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i want to jailbreak my ipod touch 4g and dont want to go though the super complicated process of jailbreaking unteatherd on 4.2.1 and i am trying to force itunes to use the 4.1 firmware by holding the option button when selecting restore but everytime i try i get a message that says that my ipod isnt eligible for the requested build itunes wont let me do this any ideas why or where i could try and get a diffrent ipsw restore

asked Jan 15 '11 at 00:17

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edited Jan 15 '11 at 07:33

It's called DFU mode. You turn off your iPod. Then while your iPod is turned off and plugged in hold down the home button, until iTunes recognizes it. The you have to download an ipsw of an older firmware (google it). Then it use that old firmware press shift(pc) or option(mac), when you press restore. That will give you a dialog box that will allow you to select the ipsw that you downloaded.

answered Jan 15 '11 at 00:36

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i said thats what i did but i get an error saying my device is not compatible with the firmware

(Jan 15 '11 at 07:10) Monkinto Monkinto's gravatar image

Then you might not be using the right ipsw. What's the file name?

(Jan 15 '11 at 12:18) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

iPod4,1_4.1_8b117_Restore.ipsw and i tried iPod4,1_4.1_8b118_Restore.ipsw

(Jan 15 '11 at 16:47) Monkinto Monkinto's gravatar image


This guy is saying that you need to be jailbroken in order to downgrade but I think that if you copy the IP address into the host file (like he says in the video) and then try and downgrade it should work.

(Jan 15 '11 at 17:28) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

Did your iPod Touch 4g come with 4.2.1 on it? Because when I bought mine it had 4.1 on it. But that is because I bought it before Apple released 4.2.1. One of my friends then bought the 4th gen and was unable to downgrade to the older firmware because it came with 4.2.1, I would just wait until a 4.2.1 jailbreak comes out. There may not be a way to downgrade.

answered Jan 15 '11 at 11:53

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no mine came with 4.1 on it but 4.2.1 was already release now i think i cant downgrade again :( i guess i just have to wait for a no annoyingly long and complicated jailbreak comes out

(Jan 15 '11 at 12:10) Monkinto Monkinto's gravatar image

Ya, you probably will have to.

(Jan 15 '11 at 17:29) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

What generation iPod do you have, and where did you download it? When you download the firmware, youhave to make sure it is for your exact iPod.

For example: If you have a second gen iPod, and you download firmware for the first gen, iTunes will not restore it.

I was not the one who linked you to this site...

answered Jan 15 '11 at 17:29

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thats the site i used and i use the right firmware look above at one of my comments at least thats what that site i used had for the firmware

(Jan 15 '11 at 18:32) Monkinto Monkinto's gravatar image

The other comment asking about DFU mode was actually talking about Recovery Mode. Watch the video that I linked, and put your iPod into DFU mode, instead of Recovery, and that should work.


(Jan 15 '11 at 18:56) Justin Justin's gravatar image

no i had it in DFU mode and i know because i had to reinstall 4.2.1 again because i cant figure out how to get it to let me use 4.1 still

(Jan 15 '11 at 19:59) Monkinto Monkinto's gravatar image
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