Apple makes it sound like a life or death scenario when developers decide to install iOS 7 beta on a test device. In fact, it’s always done so with its beta releases. In the notes for iOS 7, Apple states that “Devices updated to iOS beta can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS.”

The thing is, that simply isn’t true. I’ve always been able to successfully downgrade my firmware in the past for a beta test device, and I’ve confirmed that the process still works perfectly fine on iOS 7. In fact, it’s extremely easy to downgrade your firmware from iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3; it doesn’t even require any special tricks or techniques like some downgrades do. Check inside as I walk you through the extremely simple step-by-step process for downgrading iOS 7 back to iOS 6.1.3.

Video walkthrough

To downgrade your firmware from iOS 7 beta to iOS 6.1.3, do the following:

Step 1: Download the iOS 6.1.3 (or 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5) to your desktop from our downloads page.

Step 2: connect your iOS device running iOS 7 beta to your computer.

Step 3: open iTunes, select your device, and option+click (shift+click in Windows) on the Restore button.

Step 4: point to the firmware you downloaded in step 1.

Step 5: watch as your device restores back to iOS 6.1.3 successfully.

Note: keep in mind that you may only downgrade to the latest publicly available firmware for iOS on an A5 device, even if you have SHSH blobs saved. For older devices like the iPhone 4, you may be able to downgrade to lesser firmware if you happen to have your SHSH blobs saved.

So there you have it, an extremely simple method for downgrading back to iOS 6.1.3. No tricks or special techniques required. What do you think? If you’re running iOS 7, would you consider downgrading back to iOS 6.1.3?

  • Larry Hogueisson

    Since updating to ios7 my itunes won’t open y iphone. It says I need a newer version. When I went to open a newer version, it stated that my computer ios needed upgrading. When I went to do this, it states that I have the latest version. I’m stuck! Any ideas? Thanks.

  • Larry Hogueisson

    Hi. Can we still downgrade from ios7 to ios 6 now that the beta is over? Had to d/l itunes and a new os just to get my laptop to recognize my iphone. I did that, but when I downloaded the file from your site and attempted to access them as the video describes, it states there is nothing in the file folders. I just want ios7 GONE if anyone can help. Thanks.

  • Anita R

    Ok, I need major help here. I have never used iTunes before nor had any Apple devices. A few days ago I was having trouble connecting to the internet on my iPhone 4S. My friends told me to upgrade the iOS in my settings to the new one (iOS 7). I hate it just for the sheer fact that it changed things. I don’t like change when it comes to technology. I tried to follow your directions but failed somehow. I suppose I am just Apple challenged. I shifted and clicked on restore from backup and it did something, what I don’t know. It didn’t give me the option to choose which firmware from where. Took me several tries to even get iTunes installed on my stupid computer. All I want is for my phone to be back to iOS 6.1.3 for Verizon. I need someone much smarter than me to do what I want. Do I need to take it to Verizon and say fix it?

  • jackie

    I’ve tried to downgrade my iphone 4s but it comes up with a screen at the end saying Error (3403)? What does that mean and how can I by pass it?

    • Amber

      did you get the answer to your ?
      I have the same error popping up
      mines says unknow error 3194

  • mike

    itues error for me

  • Amber

    it isn’t working for me. Telling me an unexpected error has happened. Someone please help me! I have spent the past 2 days trying to go back. Apple and Sprint basically tell me too bad so sad!

  • Amber

    can someone please message me and help me with my phone? I have spent the last 2 days trying to get my iphone 4 back on ios 6 and i haven’t had any luck. Every time I hold shift and restore, it starts restoring and then gives me an unknown error? HELP ME 🙂

  • Globalman

    Does this work for iPad Mini?? It is not just that I HATE the designs.
    One app I use every day no longer works. The photos on a white back lit
    background is terrible for MY eyes. It is all slow and several things
    don’t work right. So I am not just being peevish and resisting change.
    What I don’t understand is I paid a lot of money for this iPad mini and
    thought it belonged to ME. It seems it doesn’t as they can do whatever
    the hell they want without asking me or telling me what is going to

  • Meagan Stewart

    Itunes came up with a message that said my phone could not be restored, an unexpected error occurred. Help?

