Two months ago, the world was treated to its first view of iOS 7 when Apple showcased it at WWDC 2013. As promised, it was something a little out of the ordinary with a complete new look and a lot of new features added in. At the moment we are on beta 5 of the new firmware and, with each new beta, a few more new features are discovered and a few more bugs are fixed. The public version is expected to release in September.
If you have gone ahead and upgraded to iOS 7 beta 5 and find it’s too unstable still or you just don’t like it you can downgrade your device to the last publicly signed firmware – iOS 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5 and 6.1.3 for everything else. Here is how to do it.
Steps to Downgrade iOS 7 Beta 5 to older Firmware :
- Download the relevant IPSW – 6.1.4 if you are downgrading an iPhone 5, 6.1.3 if it’s any other device.
- Make sure you properly connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac
- Open iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically
- Navigate to the Device Summary tab as shown in the image below. This screen appears when your iPhone is connected and detected by iTunes . You have to select your device which you want to downgrade fro the left hand panel .
- Press down on the SHIFT key ( use OPTION if you have a Mac) and then click on Restore in iTunes at the same time
- Point iTunes to the correct IPSW
- iTunes will proceed to downgrade your device back to the correct firmware
For those of you that own an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or an iPod Touch 4th Generation, you will be able to make use of Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to perform a tethered jailbreak. If you want to carry out an untethered jailbreak on one of these devices, use Redsn0w to downgrade to 6.1.2 and then use evasi0n to jailbreak.