Why you should think of a Downgrade when Apple is Upgrading iOS?

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Every time Apple launches a new version of iOS, users worldwide spend all their time finding bugs and populating the entire web with their feats of having found the loopholes first. So every iOS release goes through months of user tests before it can be considered to be ready for regular usage.

Apple has released the iOS 8.2 and many users are already busy seeking information about the issues they could be facing with the new mobile OS. If you are not sure about the latest upgrade or find any trouble, you could downgrade to v8.1.3, until all the bugs are fixed.

The iOS 8.2 itself comes with many bug fixes over the previous version. The biggest feature in the new operating system is the integration of Apple Watch.

Apple usually doesn’t allow its users to downgrade. But in the case of iOS 8.1.3, there is still some room for users to downgrade because Apple is still signing the earlier version.

So, how to downgrade to the previous version of iOS? You should follow these steps:

  • Take a backup of all your data and the system.
  • Visit https://ipsw.me/8.1.3 and download iOS v8.1.3 for your device.
  • Once the software has been downloaded connect the device to a computer and open iTunes.
  • Visit the summary page and press the Option/Alt/Shift key. Continue to press the key while clicking on Restore in iTunes.
  • Browse the downloaded file and open it.

Once your iPhone is restored, iTunes will install v8.1.3 and your device will now be downgraded and running on the previous version. The backup can be restored by clicking the Restore Backup button in the summary page. It will take some time for all the data, settings and apps to be restored.

So you could use this method to downgrade to iOS 8.1.3 until you are fully confident that you could use the latest version.

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