158 Responses to How to Downgrade iPod Touch 3G/2G 3.1.3 to 3.1.2 OS

  • matthew says:

    whenever I try to restore my Ipod when I hold shift and click restore, select the firmware it tells me that it cannot restore because the firmware file is not compatible. I updated my Ipod to 3.1.3 because I heard that there was a jailbreak for it called redsn0w 0.9.4 but its fake! help please help me downgrade my Ipod

  • jon says:

    This doesnt work Apple isnt signing for the downgrades anymore…

  • Mikhail says:

    has this worked for anyone and has been successful??

  • sacha verbaet says:

    can you pleas help me downgrade my ipod touch 3g

  • Mikhail says:

    i have the same problem as matthew!!..can anyone help?!?

  • rohit says:

    even i have the same problem i cant downgrade my firm ware whnevr i press restore n click on the 3.1.2 firmware it shows the firmware is not compatible can u please help i badly need my 3.1.2 firmware back pls pls pls

  • David says:

    Same thing happened with me, it always notifies says that ” this file is not compatible” I updated it by accident, and now i’m stuck.

  • MK says:

    Thanks alot this worked like a charm.
    Now i can get my apps working again lol

  • Jack says:

    Hey guys, I’ve been looking on youtube and I have the same problem as all of you guys do , but I’ve done my research and I think it’s because we need to upgrade our iTunes so it can register the firmware NOTE: I have ipod Touch 3G 3.1.3 MC model . Hope this helps.

  • marcus says:

    when i use it it says that it is not compatible…pls help!!!!!!

  • Luke Thompson says:

    Hey If your getting the error you more than likley need the latest itunes Cause i had to upgrade to downgrare my ipod touch 3g

  • MK says:

    the reason why this is not working for those of you with itouchs is becuase the firmware link above is for an iphone. if you google itouch firmware and download the one for you generation and then follow this process it will work.

    hope this helps

  • tanner says:

    MK, where did you get the firmware, i have the same ipod and i need the firmware, please post it

  • tanner says:

    sorry, i meant Jack, where did you get your firmware. please post asap.

  • tanner says:

    ive tried 3 different firmwares, none of them are compatible. im renaming them to the ipsw files and everything… nothings working. anyone got suggestions?

  • Leo says:

    Thanks, it worked for me (using right firmware)

  • angelo says:

    yes it work but i held shift for like 3 seconds..and i use software 3.0

  • Mark says:

    Guys try felixbruns.de
    This site gives you all Gen Firmware. iPhone/iPod Touch and all Firmwares you need

    I’m Downloading it atm

  • jimbo says:

    just want to let everyone know that it is option that you hold down. (apple comuters)

  • Jr says:

    plz help i need to downgrade my ipod aswell my little brother fucked it up and now i need to downgrade…tanner u said it worked for you can you help

  • I tried using Shift-click, and it didn’t work. So i tried option-click. It opened a new window that was titled “open” so I guess that worked. The link you put in step one is for the iphone 3.1.2 firmware, is it the same thing?

  • Matthew2 says:

    You have to edit the “host” file so that instead of calling home (apple.com) it just loops and calls your local computer(

    The reason for this is because iTunes is calling back to apple to check and make sure the update is legit and apple is telling iTunes not to allow the downgrade (thanks apple) You can search Google for how to do it, its pretty straight forward and simple.

    Hope This helps!

  • trbled ipod 3g user says:

    Hi edited the host file too, downloaded the iPod3,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw file from the correct location, but still I’m getting the non compatible error

  • Chris Larocque says:

    editing the host file still doesn’t work. anyways, the tutorial still doesn’t say what to change the host file to read, but that you have to change it.

  • Drew says:

    adding the apple.com to the hosts file didn’t work. When I try to restore I get an error message saying iTunes could not restore because apple servers could not be reached

  • James says:

    I downloaded the “iPhone1,2_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw” Zip file, which took a 242 megabyte mega bite out of my download limit and I extracted its contents – but I can’t find any ipsw files in it. My iTouch in recovery, I hold shift and click restore in iTunes and everything and I go to the extracted folder but it says “no items matched your search”. There’s just a bunch of unknown files including three with the extension “dmg” which appear to be nothing yet are many MBs in size.

    What the hell am I doing wrong?

