Here’s how to downgrade iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to iOS 14.8 on your compatible iPhone or iPad device.
Sometimes there are reasons to downgrade iPhones and iPads to older versions of their software, although it’s rare. Thankfully the process isn’t a difficult one to undertake — you just need to know which steps to follow. And that’s why you’re here.
If you’re ready to go, let’s press on.
Step 1: Make sure that you’re running the latest version of macOS on your Mac, or iTunes if you’re using a PC.
Step 2: Download the IPSW file for the version of iOS or iPadOS that you intend to downgrade to. You can grab the ISPW for iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 right here.
Step 3: Make sure that you disable Find My iPhone. Head to Settings > iCloud > Find My and toggle the switch into the Off position. You’ll need to authenticate your Apple ID to do this.
Step 4: Connect your device to your PC or Mac and open a Finder window on the Mac, or Safari on a PC. You’ll also need to enter DFU mode — follow our guide depending on the device you’re using.
Step 5: Back in Finder or iTunes, hold the Option key on a Mac or the Shift key on a PC and click the Restore iPhone/iPad option.
Step 6: Choose the IPSW file that you just downloaded and let the process complete. Get a coffee, it might be a while.
When the process is complete and your device is restarted, you’re all done!
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