Downgrade iOS 9.1 Upgrade to iOS 9.0.2

If you’re at all interested in jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then time is running out to do so. As we reported earlier in the week, iOS 9.1 kills the Pangu jailbreak, and as such, it’s only a matter of time before Apple closes the door on the iOS 9.0.2 signing window.

What does this all mean? It means that once the signing window is closed, you will no longer be able to upgrade or downgrade to iOS 9.0.2, the last available firmware that happens to be susceptible to the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.

Apple generally closes a signing window for a previous version of iOS not long after a new version is released—we’re talking about a week. With this in mind, it’s imperative that all who wish to jailbreak get on iOS 9.0.2 as soon as possible. Don’t lollygag and don’t procrastinate, lest you feel regret.

That pesky signing window

After Apple releases new firmware, the previous firmware’s signing window is closed in order to force new upgrades to the latest version of iOS. Once Apple closes a signing window for an iOS release, it’s lights out for that version of iOS, and there is no way to upgrade or downgrade to it. Apple has been using this strategy for years, so it’s nothing new. If you’re new to jailbreaking, however it can catch you off guard, so beware.

9.0.2 signing status

Green = good

The best place to check the signing window is IPSW.me. By going to IPSW.me/9.0.2, you can quickly check to see if 9.0.2 is still being signed. If you see green, then it’s still being signed, but if you see red, the signing window has been closed. As of this writing, it’s still showing green, but that will change in the next coming days once Apple flips the switch.

Upgrading

If you’re on a lower version of iOS, say iOS 8.4.1, then I definitely recommend upgrading to iOS 9.0.2. Just download the software directly from Apple for you device version, and hold the Option key on your keyboard when clicking the Update button in iTunes.

Downgrading

If you’re running iOS 9.1, you can downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2 using a similar method. Download iOS 9.0.2, and choose the Check for Update option while holding the Option key on your keyboard.

Our Upgrade and Downgrade tutorial

We have a full downgrade tutorial already posted on iDB, which applies to both upgrading and downgrading to iOS 9.0.2. Be sure to check it out for a full step-by-step guide for upgrading or downgrading to iOS 9.0.2.

Don’t wait

I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but the time to act is now. Apple could, in theory, close the signing window tonight if it wanted to. In fact, with its quick turnaround time fixing the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9, I wouldn’t be surprised if it closed the signing window quicker than it has with the past few releases of iOS.

  • Can anyone please tell me is it worth an upgrade from iOS 8.3 (which is working pretty good on my 5s) to iOS 9?
    I’ve seen a couple of videos and done a hand to hand comparison on my friends iPhone as well. Still unsure.

    I’m willing to wait. How about some future iOS 9 update which can be jail broken? Thanks.

    • I’d say it’s worth it just for the ‘Low Power Mode’. Before iOS 9 my 5s would consistently not make it through the day.

      • Yeah, but is at the cost of slow transitions and horrible app launching time?

    • Merman123

      What device are you using ?

    • iDude

      not the 9.01 or 9.02, they are pretty buggy for me. maybe 9.1 but haven’t tried yet.

    • Neel Parikh

      Yes , I was thinking same. But iPhone 5s runs pretty well on iOS 9.0.2. Make sure you restore and starts from scratch. Go and Update. There are many little things in stock iOS you will love it.

    • David Ruiz

      stay there and wait for a more stable jailbreak

      • I’d say the jailbreak is pretty stable now. Apart from the occasional long boot time and URL schemes not working in Safari everything is working no problem at all.

      • I totally agree, the jailbreak is very stable. If the OP stays away from Activator/Flipswitch, which is mainly what is causing the reboot loop problems, there really wouldn’t be any issues at all.
        Plus iOS 9 adds some jailbreak tweaks, amongst other great new features, that make it totally worth it!

    • Dan Bilzerian

      i say no, im doing everything to get ios 8.3,8.4 back 🙁

    • My 5S ran a ton better once I went to iOS 9

  • Wilbert

    I really want to update & jailbreak but I have some livephotos that I don’t want to lose & I been trying to save them but I was only able to save the photo not the actual video. Does anyone know how to save the video ? Thanks.

    • Neel Parikh

      Convert to GIF

      • Wilbert

        I did convert it to a GIF & saved it to my Mac but when I transfer it back to my phone it won’t play as a livephoto it’s just a photo.

