As the initial version of iOS 11 has caused some performance issues relating to email and a shorter battery capacity, Apple recognized the issue and sought to repair it with the introduction of a later OS, iOS 11.0.1. However, this has led to cause more problems than it has solved and hence many people are looking to downgrade back to iOS 10 until the latest version is stable enough to install and use. For those who have installed iOS 11 and are looking to downgrade, this article discusses the steps on how to do so safely and securely.
Before any steps are taken, it is highly recommended that users back up their device to ensure that there is a copy of everything on the computer if they run into any issues that can be accessed later. This can be done by connecting the device to iTunes and then waiting for the automatic syncing and backup process to complete. Once this is done, users can then go through the downgrade processes knowing that all of their information is securely stored.
The first step that must be done is for the user to turn off Find My iPhone which can be done by going into the settings -> iCloud -> Click on Find my iPhone -> and then turning it off. This is a critical step that must be taken otherwise the downgrade will not work, so it is crucial for users to remember to turn this off before proceeding.
After that, users should put their phone into recovery mode. This is done by turning off the phone and then simultaneously holding the home button down while syncing the device to a computer with a cord. After the phone is in recovery mode, users can then go to any site that allows them to download a previous version such as IPSW to select the version that they want which corresponds to their device. After downloading this file, users can then go back to iTunes, go to Update, and then select the IPSW file that was just downloaded. After doing this, the phone should be back to the previous OS which is running without any issues. Beyond downloading to version 10, users can also downgrade to any previous version of their choice by selecting the corresponding file from the IPSW website.
Given the issues that have been found in the latest version of iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.1 such as email, battery, and performance issues, many are seeking ways to downgrade their device to a more stable version. While downgrading versions is something that many people did not know was possible, this article discusses the easiest and fasted way to do so for those who are looking to get back to a version before iOS 11.