How To: Re-Restore Your iPhone, iPod Touch Or iPad Back To iOS 5.0 To 6.1.2 Using Semi-Restore [VIDEO]

Yesterday we told you that CoolStar released Semi-Restore and now it’s time to show you how to restore your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad back to the same firmware version you are running right now using the program.

This is perfect for Jailbreakers as Apple restricts the ability to restore back to the current firmware version you are running. This is because the fruit company wants you to be running the latest firmware version, which at the time of writing this article is iOS 6.1.3 or iOS 6.1.4 depending on your device.

Now it is worth noting this isn’t a fully fledged restore (it’s a restore at a userland level), but it is as close as it gets to being able to restore your device back to the firmware version it is currently running. Upon doing this all of your data and apps will be gone and you will just be left with stock iOS and Cydia installed.

Semi-Restore is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. It is compatible with all firmware versions between iOS 5.0 and iOS 6.1.2 and doesn’t require you to have saved SHSH Blobs or APTickets.

Step 1) – Download Semi-Restore from the iJailbreak Downloads Section.

Step 2) – Once the application has been downloaded simply launch the app from your computer and plug in your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via USB.

How To: Re-Restore Your iPhone, iPod Touch Or iPad Back To iOS 5.0 To 6.1.2 Using Semi-Restore [VIDEO] Step 1

Step 3) – Press the Semi-Restore button once the program detects your device. It is worth noting that ensure iTunes or Xcode is not up and running during the procedure or you could run into some problems.

How To: Re-Restore Your iPhone, iPod Touch Or iPad Back To iOS 5.0 To 6.1.2 Using Semi-Restore [VIDEO] Step 2

Step 4) – You will now just need to sit back and let Semi-Restore do its thing. You will notice that your iOS device will respring and reboot several times during the procedure, this is normal. DO NOT touch your device until the process has been completed.

Once it has completed you will notice your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is in a restored state. All of your apps and any other data will be gone and you will just be left with stock iOS and Cydia. Congratulations you have just re-restore back to iOS 5.0 – 6.1.2. Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. doesn’t work

  2. riyadian1 says:


  3. ANONGMUSIC says:

    Is there also a possible way to update a currently running iPhone on 6.0.1 to 6.1.2? Maybe in collaboration with the Semi-Restore app?

  4. Prince514 says:

    Does it work on iPad 2, after this Semi-Restore will you be able to jailbreak to iOS 6.1.2 untethered jailbreak (Evasi0n)? I’m not waiting for iOS 7, I got Cydia waiting for me. When iOS 7 releases and I use this tool to get to iOS 6.1.2 will I be able to update to iOS 7?

  5. Semi-Restore Lets You Wipe Your iPhone Without Losing Your Jailbreak not
    ● Upgrade your iOS Version
    ● Downgrade your iOS Version
    ● Jailbreak your iOS Device
    ● Fix broken System Files

  6. Prince514 says:

    Will I be able to restore my stuff with iCloud?

  7. Ethyn Resausk says:

    It is. But the iPhone 5 was never on iOS 5 therefore you can’t downgrade to it.

  8. LogieRhythms says:

    How can i remove my jailbreak without upgrading to 6.1.3? My phone is running slow and is acting buggy, and some applications won’t open. I have an iPhone 4s running 6.1.2

  9. leart za jmi says:

    Thats why semi-restore exist, becouse its not possible to remove jailbreak, it would be easy after, remove jailbreak, erase all content and settings and rejailbreak. Nice idea anyway ;)

  10. my iphone 3gs is running 6.1.3 can i restore and unlock it using this?

  11. What is re restore

  12. I don’t think so as the iPhone 5 never had ios 5

  13. but the iphone 5 had 6.1.2 maybe you don’t understand the semi-restore will let you keep your same firmware you are running your iphone

  14. Applefanatic says:

    Does this work if you are running iOS 7 on an iphone 5? like can you go back to 6.1.3? thanks

  15. theres a bug in the weather app it didn’t work for me.

  16. LogieRhythms says:

    Has anyone had trouble with their cydia tweaks after using this? Mine no longer work, but i still have cydia!

  17. Prince514 says:

    I want to re-restore back to iOS 6.1.2 so badly!Erase all content and settings, then jailbreak with Evasi0n! Will it work like that? I’ll just get my stuff back with iCloud.

  18. you can do that throu itunes easily. :)

  19. It recognised my iPhone 4 (GSM) 6.1

    then it spent the rest of the day ‘waiting’… even though I re-downloaded the software… & re-tried…
    Wish I could have my day back again :-(

  20. C++ Runtime Library Error:
    Assertion failed:
    file: DeviceManager.cpp line 351

  21. cydia isn’t working after restore please help :(

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