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iOS 9 is not for you ? Here’s how to downgrade to iOS 8

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iOS 9 is not for you ? Here’s how to downgrade to iOS 8

Apple released iOS 9, the much awaited next major update for its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which includes a number of new features such as Proactive Assistant, revamped Notes app, all-new News app, Transit directions in Maps, and also under-the-hood optimizations, as well as battery life improvements with the new Low Power mode.

If you upgraded your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 9.0 accidentally, then the good news is that you can downgrade your device to iOS 8.4.1 as Apple seems to be still signing the iOS 8.4.1 firmware file.

There are two methods of performing the downgrade: one via iTunes and the other by using iOS 8.4.1 ipsw firmware. While the second method is quick enough, the first one is usually recommended, even though it is a bit more time-consuming. You can use either of the methods depending on your convenience. As always, we recommend to create a backup of all your personal data before you perform the downgrade.

Method 1:

  • This method is recommended, but it is more time-consuming as it involves restoring data from backup.
    • First step: put your device in DFU mode. Here’s how to do that :
      • Plug your device into your computer.
      • Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Wake or Power button and swiping it off.
      • Hold the power button for 3 seconds.
      • Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds.
      • Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that it has detected that your device is in Recovery mode.
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    • Click on the Ok button.
    • Then click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button.downgrade-ios-8-4-1-ios-8.4
    • Then click on the Restore and Update button to continue.
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    • In the next screen, it will give you information about the iOS 8.4.1 update. Click on the Next button, followed by the Agree button to continue.
    •  iTunes will now download the iOS 8.4.1 software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes.
    • After it is successfully restored to iOS 8.4.1, you should see the white ‘Helo’ screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device, and restore your device from the backup to restore your personal data.

    That’s it. Your iPhone or iPad should now be successfully downgraded to iOS 8.4.1.

Method 2:

This method is much faster, and a method we’ve used successfully several times, but it would be important to highlight that it is not the recommended method.

  • Turn off Find my iPhone via the Settings app (Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone).
  • Connect the device running iOS 9.0 to your computer.
  • Launch iTunes and select the iOS device from the top left corner.
  • Hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift Key in Windows on your keyboard and click on the Check for Update option, instead of restoring.
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  • Select the ipsw file you had downloaded earlier.
  • iTunes will inform that it will update your iOS device to iOS 8.4.1 and will verify the update with Apple.
  • Click Update.
  • iTunes should now downgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.4.1.
  • After downgrading, the iOS device will restart. You should then see “Slide to upgrade”. Enter the passcode, and then wait for the downgrade process to complete. You may be prompted to activate your device.

That’s it. Your device should now be successfully downgraded to iOS 8.4.1.

Please note that Apple can stop signing iOS 8.4.1 firmware files any moment. You won’t be able to downgrade back to 8.4.1 once Apple stops signing the firmware file. So downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1 as soon as possible.

If you get the error message “This device isn’t eligible for the requested build” then it is probably because Apple has stopped signing the iOS 8.4.1 firmware file or you’ve downloaded the wrong firmware file for your device.

Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you any questions.

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