Downgrade iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3 for iPhone iPod Touch

by admin on June 7, 2011

Earlier today we reported you that, Apple released iOS 5 beta 1 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPad iPad 2, iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G. Apple seeded iOS 5 beta 1 to developers only, and more beta release are expected to follow until the final release scheduled in fall. First beta of iOS 5 is very buggy and unsupported by many third party apps. Incase you updated to iOS 5 Beta and facing random issues, following are the instructions to downgrade iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3, if  you want to downgrade lower than iOS 4.3.3 i.e. 4.3.1, 4.2.1, 4.2 or 3.2 (SHSH are required).

Note : if you are going to restore your iDevice lower than iOS 4.3.3 then make sure you edited your host file with Saurik server, you can follow our previous guide to edit your host file. Once you are done with host file editing, you may proceed for further instructions.


Requirements :

1. Latest iTunes
2. iOS Firmware for your iDevice (Download from Here)

Instructions :

Step 1: Download and place iOS 4.3.3 or lower on your desktop, now put your iDevice in DFU mode with following instructions.

  • Connect your iDevice to your computer.
  • Turn iDevice 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 iDevice.
  • If the Restore Logo is present on the screen, you are in Recovery Mode, not DFU.

Step 2: Once your iDevice is in DFU mode following message will be appeared in iTunes.

restore1 300x131 Downgrade iPad iOS 4.3.2 to iOS 4.3.1 or 4.3

Click on “OK” , Now hold Option key (Mac) and Shift Key (Windows) while clicking Restore in iTunes and browse the iOS 4.3.3 or lower firmware for your iPad. 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.

RecBoot2 300x197 Downgrade iPad iOS 4.3.2 to iOS 4.3.1 or 4.3

if you got error message like 1601, 1602, 1600 or anything else then try again from step 1.


Zeljko June 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

And what about downgrading baseband from 5 to 4? Will bb downgrade too while apple stils signs oth ioses…

Anthony Davis June 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thank you! You have saved my bacon good sir!

Mike June 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I’m trying to restore my CDMA iPhone 4 from iOS 5.0b to 4.2.8 (the latest signed .ipsw from Apple, so SHSH blobs not needed?) and keep receiving error 1601 when using DFU mode.

I’ve tried to do this in both iTunes 10.3 (latest) and 10.5 (dev version) and keep getting the same error. Would be grateful for any thoughts you guys might have because I’ve heard that it is possible to downgrade but am unable to do so myself. Thank you for your help.

annonymous June 9, 2011 at 5:39 am

We all know how ios5 is updated in every aspect. just wondering any tester encounter a phone problems due to baseband or other bugs? in downgrading ios5 to 4 of course.

Dreamstylez7x July 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

dont work i have make it a few times again , dont work :)

bitterton August 1, 2011 at 12:35 am

Can`t upgrade my ipad 2 to 4.3.3 cause like apple stop signing digitally.I tried to edit my macs hosts file with ( but to no avail. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

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