The employees of Apple are working hard to keep iPhones and iPads updated. However, if you are one of those people that are giving the beta version of iOS a shot for the first time, you may not want to give up a stable old version completely. If that’s the case, you will be glad to know that downgrading is an easy task to perform.
Downgrading from beta to stable
Be warned, using this process will delete everything you have on your device, and any back-ups created while using the beta iOS version will not let you restore an older one.
If you have a Mac or PC you will need to have iTunes running, with a cable connected from your device (iPhone or iPad) to the computer. Now, hold down the Power button on your device until you see the switch and slide it to the right.
Next, you will need to plug the cable into the computer, but not into your device. Push the Home button and don’t release. Now plug the cable into your device and release the Home button when you see “Connect to iTunes.”
There will be an image of a cable pointing towards the iTunes icon. If the image doesn’t appear automatically, you will need to launch iTunes. You will then see a message asking you if there was an issue with your device. Click Restore and then Restore and Update.
Downgrade iOS using IPSW
Apple only allows to load “signed” version of iOS. In general, Apple will discontinue signing previous versions within days of the release of a new one. So you usually can downgrade for several days after upgrading. This is assuming the new release was of the latest version, and the upgrade is done quickly.
In order to do this, you will need to have the .ipsw file. If iTunes was used when upgrading, you can store the file on your computer, however, be warned that system can delete it in order to give you more free space. There is also a website where you can download IPSW files. Remember that you will only be able to restore signed iOS images.
After IPSW has been downloaded, you will need connect your device and computer together and open iTunes. If you are using a Mac, hold the Option key down and click on the Restore iPad or Restore iPhone button. There will be a dialog for the file browser. Browse until you locate the .ipsw file that was downloaded, then double-click it. This will effectively downgrade your iOS back to the desired version.
Restore iOS from SHSH blogs
These are the only two official ways of downgrading iOS.
There is one more method, however. It involves you getting a program that can run the previous version of iOS with the help of SHSH blog files. These are the digital signature files of specific devices that control which versions can and cannot be run.
TinyUmbrella is a tool that creates local copies of the SHSH files. It can also be used to force iTunes into restoring older IPSW files.
We hope that this guide will help you downgrade your iOS without a hitch. Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.