      • AbareSaru

        My stock phone has never played animated gifs. Its the main reason I jailbreak, for GifViewer. That and more toggles in CC

    • Peter

      create a iCloud photo sharing album and save them there. that’s what I’m doing with mine and that’s also how im sharing my Live Photos with friends because that’s the only way I can share them.

    • therealjjohnson

      send it to another iPhone, update, and have them send it back to you.

  • Mr.Adam

    I’m holding out on 8.4.1 on my 6. A jailbreak is coming for it eventually. iOS 9 is a step back in fluidity in the UI compared to 8.4.1. Going in and out of apps is much slower on iOS 9. 8.4.1 is the best it’s going to get for the iPhone 6.

    • Are you speaking from personal experience? 9.02 or whatever it is works like normal for me.

      • Mr.Adam

        Yes. Say you are in an app and you press the home button. In iOS 8 and below you can have your finger on the next app you want to open and tap it mid animation and the digitizer will register that tap mid-animation and when the animation is over the next app will immediately spring/fade open. In iOS 9 the digitizer is completely shut off until the animation is completely 100% over so you have to wait till its done till the next app will open. So I’ll be tapping away and nothing happens till the animation is over. It feels extremely clunky and it’s a clear step back in basic function of the UI. If they ever change or fix this behavior back to how iOS 8 and below was I will upgrade. Until then I’m staying on 8.4.1!

      • Luca

        NoSlowAnimations is a very easy solution to this. Don’t look for excuses not to enjoy the best mobile OS

      • Mr.Adam

        Woah! I’m not looking for excuses! When basic daily function and smoothness has been compromised I can’t just ignore it!

      • Luca

        You talk about daily function and you’re on 8.4.1 unjailbroken? Sorry mate but I have to disagree 🙂

      • Mr.Adam

        Having my phone respond to my touch in iOS 8 is more functional than having to wait in iOS 9 to finish its laggy transitions. Just launching apps and closing them and switching between them is so buttery smooth compared to iOS 9.

      • Luca

        I very much respect your thought but don’t even get me started on how many features you’re losing staying on a stock firmware. Moreover, are you completely sure that your configuration will always be faster than anyone on iOS9? I already named NSA, ever heard of SwitcherTweak(if you want to talk about switchers)? I suggest you to try before judging, your assertions are true only in determined occasions (maybe stock iOS8.4.1 vs stock iOS9.0.2, situations not concerning this debate).

      • Chris Siegell

        This is old news. What Mr. Adam said has already been verified by multiple users, IOS 9 ads choppiness at times and IOS 8.4 is buttery smooth. If you have a iPhone 6 with IOS 8.4 and Jailbroken then “stay put”. IOS 9 is more better suited for the beefier iPhone 6s cpu and 2gb ram.

  • I haven’t upgrade from iOS 8.3 on my iPhone 5 because I believe that iOS 9 may be too heavy for my iDevice, so I don’t want it to slow-down.

    Do you recommend me to update?
    Does anyone know if the iPhone 5 became too slow on iOS 9, in comparision to iOS 8.3?

    • Neel Parikh

      Stay where you are! iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are not to handy on iOS 9. iOS 8.3 works well on iPhone 5

  • Jefferson

    What happened to the giveaway for the Spigen case?

  • PanaMeño Meño

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

    • Wood1030

      Pandora Downloader was updated to iOS 9 the other day.

  • diggitydang

    Did it tonight on my wife’s phone. Luckily they’re still signing 9.0.2 as JB didn’t work the first time and I had to restore and do it again. I would recommend jailbreaking ASAP, if you want to do it, while Apple still signs 9.0.2.

    • Shahzad Malik

      Could u plz tlem me how to update ios 8.4 to 9.0.2. Thanks

      • diggitydang

        I’m no expert, but, there’s an added layer of complexity because they are up to 9.1.

        I’ll assume you are jail broken.

        – Backup device
        – Download the 9.0.2 .ipsw file from iDB downloads site. Get the right one for your device.
        – in iTunes, option (on a Mac) restore. ITunes should ask you for the .ipsw. Find the one you downloaded. If Apple is still signing it, it will restore to that firmware. Then use Windows to jailbreak. iDB has step by step instructions for that (plus, how to do it on a Mac).
        – once you jailbreak, restore from Backup and restore to the backup you made earlier.

        Hope that helps. If I’ve missed anything or JB doesn’t work, I’m not accountable!! Hahaha. But s long as Apple is signing 9.0.2, you have that option to start over.

