Now you can only downgrade back to iOS 11.2.5 for Apple is no longer signing iOS 11.2, 11.1, 11.0.3, 11 or older. However, this article is still the way to downgrade iOS X.X.X Beta back to a previous version. The steps are the same.
Have installed the new iOS 7 on your iOS device but feel regretful? The iOS 7 is working slow, shorten iPhone battery life, apps, contacts, pictures and videos are wiped? If you feel uncomfortable with this newly released version and insist to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, we would like to help out.
iOS 7 Problems You May Meet
Apple declares that the new iOS 7 is the greatest operating system for smart phones, and tens of thousands of users have gone to update iDevices to iOS 7 since it was released. However, things are out of expectations because there are a lot of iOS 7 bugs, including:
1. iOS 7 update fails by getting messages of "Software Update Failed", or "An error occurred download iOS 7.0".
2. Screen of the device cannot read or it goes blank with Apple logo.
3. A lot apps and data including contacts, photos, and videos are erased.
4. iOS 7 shortens the battery life of your device.
5. You cannot use Wi-Fi anymore.
6. Messages cannot send out or be received.
7. iPhone/iPad/iPod touch 5 got in recovery mode.
8. Installing iOS 7 on a jailbroken device may cause issues and your device would turn into a brick.
There are more iOS 7 problems to fix. We hope you would never suffer these issues. But, unluckily, if you have suffered those problems and hate iOS 7, there are still ways to downgrade you device from iOS 7 to previous iOS 6.
Cautions You Should Note Before You Downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6
We understand how much you would like to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6, but there are many cautions you should keep in mind before you start.
1. Apple has stopped "signing" older versions of iOS to replace iOS 7, which means Apple won't offer any official method to downgrade from the final released iOS 7 to iOS 6. The method you found through the Internet may get your device into risks.
Note: If you have the iOS 7 beta version on your device, you can fairly easily go back to iOS 6 by using iTunes to restore to the earlier version with the official way offered by Apple.
2. Downgrading from iOS 7 to iOS 6 would cause data loss on your iDevice, such as you would lose apps, contacts, messages, call history, photos. Therefore, you need to backup your device before starting iOS downgrade. If you forget to backup all the data, use iPhone Data Recovery to recover all the lost files.
3. Once you downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 and want to restore your settings and apps from backup, you will need to restore either from a local backup on iTunes (that you did while using iOS 6), or choose an earlier backup from iCloud that was also made while still on iOS 6.
4. You won't be able to recover any jailbreak with saved blobs.
5. Conventionally, Apple will update its iOS to fix bugs, such as now the iOS 7.0.1, 7.0.2 or newer are available. So we advise you to wait and see how the new versions of iOS work well, rather to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 to suffer risks.
You have been warned!
How to Downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 (including iOS 6.1.4, 6.1.3, 6.1.2)
If you still insist to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6, like iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.3 for iPhone 4S, you can try the below method.
Around 3 minutes
A computer (Mac or PC) running the latest version of iTunes (iTunes 11.1), a USB cable, your iDevice, and the iOS 6 IPSW file
Note: A file with the IPSW file extension is an Apple Device Software Update file.
1. Search the Internet to find the right iOS 6 IPSW file you want to revert to for your iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4, iPad 4/mini/3/2, or iPod touch 5, such as the iOS 6.1.4, iOS 6.1.3, iOS 6.1.2. You can go to see this website: http://www.icj.me/ios/all#iPhone51, target the correct iOS 6 IPSW, download and save it on your computer hard drive (preferably the desktop).
Note: For an iPhone, you need to choose the right carrier version - GSM or CDMA. Most of the websites you find should have the exact links to download the exact iOS 6 IPSW file for your device.
2. On your iOS device, tap Settings > iCloud > Find my [name of device] (like Find my iPhone), and switch off this option.
Note: An iOS 7 security scheme won't allow you to restore the device without disabling the Find My feature.
3. Open iTunes on your computer (Mac or PC) and connect your iOS device to computer with a USB cable.
4. When your device appears in iTunes, select it and choose the Summary tab. Then hold down the Alt/Option Key (on Mac) or the Shift key (on Windows) and click "Restore [name of device]" (like Restore iPhone).
5. A navigation window will pop up asking you to select the IPSW file. Locate the iOS IPSW file you just download and click "Update" (or "Open").
6. Then iTunes will recognize the IPSW file and display the message showing you can restore your device to iOS 6. Click "Restore".
Your device will go dark and the downgrade will begin. When the installation completes, your device will restart to the old firmware and you will be walked through the usual iDevice setup process. If, in some rare case, you fail to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 with this method, that's possibly because the iOS 6 IPSW file you download is not the correct one for your device. Search the Internet again to find the right iOS 6 IPSW file for your device and perform the same steps to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6.
If you've successfully downgrade your device to iOS 6, share it with friends. You can also let us know how you did it in the comments.