Apple no longer signing iOS 9.2.1, downgrading becomes impossible

By , Apr 5, 2016

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Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.2.x on Tuesday, a move that keeps anyone from downgrading their installation of iOS 9.3 or later to any earlier firmware version on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The move has been expected for some time, as iOS 9.3 was released nearly two weeks ago, followed by iOS 9.3.1 with some minor bug fixes.

Apple stops signing iOS 9.2.x

What this means is Apple is no longer accepting restore requests in iTunes for iOS 9.2.x, and instead, iTunes will prompt anyone attempting a restore to update to the latest iOS firmware version instead.

For the most part, this isn’t going to affect too many people. There is no jailbreak for iOS 9.2 or iOS 9.2.1, and there also isn’t a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1, so no one is missing out on a jailbreak because of this change.

On the other hand, this move does mean that anyone who is unhappy with iOS 9.3 or later is now officially fubared and will have to deal with their updated firmware. Fortunately, the likelihood of people being unhappy with iOS 9.3 isn’t very high, as it’s been reported as one of the most stable iOS releases to date.

What should jailbreakers do?

Those jailbroken on iOS 9.0-9.1 are advised to stick where they are if their jailbreak means anything to them. The extended amount of time we’ve been waiting for a jailbreak illustrates just how difficult it really is to come up with a jailbreak with all of Apple’s upgraded security with each release.

On the other hand, security has never stopped hackers before – Pangu or TaiG could drop a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 or later any day. They’re not typically the type of teams to host major announcements like evasi0n team has done in the past.

Nevertheless, there have been no cited sources or inside information regarding a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 or later, so we’re just as much in the dark as you at this point in time. We can only keep our fingers crossed.

Wrapping up

With iOS 9.2.x no longer being signed, anyone who attempts a restore will be stuck with iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The new firmware update is a great update with new features like Night Shift mode, protected Notes, pairing multiple Apple Watches, and more.

If you ever need to check and see whether or not a firmware is being signed that process is easy. You can always use, which is an online utility you can use to pick your device and the iOS version you want to run to check if it’s being signed.

Are you on iOS 9.3 or later yet? Share in the comments below!

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  • Tim

    Downgrading becomes impossible as Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.2.1

  • leart

    I forgot to update to 9.2.1 .. the last fast ios for iphone 5..

  • isoulhack3r3born

    Call it 6th sense or something .. i was on 9.3 on my 6S since it released and i downgraded to 9.2.1yesterday itself taking into consideration the thumb rule of jail breaking (be on the oldest firmware/or where you are) and see today they stopped signing.
    i was enjoying smoother iOS experience& better battery life on 9.3.1 rather than 9.2.1 which i sacrificed in case JB shows up.. And if in case it don’t il upgrade in coming month.

    • Guilherme 

      I don’t think there’s a jailbreak coming for 9.2.1, if there was one, I guess they’d have realeased already. IMO I think they’re preparing one for 9.3/9.3.1.

      • NolesFan

        I really hope so, I bit the bullet and upgraded to iOS 9.3.1. I agree with you though that I doubt 9.2.1 will be the target release.

      • Rakesh Jain

        Sort of agree with you. I’ll also upgrade to 9.3.1 tomorrow.

  • Rakesh Jain

    I’m on 9.2.1 and currently waiting for jailbreak release. In my personal opinion, it is better to be on lower firmware and wait for jailbreak rather than on latest firmware. Atleast you don’t cry unable to downgrade for latest jailbreak. Once JB for 9.3 is out, will upgrade and JB. If JB is for 9.2.1 then i’ll just JB. Any suggestions for upgrading?

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    Still waiting for jailbreak

  • Douglas L. Warren

    I’m still jailbroken on 8.4 on my 6 Plus… I missed the window for the 9.0-9.1 upgrade to stay jailbroken…REALLY hoping for another JB soon.

    • charzelo

      Exact same thing bro

  • Rakesh Jain

    At the time 9.3.2 is out and 9.3.1 is jailbreakable then can upgrade to 9.3.1 if timing is correct and still being signed by apple. Not everytime it would happen like what happened with 9.1 jailbreak release.

  • Julian Broude

    Usually i follow ONLY iDownloadBlog, I’m really pleased with the amount of information that it has, all the updates, you guys actually cover EVERYTHING an apple user needs.
    I already posted something similar on other blog here, but I still want to ask, if it’s okay, I get from the information on iDownloadBlog that there isn’t a jailbreak for ios 9.2 yet, on the other hand, I keep bumping into sites that says there is a jailbreak, downloadpangu site for example.
    I tend to believe what i read here but still, is there a jailbreak or not ?