      • Shahzad Malik

        Thanks you very much. done it successfully !

      • diggitydang

        Great to hear! No problem! Glad it worked.

  • Phil Randle

    I jailbroke, honest opinion is I was enjoying it for a day, but then realised that the tweaks I installed (safari downloaded, YouTube++ etc) I didn’t really use anyway.

    I always have a Mac with me, so saving movies, downloading torrents, saving files are not worth the trade off I got in slower Touch ID performance, jittery usage, Safari links broken from the latest Cydia update etc

    I’m on 9.1 now on my 6S Plus and I don’t really miss it at all.

  • Shahzad Malik

    Plz any expert tell me how to update ios 8.4 to 9.0.2 . Thanks in advanced

    • If your device is jailbroken then make a note of any tweaks you have installed and backup your device (either via iCloud or iTunes). Download the iOS 9.0.2 firmware (ipsw) for your device (you can easily get this from ipsw .me). Open iTunes and select your device and option-click on the restore button on OS X or shift+click the restore button on Windows. Select the firmware you downloaded and you should be good to go.

  • Andy

    I have tried to jailbreak my iPad 4 with the latest Pangu multiple times but when it gets to the part where (75%) I need to tap on the Pangu icon, follow the instructions and allow access to photos, there are no instructions or any ALLOW ACCESS button.

    Tried waiting and waiting and waiting, multiple reboots, resprings, restores to 9.0.2 – still nothing.

    • Try opening the photos app first and then opening the Pangu app.

      • Andy

        Okay, I already have the latest version of iTunes. I also tried Aidan’s suggestion but now the Pangu app just crashes about a second after I try to open it during the jailbreak process. It was a good idea but still no joy.

        I’ve also tried it on two different computers.

        Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Rasmus Halvarsson

      Make sure you have the latest version iTunes installed, that did the trick for me

    • Dom Sad

      You need to do a iTunes backup even if your device has been restored as new otherwise pangu jailbreak will not work.

      • Andy

        Just tried that (twice). Still no work, but thanks for the suggestion.

  • I downgraded my 6s plus from 9.1 and did the jailbreak last night, I was going to try and not jailbreak this device this time around but it’s funny how that plan changes once you are on a firmware that isn’t jailbreakable and after updating to 9.1 I felt like my battery life was negatively affected although that may have been either the Facebook app or my imagination

  • Rohit Govindan

    i really wanna jailbreak but i don’t have an iPhone

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Get an ipad!

  • armyk

    Hey Guys,

    I’ve downloaded 9.02 for 6 Plus and I get this error –

    This device isn’t eligible for the requested build

    So they are not signing or wher is the problem?

    • f96lrs

      u have wrong firmware

    • SIMON

      You’ve got an 3194 error. If you on Windows, you cau use this app [goo. gl/kpwYyB] for fix it, or go to hosts file and delete all lines with Apple domain in it.

    • Neel Parikh

      There are Global and GSM version for same device. Choose yours Properly. ( alternative)

  • adele hanks

    Ignorance is bliss.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Ignorance is bless.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Nevar!!! >:D

  • Josh

    i have ios 9.0.1 should i even upgarde to 9.0.2? or jailbreak with what i have.

    • Gary LE

      I did it, since it has a few problems especially with podcasr app and a few security issues so i would do it.

    • JoeG97

      I would, but if you aren’t experiencing problems, it really doesn’t matter, but it’s always good to up to date. Your choice to be honest.

  • therealjjohnson

    Anyway to get the new emojis without losing the jailbreak? is there a tweak?

  • Freddy Born

    ios 9.0.2 makes my ipad air laggy as shit.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Aww man are you serious??

  • zeman tamy

    soon we will see a jailbreak for ios 9.1

    • JoeG97

      No proof of that. Don’t give false hope to people man.

      • zeman tamy

        TaiG jailbreak will be released

      • JoeG97

        Is this fact or presumption?

      • zeman tamy

        from last experience

      • JoeG97

        Well, we’ll see. If they’re not on the scene already I doubt they will be anytime soon, but I hope you’re right.

  • john

    Is it worth the jailbreak or wait for a potential jailbreak for iOS 9.1?

    • besrate hogsa

      we might see a taig jailbreak tool for ios 9.1

    • JoeG97

      I say jailbreak just in case, you can always upgrade and jailbreak again if a 9.1 tool comes out, but you won’t be able to downgrade pretty soon. Go for it!

