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Detailed Instructions on How to Downgrade from 2.0 to 1.1.4 (with video)

Author : The Lone Stag

Hello. If you are reading this, you have upgraded to firmware 2.0 and miss the old 1.1.4. No problem (even though I warned you). Here is what you gotta do. It is a little tricky, with 2 whole (complicated) steps, but it is worth it to be back into the hacking world. Here is the first video tutorial for the site on how to do it:

Detailed Instructions on how to Downgrade from 2.0 to 1.1.4

1. Downgrade iTunes

  • Since you need iTunes 7.7 in order to have 2.0, you need to downgrade and get iTunes 7.5 back.
  • First, uninstall iTunes 7.7. Once done, it will ask you to restart your computer. Do it.
  • Once restarted, download iTunes 7.5.
  • If it doesn’t run, in Windows, go to Start, Search, All Files and Folders. Type “iTunes Library.itl”. Find the file and delete it. Now it should work.

2. DFU Mode

  • This mode is a little tricky. First, connect your iPod. iTunes will pop up and say it won’t work with this version of iTunes. That is ok. You just need to put it into DFU Mode.
  • Turn up the sound on your computer. Next, turn your iPod off. Hold power and home for 10 (ten) seconds (as in 1001, 1002, 1003…). Let go of the power button while still holding the home button. Hold this until you here your computer give the “USB Connected Sound” (“Ba Dum” I think). Then let go. You are now in DFU Mode.
  • Now in iTunes, hold Shift and Click restore. Select the 1.1.4 firmware.
  • Let it do its thing.
  • If you get an error when you restore, use ZiPhone to get your device out of restore mode by running the program and going to Advanced Features, Normal Mode.
  • Once done, you should have firmware 1.1.4 on your iPod again. Jailbreak instructions are here.

There you go. Maybe you will listen next time. Also, as an added bonus, you can watch my first video on how to jailbreak. Maybe this will help you more. Let me know if it does, or if it is just a waste of time. If it isn’t a waste of time, let me know if I should make videos for other “Detailed Instructions”, such as SSHing or Jailbreaking.Good Luck.

Lone Stag

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  1. Logan, September 18, 2008:

    so i am debating jailbreaking my touch.. havent done it before…

    i understand i’d have to go back to 1.1.4 (but this would break the app store)

    what do you guys think? is it even worth it? i’d love to have some emulators and such.. but the app store IS nice

  2. iluglennx7, September 26, 2008:

    downloaded itunes 7.5, when i try open itunes it says “iTunes Library.itl is made with a newer version”.
    i tried deleting it like you said and then i try opening itunes again and it creates iTunes Library.itl again.

  3. help me, September 30, 2008:

    i have done everything u said i have the 7.5 itunes, and i go and open it and it says “the file “i tunes.itl” can’t be found.” what do i do??????????

  4. marc, October 5, 2008:

    please you need to help will i lose my music please send me a email on how i wont lose my music some please thank you my email is

  5. jumbo, October 7, 2008:

    Y0! What about text messaging with the hacked iPod touch? Will i be able to send and receive text msgs?

  6. nursing major, October 9, 2008:

    I got talked in to 2.0 and I hate it. I have recently downgraded itunes to 7.5 and downloaded 1.1.4 firmware. But after i put my ipod touch in dfu mode and then try to restore in itunes using the shift method to find the 1.1.4 file, it extracts find but then comes up with an error that the ipod cant be rstored when i click ok itunes nolonger detects ipod. I could use some advice. im also operating with vista. Please help

  7. Bob, October 14, 2008:

    Ok, so I don’t know what to do now. I have restored my ipod touch, downloaded itunes 7.5 and downloaded 1.1.4 firmware. i tried the shift restore thing but an error comes up. So i go to ZiPhone like it says to do if an error occurs, and click on the normal mode, but it doesn’t do anything. The green bar on the bottom just keeps going across the screen. It seems like it will do this forever. Anyone know why the shift restore thing isn’t working and whats wrong with ZiPhone?

  8. Faraz Ahmed, October 14, 2008:

    when I’m click restore (while holding down shift) there is no 1.1.4

    why is that because i did click on the 1.1.4 firmware link and downloaded it but it isn’t in i tunes????????

    please answer

  9. Mashtatters, October 22, 2008:

    I Can not Get iTunes to uninstall??? can sum one help me???

  10. Ashwin Sahota, October 24, 2008:

    can i switch back to iTunes 8? will my music come back if i download iTunes 8 again?

  11. Rose, November 11, 2008:

    Please help ive done step 1, unistalled itunes then installed 7.5, didnt work so I deleted the iTunes library.itl,now it says not win32 file?

  12. Jak, December 16, 2008:

    How do you turn the friken iPod off when its connected?

  13. alma, January 3, 2009:

    god ppl i dont get any of this can someone help me i dont get half of the thigs u guys are talking about….
    as u guys can tell im not really good at computers so can someone help me i just got my ipod touch and i dont know what to do !!!!!!!!!

  14. Johnny Appleseed, January 5, 2009:

    when i hold shift and click restore, where do i find the old software?

  15. henrique carneiro, January 27, 2009:

    can i do the same with itunes 8? can i uninstall itunes 8 and then redownload it after i’m done with the downgrading?

  16. Mythical, February 21, 2009:

    My iPod is in recovery mode, so it seems but iTunes says there’s an error (1) or something like that. Can someone help me?

  17. Mythical, February 21, 2009:

    It says: The iPod “iPod” cannot be restored. An error (1) has been found.

    It’s something like that.

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  19. kevin, April 22, 2009:

    i have delete iTunes Library.itl butwhen i open iTunes it comes up agin

  20. Logan, April 28, 2009:

    alright i got my ipod in DTU mode and when i hook it up to my computer it says an unknown error occured. cannot restore ipod.

  21. Denny, May 26, 2009:

    hold Shift and Click restore an itunes tab comes up “look in” desktop

    Need help

  22. Denny, May 26, 2009:

    119 I’m using Vista

  23. tim111, September 30, 2009:

    wen i put my ipod into recovery mode, itunes sais that there is an ipod in recovery mode. so i click on the ipod thingy but it does not let me restore it! help!

  24. samarah06, January 3, 2010:

    Hey everything works but when it detects the ipod i just see a blank screen i saw the messege this ipod is in recovery mode thingy but now i cant find the place where i press restore any help ?

  25. cookinbooks, February 23, 2010:

    what if you ipod is a 3.1.3

  26. dan, June 1, 2010:

    I cant find the restore button on itunes when i turn my phone to DFU mode, itunes just has a blank screen, plz help

  27. dan, June 1, 2010:

    i have the same problem as tim and samarah

  28. Guy Moon, November 29, 2010:

    Even after I put my iPod in DFU mode iTunes still won’t show up. Please help, thanks.

  29. Blad11636, March 31, 2011:

    Does reseting iPod down grad it I have 4.2.1 and want 3.6.1 what do I do I don’t have itunes

  30. Keldsy, June 8, 2011:

    I did everything correct until the restore part. After i counted the ten seconds and that, the computer said i need to restore it. But when i try to on iTunes, i dont find my iPod. what can i do?!?!?!?! Please help me i need an answer for today!!!!!!!

  31. Keldsy, June 8, 2011:

    I tried it with my other iPod. Now its like the iPod “iPod couldnt be restored cuz of an error or something… idk what 2 do!!!! Help me please!!!!!!!!!

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