  • Janan

    some error is coming and stating that the iphone can not be restored, why is it so? And also can i ask you that is this downgrade only possible in ios 7 BETA? Pls comment asap, thanks in advance

  • Rohan Maini

    Well if it was working on the IPAD mini GSM version, it isn’t working now……

  • Bivek Raj

    how can i downgrade ios 7 final to ios 6.1.3 on iphone 4s ??
    ios 7 is pissing me off and theres important data i have on my ios 6 backup and now itunes is not ready to restore my old backup.please help.

  • Pioupiou Loiso

    FAKE !!!! It’s a FAKE !!!!!!! Downgrading is IMPOSSIBLE !!!!!! Or come to my home for doing it for me !!!! But i can’t !!!!!

  • jenn

    If I’m on iOS 7.2, can I only go down to iOS 7? Or am I still able to go to 6.1.4? I tried the 6, and it told me the firmware was not compatible 🙁

  • Kezia Barnett

    hi there, I am trying to upgrade from ios5.1.1 to 6 as I want to avoid 7 at the moment but some apps aren’t working. I have the ipsw file but when i (alt) click upgrade in itunes it says ‘the iphone …. could not be updated. this device isn’t eligable for upgrade.’ Can anyone help ? THANKS!

  • Jacqueline

    super helpful tutorial, Jeff!
    I wish you could be my tech friend as I generally have no idea what the eff is going on with this stuff. “Beta”? does that mean “crap”? b/c in my humble opinion, that’s exactly what iOS7 is.
    thanks again for the help!

  • Guest

    not working will downgrade to 6.1.3 its says error

  • john

    not working while downgrading says error 3194 or 3104 i think dont remember

  • ikoiko

    I need help, please!!! I’m unable to download the iOS 6.1.4!! I made the stupid mistake of updating to iOS 7 and I hate it!! Somebody please help me before my kids wake up!

  • ikoiko

    Can somebody tell me if I can use my iPad’s iOS to downgrade my phone since I can’t seem to download it from the internet?

  • Iordanis Panagiotidis

    Bro … Ιf I do this in my phone 5 the ios 7 back to ios 6.13 Is it possible to break or do not open or ???

  • ilkin

    thanks soo much

  • lino

    Hi everyone. I have one very quick question…..I’m trying to downgrade my Iphone 4 model A1332 to os 6.1.3 BUT in the firmware box my model is nowhere to be found. What can I do?

  • Enzo Chileab

    hey i update my iphone 4 to IOS 7 official not beta, can i still do the downgrade to IOS 6.1.3 ?

  • maherdad Khalid

    i need to downgrade my frimware for iphone 4 from ios7 to ios 6.1.3. What to do?

  • Garrett

    I didn’t save my shsh blobs, am I still able to downgrade my iphone 4 thats on iOS 7 down to iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.2? thanks.

  • Chris Brown

    is this possible on ipad mini?

  • Chris Brown

    so this isn’t possible from IOS 7.0.3? and Deff not possible from the ipad mini? i’m doing research for my group … boycot IOS 7 on facebook, thanks

  • Dannydannydanny Dan

    not to be bullshitting but i think its possible to downgrade 7.04 to 5.01 as long as you have the .shsh file… BUT NOT THE BASEBAND… you’ll stuck with 4.12.09
    all that was done with redsnow

  • Jim Wilson

    Hi guys, newbie here. I must say this is the most helpful and organized,
    clean well designed sites out there, cheers to the admins.

    Will this work on iPad 3?

    Also, not sure if this is a touchy subject, I understand the implications, but, I bought a used iPad 3, screen said connect to iTunes, I’m like perfect, it’s reset, nice and clean, I’ll take it. I’ve reset many a pre ios7 device, anywho, I get it home and of course my blue skies turned to grey iClouds. It sure seems to me that if I downgraded, pre ios7, NOT using iTunes, but something like a compatible version of Redsnow, problem would be solved? no?

    Thanks in advance guys.

  • Harry Brar

    hey error 3194 occur
    when i used tiny umberala
    error 4014 is occur

  • bob

    My battery gets crushed in about 1hour and a half

  • bader

    itunes show up error (3194.3004)

  • pjk

    downgrade complete or iphone 4s,but i m unable to do the same with iPad mini,stuck with iOS 8

  • Irina Zaharia

    Hi i have iphone 4s which is block on icloud. The old owner didn’t delete this phone from his account. If i make a downgrade the icloud can be delete it to activate the phone?

  • MarialciraPaul

    Help… My Ipad stop, and I restored but it took IOS 8, I do not like. How can I go back to 6.13 or 7?
    I could not go back how you explain.