  • Will Burris

    isnt it 9.0.1? thats what my itunes is saying my upgraded ios would be

    • Chris

      iTunes should be telling you to upgrade to 9.1 which isn’t jailbreakable.

  • byronchurch

    Dang I just updated it but thanks ! Sat. 7:53 and Apple’s still showing mercy!

  • I downloaded the VMware machine but it’s not picking up any of my usb devices. Anyone know how to resolve this?

    • JoeG97

      Not too sure, but I’d say go to a library and just download the program and run the jailbreak there. If you are having trouble it’s best to just run actual windows.

      • iTunes is not picking up my phone.

      • JoeG97

        Oh, okay well try going into your iPhones settings:
        Settings>General>Profiles and delete any profiles you may have installed.

      • I figured it out. Just had to reboot the Mac.

      • JoeG97

        Oh wow, that simple. Good!

      • Yup, now jailbroken. Thanks!

      • JoeG97

        Awesome. Glad to hear! You’re welcome.

  • Zaw Win Htun

    I still cant jailbreak my iphone 6, the pangu program says download updates whenever i open it

    • JoeG97

      Are you using the latest Pangu program? It sounds like stupid question, but it happens.

      • Zaw Win Htun

        Yes, im on 1.1.0 but it still asking me to download updates whenever i open the program

      • JoeG97

        That’s really weird. Have you tried downloading it on another account? Or deleting it and reinstalling it?

      • Zaw Win Htun

        I’ve tried it on my laptop and desktop both not working, it says pls connect your device and then like 2 seconds it says download updates

      • JoeG97

        That’s really weird. I haven’t faced that problem. Let me look into it for you!

      • JoeG97

        Hm, this might be silly, but are you running the program as admin?

      • JoeG97

        You can even try downloading the first version and then when it says to update it do it and see if that works.

      • Zaw Win Htun

        Yeah, its ran with admin

      • JoeG97

        That’s really odd. Have you tried the latest update?

      • Zaw Win Htun

        Yeah, I’ve also tried download a new one.

  • Xee

    I’m jailbroken on iOS 9.0.2, what is wrong with Safari? It lags and gets stuck going backwards/forwards. Where as other browsers don’t.

    • JoeG97

      That hasn’t happened to me, but I’d say reboot and it that doesn’t help, go to Cydia and get iCleaner, it is updated for iOS 9 and can help delete any files that you do not need. Best of luck!

  • Samuel Smith

    guyz,am running ios 8.4.1 on iphone 6+ and waiting for a jailbreak!! After viewing this article i feel upgrading to 9.0.2 nd get jailbroken ASAP before it gets too late..!But still i feel ios 8.4.1 might be jailbroken sooner or later!!What shud do now?

    • Aakash Nambiyarooran

      upgrade to 9.0.2 ASAP cause in the future some app store apps may require ios 9 to work

      • Samuel Smith

        in that case i would wait for future ios 9.x.x jailbreak for those apps
        !

      • Aakash Nambiyarooran

        i don’t think there will be another ios 9 jailbreak cause apple has patched all the vulnerabilities , update to 9.0.2 ASAP and jailbreak it or else you’ll regret for it, in case if there is no future jailbreak 🙁

      • Samuel Smith

        Does ios 8.4.1 will ever be jailbroken?if it does’nt i would straighaway upgrade to 9.0.2 and get jailbroken!

      • Aakash Nambiyarooran

        can’t take a chance ,just in case if an ios 8.4.1 jailbreak isn’t released you will regret for it later cause you had a chance to get your device jailbroken and you didn’t utilize it 🙁

      • Samuel Smith

        since every version of ios before ios 8.4 is already jailbroken so am assumming that ios 8.4.1 could possibly jailbroken anytime! so, i will wait for sometime nd i choose to stick with 8.4.1 🙂

      • Aakash Nambiyarooran

        ya it’s your choice 🙂

      • Samuel Smith

        finally thanks for ua suggestions bro!I really appreciate it 🙂

      • Aakash Nambiyarooran

        no worries 😉

      • JoeG97

        There is a jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1, BUT it requires that you root into your device and you should only do that if you know what you are doing, so if you have no experience with that, stay away and upgrade to iOS 9.0.2 and jailbreak. Best of luck.

