This post is all about downgrading. In this you’ll learn How to downgrade from iOS 9 beta to iOS 8 i.e. go back to iOS 8 from iOS 9.

In September this year Apple will surely launch at one new iPhone, and with it iOS 9. We already know that iOS 9 is coming, because there is a developer beta. And Apple has even promised a public beta in advance of the full roll out.

Apple’s iOS launches typically gain massive percentages of users in a very quick period. It becomes almost more difficult not to upgrade than to upgrade. And with the public beta this is likely to be more true of iOS 9 than of any previous update.

This is all great if the upgrade works perfectly. But if the experience of iOS 8 is anything to go by, this is not always the case. Back then a proportion of iPhone and iPad users upgraded in haste and then were forced to repent at their leisure. Until Apple fixed it, some people felt that the iOS 8 code caused problems with their iPhones, and there was some demand to be able to roll back to an older version of iOS. Not unreasonably Apple didn’t encourage this, but it is possible. And, indeed, it is possible to go back from iOS 9 to iOS 8.

As long as Apple will still sign the older OS. If you are among the curious bunch that tried iOS 9, and now want to go back to the tried and tested iOS 8.3 , here’s how you do it:

Steps to Downgrade iOS 9 to iOS 8 on apple iphone5,6

How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.3

The steps explained will below will allow you to downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8 as long as Apple is signing the iOS 8 file. That won’t last long after iOS 9 is launched, so don’t hang about if you want to downgrade. 

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Back up your iphone : 

This is really one important and necessary step. In order to reinstall an older OS, iOS will wipe all of the apps and data from your iPhone or iPad. So make a backup in iTunes or iCloud. 

Get the relevant .ipsw file :

To reinstall iOS 8 you need the relevant .ipsw file – in this case as of this writing you are looking for 8.4.ipsw, (although any older iOS 8 file should work )- but only if Apple is still ‘signing’ it. 

Now you have to download your respective firmware. Simply run a search for ‘download ipsw’ and select and download the appropriate file for your device. There are plenty of sites to choose from. Well I  got mine from  .And I suggest you too. 

ipsw downloader


Open the .ipsw file :

Now you are on easy street, back on iOS 8 in absolutely no time at all. But if you get an alert step next step that says this version of iOS is not compatible with your device, Apple has closed the opportunity and you’re stuck with iOS 9. This won’t be an issue until iOS 9 is fully launched, but once it is out in the market you will have only a short time to downgrade before it becomes impossible without a jailbroken phone.

Plug in to your PC or Mac your iPhone or iPad. Launch iTunes. Click on your device in the iTunes interface and select Summary. Now hold down the Alt/Option key, and click the Restore button. (You’ll need to disable the Find My feature on the device if you’ve enabled it.) Navigate to the iOS 8.3.ipsw file on your desktop and click Open. Your PC will now reinstall iOS 8 on your iPad or iPhone.

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Go into Recovery mode :

If iTunes says you’re already running the latest version of iOS on your device, you may need to use Recovery mode. Shut down the device, plug one end of the syncing cable into your computer and hold down the Home button on the iPhone/iPad while you connect the cable to it. When the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen appears, release the Home button.

iTunes will say that your device is now in Recovery mode. Hold down the Option key (Alt), click Restore, navigate to the iOS 8.3.ipsw file, and install it on your device.

If you are still encountering any problem do tell us in the Comment section.