Apple's latest iPhone update, iOS 14 , is finally here. It might not be all good news, however. Home screen widgets, App Clips, and a revamped Messages app might not be worth it if the software itself is a buggy mess. If you're finding iOS 14 too problematic right now, you can still downgrade your iPhone back to iOS Apple released the update to the world on Wednesday, Sept. If you didn't make an archived backup of your iPhone before upgrading to iOS 14, you will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS The following steps will still work if you have that archived backup, and will also apply to downgrading to iOS 14 when Apple releases iOS Before your iPhone can be restored, "Find My iPhone" needs to be disabled. You might have needed to do this if you've ever taken your iPhone to the Apple Store. While you can wait to do this until further into the process, as iOS will ask you to disable the feature when applicable, doing so now will just eliminate any snags or potential issues.
Apple's update for iOS 13 is not without bugs and other issues, and if those problems become annoying or impede your ability to use your iPhone like usual, you may want to downgrade. Hundreds of new features may not matter if you can't use your iPhone like it's meant to be. There's also the chance that you just don't like the iOS 13 update as it stands right now, whether that's iOS If that's the case or your iPhone has become increasingly unusable as you'd like to use it, you're not stuck with iOS 13 — you can downgrade back to iOS Apple released iOS 13 on Sept. Based on past trends, we think Apple will probably stop signing the newest iOS 12 software updates sometime in October of this year. Last year, Apple stopped signing iOS Until that fateful day, you can downgrade from iOS 13 in a couple of different ways. If you want to keep all the data on your iPhone, you would have to have made an archived backup before you upgraded to iOS If you didn't make a backup, you could still downgrade, but you'll have to start fresh.
Most of the time, you want your iPhone running the most current version of iOS. Whether there was a bug in the update itself or you have an older device that just made the cutoff to receive the update, things are no longer running properly, and you wish you could turn back time to the older iOS version. First, a big warning about downgrading your device — it will be wiped completely to factory settings in the process. If you have an archived backup from a version of iOS at least as old as the version you are downgrading to, you will be able to restore that backup; if not, you are going to be starting over from scratch. You can find these files at ipsw. Select your device. The site guides you through a two-tiered visual menu to find the exact model of your device. Select the version of iOS you wish to download. Older unsigned versions would require a jailbroken iOS device and a restore outside of iTunes. Click the Download button.
With today's advanced smartphones, such as Apple's iPhone, small business owners and entrepreneurs are no longer tethered to their computers. Your iPhone lets you keep on top of stock market fluctuation; receive, read and send email; and check commute time before heading out to meet a client or partner.
If you've recently updated to a new release of the iPhone Operating System iOS but prefer the older version, you can revert once your phone is connected to your computer. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into the bottom of your phone.
Insert the smaller end into the port on your computer. Your computer will automatically recognize your iPhone. Turn off your iPhone by holding the "Power" button at the top right corner of the phone for several seconds. Slide the arrow on your touch screen to power down the phone. Leave it off for five seconds. Press and hold the "Power" and "Home" button, located at the bottom center on the face of the phone, for 10 seconds. Release the "Power" button after this time, but continue holding the "Home" button to enter Recovery Mode.
Open iTunes if it is not already open. The software will recognize that your phone has entered Recovery Mode and will prompt you to restore it. Click "iPhone" beneath the "Devices" heading in the left sidebar of iTunes. Press and hold the "Shift" key, then click the "Restore" button in the bottom right of the window to choose which iOS file you want to restore with.
The file will have a ". Allow the installation to complete. This usually takes about 10 minutes. You will see a confirmation window once installation has finished. Download and install RecBoot see Resources. This utility will allow you to quickly end Recovery Mode on your phone and finalize the installation of your previous iOS software. Brandon Getty began writing professionally in , with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine.
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