Restoring to a older version of iOS might mean you will not be able to get the data you gathered while using the newer version of iOS on your device. You will not be able to restore an iOS beta iTunes or iCloud backup to an older iOS version. Also -- if you're a cheeky jailbreak user -- your saved blobs will be lost after downgrade.
Restoring your iTunes or iCloud backup data to your iPhone or iPad is possible for most of backed up files, but it's not trivial. Here's our guide on how you can get some of the most important backup data back to your iOS device.
How to downgrade from a beta version of iOS
Here's our step-by-step to do it:
Before proceeding, turn off “Find my iPhone” in
Find my iPhone.
Download the older firmware for your device, make sure you download the appropriate version for your iPhone, iPad or iPod
Connect your device via USB to your PC or Mac
Open iTunes and choose your iOS device from the top left corner
While continuously holding the
Optionkey on the Mac or
Shiftkey in Windows, click "Check for update"
Select the iOS
IPSWfile you previously downloaded
iTunes will inform you that it will update your iOS device and will verify this update with Apple; click "Update"
iTunes will downgrade your device
Your iOS device will restart after downgrading
"Slide to upgrade" will appear as your device restarts: unlock, enter the password, activate if necessary, and wait for the downgrade process to finish
That's it! You’ve successfully downgraded. We've included instructions for earlier beta downgrades below.
How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.4
First, turn off "Find my iPhone" by going to
Find My iPhone.
Connect the device to the computer, launch iTunes and enter DFU mode. To do this, turn off the device, hold the power button for 3 seconds, whilst holding the Home button for 10 seconds. Release the power button and continue holding the home button until iTunes shows the recovery mode confirmation. Click OK.
Then click on the "Restore iPhone" button and select "Restore and Update" for the confirmation. iTunes will give you some information about the iOS 8.4 update and will wait for you to click through "Next" and "Agree" buttons.
iOS 8.4 will be downloaded and installed to your device. After about 10 minutes you'll see the "Hello" screen and instructions about restoring personal data from the backup.
How to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 to iOS 8.0
Here are some steps you need to take to safely get back to iOS 8 without losing any content:
Connect your iPhone to iTunes using your USB cable
Install iOS 8 with iTunes by selecting the file you just downloaded and following these actions:
On Windows: Press
Shiftkey and click "Check for update"
On Mac: Press the
Optionkey and click "Check for update"
Finally, press "Update" and iOS 8 will be back, and you'll be able to enjoy cell service and Touch ID again
How to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7
The easiest way to downgrade from any iOS beta version is to use an IPSW file. Steps to bring back the iOS 7.1.1 to your iPhone or iPad:
Download the iOS 7.1.1
IPSWfirmware from the developer portal, and make sure you download the version appropriate for your device.
Connect your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 to your computer using the USB cable
Launch the latest version of iTunes
From the top right side of iTunes, select your device. Go to the summary tab, and you'll see the "Update" button. Hold down the
Shiftkey (on Windows) or
Optionkey (on Mac) and click the "Update" button
IPSWfirmware you downloaded earlier. iTunes will now install iOS 7 on your device. Your iPhone or iPad will reboot, and once done you should be back on iOS 7.1.1 again.
How to downgrade from iOS 7 beta: step-by-step guide
It's easy to upgrade to iOS 7 with a developer account, either on a Mac or on a Windows PC (by extracting the .ipsw file from the DMG iOS 7 download). If you want to go back to iOS 6, you will need the
.ipsw file for iOS 6, so pick the right version of iOS for your device:
Once you have downloaded the
.IPSW file for iOS 6, run iTunes on your PC or Mac computer and connect your device. Once it is recognized, you can restore the iPhone or iPad with iTunes (hold
Shift on a Windows PC, hold
Option and click "Restore iPhone").
The last step is to select the iOS 6 firmware file you downloaded: iTunes will then install the iOS, once completed your device will restart. You can then load any previous backups made on prior to the iOS 7 install. Any data created on iOS 7 only can be extracted using our software if needed.