How to Roll Back iOS Update: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Published on Jun 23, 2022
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If you have just upgraded your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS, but you don’t like how it runs or the new features it brings to the device, you may be looking for the best way to downgrade to an earlier version of iOS.

Downgrading the version of iOS on your device can be done. But it is often a risky process that may affect the data on your device in ways you may not have anticipated.

In this complete guide, we will share with you everything you need to know to downgrade the version of iOS on your device.

Why You Might Want to Roll Back iOS Update

There are several reasons you may want to roll back the version of iOS on your device. The following are the most common:

  • The new version of iOS that you have installed on your device may have bugs that make it very hard to use your device. You may therefore want to downgrade to a more stable version and wait for Apple to fix the bugs.
  • Sometimes the changes that the new version of iOS introduces to the device can be unappealing to some users. Downgrading is an easy way to go back to a version of iOS that you are used to.
  • If you have an older iPhone model, the new version of iOS may significantly slow it down to the point that it is very difficult to use. To improve the device’s performance, you may choose to downgrade to an earlier version of iOS.

Before You Downgrade your iOS

Before we show you some of the options you have to downgrade iOS, it is important to understand this process and what it will do. Downgrading will erase all the data on your device and reinstall the old operating system.

The only way you have any hope of saving your data is if you backed up your iPhone before installing the latest iOS. If you do, you can simply restore the data to the device after downgrading.

If you didn’t create a backup, you will downgrade the device and then sync all the data separately. This will take a long time, but it is the only way.

How to Roll Back iOS Update

Using a Downgrade Tool

If you want to downgrade to an earlier version of iOS, the quickest solution is TinyFix. This is an alternative way that allows you to downgrade the version of iOS on your device without losing data.

Follow these simple steps to downgrade iOS using TinyFix:

Step 1: Install TinyFix

Download and install TinyFix on to your computer. Open it and use a USB/lightning cable to connect the iOS device to the computer.

When the device detects the connected device, click on the“iOS System Repair”> “Standard Mode” option.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Choose iOS Version

On the next interface, select the version of iOS firmware that you would like to install on the device and click on the “Download” button.

If you have already downloaded the firmware, click on “Select” to add the firmware package.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 3: Downgrade the iOS

Once the download is complete, click on the “Start” button to begin installing the selected version of iOS on the device. The whole process should take about 10 minutes.

repairing the device

Downgrade Using iTunes

If you don’t want to use a third-party program to downgrade iOS, the following steps can also help:

Step 1: Download the old version of firmware to your computer. Keep in mind that this will only work if Apple is still signing the old iOS that you want to install.

Step 2: To avoid getting blocked by Activation Lock, turn off “Find my iPhone.” Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Find My > Find My iPhone and use the switch to disable “Find my iPhone.”

Step 3: Put your iOS device in recovery mode. This will make it easier to install a different version of iOS on it.

  • For iPhone 8 and later : Press and release the Volume Up button. Press and immediately release the Volume Down button. Hold down the Side button until the iPhone displays the Recovery Mode screen.
  • For iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: Hold down the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons together until the Recovery Mode screen shows.
  • For iPhone 6s and older: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously until the Recovery Mode screen shows.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

Step 4: When the device is in recovery mode, connect it to your computer.

Step 5: Launch iTunes on a PC or pre-Catalina Mac. Open Finder and select your iPhone from the sidebar if you're running macOS Catalina or Big Sur.

Step 5: An alert pop-up should appear telling you that there’s a problem with your iPhone, and that it needs to be updated or restored.

Step 6: Now hold down the Shift (PC) or Option (Mac) key on your keyboard and select “Restore iPhone.”

Restore iPhone

Step 7: Navigate the IPSW files on your computer and choose the file that you downloaded in step 1 above.

Step 8: Click “Restore” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

The iPhone will restart several times before the downgrade is complete and you can then restore data to it from your earlier backup.

Conclusion

Downgrading the version of iOS on an iPhone or iPad is not a simple process. But now you have two effective solutions that can be useful to you in this regard.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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