Is there a way to update/restore my iPhone with a selected version of iPhone firmware?

Is there a way to update/restore my iPhone with a selected version of iPhone firmware?

For a variety of reasons, should you need to restore your iPhone, you may not always want to use the most recent version of the iPhone firmware. We've found a good deal of instruction out there that suggests complicated (and likely ineffective) ways of doing this which usually involve disconnecting your PC from the internet during the early stages of the restore process.

Thankfully, there's a much easier, and effective way to restore your iPhone with a particular firmware version of your choosing


On Windows:
Hold the SHIFT key while clicking the "Update" or "Restore" button in the iPhone tab in iTunes

On Mac:
Hold the option key while clicking the "Update" or "Restore" button in the iPhone tab in iTunes

Subsequently, a dialog box will come up which will allow you to select the firmware file to use for your update. At this point, simply browse to and select the firmware file that corresponds to the version you'd like to restore your iPhone with.

Firmware files have an .ipsw extension and can be found at the following locations:

On Windows:
Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

On Mac:
~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates


Did not work for me.... gave me an error and this is what was in the log.... it appears that it checks the hardware version id...

[libusbrestore: 0x1A50, 17:45:16.562] => : operation 3 progress -1
[libusbrestore: 0x1A50, 17:45:16.578] => : operation 4 progress -1
[libusbrestore: 0x1A50, 17:45:16.578] => Unsupported device in recovery mode: product id: 0x1280 release number: 0x1102
[libusbrestore: 0x1A50, 17:45:16.578] => No suitable device tree found

If you are trying to roll back from 1.1.1, that's not possible. However, if you have 1.0.2 or lower, this works just least for me.

im looking for this kind of solution..and all works fine for me great help..keep it up

now i restore my iphone to 1.01

Apple indirectly promoted the SIM unlocking program, anySim, that caused thousands of iPhones to not work after their new update and should be held responsible for replacing or reprogramming useless phones. promotes the use of third party applications at MacUpdate website: offers the iPhone unlocking program AnySim 1.0 for download.

Since refers it's customers to this other website that offers anySim, couldn't people hold Apple responsible for the bricking/disabling/renderingUseless, etc... of our iPhones? recommends as a source of third party applications for it's products. Someone with more time than me needs to look into holding Apple accountable for the damage they caused to thousands of iPhones. This link between Apple and anySim should be more than enough...

(I have screen shots and links to Google's cache of these links if Apple tries to cover this up)

Thanks a lot for the information, been looking around the web for this.

In theory this method WOULD work in a perfect world, but keep in mind that apple ONLY signs the latest version of their firmware, so if you install anything other than the latest version, apple will not sign it and itunes will refuse to install it, I think what we want is a way to do it to circumvent that signature and through this day of searching this is the only answer I have gotten which is incorrect


thnx_ now i can restore my phone

nice post very well written indeed :)
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I tried restoring my iphone 2 from 3.1.3 to 2.0.2 but i keep on getting this error: "The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (20)"

Thanks to Apple, you are prohibited from going back to a previous release using this method.

It worked for me, I used iOS 8.1.2, soo...

I have iphone 3gs 16 gb with ios 4.1 i have tried to restore to 6.1.3 but shows error message (no 37) iphone couldnt be restored

please help me urgently

Used on Mac-Worked fine. Thank you so much. This helped me ALOT.

I used an IPod Touch 5g