I want to Un-install my software updates on my iphone
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Ok so i have an Iphone 3G I believe and I just updated it from the software 4.0 to 4.2.1, and lets just say I'm not liking it.
After researching a few things on the internet I learned that my phone is incapable of utilizing a few things such as having a home screen wallpaper
now i can't use any of my purchased apps they keep crashing, and I can't delete my history like i used to
Someone help I'm really really upset
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Yusa-pyan wrote:

Ok so i have an Iphone 3G I believe and I just updated it from the software 4.0 to 4.2.1, and lets just say I'm not liking it.
After researching a few things on the internet I learned that my phone is incapable of utilizing a few things such as having a home screen wallpaper
now i can't use any of my purchased apps they keep crashing, and I can't delete my history like i used to
Someone help I'm really really upset



Your best bet may be to head on over to the Apple forums. AFAIK, there is no way to downgrade iOS without jailbreaking.

It is odd however that the 4.2.1 version of iOS broke your iphone. I remember version 4.2 and up for being so significant when it came out for the iPad/iPhone in that is greatly increased the iPhone 3g's performance.


What I recommend is hooking your phone up to your computer via the USB cable with iTunes. Run a backup and then wipe the device back to factory settings. Once the device is wiped plug it back into iTunes again and restore the device from backup and select the backup that you did earlier. It will then restore all of your apps and app data and hopefully fix your problems.

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-Chris311- wrote:
It is odd however that the 4.2.1 version of iOS broke your iphone. I remember version 4.2 and up for being so significant when it came out for the iPad/iPhone in that is greatly increased the iPhone 3g's performance.


Aha, small misunderstanding on your part. It did improve performance on the iPhone 3GS, but it kinda killed them on the 3G.
Via jailbreak it's possible to enable multitasking and the background: personal experience, you WILL want to turn them off. Apple didn't include those features because the poor thing simply can't handle all that stuff, it dosen't have anywhere near enough ram... not because they want you to upgrade to a newer toy.
Aside from that, iOS 4 is the first one to be signed against downgrades, and so all you need to do, is find the latest 3.x release, download it, shift - click on "restore" in iTunes and select the file. The iPhone will get whatever firmware you downloaded, and then you can try to upgrade to 4.0, albeit you will have most likely to find it somewhere and repeat this procedure. No jailbreaking or weird procedures included, all simple and normal Apple stuff.
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-Chris311- wrote:
It is odd however that the 4.2.1 version of iOS broke your iphone. I remember version 4.2 and up for being so significant when it came out for the iPad/iPhone in that is greatly increased the iPhone 3g's performance.


Aha, small misunderstanding on your part. It did improve performance on the iPhone 3GS, but it kinda killed them on the 3G.
Via jailbreak it's possible to enable multitasking and the background: personal experience, you WILL want to turn them off. Apple didn't include those features because the poor thing simply can't handle all that stuff, it dosen't have anywhere near enough ram... not because they want you to upgrade to a newer toy.
Aside from that, iOS 4 is the first one to be signed against downgrades, and so all you need to do, is find the latest 3.x release, download it, shift - click on "restore" in iTunes and select the file. The iPhone will get whatever firmware you downloaded, and then you can try to upgrade to 4.0, albeit you will have most likely to find it somewhere and repeat this procedure. No jailbreaking or weird procedures included, all simple and normal Apple stuff.


That is good to know. I've never owned an iPhone, only an iPad so I am not the most knowledgable when it comes to mobile apple products. At least it is easier to downgrade to iOS 3.XX than it is with newer version.
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-Chris311- wrote:
That is good to know. I've never owned an iPhone, only an iPad so I am not the most knowledgable when it comes to mobile apple products. At least it is easier to downgrade to iOS 3.XX than it is with newer version.


The old iPhone 3G is, as far as I can remember, the last one that can downgrade so easily as newer ones have an hardware protection that does require quite a bit of fiddling to workaround.
By the way, if your iPad is the first one this autumn's update (iOS6, adds a lot of cool stuff as usual) won't be available for you :-(
http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6/ at the bottom of the page. Also this time I DO believe they want you to buy a newer iPad, as the hardware is the same as the iPhone 4 and somehow they manage to support the old 3GS!
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