Made a mistake updating to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 RC? Here's how you can downgrade back to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 in a few easy steps.
Download iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 RC to iOS 14 / iPadOS 15 on iPhone and iPad in a Few Easy Steps
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 RC is out now for developers and public beta testers. It is super stable, works like magic and something which many are eager to try out. But, if you think you made a mistake updating to the software, then you can downgrade back to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as long as Apple is signing both, and at the time of writing, it is.
Before you do anything at all, please know that you have to backup everything otherwise you will lose your data. You can either use iTunes, Finder or iCloud. It is entirely up to you as long as it leads to your data being absolutely safe and sound somewhere. You can always restore this backup whenever you like.
Download the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Firmware
Download the latest iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 firmware from here and save it to your desktop:
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS
- iPhone 11, iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8, iPhone 7
- iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus
- 2020 iPhone SE 2
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPod touch seventh-generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th-gen, 4th-gen, 3rd-gen, 2nd-gen, 1st-gen)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd-gen, 2nd-gen, 1st-gen)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (5th-gen, 6th-gen, 7th-gen, 8th-gen)
- iPad Air (2nd-gen, 3rd-gen, 4th-gen)
- iPad mini (4th-gen, 5th-gen)
Restore Firmware Using iTunes or Finder
Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac using a cable (Lightning or USB-C, whichever applies).
Step 2. Launch iTunes or Finder.
Step 3. Your device should show up in the left hand side as a tiny little iPhone-like icon. Click on it to reveal more options.
Step 4. Hold down the left Shift key (Windows) or the left Option key (Mac) and click on the Restore iPhone button.
Step 5. Select the iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 firmware file you saved on your desktop and let iTunes and Finder restore it.
This whole thing may take a while and it is extremely important that you do not touch anything during the process, too. Once the restoration is complete, you can start setting up your device as you normally would. You can choose to restore the backup or start fresh if you like.
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