    I have a 3rd Gen iTouch with 3.1.3 firmware and I’m trying to downgrade to 3.1.2. As far as I can tell I’m doing everything this tutorial says properly, but the IPSW file I seemingly used hundreds of MBs downloading is nowhere to be found. I’m pissed off because I’ve used up a lot of my bandwidth on this.

  • Sky says:

    can anybady help me downgrade my ipod touch 1g from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2

  • Brandon says:

    Thanks Luke Thompson I got mine from

  • CalebK says:

    Ok, I have a 3rd gen Itouch rinning 3.1.3, and when I got the 3rd gen 3.1.2 firmware from http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/ iTunes said it was an iPhone file and when it verified it it said it was not compatible. HELP ME!

  • Clebbington says:

    Face it guys, Apple won. Just wait for some new jailbreaking updates.

  • Chad Downing says:

    Hey Guys I had the same problem when it said that the firmware was not supported. But you’re in luck if you have a 3g 8gb ipod. if so at that site where you download the firmwares dont get the 3g 3.1.2 firmware. Get the 2g 3.1.2 it works somehow!

  • Nivley says:

    This video works for real.

    I just downgrade my Ipod Touch 3G 32GB from version 3.1.3 to 3.1.2.

    It Works!!!!!!!

  • trbled ipod 3g user says:


    thank you, thank you, thank you!

    It WORKSS!!!!!!!!!

    8gb successfully downgraded to 3.1.2

  • Darow says:

    this stuff is confusin……… everybody should just not upgrade ur itouch to 3.1.3.

  • Gavin says:

    well hurray for you it still wont work for me i hate apple. the only thing they have made that is good is the itouch and iphone but they had to go. it wont make a difference someone will find out how to jailbreak 3.1.3 and then they do it again and make 3.1.4 and til happen again its just a cycle they should give up.

  • Ijosito says:

    It works but you have to use the 2g 3.1.2fw and you dont need to put into recovery mode just choose file and restore. tx. to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kljGhczatWU

  • HAPPY!!! says:

    nivley is right IT WORKS!! just go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kljGhczatWU and follow the directions! im not kidding my 8gig works perfectly with 3.1.2

  • CALEBK says:

    Hmm. It seems that 3g iPod touches that are 8GB seem to be working for people. My 32GB 3g still won’t work.

  • Jon says:

    8GB works because its just an ipod 2g thats why its cheap still. If it had real 3g part it would have cost more. So really no one is downgrading any 3g’s yet. Just 2009 2gs.

  • thales says:

    nice man thanks, worked like a charm on my itouch 1st gen

  • Roger says:

    Ok Guys,

    i am about to flip over here! I have been at this for 4 hours straight and still I am getting error messages that the firmware is not compatable. Ok..I downloaded 2 firmwares for my Ipod Touch 2nd gen 32 gb. I downloaded the 3.1.2 as well as the 3.0 firmware. I followed the directions form the youtube video and everything but each one (and yes the firmware is for the ipod touch not iphone) I am still not able to restore. What gives?!?!?

  • Roger says:

    Say….I got it to work man!!! I now run 3.1.2 on my “jailbroke” ipod touch 2nd gen!!!. The video is right!! just follow the instructions and make sure you have the right firmware!! Good luck….damn i’m good.

  • Olivier says:

    Ok i tried every single program, downgraded fails with any ipws files and still no jailbreak for me. I though i would only work with 3g 8gb version but i realized that my friend got it and its a 32 gb 3g mc model iTouch. What is the problem… Why won’T apple accept the downgrades?

    Any help would be usefull

  • Arturboy says:

    I downgraded my 8gb ipod touch using the 2g 3.1.2 although it constantly crashes into recovery mode, I woinder if that is the cause

  • Roger says:

    Say Guys….

    I am not really sure why you are still having problems…for thatI am sorry. But, again I followed the video that was made back in the comments on Mar. 10th and I made sure that I downloaded the correct firmware, and it worked. Belive me you can see were I commented on Mar. 7th and i was having problems….Because I was using iphone firmware instead of ipod firmware. Agian I just followed the video and went from there….good luck.

  • gavin says:

    ok i have posted this problem on about 17 websites and from all the replies i got kk YOU CANT DOWNGRADE A IPODTOUCH 3G MCMODEL 32G OK YOU CANT . APPLE HAVE STOPPED PEOPLE FROM DOWNGADING BECAUSE THE COPED ON THAT PEOPLE WERE DOING IT SO THAT THEY COULD JAILBRAKE IT . it works with 2g and the very odd time 3g mcmodel 8g. OK trust me i have spent about 34 hours in 1 week trying to find the solution . i got a detention in school for not having my homework done properly or at all so trust me and dont waste your time on this just be patient and wait till april.

