How to Downgrade from iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3 / 8.2 / 8.1: If you “upgraded” to iOS 9 just so you could live on the bleeding edge of how far Apple’s innovation goes and now regret it, this guide will help you downgrade your iDevice back to iOS 8.3 / 8.2 / 8.1. Now there are various reasons you would want to do this – maybe iOS 9 isn’t all that innovative after all, maybe the apps you use the most just keep crashing; Perhaps you really miss that tweak you did after jailbreaking iOS 8 – which by the way you can find how to do by following our other guide!
Downgrade from iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3 / 8.2 / 8.1
Downgrading to a previous iOS version is quite simple – even though the big fruit tells you it’s very dangerous and you should be forbidden from doing this. The keyword being should – but we are rebels! Here’s some things you really need to know though…
- You can’t make a backup – if you do it will be useless. You can only restore from a backup made when you were on any of the 8.x versions. A backup made on iOS 9 will not restore on iOS 8.x. Apple has been quite clear about this.
- Now you can’t make a backup.. but the process will also wipe your device. So if you don’t have a backup from iOS 8.x you are going to have an iDevice as new as it came from the factory. It would be better to manually backup your photos etc before doing this.
- Just in case though – do backup your iOS 9 beta, because if something blows up or a cosmic ray flips a 0 to 1 and corrupts the process you are going to still need to backup to iOS 9 beta, just as a precaution.
With that dealt with, let’s get to the real meat – what you came here for. Or maybe soya if you are vegan. Either way, you need to learn how to go through this mess Apple has put you in. So here it is:
- Quite simple this one – turn off the Find My iPhone service.
- To disable the Find My iPhone service find the Settings icon on your home screen and tap on it.
- Go to iCloud and tap on Find My iPhone.
- Disable it right there and you are done.
- You gotta do something very geeky right now, so be brave. We have to your put your iDevice in the DFU mode, which stands for Device Firmware Upgrade. To do so…
- You have to plug your iDevice into your computer with the USB cable.
- Turn the device off, completely – not just put it to sleep. To do so you have to hold the power button for a few seconds and then slide the red slider. It will take a few seconds to shut down.
- Now this part is very tricky so follow the instructions and look at a clock.
- Hold the power button for 3 seconds.
- Now begin holding the home button without releasing the power button for about 10 seconds.
- Release the power button after 10 seconds but keep holding the home button until you see a message on your PC from iTunes saying that it has detected your device in “recovery mode”.
- Once done with the complicated surgical procedure, click on Ok on the message box from iTunes on your computer.
- Now in iTunes you should see a button to restore your iPhone. Click that button like you always wanted to.
- Click Restore and Update on the message box, to confirm that you want to click that button like you always wanted to. Gotta be sure with these things.
- Once you are ready it will give you information about what’s new in iOS 8.3, click on the Next button and Agree to the benevolent terms and conditions.
- Let iTunes download iOS 8.3 from Apple’s servers like it’s meant to. It was born to do this. The time it takes depends on your internet connection, so you can do various “activities” while waiting for this, if you know what we mean.
- Once it’s downloaded iTunes will do everything for you and restore your iDevice to iOS 8.3, wasn’t that hard was it? Now if you have the backup from your old iOS 8.x version then you can restore that, if you don’t then you can enjoy a brand new iOS device straight from the factory.
And that’s it – that’s how you get away from the bleeding edge of software innovation that Apple has carved for you, back to the nice little comfy hole of iOS 8.x and its stable jailbreak tweaks. We are sure iOS 9 will be better when it’s finally out in a better stable form, and your backups might even work! Who knows what Apple will cook up next. Get it? Cook.