This step by step guide and tutorial will show you how to downgrade your iPad iOS 3.2.2 to a previous iOS version. In order to downgrade your iPad from 3.2.2 to 3.2.1, you will have to have your SHSH blobs on file on Saurik’s servers. If you do not have these SHSH blobs on file, you will not be able to downgrade.

Downgrading iPad iOS 3.2.2 

Step 1 for Windows: Make sure you are logged in with administrator privileges. Launch Notepad and navigate to C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc. Add the following at the very bottom of the file:

Now save the file back where you found it.

Step 1 for Mac: In Finder, select Go To Folder, and enter /etc. Search the hosts file and right click on it to open with TextEdit. Add the following at the very bottom of the file:

Click Save As to save the edited file on your desktop. Name the file hosts, and make sure to uncheck the box that says “if no extension is provide, use .txt”.

Now drag and drop this edited file to /etc.

Step 2: Download the iOS you want to downgrade to from here.

Step 3: Put your iPad in DFU mode. Launch iTunes and plug your iPad in. Press and hold the home and and sleep button together for 10 seconds. After exactly 10 seconds, release the sleep button while still holding the home button. Keep holding the home button until iTunes tells you it has found an iPad in recovery mode.

Step 4: Now hold the Option key (Mac only) or Shift key (Windows only) while clicking the Restore button in iTunes. A dialog box will pop up and you’ll be able to choose the firmware you downloaded in step 2.

Step 5: At this point, some of you will be fine. The iPad will restore without any problem. However, some of you might end up in recovery mode again. It’s ok. We just need to kick the iPad  out of recovery mode. To do so, download TinyUmbrella and click “Kick Device Out of Recovery”.

Done. You should now have safely downgraded your iPad. Depending on the iOS version you’re on, you might even be able to jailbreak it.

  • Juan

    Important: In DFU mode, you’ll have a black screen. If you see the iTunes CD and USB connector on screen, you are in recovery mode and you’ll need keep trying until you get the black screen while iTunes is saying it has found an iPhone in recovery mode.

  • Aldo

    HI, this not work 🙁 show error 3194! 🙁

  • matt

    will i be able use my existing back up? or will this force a fresh start?

    • I will probably force a fresh start from scratch.

  • bharat

    error 3194 please help

    • That means you don’t have your SHSH on file.

  • Bharat

    Can I do smthing to jailbreak iPad……. If yes…..please help

  • Bharat

    But I m stuck on ver3.2.2 not able to downgrade error 3194…..

  • Error 3194 means you cannot downgrade

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  • fady

    when i press Shift + restore it says my Ipad coudn’t be restored because the firmware is not compatible !!
    can anyone tell me why ?!