Apple stops signing iOS 9.2, downgrades no longer possible

By , Feb 4, 2016

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Apple stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on Thursday, a move that prevents users from performing downgrades from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 via iTunes.

Apple stops signing iOS 9.2 – what this means

Apple uses a special signing process in iTunes to ensure users stay on a modern firmware. This signing process, despite how annoying it is for jailbreakers who are often forced to upgrade to newer firmware versions when problems arise and an iTunes restore becomes necessary, prevents users from going backwards to an earlier firmware version and helps keep users on modern firmware releases.

This is what keeps users up to date with the best new features and security improvements to ensure their iOS devices are running the best of what Apple’s updates have to offer, and it’s one of the reasons iOS is one of the most secure mobile platforms available today.

For the most part, Apple ceasing its signing of iOS 9.2 is no big deal for most users because iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.2 are essentially one in the same, with iOS 9.2.1 having just a few additional security fixes and performance improvements over iOS 9.2.

No major new features or changes were introduced from iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.2.1 that have been known to cause issues, so there’s really no motivation to downgrade from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 at this point.

Moreover, neither firmware has seen a public jailbreak, so no one’s really going to be crying about losing the ability to downgrade to iOS 9.2 for jailbreak reasons either.


If you are ever interested in learning what firmware versions Apple is signing for certain devices, our very own Jeff Benjamin posted a useful guide on how to reliably check Apple’s firmware signing window. You can check this regularly to see if downgrades are possible or not.

Have you upgraded your devices to iOS 9.2.1 yet, or are you still using an older firmware version? Share below.

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  • Mike M. Powell

    Depspite an article stating u can’t downgrade, r/jailbreak is still gonna get hit with the “I’m on 9.2.1, can I downgrade?” Threads .-.

  • Nick Dee

    on 9.0.2 see no reason to upgrade at this point. waiting patiently for a 9.2.1 or 9.3 jailbreak

    • Rahimo

      Me too! I’m still holding on 9.0.2 on my iPad 3!! And see no reason to upgrade! ^_^

    • iPhoneWINS

      me too 6+ running great jailbroken 9.0.2 not changing shit till new jaibreak is out

  • I’m on the latest 9.3 beta. I left jailbreak back in November mainly for speed improvements. I’ll stay on the betas until a jailbreak is released. I can wait.

  • Fevostone

    I’m positive that the jailbreak will be for iOS 9.2.1 has they have already said that iOS 9.2 and below have a vulnerability security flaw so why would they bring a jailbreak out for them firmwares..? In my eyes wouldn’t make much sense really..!!!

  • Blip dude

    Got the iPad stuck on 9.3 but at least I got iPhone on 9.2 just in case.

    • pegger1

      Why is it stuck on 9.3? What’s stopping you from going to 9.2.1?

      • Blip dude

        Because I’ll lose Everything on my device. Unfortunately due to issues with my Mac, I was forced to completely wipe and do a “fresh start” on my Mac, and as a result, all my iPhone and iPad backups got wiped along with it. So in order to keep everything in my iPad tact, I have to stay on 9.3 : /

  • Meatball

    Didn’t that dude that made a jb yesterday say 9.2 was most likely what the jailbreak would be on if it’s gonna get released

    • pegger1

      The jailbreaks that have been shown, claim to work on 9.2, 9.2.1 and 9.3.
      The best bet would be to save it for 9.3.
      If the final 9.3 happens to close the jailbreak hole. Then the jailbreak would be released for 9.2.1 (and earlier). And those jailbroken would have to upgrade before the signing window closes for that

      • Meatball

        I guess we’ll see

  • what about the jailbreak …. should i update from 9.2 to 9.2.1

    • Anthony Bouchard

      It really shouldn’t matter. I think they’ll wait until iOS 9.3 anyways.

  • Appelpoesss

    Remember the statement Geohot made in the iOS 3 days?
    ”Normally I don’t make tools for the general public, and rather wait for the dev team to do it. But guys, whats up with waiting until 3.1? That isn’t how the game is played. We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes. It isn’t worth waiting because you might have the “last” hole in the iPhone. What last hole…this isn’t golf. I’ll find a new one next week.”
    Lol those were the days

  • iPhoneWINS

    apple updated IOS ever 2 weeks now so jailbreak release times will be tricky from now on

  • Mark S

    Who cares? We can’t jailbreak anyway. Why does this matter on THIS site?

  • Do not upgrade if you want jailbreak!

  • The old jailbreaker team GettheBest365 resolve the iOS 9.2 jailbreak. Search GettheBest365 in Google and visit the official page for permanent jailbreak.

    • lol fake u hav to pay for it. taig and pangu would never make their users pay

  • Kingbugis

    Mine still remain at 8.1.1 for ip6+