Downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7

On September 17th iOS 8 is set to be rolled out across all compatible iOS devices. But, what if you upgrade and then find you don’t like it? Well, luckily there is a way but be aware that any data saved on iOS 8 will be lost.

Image : iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 downgrade Tutorial

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First of all, for those who are not developers and don’t want to wait, you can install the iOS 8 GM version by following our guidelines here.

Do You Know :

As an aside, it may interest you to know that iOS 7 has been responsible for a substantial decrease in the number of iPhone thefts. New security features implemented with the firmware are proving too much for would-be thieves.

Shortly after the iPhone 5S and 5C released in 2013, the number of thefts jumped considerably but clearly features such Activation lock took their toll as the numbers declined fairly rapidly not long afterwards.

According to statistics, the number one target for iPhone theft is young women. This is because a mobile phone is less likely to be missed straight away and is easier to steal from a handbag than it is from a pocket.

The Top Ten Mobile Phones most likely to be stolen :

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. Apple iPhone 4s
  5. Blackberry 9790
  6. Samsung Galaxy S4
  7. Samsung Galaxy S3
  8. Blackberry 8520
  9. Blackberry Z10
  10. HTC One X

All iPhone users should enable Find My iPhone and make sure Activation Lock is enabled as well. It is also recommended that two-step verification is used to make it even more difficult for would-be thieves. This advice applies to the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and to iOS 8 as well.

How to Downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 :

  1. Download iOS 7.1.2 IPSW
  2. Plug your iOS device in to your PC or Mac
  3. Open iTunes
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  4. Your device needs to be in Recovery Mode for this
  5. Press the Power and Home buttons down simultaneously
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  6. Hold for at least 10 seconds – the screen should go black. If the Apple Logo appears, you need to start over.
  7. Let go of the Power button but hold the Home button until the device in recovery message appears in iTunesconnect_to_itunes
  8. Hold SHIFT (PC) or ALT (Mac) and click on Restore in iTunes recovery mode itunes ios 7
  9. Find the IPSW you downloaded and click it restore backup itunes iphone ios 7
  10. iTunes will now proceed to downgrade your iOS device

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