How to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7

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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus along with the new iOS 8 were just released. Although I can’t say too much about the new Apple smartphones, since I haven’t had the chance to play with them, I thought it would be a great idea to help people that just upgraded to iOS 8 and they are not so happy with it.

Most users have mixed opinions on the latest iOS, and those who doesn’t love it have the chance to perform a downgrade and return to iOS 7.1.2. The iOS8 to iOS7 downgrade option will be available for a short period of time, until Apple will release the digital signature for iOS 7.1.2, which will lead to the impossibility to return to the previous operating system. If you want to downgrade, you should probably hurry, since this option will be available for 2 weeks at most.

Warning: You need minimum tech/computer skills in order to perform the downgrade. Try the following method at your own risk.

Before proceeding and perform the iOS 8 downgrade, you should check to see if your firmware is digitally signed by Apple. All the devices with a green “Yes” button are eligible for the downgrade. The next step you should take is to make sure you have a valid backup of iOS 7. If you don’t have one, you should get a 7.1.2 firmware (you can try here and here), but make sure it is according to your device/model.

Next, you need to disable the “Find my iPhone” option from Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Now, connect your device to your computer and start the iTunes. Click on “Summary”, and while you hold the Shift key (or Option for Mac), click the “Restore” button. Select the iOS 7.1.2 IPSW file you’ve previously downloaded and wait for the restore process to finish. In order to get your old apps and personal data back, click restore on the previous iOS 7 automatic backup.

Here is a video tutorial on how to perform the iOS8 to iOS7 downgrade:

The devices that are compatible with the iOS downgrade are the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina and iPod touch 5. If this method is not working for your device, you can try this method proposed by MacWorld.

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