Downgrade Iphone Firmware 2.2.1 to 2.2

February 25, 2009

Software, Tips & Tricks


ba3bf_iphone221I have tested the new version of the iphone released late January 2009 and I have had several issues with quick battery drain and crashes on the iphone. I wanted to make the video below to help you out if you want to downgrade the iphone to a previous version. Below are also the links to the firmware you will need for the 3G iphone and the 1st generation iphone. I also put below the link to the Quickpwn program you will need to activate the firmware once it is restored.




Iphone 3G Firmware 2.2:  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Iphone 1st Generation Firmware 2.2: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Ipod Touch 2nd Generation Firmware 2.2: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Ipod Touch 1st Generation Firmware 2.2: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

74 Responses to “Downgrade Iphone Firmware 2.2.1 to 2.2”

  1. jeremy grobmyer Says:

    i am on tmobile and i have an iphone that has been jailbroke then last night i see an update on itunes so i did it and now my phone is stuck in recovery mode with 2.2.1 i dont have a pc i have a mac and i watch ur video on youtube last night i followed it step by step but on mine i dont hold shift i hold option then it started runing so i let it run all the way but i didnt get the 1013 pop up and my phone didnt go in to recovery mode it went to emergency call screen and i can call and people can call me and they can text me but i cant text back so i was asking if u know what to do

  2. a3cube Says:

    Thanks so much but my baseband is still 02.30… Hw can I downgrade dat?

  3. talal Says:

    Thanks alot dear for downgrading my iphone 3G 16GB to 2.2, but there i have problem with signal not coming and also the Modem Firmware stuck on 02.30.03 I can’t change it to 02.28 … If you have any good tips like always that you can help me.

    -warmest regards


    Thanks alot for you good effort. keept it up

  4. aramis Says:

    You’re welcome, I don’t have any information on doing this since my iphones are connected with ATT. Search on google, if it is possible I’m sure it is there. Best of luck.

  5. aramis Says:

    Regarding unlocked phone, I can’t help you. My iphones are connected with ATT. But I can tell you that the problem you are having is not common, I would try again the downgrade. Let me know.

  6. Songer Says:

    hello Thanks, but the baseband is the same. I can’t unlock mi iphone 3g16gb
    is the same thing

  7. talal Says:

    Hello again Aramis…

    Well as I told you I downgraded my iphone from 2.2.1 to 2.2 … What I did is upgrade again to 2.2.1 and I used Turbo sim and it works 100% fine with baseband 2.30.03. But still waiting for jailbrake to unlock my phone totally without using Turbo sim.


  8. raul Says:

    i am trying to jailbrake my iphon 2g i have done it befor and it worked and ihave restored it and jailbrake a couple of times and now that i wont to jail brake it it lets me but only installer loads not cydia please gmail me back

  9. Sammie Says:

    HI I am just wondering how you got the firmware as a .ipsw file. Do I extract it or leave it PLEASE HELP

  10. Juan Says:

    Hi i downloaded the 2.2 version for iphone but when i hold shift and the hit restore the file doesn’t appear what should i do??? Please advise thanks

  11. Jonny Says:

    I have a mac and the firmware saves as a folder. It wont let me select the firmware to restore.

    Any thoughts?

  12. Brad Says:

    Hi aramis,
    Thanks for your info.

    Nobody seems to be answering the question about baseband software, is it possible to downgrade this back to 2.28 as mine is now at 2.30 and as such, i cannot unlock the phone to any network.

    Any final word on this would be great.

  13. diego Says:

    this is great if you have windows. I have a mac and when I follow the instructions to hold shift or in my case option key, the firmware from your site is downloaded in the form of a folder and cannot be opened when holding option and clicking restore… .please help….

  14. F3L! Says:

    I downgrade my iphone from 2.2.1 to 2.2 but i can not unlock, if you have any suggestion please let me know.

  15. Alan Cauchi Says:

    To all those who needs answers if one can downgrade his baseband to use yellowsn0w for unlocking again. No you can’t yet!!!! DevTeam has to find us a solution for this. Till now there is no possible solution for unlocking an iphone which is with 2.2.1 and baseband 2.30. When you downgrade firmware to 2.2 as shown in video above, baseband will remain 2.30 and yellowsn0w can’t unlock your iphone 3G again.


    Now lets hope that DEVTEAM professionals find a quick solution for unlocking.


  16. brandon Says:

    thank you so much for helping me restore my iPhone to 2.2
    but how can i activate my iPhone w/o using itunes

  17. noh Says:

    Hi Aramis,

    Do you facing any problem when using turbo sim?

  18. naeem Says:

    how you donwgrade you firmware 02.30.03 TO 02.28 PLS HELP THANKSSSSSSS

  19. jon Says:

    holy hannah!!! it worked using the quickpwn and no sim then add the sim i am calling on tmobile network with 2.2.1 firmware….thank god i havent been able to use phone for 3 days now! back in the loop thanks guys!!!

  20. ron Says:

    Aramis, i find your videos very helpful but i recently downgraded my iphone 3g to firmware 2.2 and i quickpwnd my iphone and it jailbreaked it successfully but when i go to cydia and run yellowsnow it is not unlocking the iphone.can you help?

