Apple has just released iOS 9.2 a while ago to the public. Well, for most beginners who accidentally upgraded to iOS 9.2 without knowing that iOS 9.2 is still unavailable for jailbreak yet, you may want to downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 or iOS 9.0.2 for jailbreak purposes.
We will show you things you need to know about downgrading iOS 9.2 and a full tutorial on how to downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 3, 2, 1, iPad Mini 4, 3, 2, 1, iPod Touch 6 and 5.
Downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.0.2 for Jailbreak
While iOS 9.0.2 has already been jailbroken, people who rely on jailbreak and accidentally updated to iOS 9.2 out of curiosity would want to look into downgrading their device from iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.0.2 in order to re-jailbreak their device.
Update: It is no longer possible to downgrade to iOS 9.0.2 as Apple has stopped signing for iOS 9.0.2. When Apple has stopped signing for an iOS, your iTunes will return an error when you attempt to restore your device to this particular iOS, making it impossible to downgrade or upgrade to this iOS anymore. This is a way Apple forces its users into using only the latest iOS.
Since it’s no longer possible to downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.0.2, your best chance now is to downgrade to iOS 9.1 and wait for the jailbreak to be released.
Downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 for Jailbreak
Why would you want to downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 when iOS 9.1 is still not jailbroken yet? Well, it’s just a matter of time before iOS 9.1 jailbreak is released and there is no guarantee that iOS 9.2 can be jailbroken when iOS 9.1 jailbreak is ready.
What if Apple stops signing for iOS 9.1 when only iOS 9.1 jailbreak is ready? The point here is that it’s better you downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 now to secure your future jailbreak while Apple is still signing iOS 9.1. You can always update to iOS 9.2 anytime you want because Apple will keep signing it until a newer iOS version is released.
How to Downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 Tutorial for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
This tutorial will only be applicable if Apple is still signing for iOS 9.1 at the time you read this. When Apple stops signing it, you won’t be able to downgrade or restore to iOS 9.1 anymore. Check before you proceed and proceed at your own risk.
To downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1, first download and install the latest iTunes (so that it can detect and recognize the latest iOS 9.2), and then download the iOS 9.2 IPSW file that matches your iOS device model.
Before we can begin downgrading iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1, you will have to disable all features that would interrupt the process. First disable Touch ID and Passcode from the Setting > Touch ID & Passcode > Turn Passcode Off. Then, turn off Find My iPhone by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone, swipe to turn off the Find my iPhone feature.
Next, do a backup by syncing your data, photos, videos, musics and apps to your iTunes. The full backup created by iTunes or iCloud will not be usable after downgrading to iOS 9.1 because backup created from iOS 9.2 will not be backward compatible with any previous iOS version.
When you have done doing a backup for your device, downloading all the required files and disabling all the said features, you can begin to downgrade iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.1 via iTunes.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac computer.
- Launch iTunes.
- When your device is detected in iTunes, go to the Summary tab of your device.
- You should see a panel showing an Update and a Restore button.
- The update button will update your device to the latest iOS version available. We won’t be using this, instead we will use the Restore button.
- Shift + Left click the Restore button (for PC) or Alt + Left click the Restore button (for Mac).
- A window will open up. Navigate to the iOS 9.2 IPSW file you have downloaded earlier.
- When it’s selected, the restore will begin automatically. Do not disconnect your iPhone from your computer during this process as it may brick your device.
If iTunes shows error 3194, 100, 1671, 53, 1, or 7, check your connection, switch off your proxy if you are running one. If everything’s running fine, it probably indicates that Apple has stopped signing for iOS 9.1.
iOS 9.2 Update and Jailbreak Tips
Learn your lesson and stay away from all the latest iOS releases if you rely heavily on iOS jailbreak. It usually takes weeks to months for a new iOS version to be jailbroken. Also read: iOS 9.2 Jailbreak.
Do not update to iOS 9.2 before it’s ready for jailbreak. Follow us and we will keep you informed as soon as a new iOS or jailbreak is released.
Update 2: Apple has just stopped signing for iOS 9.1, thus making downgrading or restoring to iOS 9.1 impossible. If you are using a jailbroken iOS 9.0.2 device, do not update to iOS 9.2 yet.