  • shaun says:

    I was able to downgrade my touch 3G 32G from the 3.1.3 to 3.1.2 and rejailbreak with no problem at all. The only thing that was weird is that it didn’t require me to use the irecovery or the libUSB files and I am wondering if anyone knows why?

  • chip says:

    Hey I have a quick question. Those of you who have the 8GB ipod touch (3rd generation) and downgraded from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2, then used blackrain probably to jailbreak it, does it become a tethered jailbreak like it does when you use blackrain on the touch out of the box at 3.1.2, or does it become untethered. If it becomes untethered, I am going to change my 3g 3.1.2 firmware to 2g 3.1.2 nowww. Thanks!!!

  • Shaun says:

    @ Gavin How plz tell

  • Shaun says:

    I have a 32gb Ipod Touch and have tried everything to downgrade with no joy,please tell me or post a link to intructions .. i’ll be your slave for a week :)

  • Shaun says:

    Can anyone tell me how to downgrade the 3.1.3 firmware to 3.1.2 i have tried every method , host files etc ..

    Thanks in Advance

  • Roger says:


    Go back up to my post on or around the 16th of this month and look over the info. Follow it to a Tee and it will work!!


    Slavery is over…now we are all free!! :)

  • Roger says:


    Go back and look at my post on the 16th of March and follow it to the Tee. Make sure you look at the youtube video to. The kid knows his stuff. It will work.

    Alot of miss information is around because some people have a Iphone and they are sending people to firmware links to the iphone NOT the ipod touch. Just make sure you have the correct firmware and again follow the video and trust me it will work.

  • Roger says:

    youtube video…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kljGhczatWU

    Google this “ipod touch firmware” It should be the first link.

  • Shaun says:

    @ Roger i have followed it to a ‘T’ buddy but it will not work, im pulling whats left of my hair out … lol,thanks for replying Roger.

  • Roger says:

    Are you sure? Now I have a 2nd Gen 32gb and I had the same problem. I hate to sound like a broken record, but did you download the right firmware? Just make suer it says ipod not iphone. Man I’m sorry your having problems. Your lucky…you have hair…I’m BALD?

    Say try to see if you can IM the guy on the video I’m sure he would give you some more advice. It’s a kid but he knows what he was talking about. Good Luck.

    If I see something I’ll post back.

  • Shaun says:

    Thanks for the reply Roger,I have the 32g 3rd gen one not the 2g,thanks for trying to help though much appriciated :).

  • Roger says:

    Yeah..sorry about that. I should have said the type that I had. Again if I here something I’ll post something. Good Luck.

  • Saad says:

    for mikhail

    u should check first ur IPOD version
    becaz if u will download wrong ipsw file for ur ipod
    it will be useless
    try to confirm which model u hav
    thn download that.
    e.g. if u hav 2g and u will download 3g file, it will definetly not work

    becaz such thing happened with me once

  • mansehaj says:

    thx alot its gr8

  • randy55 says:

    Hey guys I got mine to work
    I got my ipod touch 32gb 3g to downgrade Thanks Alot
    Here’s what you do

    1. Go to felixbruns and download the iPod3,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore for 3g
    2. Edit the host file as shown above in the video
    3. Restore your ipod completely to factory settings by deleting all apps and music, videos , settings (like when you just got it)- This helps for some reason I realy don’t know but this is how I got mine to work
    4. Finally follow instructions from this post above.

    Comment if you have problems
    Going to install some apps now on my new jail broken ipod touch 3g 32g!!!! Yipppeee

  • xdnickx says:

    How to Downgrade Ipod Touch 3G 3.1.3 to 3.1.2

    Step 1: Goto “http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/” and download the Ipod Touch 2g 3.1.2 firmware,

    Step 2: Place your ipod into recovery mode by simply powering off your iopd and then press and hold the home button for 10 seconds and plug into the computer.

    Step 3:Goto itunes and hold shift while u press restore.

    Step 4:Then select the ipsw u have downloaded. The restore should begin.

