Downgrade iOS 9.1

Maybe it was the new emoji that tempted you? Or maybe you just made a mistake? Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself on iOS 9.1, but wish to go back to iOS 9.0.2—the last jailbreakable firmware that’s currently available for iOS 9. Fortunately, you still have time to downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2.

In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2. But act quickly, this tutorial certainly has an expiration date, which will occur when Apple closes the 9.0.2 signing window.

Note: before you begin, check to see if Apple is still signing iOS 9.0.2. You can do so via If Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.0.2, then you will not be able to downgrade.

Step 1: Backup your iPhone vis iTunes or iCloud.

Step 2: Download the iOS 9.0.2 firmware for your device.

Step 3: Connect your device to your Mac or PC running iTunes.

Step 4: On the summary page for your device, click the Check for Update button while holding the Option Key (Shift for Windows).

Step 5: Select the 9.0.2 firmware file that you downloaded in Step 2 and click the Update button

iTunes will then “update” your device, which is really just a downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2.

What if you are running an older version of iOS that predates iOS 9.0.2? You can upgrade directly to iOS 9.0.2 using this same method. Again, the common thread is that Apple must be signing iOS 9.0.2 for this to work. Once the signing window is closed, you’ll be forced to the latest signed firmware. At the moment, the latest signed firmware is iOS 9.1.

Once you downgrade to iOS 9.0.2, you can use our jailbreak tutorial for iOS 9 to jailbreak your device.

Are you planning on downgrading?

  • Surely they’ll find a jailbreak for 9.1 in a short time?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Nope, it’ll take a looooong time

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Now we just hope for TaiG to save the day like they have the last few times. They’ve always been quick to step up after Pangu’s jailbreak is done.

  • Blip dude

    Looks like I have no choice but to also restore my iPad Air 2 as well though. There is like red tint “splattered” on my screen. It’s hard to explain, but whenever I boot it up or boot up a game with a momentary black screen, you can see this dark reddish tint “splattered” on my screen, but locking the device won’t show it however. I know it’s a hardware issue so I have no choice but to take it in. Hopefully Cydia Impactor is released soon.

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  • Danny

    Will all the data still be on the phone?

    • Yes, if you use Update and not Restore. I show that with emoji in my video.

      • David Ruiz

        Hey Jeff! Did you know some method to stop the update notification in iOS 9? They become more persistent in iOS 9! If you make a mistake it will upgrade your iPhone to iOS 9.1 while you’re sleep! I’m very nervous about that. Any idea?

      • Richard Carlton

        I downloaded the file, but can’t get it to open Win 10. I unzipped it. I can’t find any restore button. Doesn’t seem to work either way… Any suggestions?

      • Richard Carlton

        Ok, it was the crappy Edge browser on Win 10. I downloaded it with Chrome, and it worked fine.

      • Jason Goldberg

        1- settings
        2- storage
        3- tap manage storage – allow it to load
        4- find the IOS update and press it and erase it

  • Rodney Coleman

    This is iPhone 101 right here.

    But I’ll wait for the next jailbreak.

    • Richard Carlton

      You would think. When I click on the file, nothing resembling a restore button shows up.

      • Rodney Coleman

        Need to put the phone into recovery mode.. Should pop up.. But I never tried on Windows 10

  • PanaMeño Meño

    Any news about tweaks spotify4all update to work with JB ios 9.0.2 or Pandora downloader ? TY.

  • PZim

    Super do buddy. Super do. May want to make a note that you have to click on the downloaded firmware first?

  • Boaz van Veen

    after doing this i cant sync properly anymore using itunes. music wont copy, even deleting music wont work when i checked that in itunes. basicly nothing works on itunes.

  • markocr

    Any advice how to backup all the apps ti iTunes? I cant figure this out.

    • Abed

      Just use iTools

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Wouldn’t it be funny when everyone rushes and downgraded so they can jailbreak only to find out 9.1 is jailbroken days later? How’s the performance between the two on previous devices?

  • Cecilia Santibanez

    I downloaded 9.0.2 but it stayed as a folder and not a file with an itunes icon. Did I do something wrong?

  • Shane

    I downloaded the correct IPSW for my phone but keep getting an error saying the firmware file is not compatible after shift clicking the update button and selecting the IPSW. I have tried everything I can think of, to no avail.

    Running Windows 10
    I have iPhone 6 Plus (64 Gb)
    I downloaded IPSW Build ID 13A452

    I have updated iTunes to its current version.

    • Katie Miller

      I had that problem… then realized i downloaded for GSM instead of Global. Did you maybe do the same thing? global worked for me

      • Shane

        With the 6 Plus, there was only one IPSW available. I restored my phone and it finally worked. I think it may have been because I was on ios 9.1 beta not the public release of ios 9.1.

      • Katie Miller

        Gotcha! Glad you got it working!

      • Thomas William Robert Palmer

        My iphone 5 keeps saying the firmware is not compatible

  • Galaad Martinez

    Can this be done on a iphone 6s? Has one anyone been successful downgrading to 9.0.2 on a 6s

    • Richard Carlton

      Yeah, I did it. Had a problem downloading file with Edge browser. Tried Chrome and it worked fine. That’s using Windows 10

  • Samuel :p

    I have the iOS 9.0.2 ipsw on my desktop but I’m very scared to downgrade, last time I downgraded my phone it got stuck at the apple logo and I had to force update plus I don’t have all my music synced with iTunes because I use iTools, what should I do… I want to downgrade but I don’t want to lose my data

  • Thomas William Robert Palmer

    When i try to do it I get not compatible

  • nathan ong

    apple stopped signing 9.0.2 but I’m still on 8.4. can i upgrade by holding option and go 9.0.2 or is this not possible?

  • Steven

    Im on 9.1 and i need to downgrade to 9.0.2 to jailbreak! Is this possible today somehow ? with tiny umbrella maybe ? Please help !