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.
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.
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!