    Step 5 : you can now jailbreak.(download blackra1n jailbreak method from blackra1n.com)


  • colin says:

    hey Drew/Anyone if you download .ispw it may automatically convert it to .zip. All you have to do is change the extension back to .ispw.

  • Phil says:


    I got an ipod touch 3G (64gb) the other day with firmware 3.1.3 preinstalled on it.

    I was just wondering… why would you get the Ipod Touch 2g 3.1.2 firmware if you OWN an ipod touch 3G?

    so which firmware restore should I be getting exactly?

  • Phil says:

    I meant RANDY55 not ANSEHAJ

  • Shaun says:

    @ mansehaj
    I just tried your method didnt work for me still stuck on 3.1.3 :(

  • cody says:

    i think that there all fake but b1ackra1n… but it doesnt work for the 3g i down loaded the redsn0w but i dint think i should use it cuz i dont wanna mess up my ipod..but i alos have the same propblem! help =(

  • Jailbreakmyitouch says:

    Guys, there must be a way to downgrade my 3g 32gb mc model itouch. 5 days of endless searching, and I keep findidng crap that no longer works. It’s impossible that apple made a rock solid way of ANTI-downgrading although it looks like it…

  • gavin says:

    ok. listen please people stop putting new comments on this forum you may think that your comments say somethin but they dont here. the same over and over again . some people who arre realy realy lucky can downgrade it but for most of you 3gen 32gb users you cant so stop saying please help just wait for the next apple update because thats when dev team are releasing there new jailbrake for 3.1.3 and possibly it would work with 3.1.4 . so just be patient. at the start of this downgrading problem i spent about 32 hours in 1 week tryin to find out but you cant.

  • Friend says:

    You have to get iPod touch 2g 3.1.2 ipsw file using firefox in felixsbruns website and put your iPod in dfu mode not recovery also remember to edit the hosts file choose your ipsw and see if that does it

  • Michael Avery says:

    it worked!! thanks!

  • ryan says:

    it is now called crapple. apples server now signs out the firmware. if u upgraded to 3.1.3. you are screwed. there is virtually no way through this. u can try like i have been, but i will give every one that trys. a 2% chance of getting to 3.1.2. but still have fun trying

  • Andrew says:

    I keep getting a message saying my iPod is not eligible! and I have the newest iTunes as well.

  • mike says:

    i have download it and on itunes my ipod is in dfu mode and i hit shift and restore and i cant find the file what do i do and what is a site that works

  • cristovao says:

    If I buy the Ipod Touch 3g 32 today, will it come with the 3.1.2 or already with the 3.1.3?

  • G00GLE says:

    Okay like the post Written By Chad Downing go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2L8U8p5_TI and watch the video. Go into your host file and add the line he tells you too. Once done you don’t even have to put iPod in recovery mode. Simply connect to iTunes and hold shift/option and select restore. Now select YOUR firmware (I can’t stress this enough) and click okay. Be pataint and it will downgrade. I have a iPod Touch 3G 64GB and it worked first go.

  • Phil says:


    did your ipod have 3.1.3 preinstalled on it when purchased? If so, I think there is no way to downgrade whatsoever.

  • G00GLE says:

    Hey sorry I guess I should have stated that. It came withe 3.1.2. Even if it is pre-installed it should still work i used the iPod Touch 3G (3.1.2/7D11) from http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/ (will take about 10 or 15 minutes to DL). I then opened notepad as admin (right click) and opened C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. Once file is opne on first line under last pound sign (#) type gs.apple.com and click save. Once done i shift/clicked the restore button and it went. Can’t come up with anything they could do to a new 3.1.3 that they can’t do during the update.

  • Gabriel Ma says:

    Does it work with itouch 3g that has originally 3.1.3??

  • Matthew says:

    There is no downgrade to this anymore, apple isn’t signing them off, I myself have tried to downgrade a bunch of times, now the only two ways of jailbteaking is to recode your iPod, which is a hassle, or be patient and wait for goerge hotz to make the new untethered jailbreak, just be patient, it’s coming, until then, I just check blackra1n.com once every week, sOoner or later I will find it >.<

  • ipodtouch says:

    Evoryboy sorry for my bad english
    I did this i had the same problem with my ipod touch 2g MB model ; Download from felixbruns your firmware 3.0
    that is working then you download 3.1.2 then its working
    but i dont use 3.1.2 because it keeps stuck by jailbreaken now i’m on 3.0 firmware and I used Redsnow ( the same firmware 3.0 (7A341) im sure this wil work , try it

  • JB says:

    This did work indeed just as described. 4/6/10


    Apple states that the itouch 8gb model is a 3G model but it is not–false advertising–why not–one more nasty thing they do.