  21. canadian boy Says:

    i have iphone 3g 2.2.1 jailbreak already,then my computer is crash and i need to reformat my pc.when i fix my pc all progams,documents are erase coz at that time i don’t have any back up disk so i decided to reformat w/o back up disk.when i install itunes all apps,musics,pictures are erase.then i decide to put musics in m itunes and plug in my iphone jailbreak they say if you click OK all the DATA etc. will be erase….my question is if i gonna click OK or SYNC my iphone is going back to normal iphone or unjailbreak??? or only my music,pics,apps,video will gonna erase but still jailbreak iphone???pls help thanks

  22. Andrew Says:

    Hello! First of all i want to congratulate you for the good tutorial :p . I’m having some iphone problems…a have an iphone 3G wich was upgraded to 2.2.1 and after 3 weeks after the instalion i couldnt get any carrier . i’ve watched your tutorial and downgraded the firmware to 2.2 and still no response and in the settings / general / network it tells me network : not avalabile. Do you know how can i solve this problem?…the modem firmware has not changed during the downgrade. and i think a have the same problem like naeem. i have 02.30.03 modem firmware. Hope you can help me out. Many thanks!

  23. Borna Says:

    mahn u R awsome. I was wasting my time to find the solution but u show me de way.
    I like that bro. approtiate to what u have done

  24. ron combs Says:

    i’m downgrading from 2.2.1 to 2.2 using your quickpwn but it tells me i need some net framwork version, why is it telling me that ? i tried this on 3 other computers so im thinking its in your quickpwn program

  25. vins Says:

    Hi Aramis,

    I followed the steps as provided however I still get a message in my itune saying “Sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported” Is their a work around with this.

  26. mas013 Says:

    Hi Aramis,

    I followed the steps as provided however I still get a message in my itune saying “Sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported” Too!!

  27. Joey Says:

    hey if you want to unlock your iphone you can do it here
    its complicated but it works. tell me if it works for you

    hope it works 🙂

  28. Runer Says:

    Hi. I followed your youtube instruction. Everything seems to run well but I got stucked at an apple logo after the downgrade (2.2.1 to 2.2). What I tried to do was use Quickpwn 225.1 and used the same ipsw i used with the iTunes. Again.. everything seems to be well but at the end..Now bootneuter hangs indefinitely at “determining current settings”. I tried to wait for more than 30 minutes nothing has changed so I decided to try it again. No luck… 🙁

    Please help me…

  29. jay Says:

    i have no i deia how to down gragde my i phone can u help me

  30. james madison Says:


  31. noel Says:

    I was trying to download the 2.2 for the 1st gen itouch but it keeps telling me that there is an error.

  32. Fadi Says:

    i try it and it work thinx man

  33. Araikus Says:

    Sorry mate, you method does not work, i have tried till i am blue in the face, everything upgrades fine until the 1013 error, when you want to take it out of dfu mode, nothing, i have tried holding the home and power button for 15sec like you said, and every time you restart the phone just goes back in dfu mode…. this is highly frustrating…………………………………………….

  34. asad Says:

    i downloded the 2.2 file for the 3g but it appears as a zip aand does not have the ipsw file in in help me quick pls

  35. Hussain Says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the downgrade steps it works very will. I tried it with four iPhone so far it is works just fine. Once again thanks a lot.


  36. Arash Says:

    Thanks man

  37. Arash Says:

    Hi Aramis,
    I’m trying to downgrade from 2.2.1 to 2.2. I already have downloaded the required softwares from your website. I took the steps one by one. In the process of activation version 2.2, when I click on QuickPWN program, I do not get the message that you get. The message that I get is: to run this application, your first must istall one of the following versions of the Net Framework: v2.0.50727.
    So what sould I do?
    Thanks Man,

  38. Gene Says:

    Hey is there any way to downgrade baseband cuz i think thats a problem with my phone when i install yellowsnow and put t mobile card in it says sim card failure is there any way to fix this?

  39. malik Says:

    hello … i have iphone 3g 2.2.1 and i want to unlock it .. coz the sim card in my country doesn’t work on it . plz help me .

  40. chris Says:

    I was wondering how to change the baseband from 2.30 to the 2.28

  41. forthehuynh Says:

    I downloaded the iPhone 3G 2.2 firmware but I dont see the .ipsw file anywhere upon extraction. Im on a mac. Help please.

  42. qansax Says:

    to downgrade from 2.2.1 to 2.2 it won´t work, don´t do it , you can´t change the baseband.
    it works from 2.2 to 2.2.1. and don´t use yellowsnow if you have iphone 3g 2.2.1.
    wait dev-team.

  43. aabh Says:

    i couldn’t download first generation firmware 2.2 can anybody help me???

  44. Mustafa Says:

    Since you are expert with iphone, I would like to ask you about something and I hope I find an answer. When I take a picture using I phone, I don’t find that picture in the album. I don’t know where they go after capturing them. Could you please help?

  45. redbluffian Says:

    Great video, but I am having one problem. When I ask I tunes to locate the IPSW software it does not appear as a selection.

    I know it”s there but the file extension is *.zip.

    What do I do?

    I am using a PC and Itunes, the iphone is a first gen that has never been jailbroke.

    Thanks in advance!!

  46. dara Says:

    i am trying to downgrade from the 2.2.1 to 2.2 and i dl’d everything but when i am using the itunes instead of the 1013 error i get a 1602 error… i dunno what to do anymore pls help

  47. Yvend Says:

    I was wacthing your video and follow all steps but the quickPwn for mac doesn’t work. So wat should I do please?

  48. Yvend Says:

    And also my iPhone version is 2.2.1 3G but I want to downgrade it to firmware 2.2 that I had before

  49. n00t Says:

    hi aramis,

    where do i get the iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw file? the link above downloads a .zip file.


  50. Ugis Says:

    Im downgrade my iphont 3G from 2.2.1 to 2.2 – a do everything exactly right, like i see on video. And in the end when i shod restart the phone using QuickPwn – i cant install them.

    When i try it to install i get mesege:

    ” The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Clik on OK to terminate the application.

    So i cant swich on phon now 🙁

    How can i get started your QuickPwn ??

    Please help,

    Thanks !!!

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