I want to restore my iPod touch 4 gen. using a previously downloaded .ipsw file from the web instead of iTunes trying to download it again. I have tried putting the .ipsw file in the ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/ folder but it still downloads another one.

By the way, my iPod is stuck in recovery mode and I cannot cannot get it out of it except restoring the iPod. What should I do?


Option-click the Restore button in iTunes and a standard file-selection dialog comes up allowing you to find your .ipsw file.

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    you have to switch off your find my iPhone from icloud settings before itunes allows you to do this. – Nikita P Aug 2 '16 at 23:41

Shift-click the Restore button in iTunes for windows user

  • As of iTunes 12, the button is labeled "Restore iPhone..." – Chris Schiffhauer Sep 16 '15 at 1:30

If it's on a MAC OS X push option on your keyboard and click on the Restore button on itunes

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    …as has already been said... – Tetsujin May 10 '15 at 6:24

As of macOS Catalina, this is done directly in Finder. When your phone is connected to the computer, it shows up in the Finder sidebar under the "Locations" section. (If you don't see it, make sure it is checked under Finder settings, which you can get to with command-comma.)

Under this tab, option-click the "Restore" button and choose the .ipsw file.


you should shift+push the restore button, then choose the .ipsw file you want to download and it should download. (note - if you are trying to jailbreak your iPod, it might work, but not all the times)

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    It's more option-click now. – Scaraux Jul 3 '17 at 16:43

downlaod an app called tinyumbrella on your computer when its done downloading click on the question mark button on the right it will say get out of recovery mode click that and you are done

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