iOS 8 has released and I am sure that many of you have updated to this newer version of software as well. However, there is no denying to the fact that there are number of people who have found iOS 7 far better than the new version of software. If you are the one who think that iOS 8 is too tad to be accustomed to or you find iOS 7.1.2 better to play around, fret not. Good news is that you can downgrade to the previous version of software and bad news is that it is a limited time opportunity so, if you want to downgrade, the time is now.
Just to let you know, Apple does not endorse downgrading and if something happens to your Apple flagship is the process, only you are to blame. You can only restore the backup made to an iOS 7 device and not to the one which already features iOS 8. To cut the chase, it means that you need to have iOS 7.1.2 by default in the device. This could put off many users wanting to downgrade to previous software version because restoring the backup is utmost. Many of you would not like to lose the backup of iTunes and cloud storage data in any case. So, think before you push the button on it. I repeat, that Apple flagships iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which come with pre-installed iOS 8, cannot be downgraded.
Users who have devices with iOS 7.1.2, read on to know how to downgrade back to the previous iOS 7 version from iOS 8. Downgrading is relatively easier if we leave the limited time window aside and follow these steps:
1) Take a backup for your device because this ensures that you can restore to the newer version of software in case your device encounter any problem with the downgrading process.
2) Download the iOS 7.1.2 IPSW and save it to the desktop or any accessible location.
3) Connect the Apple device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) with the USB cable and open iTunes on PC or MaC.
4) Select the device on iTune tab and go to summary.
5) Use SHIFT key for Windows and OPTION for Mac OS X to click on the ‘Update.’
6) Choose the .ipsw firmware you downloaded and install iOS 7.1.2
7) iTunes will verify the installation with Apple and once again you will need to click ‘Update.’
8) If something goes wrong or it shows the update as failed, it could be because you chose wrong IPSW firmware or the signing window of iOS 7.1.2 firmware has been deactivated or closed.
Apart from this, Restore based downgrade can also be your resort but prefer to not to take this route whatever the conditions are.
Word of Caution:
If you have chosen to downgrade to the previous version, make sure that you stay aware from any update concerning the software. Just make a point to stick to the downgrade version of iOS 7 you installed. Since the two-way window of upgrading and downgrading is limited, you can either be here or there. And once you choose to be on the side of iOS 8, you cannot teleport back.