    Therefore the only firmware that will work for the restore is the 2g 3.1.2 just as others have stated.

    When you get the firmware from the site mentioned, follow the directions provided carefully and it will work–I just finished restoring mine.



  • Alex says:

    If I restore my iPod touch 3g 3.1.3 (7E18) to factory settings, will it restore the firmware to 3.1.2?

  • Ilan says:


  • Ilan says:

    guys, the .ipsw mentioned here isn’t compatible. not all of them are. just try downloading from every frikin site you see, it works! (for me atleast)

  • Gavin says:

    OK GUYS WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO DOWNGRADE 32GB IPOD TOUCH 3G CAUSE MY BROTHER WORKS REALY HIGH UP IN THE APPLE COMPANY ANDHE SAID THAT THEY HAVE COME UP WITH AN IDEA TO STOP PEOPLE JAILBRAKING EVER AGAIN . so we need to hurry and find a way to downgrade and kailbrake if we want to and then never update or do wat apple wants again

  • Johan says:

    Yo guys, i got an Ipod 3g(according to apple, it seems to be 2g tho)(MC model) 8gb with 3.1.3 firmware. Since there is no jailbreaking avaible for this i tried to downgrade, downloaded the 2g 3.1.2 firmware from felixbruns.de, changed the host file, but when i did shift+restore thing, it behaved normallly, until the end when it said unknown error(28). Anyone knows what i can do?

  • Mike says:

    Had to do a few minor adjustments, but it worked perfectly! Thanks SOOOOOOO much!

  • Ian says:

    If u have a ipod touch 8gb with MC serial can u still use this method to downgrade it?

  • G00GLE says:

    OMG PEOPLE, what don’t you get about it works on 32GB and 64GB 3G iPod Touch. If you change the file like the video says to do and then DL the “CORRECT” firmware not 3G for 2G like some have suggested. I can not stress this enough people if you own 2G DL, FW- 2G(3.1.2/7D11) or if your own a 3G DL, FW- 3G(3.1.2/7D11, use this site for your FW http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/. Now the rest is up to you to make sure you have done right. Follow the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2L8U8p5_TI to alter your host file. Remember to alter host file as that is what tells iTunes to verify the FW even though Apple would normally deny it. With out the host file being opened in NotePad as Administrator you can not save the changes to the file. Once the changes have been made only then open iTunes hold shift/option and then click on restore, choose FW- 3.1.2 and select okay. Trust me it works. If I have to I will post video of me updating through iTunes to 3.1.3 and then show myself downgrading it back to 3.1.2. All the info is already on this site to do it, but if that is not good enough then I guess I will eventually do a damn video.

  • rafael says:

    guys. .i have itouch 32gb just bought last week. and its already in 3.1.3 and its a 3rd gen and mc model. can i downgrade it? so i can jailbreak it? please reply. tnx

  • Jere95 says:

    Does the video on toutube works for ipod touch too?

  • Nick says:

    Hey guys, i need help. my cousin was having trouble with his jailbroken ipod and asked me to fix it, and when i was erasing all of his data, i forgot to remove the jailbroken stuff (blackrain cydia ect..) and half way through deleting all data and content his ipod shut off and went into recover mode and now blackrain freezes when i use it (on the ipod it freezes) and im worried that it’s stuck in recovery mode, if anyone can give me some help i need it. (for one on one, contact my email “nickriley_@hotmail.com” thanks.

  • jesssica says:

    okay here is the thing i get an unknown error (28) i went to apples site it says that this is an error probally caused by apple not signing the 3.1.2 firmwares any more.

    by the way i have an ipod touch 3g 8gb mc model(i know this isnt a real 3g model wat eva)

    this thing only works on 32 an 64 u can jailbreak with blackra1n if u have 32 or 64 so y do u want to downgrade
    its just tethered

  • Spinalje says:

    Thank you so much!

  • Colin says:

    Okay all you people who are flipping out stop it. It isn’t that this “doesn’t work” it’s because you dumb f$cks are using the wrong firmware! You are probably trying to get 3.1.2 iPhone firmware when you have an iPod! This does work 100% if you just use the right stuff! You can download any firmware you need here http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/ make sure you are downloading firmware for what you have (iPod firmware for iPod, iPhone firmware for iPhone ect….)

