How to downgrade iOS 8.3 on your iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch

Apple released iOS 8.3 few days back, which includes number of bug fixes and security and performance improvements, in addition to features such as redesigned Emoji keyboard, CarPlay Wireless etc.

In case you are facing any issues after upgrading to this new firmware and want to downgrade back to iOS 8.2 to see if it helps then you can follow the guide below. You will need to hurry up as Apple could stop signing any moment.

You can only downgrade to iOS 8.2, you cannot downgrade to a version below iOS 8.2. So jailbreakers won’t be able to downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 or lower, to jailbreak your device using PP jailbreak or TaiG jailbreak.

Notes you should know: 
  • You will only be able to downgrade back to iOS 8.2, you can't downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 or lower version because Apple stopped signing these firmwares ipsw files..
  • You will be able to downgrade as long as Apple continues to sign iOS 8.2 firmware file. 
  • It is important to take a backup of your iOS device to iCloud or using iTunes so you can restore from the backup if something goes wrong.

Check real-time signing status

To find out if Apple is still signing the firmware file, check this website. Green rows with a tick means that Apple is still signing the firmware file, and you can downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2.

How to downgrade: 

Download the iOS 8.2 firmware file for your device. For example: the iOS 8.2 firmware file file for iPhone 6 Plus, model number A1524 (which can be found at the back of your device) is iPhone7,1_8.3_12F70_Restore.ipsw.

Download your ipsw file for your iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch from the following links:

  • Connect the device running iOS 8.3 to your computer.
  • Launch iTunes and select the iOS device from the top right corner, to the left of the iTunes Store button.
  • Hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift Key in Windows on your keyboard and click on the Check for Update option, instead of restoring. Important note: We were able to successfully downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2 using this step, but if you want to go by the book then you should use the Restore method, but it will be more time consuming. If you use the Restore method, then it will wipe the data from your device so please don’t forget to take a backup.
  • Select the ipsw file you had downloaded earlier.
  • iTunes will inform that it will update your iOS device to iOS 8.2 and will verify the update with Apple.
  • Click Update.
  • iTunes should now downgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.2.
  • After downgrading, the iOS device will restart. You should then see “Slide to upgrade”. Enter the passcode, and then wait for the downgrade process to complete. You may be prompted to activate your device.
That’s it. You should now be successfully downgraded to iOS 8.2.

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