Apple no longer signs iOS 7 or iOS 7.1.2, effectively killing off the iOS 8 downgrade option for almost all iPhone and iPad users.
Update: Apple No Longer Supports the iOS 8 to iOS 7 Downgrade
Apple normally does not allow users to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7, but for a very small period of time Apple servers will verify the update with iOS 7.1.2 or iOS 8.
Apple no longer allows this manual method to downgrade from iOS 8. This was a great option for iPhone 4S users who discovered the iOS 8 performance is not up to their needs.
Another user who might like this is an iOS 7 jailbreak user who tried iOS 8 thanks to the new features, but decided they couldn’t use their iPhone without a jailbreak. The iOS 8 jailbreak is likely far off, so if you need a jailbreak to happily use your phone don’t delay, downgrade today.
Before you start the iOS 8 downgrade to iOS 7 you need to visit this page to see if Apple is still signing the iOS 7.1.2 update. Once Apple stops signing the iOS 7.1.2 update for your device there is no way to downgrade unless you saved blobs long ago on an iPad 2.
For everyone else find your iPhone or iPad on this page and make sure the iOS 7.1.2 line shows a green yes, like the listing below.
If this is still green you can move fast and downgrade to iOS 7 while Apple is still signing updates. If you attempt to do this after Apple stops signing updates the verification will fail and you will need to restore to iOS 8.
As long as it is green you can download the iOS 7.1.2 ipsw for your device. The best place to go for a fast iOS 7.1.2 update now is direct from Apple. You can use the iOS 7.1.2 direct download links from RedMondPie. The iOS 7.1.12 download is pretty large so it may take about 15 minutes to download.
After you download you will need to follow the directions below. You must restore, which wipes the iPhone or iPad clean to factory settings. You can not restore from an iOS 8 backup, but if you have a recent backup from when you were on iOS 7.1.2 you should be able to restore that when this completes.
Downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7
Before you proceed make sure Apples is still verifying the iOS 7.1.2 update. Failure to do so will lead to an annoying restore to iOS 8 and a waste of your time.
1. Download the iOS 7.1.2 ipsw for your device
2. Plug your iPhone into a computer and open iTunes.
3. In iTunes click on the iPhone option in the upper right. If you see the Restore and Upgrade options you are on the right screen.
5. Special Click on Restore iPhone. A special click involves holding a key while you left click.
- Hold alt/option on Mac when you click Restore iPhone…
- On Windows, hold Shift when you click Restore iPhone…
Do not try the Check for Update option.
6. Find the ios 7.1.2 download and click on the .ipsw file.
After a few minutes the iOS 7.1.2 update will complete. If Apple is still signing the iOS 7.1.2 files you are good to go. Just make sure you don’t update to iOS 8 again. If the process fails it is likely Apple stopped signing the iOS 7.1.2 update and you need to Restore to iOS 8.