How To Downgrade iTunes 12.1 & 12.1.1 To iTunes 12.0.1 Mac & Windows

With the release of iTunes 12.1 many people trying to downgrade back to iOS 8.1.2 are finding out the latest version of iTunes has broken the restore process. This simply means that they, or you, are stopped in the process of downgrading to iOS 8.1.2, or any other firmware version, by iTunes. If you want to downgrade iTunes 12.1, or 12.1.1, Back to 12.0.1 follow the step-by-step instructions after the jump.


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 then iTunes 12.1, or 12.1.1.

Step 3. Change the extension on your “iTunes Library.itl” file to “iTunes Library.bak”. you can find 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.

Let me know if this worked for you in the comments section down below!

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'How To Downgrade iTunes 12.1 & 12.1.1 To iTunes 12.0.1 Mac & Windows' have 3 comments

  1. 16 October 2015 @ 2:21 pm abuanshar

    hai erik
    I follow your instruction but after finished the winscp my phone get off then i run the cmd prompt and wrongly entered ipad command instead of iphone 4s commant after that i put correct command its not working and iphone also dead what should i do plz help this

  2. 14 March 2015 @ 5:39 pm nathan

    Thx so much

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