A Method To Downgrade From iOS 8 To iOS 7 On iPhone

By | September 22, 2014

“I recently downloaded iOS 8 without researching much… I have an iPhone 4s and noticed it was fairly laggy after i had downloaded the new software. I looked online and many websites said that the 4s could not handle iOS 8. I had backed up my phone to iTunes before downloading iOS 8. I tried to erase my phone and restore it, but it continues to give me iOS 8. Some websites suggested downloading the software from the internet but i would prefer to avoid that as i don’t know which websites are legit. I just want iOS 7.1.2 back! Please help! Thanks.”

This is a post thread I read from Apple community and not long ago, one of my friends also complicated about iOS 8 and she wanted iOS 7 back. It is known that there are many new functions of iOS 8 like credit card scanning, finding which app takes up the most of the battery life, etc. But if your iPhone 4S doesn’t have enough space, then it is unnecessary to upgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 8. After all, iOS 8 needs 5.8 G to finish the whole process. Here, I found a method to help my friend and this user to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.

Before beginning, it is necessary for you understand that you will lose all your data from iOS 8 and you cannot restore them from iOS 8 backup on an iOS 7 system. If you have an older iOS 7 iCloud or iTunes backup files, you can restore to that. Otherwise, you will lose all data and are unable to recover them.

How to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7?

  • Turn off your iPhone 4S or other iOS device. Hold down the Home button and connect it to the computer. Keep holding the Home button until you see a screen reminding you of connecting to iTunes.

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  • iTunes will popup a new windows and tell you that there is an iPhone in Recovery Mode and needs to be restored before you can use it. Click OK.
  • Click on Restore iPhone.
  • A new popup will appear to check whether you want to restore your iPhone. Click on Restore and Update.

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  • iTunes will then download the most recent official firmware and install it — which in this case will be iOS 7.1.1.
  • The whole process is done. Once your iPhone reboots you should be back on iOS 7.1.1 again.

The whole process of removing iOS 8 and getting back iOS 7 looks not very complicated but it takes longer time and you are at risk of losing all data unless you have an older iOS 7 iCloud or iTunes backup files.

Read more:

How to downgrade form iOS 8 beta back to iOS 7?

Ways to strengthen iCloud safety 

New features you need to know about iOS 8

Tips to update your iPhone/iPad safely and successfully 

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