Here’s How To Downgrade iOS 8.2 To iOS 8.1.3
iOS 8.2 is, as many of you will probably have discovered over the past week or so, a rather buggy affair, with Safari issues and battery retention problems aplenty. For a very limited time, you can revert to iOS 8.1.3, and so if you do find iOS 8.2 to be generally unusable, check the guide below!
Most of the time when Apple releases new firmware, it’s a smoother, much-improved installment providing fixes and general performance enhancements. In this instance, however, iOS 8.2 seems to have done more harm than good, and if you don’t want to be a part of it, there’s a temporary escape route in the form of the preceding iOS 8.1.3.
We must, before we proceed, make it clear that there is currently NO jailbreak benefit to this whatsoever, and so if you’re looking to downgrade for the purpose of jailbreaking your device, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. At the time of writing, iOS 8.1.2 is the most recent public release that can be jailbroken using TaiG, and unless you happen to be running iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2 — both of which can also be taken care of by TaiG — then you’ll have to wait for further developments from the jailbreak community.
With that out of the way, here are the steps required to get iOS 8.1.3 up and running once more.
How To Downgrade iOS 8.2 To iOS 8.1.3
Firstly, you’ll need to back your device up using either iCloud or iTunes. It doesn’t particularly matter which method you use, so long as you have your data stored for safe-keeping.
Download the iOS 8.1.3 software specific to your device:
- iPad Air 2 (6th-gen Wi-Fi)
- iPad Air 2 (6th-gen Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th gen-Wi-Fi + Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th gen-Wi-Fi)
- iPad Air (5th gen-CDMA)
- iPad (4th-gen CDMA)
- iPad (4th-gen GSM)
- iPad (4th-gen Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini (CDMA)
- iPad mini (GSM)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
- iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 2 (CDMA)
- iPad mini 3 (China)
- iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 3 (Cellular)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd-gen)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5c (CDMA)
- iPhone 5c (GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5s (GSM)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 4s
- iPod touch (5th-gen)
Open iTunes, and with your iDevice connected, hold the Option key on your Mac (Shift on Windows), and select Restore. Then, simply navigate to the IPSW you snapped up earlier, and let iTunes downgrade you to iOS 8.1.3.
Finally, restore the backup made during the first step, and then, you’ll be able to enjoy iOS 8.1.3 with much less incident.
Please do remember, however, that this is only possible because Apple is still signing iOS 8.1.3, and once it stops doing so — probably within the next couple of days — you will no longer be able to downgrade iOS 8.2.
Suffice to say, you need to move quickly, so grab the requisite file for your device, downgrade, and let us know how you get on in the comments!