How to Downgrade iPhone from iOS 15 to iOS 14

Are you running into bugs and glitches after updating to iOS 15? Well, you are not alone out there. The good news is that you can downgrade back to a more stable version and wait for Apple to release new patches.

Downgrade iOS 15 to 14

The method to downgrade your iPhone back to iOS 14 is the same if you have ever downgraded your iPhone to an older version before. If you are new to the process, then make sure you check out our guide below.

Before we begin, there are some things you need to know about downgrading to an older version of iOS.

  • You only can downgrade your iPhone back to iOS 14.8 that Apple is currently signing.
  • It’s a good idea to make a backup of your iPhone before proceeding. Remember that you can restore your iOS 14 backups on your iOS device after a downgrade to iOS 14.8. It’s not possible to restore an iOS 15 backup, as the downgrade process will remove everything.
  • Make sure you turn off Find My iPhone on your device before moving forward.

How to Downgrade iPhone from iOS 15 to iOS 14.8

Step one: Download the iOS 14.8 firmware for your device. Make sure you select the correct firmware for your iPhone model.

Note: If you are downloading the firmware on Safari, it’s recommended to turn off the auto zip feature or use Google Chrome or your preferred browser.

Step two: Now connect your iOS device running iOS 15 to a computer and then open the Finder window on your desktop.

Step three: Select the iOS device from the sidebar. If this is the first time you connect your iOS device to a Mac, you need to enable the Trust feature.

Step four: Now hold the Alt/Option key on your Mac or Shift Key in windows and hit the Restore iPhone button

Step five: Select the iOS 14.8 IPSW file you downloaded earlier and hit the Restore and Update button to proceed

Step six: From here, hit the Next button and click on the Agree button to continue. Wait around 10 minutes for iTunes or Finder to finish verifying the software and install it on your device.

Step seven: Once the process is finished, your iOS device will boot back into iOS 14.8 and then you should see the “Hello” screen. You can restore your device from the iOS 14 backup you created earlier.

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About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech. A lot has changed in the field since I started out as a writer back in 2009, so it's always exciting to keep up with all that's new. To me, there's nothing quite like getting my hands on a brand-new gadget or piece of software for the first time -- it's like Christmas morning every day!

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