How To Downgrade iTunes 12.1 & iOS 8.1.3 To iTunes 12.0.1 & iOS 8.1.2

Apple is no longer signing iOS 8.1.2 if you try to downgrade you’ll get error 3194.
With the release of iTunes 12.1 many people trying to downgrade from iOS 8.1.3 back to iOS 8.1.2 are finding out the latest version of iTunes has broken the restore process. Here’s a complete step-by-step guide on how to downgrade itunes 12.1 and iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Complete details can be found right below.


Step 1. Download iTunes 12.0.1: Windows 32bitWindows 64bitOS X.

Step 2. In the Control Panel uninstall Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Application Support, iCloud and iTunes 12.1.

Step 3. Change the extension on your iTunes Library.itl file to iTunes Library.bak. you can fin this file in C:\Users\YourUSERNAME\Music\iTunes.

Step 4. When you’re done reboot your Windows machine

Step 5.  When you computer reboots you’ll now be able to install iTunes 12.0.1.


Step 1. Download Pacifist from and install it

Step 2. Quit iTunes, remove all its traces using Activity Monitor

Step 3. Download iTunes 12.0.1 for OS X and mount it but don’t install it

Step 4. Launch Pacifist, which you downloaded is earlier

Step 5. Click on Open package > iTunes under Device in the left side bar.

Select Install iTunes and then Open in the bottom right corner

Step 6. Click on Contents of Install iTunes then select Install from the top bar. Follow the on screen instructions until installation begins

Step 7. After a few minutes, you should see a box saying Application already exists. Check Don’t ask again for this installation box and click on Replace

Step 8. Wait for some time until the process is completed

Note: If it still doesn’t work, use the Microsoft Troubleshooter at. Let it run and select the problem with your software. A list of programs will show, select iTunes. The Troubleshooter should move the muscle for you.

Downgrade iOS 8.1.3 To iOS 8.1.2

Step 1: Download iOS 8.1.2 from here for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Make sure you download the correct firmware file otherwise iTunes will instantly reject the firmware and you’ll be prompted with an error message.

Step 2: If you haven’t yet, create a backup your iOS device either using iCloud or by using iTunes.

Step 3: Plug your iOS device to your PC or Mac, launch iTunes, hold down the left SHIFT key on PC (or the OPTION key on Mac) and click on the “Restore iPhone” button. Select the iOS 8.1.2 firmware file you downloaded in Step 1. now you can take a ten minute break, grab something to drink, and let iTunes do the rest.

In about ten to fifteen minutes you’ll be back to iOS 8.1.2, ready to jailbreak your device using TaiG.

Note:  Once Apple stops signing the iOS 8.1.2 firmware, you won’t be able to downgrade back from iOS 8.1.3. So hurry up. Apple might be closing the signing window anytime.

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'How To Downgrade iTunes 12.1 & iOS 8.1.3 To iTunes 12.0.1 & iOS 8.1.2' have 4 comments

  1. 20 February 2015 @ 4:34 pm victor

    if im in 8.1.2 jailbroken and i want to restore it to 8.1.2 to remove the jailbreak.. can i?

    • 27 March 2015 @ 11:19 pm nir

      i am having same problem i am at 8.1.2 jailbreak i cnt restore it back to 8.1.2

  2. 17 February 2015 @ 11:02 am andres

    if true, I could not downgrade from 8.1.3 to 8.1.2, I get error 3194, damn

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