Jul 252008

This one could be interested to all folks who are into jailbreaking. An iPod touch can be “restored” to any firmware version by following these steps:

Make the iPod touch enter recovery mode
Prepare a PC connection cable. Then, power off the iPod touch (long press on power button). Hold the home button while connecting the USB cable, keep holding the home button until the following screen appears:
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Open iTunes
Now, open iTunes. The program will bicker about having found an iPod in recovery mode:
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Install a firmware of choice
Click recovery while holding the Shift button. A file selection dialog will pop up. Choose your firmware of choice:
1 Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version

The flashing process will then begin. it can take up to 30 minutes – so better be patient:
i1 Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version

“Apple-ize” the firmware
People who feel paranoid can now “appleize” their firmware image afterwards. Just go into debug mode once again and click restore, but this time without holding the shift key. iTunes will download the official, current version from the Apple server and install it…
2 Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version
3 Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version

Fir example, here is an iPod touch that was “updated” to firmware version 2.0 via a file from apple’s FTP server. As the firmware has been “Appleized”, the App Store can be accessed:
i2 Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version

In the end, it all comes down to finding the correct firmware images. Firmware versions ranging from 1.1.1 to 2.0 are available from Apple and from various third parties – a bit of Googling usually helps out here. However, please be careful about software licensing – the use of some images may not be legal in some jurisdictions. Tamoggemon Publishing can not be held liable for any issues you may encounter…

Note to any Apple guy reading: this blog is hosted in Austria, a country with intact press freedom for technology journalists. Tamoggemon does NOT condone or recommend the usage of pirated firmware! So: please leave us alone.

Related posts:

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  3. Synchronize screenshots off an iPhone/iPod touch
  4. Firmware 2.2 drops – the change logs
  5. QuickPwn – jailbreak firmware 2.0.1 without full restore

  30 Responses to “Restore your iPod touch to any firmware version”

  1. My Ipod Has a differant problem it has the itunes logo with itunes under it and has a usb cord under that and it wont let me restore it

  2. Hi,
    try DFU mode!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  3. im having a problem with step 2, when you hold shift and click ok, it’s not bringing up a browser to click on my firmware.

  4. Hi,
    are you on a Mac or a PC?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  5. thank you! thank you! this saved my ipod!

  6. this saved my ipod! thank you!

  7. Hi,
    it was a pleasure!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  8. [...] ipsw file The next step is straightforward. Install the ipsw file – follow the steps outlined here. Don’t worry about the licensing contract – it is displayed, but there is no cost [...]

  9. Tried updating to version 3.1 but it said wasn’t compatible with my ipod.

  10. Hi,
    then try another file – the ipsw must be intended for your type of box!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  11. PLEASE HELP!!! I need to get 2.2 firmware on my 2g ipod touch. I have tried downloading the firmware from 3 diff sites but it saves as a zip file each time which itunes will not recognise. I have tried renaming the file which doesn’t work. Please how do I get the .ipsw file so I can use it. Thank you so much for any help.

  12. After you press save, add the .ipsw extension before the actual download.

  13. The 2.2.1 version downloaded correctly onto the desktop but when it’s restoring onto the itouch, theres an error code 20. Is there any way to delete version 3.1 from the computer?

  14. Hi.
    I think I have an extra tutorial for v3 – not sure now, please check the categories!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  15. i hold shift when pressing restore, but i don’t get a window for selecting a firmware? help?

  16. Hi,
    what type of machine are you on?


  17. Hi,

    I also don’t get the window to select the firmware when pressing restorie while holding shift.
    I have Snow Leopard, use iTunes 9 and have an iPod Touch 3G..

    Any ideas ?

  18. If you have an apple, Press ALT/OPTION while clicking restore and you will get the popup window to select your file.

    Then just browse to where you downloaded the file…

  19. Hi,
    on Apple, the process is different – but as I have no Mac, I cannot comment on it much…

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  20. Hello So wat if you do not have an Internet Connection for itunes to search for firmware from the ipod sever??????

  21. Hi Hooper,
    I fear you can’t do much in this situation…

    With best regards
    Tam Hanna

  22. Damn!! Thanx Tam…..Now i have another problem…my itunes says the firmware is Corrupt!….i was using itunes 9.1.1(Latest) then i tried it on itunes 8.2….8.2 doesnt even allow me to choose a folder for firmware…it says it doesnt have enough memory to access the updating sever….wat the hell is that

  23. Hi,
    have you tried to use another firmware file?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  24. i get an error message in itunes after connecting the usb cable, i wants me to enter a pincode on the ipod

  25. Hi,
    why not just enter the PIN of the device?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  26. How to reset iPod touch firmware frm 4.2.1 to 3.1.2 using iTunes 10.2.1

  27. Hey Tam!

    I own an 8GB iPod Touch which had iOS4.
    I run Windows XP on my PC.

    I tried to update it to iOS 4.3 using iTunes.
    It downloaded the stuff and showed “Updating software”.
    In the middle of it all it gave me a notification saying -
    ”iPod could not be updated. an unknown error occurred (1601)”

    Now my Pod’s a brick! it doesn’t do anything, isn’t even detected on iTunes. It just shows the ‘connect to iTunes’ screen when i plug it in!

    I tried to put it in DFU mode and restore, but it gave the same error!
    I have reinstalled iTunes (latest) and rebooted my PC twice. Nothing has worked.
    what should i do, i don’t have an authorized dealer nearby.

    Can I still jailbreak it or get some functionality outta it?
    Please help me ASAP.

    Any help on what to do would be appreciated.

  28. hey i dont know what firmware to install

    help please!

  29. how do you get the the firmware when you enter the files to choose

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