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Downgrade iOS 8.1.3 To iOS 8.1.2 To Save Jailbreak [How To Guide]

ios 8.1.3 software update

iOS 8.1.3 is out! There’s bugfixes and performance improvements, but it also removes a key exploit that TaiG used to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2. If you have updated, here’s how to downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2.

ios 8.1.3 software update

Update: As it turns out, you must also downgrade iTunes 12.1 for this to work.

Earlier today, Apple released an incremental update to iOS in the form of iOS 8.1.3. As expected, it does not introduce any new features, but it does indeed come with several unspecified bugfixes, and performance improvements.

However, there are two little-big improvements that almost everyone will notice. One will be appreciated by those with smaller storage space-equipped iPhones and iPads, while the other will cause disappointment.

First and foremost, updates after iOS 8.1.3 will not require several gigabytes of free  storage space in order to download and install. Apple has tweaked the way iOS devices upgrade, finally.

Secondly, the vulnerabilities used by TaiG jailbreak have bee plugged! In other words, iOS 8.1.3 cannot be jailbroken!

The second reason is why it is strongly recommended for jailbreak enthusiasts to a) avoid updating their iOS device and b) in case they have already updated, they downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 immediately.

The downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 will only be possible for a few days, or a week or two at max. iOS updates are first ‘signed’ by Apple before they can be used by your iOS device. As of typing i.e. 28th Jan, 2015, Apple is signing iOS 8.1.2 so it is possible to downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 with the intention of saving your device’s ability to be jailbroken.

How To Downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2

Step #1: Download the iOS 8.1.2 IPSW file for your specific iOS device. See the list below!

iPad Air

Legacy iPads

Step #2: Connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac.

Step #3: Open up iTunes. Click on your iOS device from the iPhone / iPad-shaped icon in the top-left corner.

downgrade ios 8.1.3 to ios 8.1.2

Step #4: Shift + Left Click on Restore and select the IPSW file you downloaded in Step 1.

Step #5: Follow on-screen instructions!

When you’re done with everything, you will have downgraded iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2, thereby being able to jailbreak your iOS device, and enjoy the world of jailbreak tweaks and apps!

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