If you own any iDevice such as an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPad 2G, 3G or 4G, iPod 5G or 6G Touch that runs on iOS 8.4.1, but are thinking of reverting back to the old iOS firmware or you don’t like the latest iOS update and want to downgrade it to iOS 8.4, then this tutorial is for you. In this article, we’ll tell you all what you need to know about this downgrade.
Remember that this downgrade will only work until Apple signs in iOS 8.4 firmware. The moment the signing in window gets closed, users will no longer be able to downgrade from iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 8.4. This means that if you have already downloaded and installed iOS 8.4.1 firmware, then you still have a chance to revert back to the old iOS firmware from the new one to experience more features and functionalities.
Before proceeding with the downgrading process, it is important to note that making a full device iOS 8.4.1 backup through iCloud or iTunes won’t be helpful enough, since these backups are not compatible for restoring any of your devices on iOS 8.4 firmware. Therefore, users are advised to backup and sync data manually using their iCloud account, or save it on their computer before starting to downgrade it back to the older version.
How to downgrade iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 8.4:
First of all, you have to download the iOS 8.4 firmware file from the web. Search for the file on Google and then download it to your PC. Make sure that the latest and updated version of iTunes is installed on your system.
Once you have downloaded and installed the iOS 8.4 firmware and the latest version of iTunes on your computer, the next thing you need to do is switch off the Touch ID/Passcode from your iDevice by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. After that, turn off the “Find my iPhone” feature by going to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.
Now, using a USB cable, connect your iDevice to your computer. Start the iTunes app and select your iOS device from the “Summary” tab under the Settings menu in the sidebar at the left. Hold down the Alt/Option key on your system’s keyboard if you have a Mac, or the left Shift key if you’re using Windows, and then click on the “Restore iPhone” button.
Next, when prompted, you need to select the iOS 8.4 firmware file that you have downloaded earlier. The downgrade process to iOS 8.4 will start shortly. You just have to wait for the mobile device to complete the process. Remember that this can take a while, and once it gets completed, your iDevice will reboot automatically and the iOS 8.4 firmware will be successfully installed on your device.
Hope this tutorial works for you if you want to downgrade to the older version of the iOS 8.4 update.