How To Downgrade iOS 9 To iOS 8.4.1

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Sep 16, 2015
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Here’s how you can downgrade iOS 9 final build to iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch straight away.

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While Apple is pushing iOS 9 to everyone around the globe, the Cupertino giant is also signing iOS 8.4.1 alongside it. This means that if you have updated to iOS 9 and want to go back to iOS 8.4.1 for whatever reason, then you can do so right away.

Also keep one thing in mind: the downgrade window is very, very narrow, and it’s highly likely that Apple will close it in a swift manner. Hence, if you wish to downgrade right now, then act fast, since it’s quite possible that tomorrow, or maybe after a few hours you won’t be able to do so.

Downgrade iOS 9 To iOS 8.4.1 On iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

We have covered downgrading iOS 9 GM to iOS 8.4.1 last week. And lucky for us, the process is absolutely the same and you can check out the complete guide posted here.

It’s strictly worth noting here that the downgrade process will erase everything off your device, hence we recommend taking a backup of everything either using iTunes or iCloud.

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In case you’re feeling too lazy to give the above linked guide a read, then here’s how the process works.

1. Download the iOS 8.4.1 IPSW file for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

2. Launch iTunes and connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac using a USB cable.

3. Select your iOS device from the top left hand corner of iTunes.

4. Now hold down the left ‘Option’ key (Mac) or left ‘Shift’ key (Windows) and then click on the ‘Restore iPhone’ button in iTunes.

5. Select the iOS 8.4.1 firmware file for your device and let iTunes work its magic.

The process will take a few minutes and during its course we recommend that you don’t touch your device at all, as you don’t want any mishap at this point.

Once done, your device will boot straight into iOS 8.4.1. Also keep in mind that this will erase everything off of your device, as we mentioned at the start of this guide. If you’ve made a backup using iTunes or iCloud, simply restore it and you’re good to go. The restore process can also take a while, especially if you’re taking the iCloud route.

If you’ve downgraded from iOS 9 final to iOS 8.4.1, then be sure to let us know in the comments section below why you did so. iOS 9 didn’t tickle your fancy? Or something else? Sound away!

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