(2022 Latest) How to Downgrade iOS without iTunes

by Aaron Roussey Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Sep 15, 2022 Updated On Sep 15, 2022

You may want to go back to a previous version of iOS if the new version has a lot of system bugs or if your apps are not yet compatible with the new version.

One of the most effective ways to downgrade iOS is to restore the device with iTunes. But this process can often be lengthy and complicated since you have to put the device in recovery mode.

The good news is that there are some options when you don't want to use iTunes to downgrade the version of iOS on your device.

This guide is about how you can downgrade iOS without iTunes.

Why People Want to Downgrade iOS

There are several reasons why downgrading the version of iOS on your device may be necessary. The following are just some of them:

  • The new version of iOS may have restricted or removed some features that you found useful and downgrading to an older version may be the only way to get them back.
  • Some of the apps on the device may not be compatible with the new version of iOS, making it necessary to downgrade iOS to continue using the app.
  • You may not like the new features the new version introduces.
  • The new version of iOS can also come with bugs that can cause your device to malfunction in various ways and downgrading may be the only way to get the iPhone working normally again.
  • The older version of iOS may also be more stable compared to the new version.

Before Downgrading iOS

Before we show you how you can downgrade the version of iOS on your device, the following are some of the main factors to keep in mind:

  • It is important to follow the steps as precisely as you can to avoid bricking the device or losing all your data.
  • You should also make sure that you have a complete backup of all the data on your device before attempting to downgrade iOS. You can create a backup in iCloud, iTunes, or any other backup tool.
  • Please note that by downgrading iOS on your device, you lose all the features on the version that you were using and there is no way to get those back.

How to Downgrade iOS without iTunes

Step 1. Backup Your iPhone Before Downgrading

As we have seen above, it is very important that you have a backup of all the data on your iPhone before you can downgrade the iOS.

This will ensure that you have a fallback plan if something goes wrong and you lose all the data. Here's how you can backup your device:

Backup iPhone via iCloud:

Step 1: Ensure that your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Then open the Settings app on the device and go to {Your Name" > iCloud.

Step 3: Tap "iCloud Backup" and tap "Back up Now" to begin backing up all the data on the device.

Step 4: Once the backup is complete, go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup, and under "Back Up Now," you should see the backup that you just created.

Backup iPhone via iCloud

Backup iPhone via iTunes/Finder:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone and open Finder (macOS Catalina and above) or iTunes (PC and macOS Mojave and earlier)

Step 2: When prompted, tap "Trust" to allow the computer to detect the connected device.

Step 3: Look for the iPhone in Finder or iTunes, click on it and then select "Back up Now."

Ensure that the device remains connected to the computer until the backup is complete.

backup iPhone

Step 2. Downgrade iOS without iTunes

Now that you have a backup of all your data, you are ready to downgrade iOS on the device. The best way to do that without losing data and without using iTunes is with TinyFix.

This tool is designed to help you easily downgrade iOS without causing data loss.

It is so easy to use, that you can easily downgrade the version of iOS even if you don't have any technical skills. Here's how it works:

Step 1: TinyFix must be downloaded and installed on your computer before you can use it.

Step 2: Once it is installed, open it and click on the "iOS System Repair" > "Standard Mode".

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: Use the device's lightning cable to connect it to the computer. On the next screen, select the version of iOS that you want to downgrade to and click on the "Download" button to begin downloading the firmware package for that version.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: TinyFix will notify you when the download is complete. Click "Fix Now" to allow the program to install the firmware package on the device.

repairing the device

When the device restarts, your selected version of iOS will be running on the device and you will not have lost any of your data.


You may have a very good reason to downgrade the version of iOS on your device. But even if you are not using iTunes, it is still very important to make sure that you have a backup of all your data before downgrading the iOS to avoid losing your data if something goes wrong.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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