Downgrades no longer possible as Apple stops signing iOS 9.3 for some devices

By , Apr 18, 2016

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On Monday, Apple has pulled the signing plug on its iOS 9.3 firmware for its lineup of iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

As a result, downgrades through iTunes to iOS 9.3 are no longer possible, and there’s no way to upgrade specifically to iOS 9.3 from an earlier firmware.

Instead, users will be directed to install iOS 9.3.1 when restoring or updating their devices through iTunes.

Update: It seems that not all versions of iOS 9.3 have stopped being signed. It appears that iOS 9.3 is not being any longer for newer devices (i.e. iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2), but it is still being signed for older devices (ie. iPhone 5s).

Apple stops signing iOS 9.3

Typically, whenever Apple releases a new software version for its iPhones, iPod touches, or iPads, Apple gives it a couple of weeks and then calls its quits for the firmware version just before it.

In this case, iOS 9.3.1 is the latest firmware for iOS devices, and as a result, Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3 after iOS 9.3.1 has been available to the public for just over two weeks.

iOS 9.3.1 was released as an update, both through iTunes and Over the Air (OTA), on March 31st to help fix a bug where users were experiencing a crashing bug that could render some devices unresponsive when opening certain web links in Safari.

This change affects everyone, as Apple has now made downgrades to iOS 9.3 impossible. Although it’s no big deal for most people, it does mean that anyone attempting a restore through iTunes will have to download and install iOS 9.3.1 instead.

What it means for jailbreakers

No jailbreak exists for any iOS firmware beyond iOS 9.1, so for anyone that was on iOS 9.2 or later, this change should not affect jailbreak eligibility in the future at all.

For those that lost their jailbreak on a firmware earlier than iOS 9.1, there would be no way to downgrade to a jailbreakable firmware anyhow, even prior to this change.

Conversely, it also means that those on a firmware prior to iOS 9.3 can’t upgrade to iOS 9.3 and will be forced to update to iOS 9.3.1 instead, which would really be a sad move if a jailbreak dropped in the future for iOS 9.3 only.

This means jailbreak teams are going to have to work to make a jailbreak tool that works with iOS 9.3.1 in addition to iOS 9.3, as many people are keeping up with iOS updates among the silence of the jailbreak community.

It is also worth noting Apple has iOS 9.3.2 in the pipeline, which will also need to be considered for any potential future jailbreak tools.

Wrapping up

It’s nothing to panic over, but iOS 9.3.1 is now the only firmware you can restore your latest iOS devices to through iTunes.

You can continue to check and see whether or not a certain firmware is being signed for your device by using, a handy web-based tool that lets you check to see whether you can restore back to a certain firmware. You can also check your jailbreak eligibility from the jailbreak section of our site.

Did you have any intention of downgrading/upgrading to iOS 9.3 for any reason? If so, tell us why below.

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  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    That’s sad 🙁

  • aw81

    Im currently not jailbroken on 9.2 and the only tweaks I really miss are F.lux and swipeselection.
    Man I miss swipeselection…

  • Valinor

    So what, jailbreak community is dead anyways.
    Even if a jailbreak is released, alot of developers have left the building.

    • A lot of developers are still here. New ones are always coming in too. Innovation/new ideas may have left the building more-so than developers.

    • Max Payne

      Bulldust. Only Elvis has left the building. 🙂

  • Ja1lBreak K1nG

    Still on 9.0.2. Enjoying my jailbreak. I won’t update until they release another one!

    • I should have stayed on iOS 9.0.2. I updated because of the new emojis :/

      • Jayy

        Damn bro that was a horrible decision! I’m on 9.0.2 with those (new) emojis

    • droid3000

      this hurts my heart

    • Max Payne


      • Ja1lBreak K1nG

        Veexillum combined with gentleman anemoneEffects1

  • Tommy

    this is the same thing that everyone said with the ios 7 jailbreak, and 8.4 they waited till around wwdc and then a jb was released.

  • Scott Curry

    I really only miss my wallpaperswitcher. Otherwise, there’s hardly anything I miss from not jailbreaking (I got the new SE)

  • Andrieux Querido

    Please we need a Jailbreak Pleeeaseee !!!

  • Newgunnerr

    9.0.2 is soo slow and glitchy though. 9.3 is super stable

    • Jayy

      I’m on 9.0.2 and it’s not slow or glitchy for me, but that could be because I’m on a 6s plus

    • Ken626

      my 6Plus(9.0.2) is super fast and smooth.

  • leart

    just tried ifaith right now and it was able to save 9.3/9.3.1 blobs.. are you sure that apple stopped signing 9.3?

  • leart

    just tried ifaith right now and it was able to save 9.3/9.3.1 blobs.. are you sure that apple stopped signing 9.3?

    • leart
      • Sandeep Roy

        yes, still being signed for many devices. i think the older build of 9.3 got pulled.

    • Just give it a little bit. Apple is rolling out the un-support in waves like they do every time..

  • f96lrs

    Just downgrade my 5s to 93

    • Sandeep Roy

      same here. some glitch somewhere 😉

  • Sandeep Roy

    There seems to be a glitch somewhere, just restored using 9.3 on 5s & (ipswDOTme) is still showing 9.3(13E237) as being signed for many devices. I think the older build of 9.3 got pulled. Could you re-confirm please ?

    • They’re probably doing it in waves per device just like last time. They should get to the other devices shortly.

      • Sandeep Roy

        Thanks ! This seems to be a long wave. Glad i Restored earlier.

  • Jayy

    I’m Jailbroken on 9.0.2 and I honestly have no reason to leave until iOS 10. I would have liked to be on a more current firmware though!

  • leart

    still waiting for Apple to stops signing iOS 9.3…

  • Anonymous

    Any news about Cydia Impactor for iOS 9?

  • Ken626

    i miss IntelliScreenX on my 6Plus as it was the main reason why i jailbroke,please developer update IntelliScreenX TO 9.0.2