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How to Downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 from iOS 8.1.3



iOS 8.1.3 was released today and it aims to fix a small handful of issues, but if you’re having problems with the new update or want the ability to jailbreak your device, you can downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 for a limited time.

While iOS 8.1.3 is a rather minor update, it includes a handful of fixes and improvements, including a fix for multitasking gestures on the iPad, as well as bugfixes for Spotlight Search. Plus, it also comes with a fix that prevents your device from using up a ton of storage during a software update. However, we’re not sure if it’s compatible with the Pangu jailbreak just yet.

Normally, you wouldn’t be able to downgrade back down to an older version of iOS, but Apple is still signing iOS 8.1.2, which means you have time to downgrade if need be.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Apple has finally stopped signing iOS 8.1.2, which means you can’t downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 if you updated to iOS 8.1.3.

If you want to downgrade to iOS 8.1.2, you’ll want to do it as soon as possible, because it’s only matter of time before Apple stops signing iOS 8.1.2. Afterward, you won’t be able to downgrade. However, Apple is still signing iOS 8.1.2 right now, so you have a little bit of time to lock in iOS 8.1.2 if you’ve been having issues with iOS 8.1.3. Here’s how to do it.

Downgrading to iOS 8.1.2

Since iOS 8.1.3 is the latest version of iOS, you can’t simply open up iTunes and “update” to an older version. You have to add on a couple more steps, but luckily it’s fairly easy.

Before you do anything, make sure to back up your iOS device because this method will wipe your iPhone or iPad clean. Luckily, we have a handy guide on how to do just that.

First off, visit this website and download the iOS 8.1.2 IPSW for your specific iOS device. These files range between 1.5 GB and 2GB for iPhones and iPads, so be aware that it may take a bit of time to download it.

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Once you have the file downloaded, plug your iOS device into your computer and open up iTunes. Go to your device’s summary page and hold down the Option/Alt key on your keyboard or Shift if you’re on Windows. Keep holding down the key as you click on Restore in iTunes.

Next, browse to find the IPSW file that you downloaded and open it. iTunes will begin restoring your iPhone and will install iOS 8.1.2.

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After the process is complete, your iOS device should now be running iOS 8.1.2. From there, you’ll want to restore your backup by going to the device summary page in iTunes and clicking on Restore Backup. Give it time to restore all of your apps and settings, and eventually you’ll be back to running iOS 8.1.2 just like you were before updating to iOS 8.1.3.

If You Want to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2

Luckily, the Pangu jailbreak is compatible with iOS 8.1.2, so you can easily jailbreak your device with TaiG’s latest jailbreak.

iOS 8.1.3 jailbreak

The TaiG jailbreak currently only works on Windows machines for the installation process and there’s no word on whether or not a Mac version will be on the way, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it soon enough. Luckily, though, there’s another jailbreak tool that you can use to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad on Mac.

Furthermore, the jailbreak works with all iOS devices that are capable of running iOS 8, including the older iPhone 4s and the iPad 2.

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  1. PJ

    01/27/2015 at 6:12 pm

    I have followed the directions but cannot open the 8.1.2 file for iPhone 5 GSM after I have downloaded it. I click restore holding down shift key, can browse to the file but cannot open it.
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    • William

      01/28/2015 at 10:49 am

      You have to change the extension to ipsw

      • Ivan

        01/31/2015 at 7:02 am

        Can you elaborate for a non tech savvy oik?

  2. Aniket

    02/07/2015 at 11:39 am

    I have backed up my data for ios 8.1.3, so when I downgrade to ios 8.1.2 will the backup of ios 8.1.3 be compatible for it?

  3. Saka

    02/22/2015 at 8:15 am


  4. Zerih

    03/09/2015 at 3:37 pm


  5. tommysallualu

    05/13/2015 at 2:42 pm

    will this still work even if 8.1.2 is not signed anymore?

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