Jailbreak your iPhone

Downgrade iOS 4.2.1 to 4.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod


Apple released iOS 4.2.1 GM for developers and it’s already leaked in the wild. Earlier today we posted a guide to Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G, iPod touch, iPad With Redsn0w. If you downloaded those Beta builds and now you want to go back to iOS 4.1 or lower for whatever reason, we created a step by step guide to downgrade your iDevice from iOS 4.2.1 beta to iOS 4.1

Note : iOS 4.2.1 is still in Beta and you needn’t to edit your host files to bypass Apple signatures.

Instructions to Downgrade iOS 4.2 Beta

Step 1: Download and place OS 4.1 on your desktop, now put your iPhone/iPod/iPad 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 2: Once your iPhone is in DFU mode following message will be appeared in iTunes.


Click on “OK” , Now hold Option key (Mac) and Shift Key (Windows) while clicking Restore in iTunes and browse the iOS 4.1 firmware for your iDevice. Now the restore process will take 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 3: After restore process if you encountered an error message like 1011, 1013, 1015, just ignore them(Actually the firmware is already successfully installed). To exit recovery mode download Recboot, once you finishes your download launch Recboot app and hit the “exit recovery mode” button.


  • Recboot for Windows : http://bit.ly/9he64R (Requires .Net 4.0)
  • Recboot for Mac : http://bit.ly/bBelW2

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

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  1. onik October 30, 2012 Reply


    I have tried the above method in my iphone 3G but id didn’t work rather it showed an unknown error 3194..please give me a way tor restore. I will be eagerly waiting for your answer.

  2. jailbreaker February 5, 2011 Reply

    are you using the correct ispw? “if” you are using iphone 4g, then you need to iphone 4g firmware. which you can get here http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/.

    retry, some people are just so impatient…

  3. michael January 7, 2011 Reply

    tried it and it said can not be restored device was not applicable thanks bro

  4. ipod touch 4g December 7, 2010 Reply

    worked fine with ipod 4g without needing for recboot tyvm man

  5. florence December 4, 2010 Reply

    The iPod “…” could not be restored because the firmware file is incompatible What to do?

  6. john December 2, 2010 Reply

    Hey, great tutorial but i did what you said and i got the error 3194, any reasons why it didn’t work?

  7. Nike November 29, 2010 Reply

    Hi… Thanks for the above post… It worked. However, those who have TinyUmbrella v 4.00, can also use it to kick out the recovery mode…

  8. Retaish November 23, 2010 Reply

    Hi… i accidentally update iPhone4 with FW 4.1 and BB 02.10.04.

    How can i unlock my iPhone4???

    I never cracked just bought it from Apple Store.

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