iOS 9 Downgrade: How to Restore iOS 8.4.1 in 3 Easy Steps

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Some of Apple’s tech savvy fans had experienced problems after upgrading to iOS 9. But good news awaits as users can now downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1. If the upgrade is not working, simply follow these 3 easy steps.


Step 1. First thing’s first. Before restoring your mobile’s operating system, IDigital Times strongly suggested that users should have a personal data back up.

  • Via iTunes. Plug the iPhone into the computer via USB. Then, choose the “Back Up” option in iTunes displayed on the device page. Wait until the files were successfully transferred into the PC.
  • Via iCloud. Activate this feature by going to Settings -> iCloud -> Backup and slide the toggle button to “on.”

Since the free iCloud account at 5GB may not be enough, the source recommends to avail of more iCloud storage. Price starts at $12 a year, or $0.99 a month. It comes with an online 50GB insurance policy, should the iPhone get stolen or lost.


Step 2. Download the 8.4.1 IPSW file that corresponds with the iPhone model while waiting for the back up files to complete.

Note: Users can download the IPSW from a non-Apple site. Apple will then check and approve the downgrade if the files and its own copy are the same.


Step 3. Plug the iPhone device into the computer and open up iTunes. Long press on the Option/Alt key if using the Mac OS X keyboard, or the Windows’ Shift Key. Then click on the Restore iPhone button while pressing the key down.

A finder or explorer box will appear. Kindly find the folder where the 8.4.1 IPSW file is saved. Select the IPSW file before clicking Open. The process should begin immediately.

When the installation process is done, iTunes will ask if the apps and settings from the backup made previously will be restored. Click on Yes.

The downgrade process takes 15-20 minutes, Tech News Today noted.


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