How to Downgrade iOS 16.1.1 to 15.3.1 on iPhone and iPad – Without Losing Data in 2022

Last Updated on Mar 17, 2022

Are you affected by the Latest software issue? on your iPhone or Pad. Here are the correct ways to install lower or downgraded signed versions of iOS software updates on your iPhone or iPad. With some data safety and Other things. Is you are switching because of incompatibility with app issues or Other issues like Slow Down iPhone after the update, Lagging or Freezing iPhone or iPad. Hope you will get important tricks that prevent and help to go with Downgrading your latest Software version on your iPhone or iPad.

We can’t downgrade iOS/iPadOS On iPhone/iPad using Mac or PC only. We can’t install directly [Over the Air update] Via WiFi or Mobile data. Check out the below prerequisite conditions and follow the process,

Prerequisite & Conditions:-

  1. You have Mac or PC. For Mac: Update macOS to the latest version and For PC: Update iTunes to the latest version.
  2. USB lightning cable to connect your iPhone to Mac.
  3. Good Internet connection
  4. Take Backup your iPhone on Mac or PC using Finder/iTunes.
  5. iPhone/iPad users can install Signed iOS firmware Version by apple. So, we can’t install too old iOS and iPadOS Version that’s unsigned by apple.
  6. In Download Using Restore Method 2, You must Turn off Find My From iPhone settings before you Start the Downgrade process. Settings app > iPhone Name > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Turn off Find My iPhone > Enter your Apple ID password to turn off Find My iPhone > Click on Turn off from top Right corner of the screen. Did you forgot Password, Tap on Forgot password? Wait for the next screen will ask to enter your iPhone lock screen passcode. “The passcode you use to unlock this iPhone can also be used to reset your apple id password”. Enter new apple ID password and into verify Retype pasword. Click on Next, that’s it.
  7. Restoring process will take up to 30 Minutes. so Try in spare time.
  8. Download Old iOS Version – .ipsw file.

Here’s How to Downgrade iOS 15.4 to 15.3.1 Final on iPhone/iPad

Note: macOS Catalina or later user can use Finder on Mac, macOS Mojave and Earlier user can use iTunes on Mac, All Windows User can use Updated Version of iTunes on Windows PC/Laptop.

downgrade ios with ipsw file

Method 1: Downgrade iOS Without Losing Data

if you don’t need to Affect data, installed apps, and Accounts that are signed in for Mail and app. then you have to choose this, Downgrade with Update option. Follow the below steps,

Step 1: Download the iPSW file for your iPhone, Download for iPad model, and Open Finder/iTunes on Mac/PC and connect your iPhone to Finder/iTunes using the original Apple Lightning cable.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to Mac using the lightning cable, Unlock your iPhone and Allow to Access Mac. Select Trust on the iPhone screen.

Step 3: Wait, your iPhone name will show on the Finder Sidebar/Top of the iTunes window. Click on iPhone/iPad. And Select Pair if your Mac will see a screen.

Step 4: Find the Device on the Finder Sidebar/Top of the iTunes windows. Click on Device to open the Device Summary page,

Two options are, [Click on “Update” + Option key on Mac] and [Update + Shift key on windows] from the keyboard at the same time. Now the Browse file window will see on screen.

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downgrade-ios-and-ipados-on-iPhone-and-ipad-without-data-loss

Select the earlier downloaded iOS final .ipsw files from windows and click on open.

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browse-download-ipsw-file-from-your-macpc-and-open-for-restore-on-iPhone ipad

Step 5: Wait for a long process, don’t remove the iPhone from a Lightning cable. Wait for the iPhone lock screen. You can install the old previous version of the IPSW file using this way without Data being lost.

Wait for your iPhone screen to show the lock screen and Updated. Check the installed earlier version, Settings > About > Version.

Method 2: Downgrade iOS Using Restore Option [All Data Will Erase]

Step 1: Download the iPSW file for your iPhone, Download for iPad model, and Open Finder/iTunes on Mac/PC and connect your iPhone to Finder/iTunes using the original Apple Lightning cable.

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iphone-in-finder-mac-sidebar

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to Mac using the lightning cable, Unlock your iPhone and Allow to Access Mac. Select Trust on the iPhone screen.

Step 3: Wait, your iPhone name will show on the Finder Sidebar/Top of the iTunes window. Click on iPhone/iPad. And Select Pair if your Mac will see a screen.

Note:- Find My must be turned off From iPhone settings before you Start the Downgrade process. Settings app > iPhone Name > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Turn off Find My iPhone > Enter your Apple ID password to turn off Find My iPhone > Click on Turn off from the top Right corner of the screen. Did you forget your Password, Tap on Forgot password? Wait for the next screen will ask to enter your iPhone lock screen passcode. “The passcode you use to unlock this iPhone can also be used to reset your apple id password”. Enter a new Apple ID password and into verifying Retype password. Click on Next, that’s it.
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find-my-must-be-turn-off-for-restore-iphone

Step 4: Find the Device on the Finder Sidebar/Top of the iTunes windows. Click on Device to open the Device Summary page,

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browse-ipsw-file-from-mac-to-restore-old-ipsw-file

Backup Now or Don’t Backup, here’s another reminder for your iPhone erase all the data. So if you take a backup of your iPhone before erasing, select Backup now.

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backup-your-iphone-before-start-restoring

Two options are, [Click on “Restore iPhone” + Option key on Mac] and [Restore + Shift key on windows] from the keyboard at the same time. Now the Browse file window will see on screen.

browse-download-ipsw-file-from-your-macpc-and-open-for-restore-on-iphone ipad
browse-download-ipsw-file-from-your-macpc-and-open-for-restore-on-iphone ipad

Select the earlier downloaded iOS final .ipsw files from windows and click on open.

Step 5: Wait for a long process, don’t remove the iPhone from a Lightning cable. Wait for the iPhone lock screen. You can install the old previous version of the IPSW file using the below ways with clean install. [Check Video Tutorial Below]

Hands-on Video Tutorial for Downgrade iOS 14 to iOS 13

Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 or Restore iPhone Using Recovery mode on Mac Finder [MacOS Catalina]

Step #1: Open Finder on Mac. [On Old Mac and PC Use iTunes and Follow the same steps]

Step #2: Connect the iPhone to the Mac using the lightning cable.

  • Wait for few seconds and Find your Device on Finder sidebar. Click on it to Get Update and Restore buttons like iTunes.

Step #3: Next, enter the iPhone into Recovery Mode, follow the procedure as per your iPhone model.

  • iPhone 8, iPhone XR, iPhone XS/XS Max, 11 pro Max or later:

Step #1: Press and release the Volume Up button.
Step #2: Press and release the Volume Down button.
Step #3: Lastly, hold down the Side button until the Apple logo and Lightning appears on the iPhone screen.

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Step #1: Press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button, until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

  • iPhone 6S or earlier or iPad and iPod Touch

Step #1: Press and hold the Home button and sleep/wake button and release it when you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Step #4: Next, when you see “Update” or “Restore” options on iTunes, select “Restore”.

Step #5: Once the Restore gets complete, all the data will be removed and so you can restore the iOS 12 backup to your iPhone.

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