How to Downgrade iPhone 3G/3GS 06.15.00 to 05.13.04 For Unlock And Working GPS

Well, the wait is over and a new fix is now available for the users stuck on 06.15.00 baseband on their iPhone 3G/3GS devices which can restore GPS functionality and as well as to use stock IPSW files again. The iPhone Dev Team announced a baseband downgrade option in Redsn0w for those who are using the iPad’s 06.15 baseband on the iPhone3G or iPhone3GS.


Before you begin, I assume you have some knowledge about jailbreaking iPhone and this method works only on iPhone 3G/3GS running 06.15.00 baseband and will not apply to iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S users. Here are the steps from the Dev Team,

Typically you’d have the 06.15 baseband if you unlock with ultrasn0w but updated your iPhone baseband past 05.13.04. With this new capability, you can now downgrade specifically from 06.15 to 05.13.04 (even if you never had 05.13.04 on that device before). This gives you the best of both worlds: ultrasn0w compatibility and a normal iPhone baseband with full GPS and the ability to use stock IPSWs again.

Here are the steps:

  1. Use the “Extras->Select IPSW” button in redsn0w to tell it which firmware version you have installed (new-bootrom 3GS users can usually skip this step but it doesn’t hurt for them to do it too).
  2. Do a controlled shutdown of your iPhone (“slide to power off”). This step is very important to avoid mount problems when the ramdisk is running!
  3. Go back to the first screen and click “Jailbreak”. Enable the “Downgrade from iPad baseband” checkbox, disable Cydia if you already have it installed, and click Next to proceed through the normal DFU ramdisk steps.
  4. After the ramdisk gets launched and you see the Pwnapple running on your iPhone, you’ll eventually get to the “Flashing Baseband” step. THIS STEP TAKES A VERY LONG TIME to complete and there won’t be any feedback while its running. Please just let it be for the next 3-8 minutes! When the ramdisk has done its job it will reboot the phone on its own.

For those who are wondering if you can update your 3G or 3GS to 06.15 solely for the purposes of downgrading to 05.13.04, the answer is “yes” for 3G owners, and “maybe” for 3GS owners. The iPad baseband is not compatible with 3GS units manufactured week 34 of 2011 or later. If you have an iPhone3GS and if digits 3-5 of its Serial Number are 134 or later (xx134…), then you should NOT try to install the 06.15 baseband on your 3GS! It will brick your radio, preventing both the downgrade from working and normal iPhone software from using it as a phone! Be warned!

In simple steps –

1. Download the latest redsn0w from the iPhone Dev Team’s website.

2. Launch redsn0w.

3. Plugin iPhone. Put into DFU mode.

4. Go back to the first screen and click “Jailbreak”. Check “Downgrade from iPad baseband”, uncheck Cydia if you already installed it, and click Next. Just wait until you see the “Flashing Baseband” screen.

That’s it! You should have a working GPS now. Let us know in the comments section if you face any issues.

  • Scoot_eruk

    It does not work. I have tried about 10 times but to no avail. I have a 3gs with ios=4.2.1 and BB=6.15. Any tips would be appreciated

    • iCosmoGeek

      Could you post more details? Exact error message and the steps you followed.

      • Scoot_eruk

        Having looked at various sites and
        blogs, it would appear that almost everyone with iphone 3gs with ios 4.2.1 is
        having problems and cannot downgrade BB.

        Also most people who are reporting success seem to be on
        IOS= 5.1.1

        No one can give a definite answer as to whether the phone
        should first be on 5.1.1 for BB downgrade to work correctly.

        Also what version of bootloader may have problems?

        My phone is Iphone 3 gs (manufactured week 34 – 2010)

        IOS = 4.2.1

        BB = 6.15

        I have tried about 10 times so far and every time the
        results are exactly the same; BB downgrade process starts with the walking
        pineapple logo and then phone re-boots itself and is till on 6.15. I even tried
        installing Ipad baseband again and then tried to downgrade it but to no avail.

        I will try tonight with modified step 3 as per Daudi
        (although I think I have tried that before also) and update again.



        • iCosmoGeek

          why don’t you try updating your device to 5.1.1?

  • Sumit Babu

    It doesnt work for me too.
    Phone: Iphone 3gs
    ios : 4.1
    Serial number: 88010XXXXXX
    BB: 06.15.00
    Tried many times but no success. Any ideas pals??

    • iCosmoGeek

      Have you tried updating your device to 5.1.1?

      • Sumit Babu

        no it so necessary?..since i’m on 06.15.00 baseband..i think i have to use custom or cooked firmware to update to 5.1.1 through restore method rite??

        • iCosmoGeek

          Many people including @scoot_eruk:disqus below reported that they are unable to downgrade using normal method. Most people are reporting success on 5.1.1.