How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

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These are instructions on how to downgrade your iPad 2 from iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x using saved SHSH blobs and Redsn0w for Mac.

You will need to have saved SHSH Blobs for iOS 5.x and iOS 4.x for this tutorial to work.

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download the latest version of RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the 5.x firmware you would like to restore to and the 4.x firmware you have saved SHSH Blobs for from here and place it/them in the Pwnage folder.

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Two
Right click or control-click the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier and choose Open from the popup menu that appears.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)


Step Three
Click Extras from the main menu.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Four
Click Even More from the Extras menu.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Five
Click Restore from the Even More menu.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Six
Click IPSW from the Restore menu, choose the IPSW you would like to restore to from the window that appears, and click Open.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Seven
When prompted, connect your iPad 2 to the computer in normal mode and click OK
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Eight
You will be informed that a 4.x IPSW will be required to continue. Click the OK button.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Nine
Select the 4.x firmware IPSW from the Pwnage folder on your desktop and click Open.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Ten
Your iPad will now be placed into recovery mode.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Eleven
RedSn0w will check Cydia to see if you have the correct blobs saved.

If RedSn0w is unable to find your blobs automatically click the Remote button to try again or you can click the Local button to search for blobs on your computer.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Twelve
RedSn0w will prepare the 4.x restore image.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Thirteen
You will then be prompted to place your iPad into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.

Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds. You screen should stay blank.

Click the OK button to continue.

Step Fourteen
RedSn0w will now restore to iOS 4.x.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Fifteen
Once the restore to iOS 4.x is complete, RedSn0w will put your device back into recovery mode and prepare the iOS 5.x restore image.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Sixteen
iOS 5.x will now be restored.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)

Step Seventeen
You'll be notified once the restore is complete.
How to Downgrade Your iPad 2 From iOS 6.x to iOS 5.x (Mac)


ANSWERS:
If you need help with this tutorial please post a question in the comments or submit a question to the iClarified community using our Answers section.

David - June 16, 2013 at 7:51am
redsnow says i have a dfu mode instead of recovery mode after i was prompted to switch to dfu mode.
Nicholas - April 2, 2013 at 8:05pm
You cannot factory unlock an iPad as of now
tympani - April 2, 2013 at 8:47pm
Ouch! You mean I PERMANENTLY locked my iPad?! That's not good. Perhaps a clear warning to that effect might be in order here. If I knew that, I wouldn't have done this in the first place. :-(
tympani - April 4, 2013 at 6:17am
Au contraire! I finally reinstalled 5.1.1 using redsn0w and my unlock returned! Jailbroke with Absinthe (redsn0w wouldn't work) so my iPad2 is now both jailbroken and unlocked on 5.1.1 down from 6.1.2. I should mention that AT&T reissued the IMEI unlock.
tympani - April 2, 2013 at 7:58pm
I bought a used iPad2 running 6.1.2 that had 4.3.5, 5.1.1 and 6.1.2 hashes saved. I used this tutorial (above) to successfully downgrade from 6.1.2 to 5.1.1. BUT it relocked the iPad! Although it's now Jailbroken, I'd still like to use it on a different carrier from AT&T but I'm not sure how to unlock it. AT&T claims it SHOULD be unlocked and they reissued the network unlock. Any idea what I should do? Will restoring it with a locally saved 5.1.1 IPSW do it?
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