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Downgrade from iOS 7 back to iOS 6?

On the offchance that iOS 7 happens to be utterly appalling! ;)
Can you downgrade from iOS 7 back to iOS 6? Does an iTunes restore include the firmware version?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Sep. 18, 2013 at 17:27

No. You cannot downgrade from iOS 7 to 6!
DO NOT believe the many 'how to' guides!!!!!! They refer to the iOS Beta versions. Apple designed them in such a way that developers can restore iOS 6 after they are done trying the new OS!
THIS final version of iOS 7 cannot be 'undone'. Your back-ups will still work - BUT THEY DO NOT restore the OS! ONLY apps, settings etc...

[PS... you can actually downgrade... it involves DFU mode and finding and downloading the correct older firmware for your device. Google or some other websearch company can help you.
DFU mode = https://twitter.com/pw_rst/e/518324359/hCN8BTbL0uVYoRkC_0prgaya_CY%3D-1379523543-user/0/2?refsrc=pwreset-ios )

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 17:27

No. You cannot downgrade from iOS 7 to 6!
DO NOT believe the many 'how to' guides!!!!!! They refer to the iOS Beta versions. Apple designed them in such a way that developers can restore iOS 6 after they are done trying the new OS!
THIS final version of iOS 7 cannot be 'undone'. Your back-ups will still work - BUT THEY DO NOT restore the OS! ONLY apps, settings etc...

[PS... you can actually downgrade... it involves DFU mode and finding and downloading the correct older firmware for your device. Google or some other websearch company can help you.
DFU mode = https://twitter.com/pw_rst/e/518324359/hCN8BTbL0uVYoRkC_0prgaya_CY%3D-1379523543-user/0/2?refsrc=pwreset-ios )

0E800  Sep. 19, 2013 at 19:09

**DOWNGRADE INSTRUCTIONS***
(note: these instruction were tested on ipad mini)

I was able to downgrade back to 6.1.3 by following instructions:

1) plug in ipad/iphone into computer that has older version of iTunes 11.0.4 (not current iTunes version of 11.0.5)

2) turn off ipad/iphone and put in DFU mode (google instructions)

3) restore ipad/iphone from iTunes. (because older iTunes does not recognize ios 7 device, it will install 6.1.3)

note: this might not work forever.

toneymon  Sep. 20, 2013 at 08:48

You can, untill apple approves the downlaod. I just did
Follow steps in this link: http://9to5mac.com/2013/09/19/buyers-remorse-heres-how-to-go-back-to-ios-6-while-you-still-can/

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