and help us by spreading the word.

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  1. justine November 6, 2010 Reply

    thank you for all your help..

  2. CJ September 7, 2010 Reply

    I found a more simpler way if you have the error 1015…ALL you have to do is run blackra1n and it will go through and boot your iphone normally..=-D

  3. Sonya September 7, 2010 Reply

    So I want to do this really bad because I just recently got a used iphone and its on the 4.1. But my phone is unlocked, what will happen if i do this? will i have to unlock it again afterwards and will my unlock even work?


    ps, im really new to this so the most easy to follow directions would be greatt

  4. Edmund August 21, 2010 Reply

    Hi there:

    I tried to downgrade my iPhone (3GS) but an error 3194 stopped the process. Can anyone tell me how to get out of it?

  5. Darrell August 17, 2010 Reply

    Got error 1015 — chimes indicated it went offline and then back online, when running “irecovery.exe -s” from cmd window Win7 I too get

    Got USB
    No iPhone/iPod found

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Yaman August 16, 2010 Reply

    I have an iPod Touch 2G 8GB non-mc model.
    I was wondering if it was possible to downgrade that, do you have a tutorial?

    I’m on WIndows 7..

  7. Mark August 13, 2010 Reply

    hey please help with step 4… when I open a terminal window and write iRecovery -s … they say windows cannot find iRecovery… So what can I do guys????????????????????????????

  8. Peter July 23, 2010 Reply

    Just downgraded from 4.0 to 3.1.3 on my iPhone 3G – it feels like I have a new phone again, it is fast and responsive just as it used to be. IOS4.x i not meant for 3G and should never have been released for this phone.

    Thanks for the guide, it is great to have a working phone again (o;

  9. Martini July 19, 2010 Reply

    Where and which one is the “option” key in Step3?

  10. Uma July 19, 2010 Reply

    Hi there:
    I tried to downgrade the 4.0 OS to 3.1 as instructed above- however,Itunes prompts me to restore and update software back to the 4 oS! The reason I would like to downgrade this is that the 4 OS software juices out my battery in like 2 hours! Help!!

  11. chris July 16, 2010 Reply

    after alot of hours trying this is what worked for me to downgrade from ios4 on iphone 3g

    i followed istall of 3.1.3 ipsw for iphone 3g
    got error 1015 and iphone went back into recovery
    used blackrain and clicked on make it rain
    locked out and turned off iphone
    held power on til apple logo came on back to recovery
    unplugged and replugged back into computer
    came out of recovery and activated with my installed sim
    re jailbreak with spirit
    all working 100%
    best of all i dont know how
    maybe someone in the know can try all this to confirm,

    thanks to all above, i actually did read most, i did not follow any of the irecovery solution to bring out
    many thanks again

  12. JU June 12, 2010 Reply

    I fixed it 🙂
    I got error 1015. Then I used iRecovery and i got out
    of Recovery Mode. Then I used Redsnow 0.9.4 and
    it was jailbreaking my device…
    WOHOOO 🙂

  13. JU June 11, 2010 Reply

    I tried to test the iOS 4 to program apps, but I couldn’t get it activate (don’t have the right sim). Then I downgraded and iTunes (Mac) is stops at 3/4 of the loading bar while restoring and iTunes (Win) is saying error 1015 when using normal ipsw and 1600 when using a pwnage ipsw…

    can you tell me either how to:
    – activate 4.0 without a sim
    – fix 1600/1015 bug


  14. orcaMk2 May 6, 2010 Reply

    I can help anyone that is stuck with iPhone in 4.0 and wants to downgrade to 3.1.3.

    I also have the ability, if you want, to get a 4.0 upgrade and have no problems with the Beta for 1 year let me know.

    All I ask is a paypal donation of $10.00 for either.

    contact me at orcamk2@gmail.com

    good hunting 🙂

  15. Patrick May 6, 2010 Reply

    Like a dummy I installed 4.0 without having a UDID and a developers license and ended up with a bricked phone. I did the iRecovery and terminal and it all works. Thanks for the post, and I really appreciated it.