      • Aakash Nambiyarooran

        this is risky stuff ,someone must make a tutorial if there is a jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1 , as you said if you have no experience with that, better upgrade to iOS 9.0.2 and jailbreak , in case if there’s one idownload blog will publish it immediately as i said before to be in the safe side, upgrade to iOS 9.0.2 and jailbreak

      • JoeG97

        Yea it’s super risky, cause if you mess up on a line of code, you could brick your phone. Again, agreeing with Aakash, I’d personally upgrade and jailbreak, but if you want to stay at 8.4.1, go for it.

  • JoeG97

    Just search up iphone ipsw and use the iPhoneHacks website.

  • redjazon

    If it were not bcoz my new apple watch wouldn’t pair unless i update to ios9, i would have kept 8.4.
    I had no problem with the jailbreak version for 8.4. That being said, jailbreak for 9.0.2 isn’t so bad after a week of using it.

  • Chattownwes

    Just restored. iOS 9.0.2 is still currently being signed. That is all

  • Ahmad Naik

    9.0.2 Still being signed – just restored my iPhone 6…

  • JoeG97

    LMFAO definitely! I love the avatar haha.

  • dario200

    Hi everyone. I just got an iPhone 6s which came with iOS 9.0. and I want to jailbreak the thing but I was wondering if it’s best to first update to 9.0.2. I’m not sure if I’m still in time to do it, but is it worth it? Does 9.0.2 has fixes and new things worth the trouble? Thanks!

    • JoeG97

      Yes, definitely upgrade!

  • Same for me. I cannot access the ipsw file. Getting this error
    “An error occurred while processing your request.
    Reference #30.3f881bb8.1445892847.74e4f6e “

  • JoeG97

    Oh…Monica you say? Might have to do a little research haha. (If you catch my drift)

  • JoeG97

    Well, if I understood you right lmao.

  • JoeG97

    I understand if you are lol. Well, I think I like Monica haha.

  • Christopher Sanchez

    Hey Jeff or anyone, I am still having issues with boot up issues on my iPhone 6S plus, I downgraded to iOS 9.0.2. Now here is the funny thing for some reason I cannot sync my music on my iTunes library to my iPhone, do you think it’s because of the downgrade from iOS 9.1 to 9.0.2? Please help!

    • Aakash Nambiyarooran

      do you use an uncertified cable?? or else check whether your cable is broken , i too had this problem , i bought a new cable and that solved the problem 🙂

    • JoeG97

      Music shouldn’t be a problem, a backup might be, but since apple is supporting iOS 9.1 and 9.0.2, a backup should be good to go as well. The only thing that I can think of is an error on iTunes side, nothing to do with the downgrade. Try deleting and reinstalling iTunes, but be sure to backup your music. You could also try restarting both the computer and your phone. If not, try syncing the music by checked artists, albums, etc.

      • Christopher Sanchez

        Hey Joe thanks for your response, I have tried what you are recommending to do but none has worked for me. The downgrade just says “iphone library too new for this iTunes verison” and it won’t open had to re download itunes again through Apples site. It’s really odd and this has never happened to me before. It starts to sync my music and then just ends off with “sync complete” but with no music on my iPhone. I checked and unchecked several different songs, playlists, and albums, I even cleared cache. But nothing..

      • JoeG97

        That is really weird! I have never faced anything like that. So when you say “The downgrade just says ‘iphone library too new for this iTunes version'” what do you mean exactly? What won’t open? That’s never happened to me before either. I just looked into it for you, and I know it’s probably not what you’re gonna want to hear, but try backing up and restoring from that backup. It’s tedious, I know. I’ve had that happen to me where music just won’t sync, but not like this. I eventually got it with the synching of specific music. Keep me updated.

  • dario200

    I have an iPad Mini 1 with iOS 6.1.2 jailbroken. Should I update to iOS 9.0.2 now to take advantage of Apple’s signing window? I’m concerned about performance, but it seems most apps now require iOS 7+. Is it worth doing the update?

    • Aakash Nambiyarooran

      it’s worth, upgrade to 9.0.2 ASAP and get jailbroken

    • JoeG97

      I have an iPad Mini 1st Generation on 9.0.2, performance is fine for me. Upgrade and jailbreak.

  • ali khalil

    i recently have tried to update my jalibroken iphone 5s from ios 8.3 to ios 9.0.2 but unfortunately it didnt work out well , it first gave me the not eligible error then to solve that i updated my itunes and tried to upgrade again ending up with another error wich is 3004 after i solved that i again tried to upgrade but it came up again giving me that (not eligible) message again and i tried almost every way to update but still not working hoping for help please