iOS 15

Apple just started rolling out the official build of iOS 15 for all the supported iPhones. If you have updated your iPhone to iOS 15 and it feels buggy or you don’t like the update then you have the option to downgrade it to iOS 14.8.

Apple still supports iOS 14.8 and you have the option to downgrade iOS 15 to the previous build i.e iOS 14.8. The procedure is the same if you have tried to downgrade to the previous build of iOS. But if this is your first time then follow the steps.

The first thing to note is that you can only downgrade to the previous build that is iOS 14.8 if you are on iOS 15. You can not downgrade to a build that is lower than iOS 14.8. If you are already on iOS 14.8 then you can not go to the lower version as Apple doesn’t support iOS build lower than the 14.8. The support for iOS 14.8 is maximum for another week after that you won’t be able to downgrade. If you want to downgrade then this is your chance to do it.

Important things to note:

Before downgrading please keep these importing things in mind:

iOS 14.8 build is supported by Apple as of now along with the iOS 15.

After reverting back to the previous build you can only restore iOS 14 backup from iCloud. iOS 15 back-ups won’t be restored in the lower build.

Take a backup of your important files, documents before downgrading. It is also recommended to take a backup on a secondary device like a PC or a MacBook.

You can’t pair Apple Watch with your iPhone after downgrading the OS  if your watch is running on watchOS 8. You also have to downgrade the Apple watch from watchOS 8 to watchOS 7 in order to connect it to iOS 14.8 build.

Downgrade iPhone from iOS 15 to iOS 14.8:

First, you need to turn on your Find my iPhone service. Go to Settings – iCloud – Find my iPhone.

Open your browser and download the iOS 14.8 firmware file from the iOS firmware file page for your iPhone.

 Make sure to turn off the auto unzip feature if you are using Safari to download the firmware file.

Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable. 

Select iPhone device in iTunes from the sidebar on windows or in new finder windows on the MacBook.

If you are on a Windows computer then first you need to download iTunes on your computer. If you are on MacBook then first you need to accept the pop-up that you trust this computer.

For MacBook press Alt and option at the same time and on windows press shift and windows key at the same time and click on restore iPhone.

Choose the iOS 14.8 file that you just downloaded and click on restore and update.

Click on “Next” and then on “Agree” on the next screen to continue the process.

The process will complete in around 10 to 15 minutes.

When the process is complete, your iPhone will reboot and you will see the iPhone “hello” screen. You have successfully downgraded from the latest OS build to the previous OS build.

Next, you need to restore the backup on your iPhone to get all your files back.

Only iOS 14 or 14.8 backups can be restored. You can not restore the iOS 15 backup.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


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