5 Steps to Downgrade iOS 4.0 firmware to 3.1.3

Apple iOS 4.0 final release has been available for iPhone 4, 3Gs, 3G, and iPod Touch.So if you owned iDevices you can easy upgrade your iPhone OS to iOS 4.0 either via iTunes or by manually download the .ipsw file of iOS 4.0.

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Here is the manual steps to downgrade iOS 4.0 to 3.1.3. Note before starting to downgrade iOS 4: you will need the ECID SHSH certificate for firmware 3.1.3.

Steps to Downgrade iOS 4.0 firmware to 3.1.3

1- Windows users: Navigate to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\ then double click on the “hosts” file and open in a notepad. Mac users: Navigate to the path “/etc/” and open the hosts file with TextEdit. (I’am in Windows and using NotePad2)

2- At the end of the “Hosts” file simply add the string “ gs.apple.com”.

3- Then set up your device in recovery mode by simply turn off and unplug your device from your computer >> press and hold the Home button while reconnecting the USB cable to your iPhone >> after iPhone is connected it should power on the device >> continue holding the Home button, and you will see the iTunes logo appear and then finally a “Connect to iTunes” will be displayed >> release the Home button now.

4- Now open iTunes and do a normal reset by holding down the SHIFT key (Windows) or Alt key (Mac) and clicking restore in iTunes >> now select the original 3.1.3 firmware and wait for the completion

5- So now you’ve downgraded your iPhone / iPod Touch firmware back to 3.1.3

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This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Mike Dixon

    What if you didn’t back ur old 3.1.3 software on the iPod touch? Am I screwed or is there another way?

  2. 95racerx

    Ok long comment. Everytime I try to downgrade this way I do it just as instructed. Open iTunes, press shift while clicking restore, then click on the firmware you want BUT everytime I click on the downloaded firmware it opens the folder and won’t let me do anything from there. What should I do?

  3. Cwsoh79

    Thank you very much for the posts, now i can finally downgrade my IpodTouch 2G from iOS4.1 to iOS4.0
    i wished i had found your post earlier, this could save me 3hrs d/l all the iOS ipsw from 3.1.2 to 4.1 to try restore one by one by luck.

    Some other posts actually says that you need SHSH blobs backup to enable downgrading, but too bad i din backup last time. Luckily i found your post.

  4. 1,2,watch

    you need to back up your shsh blobs,and restore ipod using tiny umbrella.have tryed restoring earlier firmware by editing host files.NO JOY.tiny umbrella worked first go

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