  • Phil says:

    ok so before I proceed with the above method…Will this downgrade if my ipod (64gb) came with firmware version 3.1.3 pre-installed on it?

  • Stephen says:

    I have a 3G 8GB iPod and just letting everyone know (cause I’m so excited) that, I DIT IT!!!!! YES YES YES!!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HELPED ME!!! HA HA APPLE!! YEAH THATS RIGHT APPLE!! CANT TOUCH THIS!! JK. I’M JUST EXTREMELY EXCITED!!

  • Adam says:


    Far out didn’t you guys read the download file, here is the perfect link:http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

  • Weena says:

    Can someone tell me how to downgrade my iPod touch from3.1.3 to 3.1.2? It’s 64GB.. Will it work If I Downgrade it on iTunes ? Really need ur answer! Thanks

  • Johan says:

    @stephen and colin
    Dude, the Ipod touch and the Iphone firmware is exactly the same. The site you linked lists them as the same(Ipod touch/Iphone/Ipad firmware). That is not the problem.

  • edge says:

    if you have a 3rd gen 8GB ipod touch, use the ipod touch 2nd gen 3.12 firmware

  • Jack says:

    I almost tried all the youtube solutions to downgrade my 2G 8gb MC model from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2. but, I alway got an unknown error (28). I am so desparate!!!

  • G00GLE says:

    No, No, No read my postget the FW for your exact product. I.E. 2G, 3G, 8GB, 64GB, iPod, iPhone. I know people are trying to say iPod or iPhone FW doesn’t matter but it does as some of the coding is different as well as their is a lot of extra code you don’t need. Also you have to make sure to follow the YouTube video I posted above to the T. Otherwise you will continue to get the same result. That is the true definition of Insanity people. You know that, Right?

  • Devin says:

    It worked thanks alot!

  • Tom says:

    Ok i have tried everything. i bought a ipod touch 3g 8gb MC086LL model around april 10th. I have dl the legit 3.1.2 firmware exact filename iPod2,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw. I have added the entry into the hosts file to bypass the apple sig server, I have also tried many different versions of itunes both 8 and 9. I click on my ipod in itunes then hold shift and click restore and choose the 3.1.2 firmware. All I get is the dreaded error 28. If I choose to restore back to 3.1.3 FW, it works fine and the restore process is successful. What I would like to know is can these new ipod touchs released this month be downgraded? After a few hours of testing, My answer is NO. Can anyone else help me?

  • Liam says:

    I don’t know much, but i realised the firmware given is Iphone… i’m assuming that of course wont work for ipod touch users like myself, im trying the ol’ trusty Felix Bruns to get the ipod touch one.

    maybe that’l help.

  • Dave says:

    This DOES work.
    I was very sure it wouldn’t so read this lots of times.
    64Gb 3G iTouch and yes it’s one of the latest models.
    Now back on 3.1.2 (thank you)
    You MUST MUST MUST use the right firmware – oh and I’m using the latest itunes and it worked fine – do the hosts file thing though!
    Thanks again – for those saying it doesn’t work I’d say to you you’re not doing something right.

  • G00GLE says:

    @ every one who read the instructions and did it the correct way.

    Thank you for taking the time to actually read the comments and do it correctly.

  • it works.. ensure you have edit the hosts file as mentioned above. add one line only at the bottom of the file. then restore it. thanks..

  • Ollie says:

    Hey, I had a good read through the comments here. And thought I would just wing it and have a bash at a restore. And it was a great success!

    I was using “32GB Ipod Touch 3G MC Model (3.1.3)”when I initially started, and successfully managed to restore it to (3.1.2)

    – Firstly I downloaded the correct firmware for my IPOD “iPod3,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore” from http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

    – Placed it into the correct folder “C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates” (Now if you’re using the same Ipod as me, you will find the 3.1.3 recovery file already there. Move it into another folder or desktop. And place the 3.1.2 version in the “software Updates folder”).

    Go into your Firewall settings and “Uncheck” Itunes from the list of programmes, Apply.

