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Downgrading From iOS 7

I must admit I have had this piece up in draft status for about a week. Ever since I wrote the piece on Upgrading to iOS 7, I had this in the wings to publish. Well low and behold, the wonderful Allyson Kazmucha over at iMore beat me to it.

I still want to walk you, our beloved readers through the process of reverting back to iOS 6, like Moe did!

It really is pretty simple.

Albeit, Apple says it can’t be done (as in they won’t support it), but it can and we will show you how!

So what you have to know is that if you come from 6.1.3 and were loving your jailbreak tweaks, you can’t go back. You will need to revert back to the latest and greatest version of iOS 6 which is 6.1.4. Sorry, but your not hacking this version up.

Let’s get started with the process.

First make sure that you have a copy of the .ipsw file for your phone. GSM, CDMA will have different file names and model numbers. An example of a correct file name would be –

iPhone5,2_6.1.4_10B350_Restore.ipsw

The above is for an iPhone 5 CDMA for version 6.1.4.

You can find these files many places so just hunt using Mr Google!

Second launch iTunes from your dock.

Put your iPhone or iPod into DFU mode by following the steps below.

  1. Plug your device into your computer.
  2. Turn off the device.
  3. Hold the Power button for 3 seconds
  4. Hold the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds
  5. Release the Power Button but keep holding the Home button
  6. Keep holding the Home button until you are alerted by iTunes saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode

The above step is NOT needed but something I would highly recommend as there a lots of folks out there complaining of issues restoring to a former version if DFU was not used.

Now that you are in DFU mode, iTunes will throw a message at you saying it sees your iDevice is in recovery mode and that you should restore.

Third, hit okay to the restore message window and follow the steps below.

You will need to hold down the “alt+option” key and click on restore. This will bring up a file explorer window for you to locate the ipsw file we spoke about above.

ipsw-restore

Once iTunes does it’s thing you can use your backup you saved before upgrading to iOS 7 and you will be back to where you started.

It really is that simple. Any issues or questions hit us up on Google+ or Twitter!

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3 Replies

    1. Evan, Welcome. Hopefully you didn’t have to use this article but that is why I wrote it!

  1. Well, I finally broke down and rolled back to iOS 6.1.4. My workflow was just a little too disrupted.
    Can’t wait for beta 2.

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