iOS 8 vs iOS 7

If you’re interested in downgrading your iOS device from iOS 8 back to iOS 7.1.2, you can still do so for a limited time. Obviously, your device must be capable of running iOS 7.1.2 in the first place, so devices like the newly released iPhone 6 and its larger brethren, the 6 Plus, do not qualify.

Downgrades are only possible when Apple is signing the firmware that you wish to downgrade to. Traditionally, Apple is fairly fast with its cutoff point, as it usually stops signing firmware that’s not the current release, in short order.

As of this post, Apple is still signing iOS 7.1.2, so if you wish to downgrade, you better act fast. Inside, we’ll walk you through downgrading to iOS 7.1.2 on an iPhone 5s, but the same rules apply to any device that is currently running iOS 8, but is capable of running iOS 7.1.2.

Step 1: Download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware for your device via our download page.

Step 2: Turn off Find My iPhone on your device if you have it enabled. Go to Settings → iCloud, and disable the Find My iPhone switch.

Step 3: Connect your device to a Mac with iTunes installed.

Step 4: Open the device page on iTunes, and hold the Option key while clicking the Restore button. Find the IPSW firmware file that you downloaded in Step 1, select it, and click Open.

Step 5: A pop-up box will warn you that the restore will delete all data from the device. If you are okay with the restore, click the Restore button. Wait until your device restores, and enjoy your iOS 7.1.2 firmware.

Again, this is valid for a finite amount of time. At any point in the coming hours, days, or weeks, Apple will stop signing iOS 7.1.2, and you will not be able to downgrade.

If you’re planning on downgrading, please let us know why, down below in the comments.

  • Plo

    Is it still possible today ?

  • Ah Kla Toch

    why i can’t downgrade my iphone in version 8.1 to 7.1.2 with using itune

  • Str

    Did you also realize that in addition to prevent iOS 8 upgraders to downgrade back to iOS 7, iOS7 users on any version prior to 7.1.2 can’t upgrade to that version. They MUST upgrade to iOS 8 and then of course they can’t turn back. Thanks Apple.

  • ali alfadel

    i have Iphone 4s , unfortunately i have updated to ios 8. there are many problems start appearing in my phone such as : the sound totally gone , i cant watch a video or listen to a music directly from the phone, i need to put the headphones to listen , BTW , not every time the sound appear , i have to remove and reinsert the head phone over and over again till the phone feel pity on me then it work. also, the phone become very slow and has many apps crush.

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  • Chuck

    I need to downgrade my iPhone 5s GSM (T-Mobile Locked) because my R-Sim 9 Pro not working after update to iOS 8.1.

  • kvn

    is there still a way to downgrade ios 8.1 to ios 7.1.2? even though apple stopped signing ios 7.1.2?

  • Chanthy Ven

    i can’t downgrade ios 8.1 to 7.1.2 in iphone5. how can i do?

  • David Ross

    there is no link???

  • Dominick

    Is there any way to downgrade after apple stops signing?

  • Sam

    i download the firmware and its not work. i follow all the step. somebody please help me

  • dugii

    how do in PC
    i dont have MAC

  • sajjad

    i have iphone 4s ios 8.1 but its much slow many time hanging…..

    looking for downgrade on ios 7.1.2 if it is not possible, i will have to sell out iphone

  • Elena Salvatore

    I don’t have access to some of my most important apps ever since the iOS 8 update my phone has been giving me trouble.

  • Bailey Bonanza

    I have an iPhone 5 and I’m drying to downgrade to iOS 7.1.2 I followed the above instructions and when it was halfway updated it said “this device isn’t eligible for the requested build.” I tried multiple times. Help!

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  • jog

    updated my iphone5 to IOS 8.1.2 that made it restart often..i don’t know what to badly needed..downloaded original IOS 7.1.1 but itunes returned “…cannot be restored because firmware file is not compatible”

    • Sandeep Roy

      Cannot downgrade to 7.1.1 as it’s just not allowed by Apple.
      Restart phone see how it works.
      Reset ALL Settings & configure them again. You don’t lose any data.
      Use the phone normally for 2/3 days and after 2 charge cycles phone will be fine as this is a major update.
      Backup your phone to iTunes/iCloud and Restore from backup.
      If you have doubts call Apple Support on toll free no. they help,
      also read stuff on Apple Support page & join the Community forums.

  • Arjun Singh

    I wanna downgrade my iOS 8.1.2 to iOS 7.0.2 because I have RSIM 9 Pro and it works with iOS 7.0.2 I don’t have RSIM 10 or any other alternative. I have iPhone 5S having country lock from UK Orange and I wanna use my iPhone in India with Airtel/Vodafone career.

  • Elbert Cruz

    Can I pick ios 7.1.1?

  • Elbert Cruz

    What is the best iOS for iPhone 4s?

  • Elbert Cruz

    Will the files keep in my iphone if I downgrade it?

  • raees

    can i still downgrade to ios 7.1.2 i have the 5S and im using ios 8

  • nadine

    hi! my iphone 4s is now grayed out after updating to ios 8…..anyone from you could help me fix the problem?

  • Ramadurai Sampath

    hi there, im using iphone 4s, i wish to downgrade my ios from 8.3 to 7.1.2, i did all the steps above mentioned. but at the end i received “An unknow error occured 3194)

  • Andi Lyn

    i want to downgrade my ipad mini to ios 7.1.2 because ios 8 sucks i dont have enough memory and system is so slow.

  • raymond9339 .

    is the downgrade thingy working still?
    please help…my iphone 4s is so lagging with ios8.3

  • Sunbunny

    Jeff, last year I rolled back from 8.0 to 7.1.2 while Apple was still signing and it fixed the battery drain and lagging response time. When I thought about upgrading to 8.2 and contacted apple forum for advice, no one would answer my questions stating I had jailbroken my phone so the couldn’t help. Same goes for my contact at Apple. He would not respond to emails.
    Did using the available download here really jailbreak my phone? I thought since Apple was still signing it wasn’t a jailbreak that I did, just a legit rollback. Now they’re up to 8.4 and I’m afraid to update my phone from 7.1.2 and also when I view info in iCloud it has Yosemite X as the operating system. In iTunes it shows IOS 7.1.2 for my backup.
    Can I just download 8.4 through iTunes or do I have to restore as a new phone. Any help is greatly appreciated. I didn’t even know what a jailbreak was when I did this. Thank you for any advice and/or instructions anyone can provide.

  • Steve

    Hello, I was trying your guidline above. But I got permanent connection error. I wanted to downgrade from 9.3.1 to 7.1.2 (something) on my iPhone 4s, because my wifi is grayed out. Upgrade was successful ;-(. Is there enother possibility without iTunes?
    Thanks for help.

    • Sandeep Roy

      You can’t downgrade to 7.1.2 only to 9.3, as Apple has stopped signing that version ages ago. You should check ipswDOTme to see what version you can downgrade to(will show in color green). Besides this article is dated 2014 😉

  • Ralph Robillos Aguillon

    hello , i have my iphone 5c , i want it to downgrade , my problem is , i cant fin

    d the compatible ios for this , when i tried ios 7.1.2 but its says that “error”