How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

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These are instructions on how to downgrade from the iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8. You will only be able to downgrade to the latest iOS 8 release. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest version of iOS 8 that Apple is signing is 8.3.

Before attempting any downgrade, please be sure to backup all of your information.

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

Step One
Download the latest iOS 8 firmware for your device from here. Again, note that you can only restore to the latest firmware Apple is signing (8.3 in this case).

Step Two
Launch iTunes from your dock.

Step Three
Place your device into DFU Mode by following these steps. Here is a full tutorial on how to put your iPhone into DFU mode if you need additional help.

Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8
The iPhone screen will remain black like this:

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

Step Four
Hold down the Alt/Option key (Shift in Windows) and click the Restore iPhone... button.
How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

Step Five
Select the firmware file you downloaded earlier from the window that appears and click the Open button.
How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8
When asked to confirm the restore click the Restore button.

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

Step Six
iTunes will go through the process of the restore/downgrade and after about 10-15 minutes, your device will be freshly restored to iOS 8.
How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8

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EdT - September 13, 2016 at 2:10pm
After downgrading to iOS8, can I just do "clean" install and not do a backup?
EdT - September 13, 2016 at 2:10pm
I mean, not restore a backup?
sscc - September 13, 2016 at 11:48pm
I very much doubt you will be able to downgrade. See my comment below - Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.
Brae - December 24, 2015 at 8:29am
iphone 4s, ios 9.2. Trying to downgrade to ios 8.3. Waiting on ipsw download. Will she work? Any idea's
sscc - October 26, 2015 at 3:10am
FYI Apple is no longer signing iOS 8.
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