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Jun 4, 2014

How to Downgrade iOS 8 Back to iOS 7.1.1

So, you heard Apple started rolling out the iOS 8 beta and you decided to install it on your non-developer device. Chances are you’re not having the time of your life right now. Even if you do manage to get it up and running, there’s still the matter involving crashing apps and unreliable services.

Luckily for you, some of us make it our job to tell you how to fix your situation. Grab your iPhone’s USB cable and proceed with these simple steps to restore your iDevice to its previous state (assuming that state was iOS 7).

Step 1
Download the appropriate iOS 7 / 7.1 / 7.1.1 IPSW for your iDevice using the good ol' Interwebs. Surely you don’t expect us to fetch the links for you. Just use your Google skills. You’ll get there eventually. Oh alright, here's your firmware on end of post.

Step 2
With the iOS 7 IPSW downloaded to your desktop, connect your iDevice to the Mac / PC and let it show up in the iTunes bar. Right click your device and back it up. However, do note that if you want to revert to a state you’ve previously backed up, then you can just follow Step 3.

Step 3
Disconnect your iDevice from the computer and put it into DFU mode like this:
  1. Power off the device 
  2. Start holding Power button for 3 seconds
  3. Hold Home button but don't let go of the Power button for 10 seconds
  4. Keep holding Home and let go of Power, and stay like that for 15 seconds just to be sure you got it right

You should now be in DFU. Please note that it’s easy to mess up entering DFU, so if things don’t go as described in the following steps, it probably means you’ll need to retry.

Step 4
Connect your device to the computer again. This time the system should alert you that you have a device waiting in DFU mode. Choose the option to Restore iPhone with the ALT key held down (on Windows it’s the Shift key that does the trick here). This is to be able to selectively install any IPSW you have sitting on your hard drive. Which takes us to step 5.

Step 5
When prompted, select the iOS 7 IPSW that should be sitting on your desktop and hit Open. Click Restore when prompted and let the gadgets work their magic. In a few minutes you should be back in iOS 7 land. You’re welcome!

Here are firmware download link (Apple Servers):

iPhone in DFU mode alert
Image credits to Apple


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