Here’s how you can downgrade iOS 12 final version to iOS 11.4.1 manually on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch hardware the right way.
Starting today, official iOS 12 IPSW files and OTA update has been pushed into the wild. In order to try the latest version of iOS and discover new features that have been added. However, there is also plenty of scope for someone who might update their iPhone or iPad to iOS 12. If they are unable to install iOS 12 and automatically updated their device to iOS 12, then they also want to reverse the solution.
That’s because of the reason related to jailbreaking, an app that refuses to behave or simply a preference for something being the way it used to be. Whatever reason it could be, downgrading is often the only solution, and it’s eminently doable, at least for now.
While Apple still signing iOS 11.4.1 there is time to get the downgrade carried out. If you’re in need of a better method for removing iOS 12 completely and restoring iOS 11.4.1, here’s what you need in order to get started
With iOS 12 installed, you can follow the steps below to downgrade to iOS 11.4.1:
- A functioning PC or Mac with the latest version of iTunes installed.
- The iOS 11.4.1 IPSW file for your specific device, which can be downloaded from here.
- An understanding that you can only downgrade as far back as iOS 11.4.1 from iOS 12 as Apple is no longer signing any additional firmware.
Step 1: First thing you should do before you can go through the downgrade process is, you’ll need to be on the latest version of iTunes. For that record, that’s going to be Apple’s latest version with support for the released iOS 12. If you haven’t downloaded it as yet, then go and grab it right now!
Step 2: You are also going to need to have a relevant iOS 11.4.1 IPSW file in your space. You can download the right iOS 11.4 IPSW file for your specific device right immediately from here.
Step 3: Disable Find My iPhone on your device from Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. This is vital.
Step 3: Launch iTunes and put your device into DFU or Recovery Mode by following the instructions given below. On your Mac or PC, open iTunes and connect your iOS device. You will need to put your device into DFU mode which can be done by following these guides.
On iPhone 7 Or iPhone 7 Plus, Here’s How
Enter DFU mode by powering down your devices as you normally would by pressing and holding the power/lock button until the slide to power off prompt appears. Slide it to turn off. Once completely turned it off, press and hold the power/lock button on the right side for about 3 seconds. With the power/lock button still pressed, press and hold the volume down button on the other side of the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Keep holding both buttons down together for approximately 10 seconds.
After 10 seconds, release the power/lock button, but make sure that you continue to keep the volume down button held down for another 5 seconds. You will see Apple Logo on the screen, or if you see the iTunes logo with Lightning cable appear on screen, then you have held the volume down button down for too long. In either instance, you will have to re-start the process again.
If you nail the timings, the display will remain all black, confirming that the device has entered into DFU mode successfully. iTunes will also confirm the same if you’re connected to that via PC or Mac.
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Press and hold the Side button on the device for three seconds. You should get the Apple bootup screen. With the Side button still held down press the Volume Down button and hold both buttons for a period of ten seconds. The image below shows exactly how!
The bootup screen should disappear once the system has detected that these buttons are pressed for a specific period of time. After that timing, release the Side button but continue to press the Volume Down button for an additional five seconds. iTunes should pop up an alert informing that it has found a device in Recovery mode. The iPhone 8’s screen should be entirely black at this stage.
Once in DFU mode, hold down the Option key on the Mac keyboard and click on the Restore iPhone… button. Those of you on Windows can do same by holding down the Shift key while clicking on Restore iPhone... button. Once prompted, select the IPSW file, which you already downloaded earlier.
Finally, iTunes will work its magic and restore to iOS 11.4.1 as requested. Once done, you’ll be all set to either restore from a compatible iTunes or iCloud backup or if you prefer to set your device up fresh. And remember, when iOS 12 is stable, you can go right back to it and get it on your device.
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