Can you downgrade iOS 8.2?

iOS 8.2 is one of the latest edition of Apple’s software for mobile. It comes with many new features. Unfortunately, these features also come with their share of bugs. If you have been using this latest firmware, you may have come across an issue with its battery, Safari and whatnot application. If you have experienced these problems, you may want to downgrade iOS 8.2. However, can iOS 8.2 really be downgraded?

Well, the answer to this is yes, iOS 8.2 can be downgraded since Apple still signs iOS version 8.1.3. There is therefore a way to downgrade your iPhone or your iPad back to your previous iOS 8.1. You may however have to downgrade as soon as possible, before Apple stops signing in iOS 8.1.

Downgrading to iOS 8.1 can be done through a jailbreak. If you would like to enjoy a device that is not jailbroken, then you should stay away from iOS 8.2. It is still under development and has lots of bugs that need fixe. If you have accidentally updated to iOS 8.2, you can luckily always downgrade your device. You can achieve this through the following process.

Backup your device

First and foremost, you may want to back up your device so as not to lose important files and folders. This can be done via iCLoud or through iTunes. Since you will be restoring it later, you may want to have a backup that is safe and easily retrievable. After backing up your data, you may want to continue with your downgrade process. Since iOS 8.2 is the latest version, you cannot update automatically through iTunes or any other update. You may have to go through the following process.

Download iOS 8.1

Head to the IPSW firmware page then download an older version of iOS, you can download 8.1.3 IPSW for your device. Before downloading, make sure that you verify your device’s model number with that which you would like to download. If it is the correct version, you can proceed to downloading the firmware version. In case you install a version different from that of your device, your device could get damaged. The firmware version is a relatively large size of about 1.5 – 2 GB. Downloading this firmware could therefore take some time on a slow internet connection.

Use iTunes

After downloading the firmware, launch iTunes. Hold down the Option Key or the shift key windows in iTunes. Select the Restore device option. This will give you an option to find the IPSW firmware device you had downloaded, select it. ITunes will then begin restoring your device, and installing iOS 8.1.3.

Restore backup

After downgrading, you will now be able to run your device on iOS 8.1.3 or on another older version of iOS. If you would like to restore backup, you can go to your device’s summary page on iTunes then choose the Restoring backup option. Click the folder where you had initially backed up your device.

If you are still on iOS 8.1.2 and below, it is important to note that you should not update to a later version. Version 8.2 is especially unstable and comes with several bugs. For those that have already upgraded to iOS 8.2 but would like to downgrade, the above guide should assist you through the downgrade process.

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