When iOS 7 was revealed in June, it opened a lot of eyes and produced a bit of a mixed reaction. However, we are now on Beta 4 and, as time goes on and improvements are made, more and more people are coming round to it. In fact, due to a security flaw in the iTunes registration checking process, even non-developers can download the betas, without having to have UDID activation.
There are some who have upgraded to iOS 7 and want to go back, perhaps because they don’t like it or prefer to wait until the final version is released. There is a way to roll back but only to the last signed version which is iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 if you have an iPhone 5. There is no way to go back to 6.1.2 even if you have religiously saved your SHSH blobs unless you have a device with an A4 chip, in which case you can use Sn0wbreeze or Redsn0w.
There are two methods to downgrade iOS 7 to 6.1.3 or 6.1.4:
Method 1 – iTunes
- Download the IPSW for 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5
- Connect your device and computer together and open up iTunes.
- Click the Device Summary tab
- Windows users hold down the SHIFT key, Mac users click Option (alt) and simultaneously click on Restore in iTunes
- Point to the IPSW you downloaded in Step 1
- iTunes will now restore your device back to the firmware you picked.
- [Optional] If anything goes wrong, put your device into DFU and start again. The method to DFU is “Press and hold the Home and Power button for 10 secs . Leave the Power button and keep holding the Home button until the message appears ” iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery Mode.”
Method 2 – Xcode
To use this method you need a Mac computer and a developer’s license for Xcode.
- Connect your Mac and your mobile device
- Shut down iTunes and open Xcode
- Go to Windows > Organizer
- In the section headed Devices select your one
- Click Use for Development and, if asked, put in your login credentials
- Click the Software Version and then Other Version
- Go to Finder and find the iOS 6.1x IPSW and click on it
- As soon as you see, in Software Version, iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 click Restore iOS Device
- Your device will reboot and, provided Xcode is running, you should see New Device Detected. Click on Use for Development
- Open iTunes and follow the procedure to set up and complete the install.