Even a new and exciting software update can have its downsides. After an update, some apps can suddenly stop working or crash often. Your phone might also run at a slower pace than usual.
If you’re having such issues with the latest iOS 16 version or are not a fan of it, downgrading to the previous iOS version is a viable option. In some cases, rolling back to the previous iOS can also act as a solution to some errors.
Is It Safe to Downgrade iOS?
It is fairly safe to downgrade your iOS version by taking the necessary steps carefully on a safe platform, like iTunes. However, if you go for other unauthorized ways, like jailbreaking, your phone might face permanent damages.
Can I Downgrade from iOS 16 to 15?
After every release of the new iOS version, Apple only allows you to downgrade to an older iOS update for two weeks. Every iOS update file must have Apple’s digital signature to verify its integrity.
After the two-week period, Apple removes its signatures from the older iOS update files, which means you can’t restore them on your phone. Although you can install the unsigned IPSW file, you can’t use it on your device even when using a credible platform like iTunes.
Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade from iOS 16 to 15. This is because Apple doesn’t let you downgrade to any just iOS version of your choice for security reasons. You can only install the version that was just before the latest update. For example, as of right now, the latest iOS version is 16.1.2. So, the only previous iOS update file that you can install is 16.1.1.
So, since the iOS 15 version update file is relatively old, there’s no authorized way to restore it on your iPhone. However, you can install and restore the iOS 16.1.1 version. Doing so can still help you eliminate some bugs or such issues caused by the latest iOS version.
How to Downgrade from iOS 16.1.2 to 16.1.1?
Since you’ll lose your new data while rolling back to an older iOS version, it’s best to back up your iPhone first. To backup your iPhone, you can follow these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on your Apple profile and then select iCloud.
- Tap on iCloud Backup.
- Make sure the backup option is turned on.
Then, you’ll need to reset your settings. Doing so will prevent any future errors like bugs or apps crashing. Your phone will now automatically restart. Then, you can continue following the steps below:
Downgrade Using iTunes
Since you can upgrade your iOS from the iTunes app on your PC, you can also downgrade your software version. Here are the steps you can take:
- Connect your iPhone to your PC and open iTunes.
- On your iPhone, you’ll see a pop-up that says, “Allow this device to access photos and videos?”
- Tap on Allow or Trust to proceed.
- Now, go to any browser and visit IPSW Downloads. This is where you can find all the software update files, like the new or old iOS versions, and download them for your particular device.
- You can choose from many devices to install software updates. So, click on the iPhone first from the Choose a Product section.
- On the next page, select your iPhone model.
- You’ll now see a new page where you can view all the signed IPSWs. Click on iOS 16.1.1.
- Scroll down and click on the Download option.
- On the iTunes app, you can finish backing up all your data.
- To proceed with steps to downgrade your iOS, you’ll need to turn off the Find My option on your phone. For this, go to Settings > tap your Apple profile. Select Find My and then turn it off.
- Now, go to iTunes and click on the Device icon to select your iPhone.
- Then, click on Restore iPhone from the Summary section. You can now select the IPSW file you downloaded.
- iTunes will ask you to verify your action. So, click on Restore to confirm.
The restoration process will now begin. Meanwhile, your iPhone will now restart.