So you’ve downloaded and installed the newly released iOS 8 beta on your iPhone. Congratulation, but are you wondering if you could reinstall iOS 7 again? We’ll address this question in this article. So read on.
Before we start, we need to understand why would someone who has just upgraded to iOS 8, prefer switching back to the previous version. Well, the beta version of a software normally has lots of bugs and so, your iPhone or iPad might be facing problems of bugs and crashes as this article is being written. Downgrading solves this problem, thus you may want to downgrade after experiencing the iOS beta.
There’s no official iOS 8 to iOS 7 downgrade available for iOS 8 beta users. They need to use the special restore option to downgrade to iOS 7. But Apple considers the special restore option as a hole and as chances are that before the full release of iOS 8, Apple will deactivate it. So, it won’t be easy for users to downgrade to iOS 7 once they move to iOS 8. And that’s precisely why this articles comes in handy for them.
So what do you need to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1?
You just need a Mac computer and the most recent version of iTunes. Currently, the most recent version is 11.2.2. Keep in mind there’s no one click solution to downgrade; the process is more complicated than installing the iOS 8 update.
If you are a developer, you can visit the developer center and download iOS 7. In case you are an ordinary user, you should visit iOS jailbreak and firmware download websites and download iOS 7. Do bear in mind that the download section on the website lists the iOS7 as iOS 7.1 but in reality it is iOS 7.1.1 ipsw file. You need to download the right version for your device. In order to find out whether a particular version will suit your device, visit Apple’s support page and check the model number of your device on its back cover.
To start the downgrading process, first put your iPhone into recovery mode. You can do it by first turning off the iPhone and then holding the home button and plugging the lightning cable in your phone while keeping the other end of the cable connected to your computer. Press the home button until the recovery mode logo pops up.
The phone in the recovery mode should be identified by iTunes and a message will pop up asking you if you want to restore the phone. Click on Restore iPhone. If you are using iPad, click on Restore iPad. A pop up box will be displayed. Click on Restore and Update.
Other users may have to use a Mac computer and need to go with Option click restore or a Windows computer and go with Shift click restore.
iTunes will automatically download the most recent iOS 7.1.1 official firmware and have it installed. Then click on the .ipsw file and click on restore.
So that was the entire process. Once the phone is switched to iOS 7, click on Restore that Backup to restore the iOS 7 files that you’ve earlier saved.