Not Happy With iOS 9? Downgrade To iOS 8 In Just 3 Steps

Not Happy With iOS 9? Downgrade To iOS 8 In Just 3 Steps

Here’s your step-by-step guide to downgrading from iOS 9 to iOS 8.

As soon as iOS 9 was released, many people upgraded to Apple’s latest operating system as it was introduced with lots of interesting features. But unfortunately, things did not go well as a few bugs were found in this operating system, due to which Apple had to remove up to 40 apps from the App Store. Not just that, many a times old devices do not support upgrades. So if you are one of those people who have upgraded to iOS 9 but are now looking to get rid of it, follow these 3 simple steps:


Before you start downgrading to iOS 8, do not forget to backup your files. Backing up all your iOS 9 data to iCloud is recommended, as iOS 8 does not support iOS 9 backup. Once you are done with it, move on to the next step.

1. Get hold of IPSW file

The first thing you need to do to get iOS 8 back is get a hold of your iOS 8.4.1 IPSW file. Generally, you should find it stored on your hard drive. To locate it, follow this path: youruserfolder/Library/iTunes.

You will find in it in any of these folders (as per your device) –  iPhone Software Updates or iPad Software Updates. For Mac, just search for “download IPSW file” and download it from any of the sites that provides you this file.

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2. Open your IPSW file

Plug your device into a Mac or PC. Now launch iTunes, go to the iTunes interface, open your device and select Summary. Once done, Mac users hold on to the Option/Alt key, PC users hold onto the Shift key and as you hold the button, click on Restore.

To start reinstalling iOS 8 on your iPad/iPhone, navigate to iOS 8.4.1 IPSW file and select Open. iTunes will start the reinstallation process.

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PS: Disable “Find My Feature” on your device before your begin this step.

3. Recovery mode

If you get a message on your iTunes saying you are already running the latest iOS version, then:

a) shut down your device
b) plug into the computer one end of the syncing cable
c) connect the cable while holding the Home Button on your iPad/iPhone
d) the Connect to iTunes screen will appear
e) release the Home button

iTunes will tell you that your device is in recovery mode. Hold the Alt/Option key > Click on Restore > Go to IPSW file > Install.

And you are done!