“Can I go back to iOS 6?” and “Can i Downgrade from iOS 7?” are two of the most common questions we expect to hear after users install the iOS 7 update that Apple delivers to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Update: Apple is still allowing users to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6. If there is a green check next to your device on iOS 6.1.3 or iOS 6.1.4 on this page, you can use these instructions to switch back to iOS 6 for a limited time.
Update 2: Apple is no longer letting users switch from iOS 7 to iOS 6.
While there are countless guides to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 available, these guides refer to the iOS 7 beta, which Apple released this summer and was available at the same time as Apple was still letting users upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4.
Now that the official iOS 7 release date is here, Apple will soon stop allowing users to upgrade to versions of iOS 6. This means that short of any errors on Apple’s end, downgrading from iOS 7 to iOS 6 is out of the question.
Apple routinely stops signing old versions of iOS when it releases a new one. This means even if you download iOS 6 for the iPhone 5, you will not be able to complete the installation because Apple’s servers will not allow the final part of the update to complete, leaving users stuck until they restore to iOS 7.
So in short, once you upgrade to iOS 7 there is no way to switch back to iOS 6.
With this in mind, you should make sure that you like the iOS 7 features and designs before you upgrade. It also means that if you are on an iOS 6 jailbreak, you shouldn’t give it up for iOS 7 with a hope of a fast jailbreak or of returning to iOS 6 and jailbreaking again.
The iOS 7 video below highlights many of the new iOS 7 features and shows the new iOS 7 design in action on the iPhone. While some users may not like the new look immediately the new iOS 7 features and design is something that many users will adapt to in a week or two. New iOS 7 features include the Control Center, which offers fast access to common apps and settings, a New Notification Center and new Siri options to name a few.
If you are apprehensive about the iOS 7 update and the new look of iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad, it’s a good idea to wait a few weeks to see if you like how it performs on a friend’s device. Apple is reportedly working on an iOS 7.1 update already, which could fix any lingering issues on iOS 7.