From iOS 6.0.2 to iOS 6.0.1, Here’s How to Downgrade iPhone 5 Firmware

By Sidharth | Apple

Apple users are not authorized to downgrade their iOS devices. That’s how Apple rolls — and we users get used to it after some time. But you can still downgrade your iOS device. Apple may not understand your pain, but don’t tell them you have downgraded your iOS device. That said, if you have an iPhone 5 running on the latest iOS 6.0.2 firmware, and you are fed up with the atrocious battery life, then it’s time to change gears and drive backwards.

Both iPad mini and iPhone 5, for which iOS 6.0.2 firmware was released, can be downgraded to iOS 6.0.1 firmware. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Download IPSW file of iOS 6.0.1 firmware for your iOS device.
  2. Connect iPhone 5 / iPad mini to your computer.
  3. Launch iTunes. Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes player.
  4. Optional but recommended: Backup your iPhone 5 via iTunes or iCloud.
  5. Put your iOS device into DFU mode by holding Home and Hold button for 10 seconds — after 10 seconds you have to let go off the Home button while holding the Hold button (video).
  6. iTunes will pop up a window which says your iPhone is in recovery mode. Click OK.
  7. Hit Shift + Restore iPhone button in iTunes (use Options + Restore iPhone if you are using Mac). This pops up a window.
  8. Select the iOS 6.0.1 firmware you have already downloaded.

iOS 6.0.2 firmware will be replaced with iOS 6.0.1 in a couple of seconds. The whole process is a lot easier, compared to other downgrading tutorials for older iPhone models. Let us know if you have any questions through the comment section below!

Downgrading The New iPhone 5 Device

Although the future of jailbreak is bleak, Musclenerd, a member of iPhone Dev Team, recently stated that users should avoid upgrading to iOS 6.0.2 firmware to improve their chances of jailbreaking iPhone 5. If you have been waiting for iPhone 5 jailbreak ever since the device was first launched, then staying on iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.0.1 makes sense.

iOS 6.0.2 firmware is said to sap iPhone’s battery life, so that’s another reason to move to an older firmware.

However, iOS 6.0.1 firmware has its own set of problems. Some users believe that iOS 6.0.1 back-pedalled on its promise and didn’t fix any of the known issues. However, this depends on the device you are using — if you had a decent experience with iOS 6.0.1 and you believe it’s way better than the current iOS 6.0.2 firmware, then go ahead and downgrade.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(12) comments

Zafar Khan April 22, 2013

not possible to downgrade iphone 5….just waite for another jailbreak

Fabrizio January 29, 2013

Is this prossible too when i updated few weeks ago using OTA?

Mohammed Aleem January 24, 2013

I get Error 3194 while restoring the Iphone. Tried everything but still nothing works.


Nigel January 23, 2013

Still not working, it now comes up with the following error:

The iphone “iPhone Name” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194).

Have tried editing local hosts file to contain the line:
as detailed on other sites and research I have done, used DFU mode, but all unsuccessful…..

Any suggestions…..?

Paul January 23, 2013

Hey, I also got the same error message: 3194 as everyone else. Any ideas?


Nigel January 22, 2013

Just realised I downloaded the wrong file, should have been:


and not


Once downloaded, will try again….

Nigel January 22, 2013

This did not work for me. Having problems connecting to WiFi devices with 6.02, but no battery problems… 6.01 was fine for me, wish I hadn’t upgraded…
Have downloaded the GSM 6.01 (as Vodacom South Africa use this), but after selecting file in iTunes, it states:

The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible.

Any ideas?

Lydia January 15, 2013

Hi Sidhart, I’ve done all process but appears an error message: 3194
Do you know what is that?
Thanks a lot.

ipey January 13, 2013

i got an error 3194. what should i do?

eccwong December 29, 2012

With IOS 6.02 and 16 hour usage
Battery drop from 50% to 30% no bluetooth connection
30% to 8% with 8 hours of bluetooth connection.

The downgrade is easy but make sure the phone is backup before perform the restoration. Thanks Sidharth for posting.

Ebbie December 28, 2012

Would this downgrade work for a iPhone4? I can’t stand having my phone plugged in all day and loosing half my battery life within two hours and am not willing to wait a month to have the problem fixed.

cxNikos December 25, 2012

I would absolutely agree with Musclenerd and urge users to not upgrade to 6.0.2 as they risk atrocious battery life. The effect may not be universal but it certainly crippled my phone to unusability.
Apple do feel very strongly against allowing downgrades to avoid iOS fragmentation. In this case, however, the procedure is very simple. In my experience you do not even need to put the phone on DFU mode as iTunes will automatically restart it in that mode when the time is right.

I posted step-by-step instructions here: and on Apple forums but they were soon taken down from the latter.
Be warned, however, that if anything goes wrong Apple may leave you out in the cold.

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