How to downgrade back to iOS7 from iOS8

Written by Tech84 on September 23, 2014

So how is iOS8 treating your older iOS device? Some have reported it made their older iPhones and iPads run slower. Arstechnica did some tests on how the iPhone 4s handles iOS8 and although the 4s is obviously under powered for iOS8, the differences are minute, and the performance slowdown only amounted to nano seconds which for the ordinary user, means nothing.


Anyway, for those of you who did not like iOS8 and want to go back to using iOS7 on your iOS devices, we have good news for you. Normally, once you update to a new firmware you won’tbe able to downgrade back to the old firmware. And now it Apple seems is letting you downgrade back to the iOS7.1.12.

Here’s how to downgrade back to iOS7 from iOS8:

1 . Disable Find My Iphone from your device first. Go to Settings > iCloud then turn off Find My iPhone.

2. Download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware for your device from this page. Select your device and then select the 7.1.2 version. (Other versions won’t work, sadly)

3. Connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac and open iTunes.

4. Select your device in iTunes and go to the Summary tab.

5. Hold down the option key (for Mac users) or the shift key (for Windows users) and click the Restore Button. Now locate the IPSW firmware that you downloaded from step 1, select it and then double click on it.

6. A warning may pop-up telling you that restoring back will reset and delete all the data from your device.

7. Just press OK and wait for your device to finish the restore process.

8. Now you have iOS 7.1.12 installed on your device.

So far iOS8 runs very smoothly on my iPhone 4s, considering the 4s is now considerably underpowered compared to its newer iterations, especially with the recently released iPhone 6 and 6 plus. So you may only want to do this if iOS8 is really giving you problems performance wise.

 Posted in Apple, How to's, iOS, iOS Tips,

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