How to Downgrade iOS

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Apple always releases its new version of iOS, including beta and full versions, sooner or later. There are people who like to try beta versions but may wish to go back to their previous version. So you actually need to learn how to downgrade iOS which is currently installed on your device to the preferred one.

It can usually happen when they are not able to access, their apps like before. You may experience that apps may not open, or the phone gets slower, and some apps may become unresponsive, or doesn’t feel comfortable using a new version.

That’s when users wish to downgrade their iOS. It isn’t hard. Here are the few simple steps to revert your iOS:

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How to Downgrade iOS – Backing Up Your Data

Before you downgrade or upgrade any iOS, it’s essential to backup all your files to iTunes.
Archiving, steps to backup your data to iTunes:

Step 1: Before starting the process, be it upgrading or downgrading (here), it is essential to back up all your data to iTunes so that there is some assurance that whatever be the result you will surely get your data back, safely.

Step 2: Plug in your concerned iPad or iPhone that you wish to downgrade, and open iTunes in your Mac-based PC or Laptop.

Step 3: You will find a “summary” option click on it. Subsequently, also, click on the backup option to backup your data to iTunes account.

Step 4: This process will take up to a few moments. Please be patient until the process is finished as any hustle may lead to chaos ahead.

Step 5: Now in the iTunes window, go to the “Preferences” tab and among the various other available options, you will find “devices” This is actually the place, where you can find your, entire device’s backup(s) that you have created now or prior.

Step 6: Now, press the Ctrl key, and then click on “backup” After that, you are supposed to go with the “archive” option.

Once you have successfully executed done with this step, your data is safe to archive. Now we can actually proceed to the next steps.

However, if there is some error in accomplishing the above-mentioned steps, then disconnect your device and repeat the steps once more.

Note: It is highly recommended not to proceed with the below-mentioned steps until and unless you have backed up your user data to your iTunes account.

How to Downgrade iOS – From iOS8 to iOS7

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Step 1: After backing up all your data, now you need to reinstall your iOS7 file. It is stored as an IPSW file format. You can fetch this file in your hard drive; wherein the path is usually –youruserfolder/Library/iTunes/. There you will find a folder called iPad software updates.

There are chances that you may not be able to find your previous iOS, which can happen, due to periodical erasing of the old files in your system. However, if you still wish to downgrade your current iOS-based device to the previous one, you can download online.

Step 2: So, here begins the process to learn how to downgrade to iOS7. You may select the firmware either iOS 7 or 7.2, for your device.

Step 3: Now plug in your iPad or iPhone to your Mac and launch the iTunes app.

Step 4: You will need to click on your device in iTunes, and the select “summary” Then hold on “option” key and then click on the “Restore” button. In order to proceed further, you will also need to disable “Find my features” option in your device.

Step 5: Now find the IPSW firmware file, which you have downloaded previously. Select and open it.

Step 6: You will see a pop-up warning, letting you know that, by proceeding, it will delete all your data from your device. Since you have already backed up all your data, you can simply select the “restore” option.

Step 7: Execution of this step will take a few moments to restore all your data back, and then you can start using your preferred iOS7 again; and voila, you have actually learned how to go back to iOS7.

Note: You can downgrade, only until Apple is still signing iOS7 or more. Once it stops signing, you will not be able to downgrade your iOS. If you aren’t sure, if Apple stopped signing to iOS 7 or more, you will be most likely to receive a message from Apple, which would say “your device is not compatible with iOS.”

How to Revert Back to iOS7 and Downgrade iOS8

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Before you downgrade your current iOS, it’s essential to save SHSH blobs. These are actually unique codes, which are part of Apple’s digital signature. Using this, iOS can be controlled.

By saving SHSH blobs, it lets some of the jailbreaks to actually work, in order to downgrade your iOS. There are some apps that allows you to save SHSH blobs such as, Tiny umbrella, RedSnow, iFaith, etc.

Step 1: Back up your iPhone’s data as explained above, which will let you save all your data, and be able to easily retrieve it.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone, to your windows based computer device.

Step 3: Open, iFaith and select on the option ‘Build signed IPSW w/ Blobs’ Now look for, ‘Browse for SHSH blobs’ option, and choose the files you have saved.

Step 4: For downloading the iOS firmware file, select ‘Download it for me’, and then, click on ‘Build IPSW.’

Step 5: You may need to note, the name of the IPSW file, then select OK. Press the sleep button of your iPhone, then press power off. Subsequently, start the iFaith app, follow the instructions, in order to place your iPhone into DFU mode.

Step 6: Open iTunes, it will start detecting your iPhone, once you are done with detection click on “ok.”

Step 7: Press Shift and click on ‘Restore iPhone’ below, Summary. Find the IPSW file and select it; and from then, just follow the onscreen instructions.

Final Words

Didn’t you like the user interface and other features of the latest iOS version you just installed? Don’t worry, that’s the reason why we have created to complete guide on how to downgrade iOS. Although it has been mentioned above, once more we would like to remind you that do not forget to backup your data.

Disha Rajani

"Nothing is going to change the next day, if you do not work today" A freelance writer and editor, tech blogger and an avid reader. Disha is a freelancer tech writer based in India who covers topics around Apple products, and software. She is also a part time editor at Boost My eCommerce

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