I am currently using an iPhone 3GS. My phone's iOS version is 4.1. I want to upgrade to 4.3 but the latest version is 6.0. How can I upgrade to 4.3 or 4.5 from 4.1?

  • 4
    You can't. Apple stopped signing that particular version some years ago. Not possible.
    – user10355
    Jan 25, 2013 at 6:49
  • 2
    Why do you want an older version of the OS than the new current version?
    – mmmmmm
    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:42
  • Because of speed decrease?
    – bot47
    Aug 9, 2013 at 19:09

3 Answers 3


Simple answer is no it will not work.

Apple stopped signing old versions long ago; you either have to stay on the iOS you have or update to the latest your device will support.

A 3GS will support iOS 6.1.6 available via iTunes or direct from http://ipswdownloader.com


Download the firmware iOS 4.3.5 from Apple:


and then perform the update with this file. You select to install from a local file by holding the Option key while pressing "restore iPhone" button in iTunes.

You can find a list of all available firmware files at various locations – use your favorite search engine to search for "iphone firmware files" and you'll find e.g. these lists:



  • 3
    This doesn't get you the needed crypto keys to install it.
    – bot47
    Aug 9, 2013 at 19:10

Jump over to this website http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/ which has every iOS for every model of phone. Simply find the correct model for your phone and click on the iOS version you want and download.

Once downloaded, follow the instructions on the top of the site (copypasta below)

How to restore or update your iPod/iPhone/iPad:

After downloading the desired firmware below, you can shift-click (PC) or option-click (Mac) the Restore or Update buttons in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw-file.

Note: Your browser may change the ipsw-file into a zip-file. In that case, just rename it to end in .ipsw and iTunes will accept it.

  • Don't do this. Your phone won't activate since apple no longer signs old iOS versions. Mar 24, 2014 at 1:10

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