    *Now before we get started copy EXACTLY what this video tutorial does http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2L8U8p5_TI*

    After you have done all this, Give your restore a try (Shift+ Click on restore). This is what I did and it worked perfectly. I even had the first errors as you guy’s did, Some of my methods may be far fetched, But I promise you I got this to work!

  • OLLIE says:

    For some proof that this did work for me,
    Screenshot of Itunes After my successfull restore. *Note the serial number ends in “6K2” that tells you it’s the 32Gb 3RD GEN MC model.


    Picture of using the Ipod Screencapture feature,


    *On a final note, I haven’t Jailbroke on THIS Ipod before, but have done on my old 2G model, So it did NOT save on cydia. So this little “Guide” should work for the same Ipod users as mine.*

    Good luck guys.

  • MM says:

    Don’t think is works for itouch which comes installed with 3.1.3. I have done everything exactly right and continue to get error 28 when preparing.8gig 2g touch 3.1.3

  • Richard says:


    I´ve tried to downgrade my “IPOD TOUCH 3.1.3 MC-Model 32GB” since a week.


  • Tom says:

    This method does not work for the Second Generation 8GB Ipods anymore. This is because Apple has stopped signing off on the second generation 3.1.2 firmware. I will repeat SECOND GENERATION 3.1.2 firmware. Also, The host file fix only works if you have previously backed up your SHSH file to Cydia. If you watch closely the recovery process doesn’t error until right after the third verification with Apple during the restore process. As soon as Apple verifies the firmware for a third time, It then begins to load the new firmware onto the Ipod. And for this reason, the recovery process fails here with an error 28 because Apple is not approving this firmware anymore. I hope this helps anyone who is trying to downgrade a Second Gen Ipod like me. Sorry guys I guess we will just have to wait for a 3.1.3 jailbreak :(

  • G00GLE says:

    @TOM- dud you are wrong read the post man most the people who have had success with no problems are the 2nd gen owners. Read through the posts before you comment. So as I have said before and so have others follow each and every step to the ‘T’ and you will have a successful downgrade. So next time you wanna sound smart do your research. Apple stopped signing off on ‘ALL’ downgrades, no matter what the model, if you have upgraded to 3.1.3. This is public knowledge that can be found on their website, hence the reason for the rerouting entry you have to make.

  • sucphil says:

    hi anybody successfully downgrade itouch 3rd gen 8gb 3.1.3 to 3.1.2 MC model?

  • Tom says:

    If I am so wrong then i would like to hear from someone who has successfully downgraded a second gen Ipod 8GB MC model that came with 3.1.3 pre-installed down to 3.1.2 firmware without errors.

  • G00GLE says:

    @TOM Uhm, gee I think you have answered your own problem good sir. You have a iPod 8GB MC, which makes it technically a third gen Touch. I know every one say it is a 2G but as far as it knows it is a 3G. So like I said prior DL the proper FW (i.e. 3G [3.1.2/7811D]) and then follow the steps above.

  • Tom says:

    Ok I will try that. I will dl the 3G 3.1.2 firmware and see if it works.

  • Tom says:

    Ok just tried it with both Itunes 9 and Itunes 8. Third Generation 3.1.2 firmware incompatible for your device. I really don’t know why this keeps failing I’m following your guys directions to the T. I am not the only one that keeps getting this Error 28.

  • MooN says:

    im getting ipod touch and will try this method + host thing. just one question to those with error 28. can u revert back to 3.1.3 for normal use if u get error 28 or does the ipod get bricked (ie cant be used at all ) ?????

  • DKrav says:

    Hey, ive been doing everything perfectly, tryed every itouch 3.1.2 fw, tryed itunes 8/9 multiple times and failed. My ipod was previously jb but i was supposed to return my ipod to the store so i reset to factory settings, and when i plugged into itunes, i was automatically restored to 3.1.3!! I have a 32 gb MC model 3rd gen itouch, i need some help!!!! If you can actually help, email me at zenon8224@aim.com

  • Tom says:

    Yes, If you get the error 28 you can restore back to 3.1.3 successfully.

  • Tom says:

    Anyone who has the error 28 problem. Good News, The “Spirit” jailbreak from Dev team is set to release tomorrow when the new ipad3G hits the stores. This is a jailbreak only for stock 3.1.3 IDevices and is untethered unlike blackra1n. This info came from RedmondPie News. We can only hope that this is true especially for the select few of us who are unable to downgrade.

