Overall the process of downgrading from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9 is very similar to restoring your iPhone to like new condition, but there is one special step you need to take.
This guide will show you how you can go back to iOS 9, or whatever the current version is, from the iOS 9.1 beta that Apple currently allows users to try.
You may want to go back to iOS 9 to avoid beta issues like buggy behavior, sluggishness or app compatibility, which are all things we see with the first several releases of a major upgrade.
Here’s what you need to go back to iOS 9 from iOS 9.1.
iOS 9.1 to iOS 9 Downgrade Prep
You’ll need a few things to make this work and you’ll want to set aside an hour of time. This process may go faster, but it’s best not to be rushed when you are doing this.
Hopefully you made a local backup of your iPhone to iTunes on the same computer you want to downgrade on. You cannot restore a iOS 9.1 backup on a device running iOS 9, so you’ll need that older backup. Here’s what you need;
- Computer with Recent Version of iTunes
- Internet Connection
- Lightning Cable
When you go back to iOS 9, you will erase the device — so a backup is very important unless you want to start from scratch. You don’t need to find an iOS 9 download to make this work, as long as you are doing this downgrade after September 16th you will end up with iOS 9 or whatever the current version is by default.
How to Go Back to iOS 9 from iOS 9.1 Beta
As long as you plan to go back to the current version of iOS 9 that Apple offers to the public this is a pretty easy process to follow. You just need to make sure that you press the right buttons for the right amount of time. In the iOS 9.1 to iOS 9 downgrade directions we use iPhone, but these directions work with the iPad or iPod touch as well.
1. Turn off Find My iPhone before we get started. Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off. Unless you turn this off you cannot reset the phone.
2. Plug your iPhone into your computer and wait for it to show up in iTunes.
3. Press and hold the home button and power button for 10 seconds.
4. After 10 seconds let go of the power button, but keep your finger pressed on the home button. This is known as putting the iPhone into DFU or recovery mode. It allows iTunes to erase the device and install the current version of iOS.
5. iTunes will show a pop up saying your iPhone is in Recover Mode. Click OK.
6. Go to the iTunes page that shows your iPhone and Click on Restore iPhone.
After the restore completes the iPhone will walk you through a very short setup and ask if you want to restore from backup. You can choose to restore from iCloud or from an iTunes backup. In most cases you will want to choose restore from the iTunes backup you made before you installed the iOS 9.1 beta.
If you have problems using this method to go back to iOS 9, you might need to locate the iOS 9 download for your device manually. This is a ipsw file that you can find from several websites. After you download it you will need to repeat the directions but instead of a normal click on Restore iPhone, you will option click on Mac or shift click on Windows and then choose the iOS 9 file you downloaded.
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