8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2009 5:24 PM by coolaxeman
Stephen Schulte2 Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
Just wondering if it is possible to go back to version 2.2.1 if I upgrade to 3.0 and don't like it.

I have the full copy of everything on my MacBook - but of course everytime I connect via USP it updates and makes everything the same so if I update to version 3.0 now, then an hour later sync to the Mac - then the version 2.2.1 is gone.

In fact, I am not sure I'd know how to do this -- my iPod is in the automatic sync mode now- would I have to go to manual sync? Any comments or web site links to assist me here appreciated.


MacBook 2GHz-White+PBG4-12"+G4-733+eMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4
  • Switch900 Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
    if your on a mac go to itunes and when you plug your ipod touch, go to the button restore, and hit the ALT button while you hit at the same time the restore button then you should go to home folder
    it would be user/library/Itunes/ipod software update and you should find a file like this iPod2,12.2.1_5H11aRestore.ipsw

    click on that and it would restore back to 2.2.1
  • Stephen Schulte2 Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    One of the best, if not the best, and fastest answers I've ever had and I've been using Macs since 1989 and on this discussion group since it started (even though it says 2005 - they had to re-register me or something back then...)

    ANYway- super thanks and you ask "If you're on a Mac..." and I can truly say YES- and I guess I'm one of the few people out there in industry who has been Mac-Only for 20 years! I was at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt the other day and although there were hundred's of stands, many with portables, I didn't see a single Mac... So we need to boost market share!!

    By the way: I've saved this super reply in my iTouch Manuals folder-- thanks again!

    Thursday 18 June 2009
  • aubreyapple Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank-you for the succinct answer, however, I looked and no such file is on my system. Could it be that the file will be created on update? If not, where do I find the file? I want it there BEFORE upgrading as insurance. I have a number of files in the target location, but they are for my other iPod (e.g. iPod_25.1.3.ipsw). My iPod Touch has never been upgraded, it came with 2.2.1.
  • sorens Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i updated my next-gen ipod touch to 3.0 and now my mail crashes each time i launch the application. bleh. i tried following the steps to restore back to 2.2.1 but when I choose the file, I get an error in iTunes claiming "The iPod could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible".

    am I boned?
  • Stephen Schulte2 Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    I am changing this to Unanswered since there seem to be some questions about whether this restore works. I find this file: iPod1,12.2.1_5H11Restore.ipsw (not identical to the one mentioned, mine starts iPod1,1... not iPod2,1...
    Friday 19 June 2009
  • Marian MdK Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you have iPod1,12.2.1_5H11Restore.ipsw than I presume that you have the iPod Touch 1 Generation.
    To downgrade iPod touch from firmware 3.0 to 2.2.1 you have to place your ipod in DFU mode
    To enter DFU mode turn your iPod off make sure that it is connected to your Mac or Pc and iTunes is on.
    After you turn off completely your iPod press and hold for 10 seconds the home and sleep/wake button, after 10 seconds release the sleep/wake button while holding the home button pressed for another 10 sec.
    On your Mac or Pc on iTunes you will see this message if you entered successfully in DFU mode: “iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used whit iTunes.” once in DFU mode your iPod screen should be black. Press ok then Shift Restore (Pc) or Alt Restore (Mac) browse for the file: iPod1,12.2.1_5H11Restore.ipsw if you have the iPod Touch 1 Generation if you have the iPod Touch 2 Generation you will need the iPod 12.2.1_5H11aRestore.ipsw
    If you have problems entering DFU mode check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb_ss0bljHY
  • wjames306 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am trying this but I cannot find the software update file to go into but there is one called previous itunes libary but its empty I really need help I hate update 3 and want to back to the version I had before by the way I'm using windows vista

    Message was edited by: wjames306
  • coolaxeman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have been told by two Apple Techs now that you cannot retrograde back from V3 OS. If true, this is a serious flaw for the i-Touch IMO.