iOS 8.1.1 was released with a bunch of solutions and improvements over iOS 8.1. If you had updated to iOS 8.1.1 and understood that you have to return to iOS 8.1 for say, jailbreak purposes, as well as the upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 download was unintentional, you’re in luck as you can still downgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 8.1.

It is very important to note that this procedure functions for downgrading iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1 simply as Apple proceeds to sign the iOS 8.1 firmware file. When the signing window is closed, which could be any kind of day now, you won’t be able to downgrade from iOS 8.1.1.

So here’s just how you can downgrade your device from iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1.



  • iOS 8.1 firmware file, which you could download here.
  • Latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC.

Downgrade iOS 8.1.1 To iOS 8.1

Step 1: Make sure to take a backup of your device using iCloud or iTunes so you have something to fall back to incase something goes wrong.

Using iCloud: Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Backup and tap on iCloud Backup, then Back Up Now.

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Using iTunes: Connect your device to your PC or Mac. Select your iOS device, then under the Backups pane, click on Backup Now. It’s best to make a local backup, so be sure to select the This Computer option before clicking on Backup Now.

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Step 2: Connect your iOS 8.1.1 running device to your computer system.

Step 3: Run iTunes and select your iOS device as shown in the screenshot here.


Step 4: Holding down the ‘Alt/Option’ key on Mac or left ‘Shift’ key on Windows, click the ‘Restore iPhone/ iPad’ button.


Step 5: When prompted to select an IPSW file, browse to where you downloaded the firmware file and select it.

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Step 6: An iTunes prompt will certainly now ask you to confirm if you wish to proceed the upgrade. Click Update.

Let iTunes do its magic and in a couple of mins you’ll be downgraded to iOS 8.1, all ready to jailbreak utilizing Pangu8.

Presently Apple is signing the iOS 8.1 firmware file, but that can stop any moment, so if you want to downgrade your iOS device, you might want to hurry up.

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