iOS 8 has been installed by 46% of iDevice users, and of course, there are those who are beginning to regret that decision. This is mainly because of the app compatibility and ability to jailbreak. It is still possible to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2, but it’s unknown as to how long Apple will allow this.
There are a few things that must be known beforehand. When you downgrade your iDevice to iOS 7.1.2, you’re putting a fresh restore on your device. Of course, if iCloud backups worked, this would be much easier, but sadly, iOS 8 iCloud backups do not work when downgrading to iOS 7, so you’ll have to manually back your device up on your computer.
In order to downgrade your device, just simply follow the instructions below.
Double-check your device is eligible.
Go to this TSSstatus checker, find your device, and make sure it has a green checkmark next to ‘7.1.2’ that says ‘yes’. If it does, you’re all set and ready to go. This is a lengthy list, so you may want to just Ctrl+F and type in your device instead of scrolling through the list.
Download the iOS 7.1.2 IPSW package for your specific device.
It’s a 1GB+ file, so it may take a while. You can simply view our links below and select your device out of the bunch. The GSM is for U.S. phones on the AT&T and T-Mobile network and European devices – CDMA is for U.S. phones on the Sprint and Verizon Wireless network. If you’re still not sure if your device is a GSM model or CDMA model, you can check the build number and compare it to Apple’s list (which you can view here).
Connect your iDevice to your computer and bring up iTunes
Make sure your Find My iPhone feature is turned off before you begin this next process. Next, click on Summary within the iPhone portion of your iTunes. Then hold Shift (if you’re on a Mac, press Options) and click the Restore button, then select your freshly downloaded IPSW file. The restore process will begin and your device will be back on iOS 7.1.2 again.
If you have any questions or concerns, let us know below in the comment section.