How To Downgrade iPod Touch

Need to know how to downgrade your iPod Touch? Recently, Apple pushed out an OS update that prevented users from jailbraking their iPod Touches. If you wish to jailbrake your iPod Touch, you'll need to downgrade it. Here, we're going to tell you how to downgrade your iPod touch with specific instructions so you can downgrade successfully.

To downgrade an iPod Touch, you will need:

  • iPod Touch w/ New version
  • Computer
  • Internet Access
  • Internet Browser
  • iPod Cable
  1. Getting the right version. When downgrading your iPod Touch, make sure that you have the original IPSW file. Go to this path to check to see whether you have the file or not: C:/Users/[insert your Windows name here]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPod Software Updates. If the IPSW file is not there, this website provides the IPSW file that you need: http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/. Go to this website and scroll down until you find "iPhone / iPod touch / iPad." Now, click  on the drop list and scroll down until you find your model of iPod Touch. Click on your model and click the download button. Wait until it is finished downloading, which could take a little while. Once it is finished downloading, put the IPSW file somewhere you can find easily, like your desktop.
  2. Disconnect your iPod Touch. If your iPod Touch is not connected, ignore this step. If it is connected, launch iTunes and click on the disconnect button next to your listed iPod Touch on the left sidebar. Wait for a few seconds, then disconnect your iPod Touch from your iPod cable. Do not close iTunes, however.
  3. Completely power off your iPod Touch. Press and hold the power button at the top left of your iPod Touch. Hold it for about five seconds until the screen says "Slide to Power Off." When this screen shows up, put your finger onto the button and slide your finger. Then, your iPod Touch should power off completely.
  4. Reconnect your iPod. This step isn't as simple as simply plugging in your iPod Touch. Hold the power button for about ten seconds. While holding the power button, connect your iPod Touch to your computer. If you see the "Connect to iTunes" message on your iPod Touch, then you are now in recovery mode. However, if you don't see the message, then repeat steps three and four again because you may have messed up.
  5. Downgrade the iPod Touch. Once you are in recovery mode, go into iTunes and click on iPod Touch Device on the left sidebar. Then, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. Then, click on the "Restore" button while still holding the Shift key. You can now let go of the Shift key. A message should have popped up, prompting you to open the firmware location. Navigate to where you saved your recently downloaded iPod Touch IPSW file. Press "OK." A message should now have popped up, telling you that your iPod Touch has been reset to factory defaults. Your iPod Touch has now been downgraded.