  16. cody lee May 1, 2010 Reply

    Did everything but when in console, the commands given in the article are not
    Ever recognized. – not a known command. The only one that was diferent was when I typed
    “Reboot” it said no permission or something.

  17. lado April 30, 2010 Reply

    i have some problem with iRecovery. when im typing ./irecovery -s comes this out
    lado-bakhtadzes-macbook-pro:desktop ladoiesmac$ ./iRecovery -s
    iRecovery – Recovery Utility for 0x1281 and WTF.
    by wEsTbAeR– and Tom3q

    Got USB
    No iPhone/iPod found.

    and nothing happens. please help

  18. Kable April 30, 2010 Reply

    WOW! Thank you! Your a life saver!

    My iPhone messed up on me completely and wouldn’t boot. I now have 3.1.3 which is just great. Atleast now it won’t take me 30-45 seconds everytime I enter my password to unlock my phone!

  19. Sachin April 27, 2010 Reply

    i am stuck at error 1600, i tried sevaral times with DFU mode and without DFU mode , but same error , please help

  20. Relieved April 20, 2010 Reply

    May I say you are a God? Thanks….

  21. polsfuss April 14, 2010 Reply

    what is the difference between puting iPhone in DFU mode or not, before holding alt + restore
    to browse the firmware.
    I forgot puting DFU, and it worked.

  22. James April 13, 2010 Reply

    You can fix the no service issues.

    Follow this guide here: http://modmyi.com/forums/3g-s-downgrading/706420-how-downgrade-4-0-jailbroken-3-1-3-a.html

  23. Hussain April 12, 2010 Reply

    Thanks guys for this guidelines

  24. Max April 11, 2010 Reply

    I have the same problem as Michael. Please Help!

  25. aatkco April 11, 2010 Reply

    I am stuck too at error1015.

  26. Drew April 11, 2010 Reply

    You need push button Make My Life Easier in Cydia with 3.1.2 is saved
    This Device Has a 3.1.2 ECID SHSH On File. Otherwise you couldn’t get service.

  27. nights April 11, 2010 Reply

    Seriously, what michael said. No signal. I guess this is what we get for upgrading to a beta OS.

  28. frankly April 11, 2010 Reply

    i managed to get it working. Here are the steps i took:

    1) followed the steps in this article and got to error 1015.

    2) download iRecover (following the steps in this article http://thebigboss.org/2009/03/19/iphone-v30-beta-do-not-use/#comments) and this article (http://www.ihackintosh.com/2009/07/irecovery-iphone-recovery-mode-loop-restart/) to get the iPhone out of the recovery loop

  29. Jill Snaels April 10, 2010 Reply

    I got everything to install, the phone booted into 3.1.3, but no cell network (I use AT&T)… everything else worked. re-loaded 4 beta and cell network worked again. I’m stuck at 4 for now

  30. egoste April 10, 2010 Reply

    After 3.1.3 DFU restore and 1015 error…


    “Go to iHackintosh and download a little utility called iRecovery.
    Once you have iRecovery downloaded, open up a terminal window and type the following:

    cd /directory/to/iRecovery then type iRecovery -s

    Wait for iRecovery to load then run the following commands one at a time:

    setenv auto-boot true
    Reboot your phone by holding the home and power button for about 10 seconds, the phone will then reboot, connect to iTunes and activate.
    You’re done!”

  31. lyrics April 10, 2010 Reply

    I followed your steps, but stuck on error1015.
    I tried several times but returned same error to me.
    I dont think the os has been downgrade to 3.0, the redsnow cannot identify my current iphone version.
    Is there any solutions?

  32. michael April 9, 2010 Reply

    I got error 1015 and ignored it then jailbroke it but when my phone came back on I couldn’t get service. I’m trying to restore again but idk if it’ll work… what am I missing?

  33. RamPc April 9, 2010 Reply

    One good reason to release the unlock for the baseband 5.12 🙂
    At the end, there is going to be a new baseband for OS4