  • Marshall M says:

    my only suggestion that im trying is to either upgrade your itunes, or downgrade it to an earlier version. Im going to try this hope it helps

  • Tom says:

    “Spirit” has been delayed Sorry guys :(

  • Bob This says:

    This doesn’t work anymore, I tried this 5 hours straight and the only thing it did was pi$$ me off. Maybe you guys can find a new way to change the softwares.

  • Tom says:

    Good news “Spirit” will be released soon so back up your SHSH blobs for your idevices especially for non-jailbroken ppl and firmware 3.1.3. There are instructions on how to do this found on this site. We should be seeing “Spirit” very soon. :D

  • Ted says:

    I did everything you stated, except placing the recovery file into the itunes folder since I apparently do not have any of those folder, and it still gave me the same result – “not compatible with the restore”.
    I’m using the same ipod as you, 3G 32Gig MC model with 3.1.3 preinstalled, so no SHSH file on cydia.

  • Anna says:


    On this website you can download every firmware there is :)

  • Dave says:

    Spirit it out now. Won’t post the link as most sites such as this don’t like you to but it is out there.
    3.1.3 untethered. :)

  • Aman says:

    Spirit doesn’t work with 3G iPod Touches. I tried it and it says it has jailbroken, and Cydia is on your ipod, but it’s actually not jailbroken. You can have themes and stuff in cydia, but no apps that you downloaded on the computer can be synced.

  • Tom says:

    @AMAN you have to download Appsync from cydia. Search google for AppSync and you will find instructions. Hope this helps

  • tONY says:

    IT wORKS ! tHX fRIEND !

  • Desu says:

    Go to Spiritjb.com download spirit and thats all you have to do to jailbreak ipod touch 1g,2g and 3g(32gb and 64gb).

    mines ipod touch 3g 32gb Mc model. i jailbroke it with spirit!

  • Daniel says:

    I also have a iPod 2G MC with 3.1.3, which I tried to jailbreak with Spirit, and it seemed to work, but now Cydia crashes after a few seconds (It worked OK till I did one of the updates Cydia asked me to do)

    I was thinking about downgrading to 3.1.2 and jb with blackra1n again, but my question is, how can I backup all my apps data before downgrading and then how can I restore that data after the downgrade?


  • Chris says:

    The jailbreak for firmware 3.1.3 is called spirit. Google it, it gives you step by step instructions. Super easy, i am using it right now

  • noah says:

    this does work if you download the correct firmware. the link on this website is for the iphone. go to

  • Daniel says:

    The downgrade worked like a charm, I just backed up, downgraded and restored from the backup.
    Spirit doesn’t work for iPod MC with 3.1.3

  • Maurits says:

    Spirit is the best ipod touch jailbreak.
    it works for every ipod touck/iphone.
    it is untethered.
    but if your ipod already is jailbroken.
    u need to remove the jailbreak.

    Its just Perfectly

  • Maurits says:

    on the newest iTunes downgrade wont work for me!

  • melissa says:

    it doesn’t give me the option to browse for the firmware when i hold shift! WTF

  • wayne says:

    Ive been working on this for a few hours already..
    for those of you who are using ipod touch 2G you dont actually
    have to downgrade to 3.1.2. (i tried to do so but it wont allow me), have you all tried spiritjb? google it. works for me. hope it works for you too.

  • ricky says:

    this worked for mine which is a 3gen 8gigs aqnd i had blackrain on it then it works the video has a weird kid though

  • wereadcommentsproperly says:

    cant downgrade to 3.1.2 if u bought ur ipod with 3.1.3 pre-installed zzz

  • anthony says:

    this isnt working can some one please help mew it says it is unable to restore at the end!!

  • Alig721 says:

    SAME HERE!!!

  • >=( says:

    your Firmware is not compatible. . . .

  • Bushido Amin says:

    damn,its working.i just downgrade 4.2.1 to 4.1 . and now,i will jailbreak it again after successfully restore :DD

  • Maxyboy1998 says:

    its not working on a mac

  • Peyton264 says:

    how i have tryed and i cant

  • I have been doing everything perfectly, tryed every itouch 3.1.2 fw, tryed itunes 8/9 multiple times and failed. My ipod was previously jb but i was supposed to return my ipod to the store so i reset to factory settings, and when i plugged into itunes, i was automatically restored to 3.1.3!!

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  • w10dunoo says:

    spirit is the onee!!!…is very easy gto usee