This post is like a counter post to what was published on our website yesterday about upgrading to the latest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 which Apple just rolled out on Thursday, 19th of September. Both the Operating Systems are targeted this time at three of Apple smart mobile devices which are the iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.
Meanwhile, there were already loads of Apple fans and customers who have already begin updating their devices to the latest iOS 13 [The iPadOS 13 is not yet rolled out until next week Tuesday 24th of September]
We wrote this post just in case you are an early adopter of the new iOS 13 on your smartphone but somehow wants to downgrade back to what you are formerly used to…the iOS 12.4.1
Whatever your reason for not totally interested in the new OS is, that is your own opinion and you are completely entitled to it. But what you first need to know even before upgrading at all [Just in case you have not yet upgraded to the iOS 13] is to know that the farther you can go back to is the iOS 12.4.1 because somehow, Apple only signed this OS to be the backwards you can go. If that is okay with you, then let us downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12.4.1 then.
How to downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12.4.1
There are 6 steps altogether in order to achieve this. The process is not tough meaning you do not need to take your phone back to Apple care center for downgrading. You just remember when we hammered it that you should always back up your iPhone first before you perform any major task such as upgrading/downgrading just in case things go wrong, you will not have to lose your files and data.
But without further ado, let us get down to the guide.
STEP #1: You need to ensure that you have the latest iTunes software installed on your computer [Mac/Windows PC] because it is only compatible with the new iOS 13. You might have used the iCloud to do the initial upgrade/backup of your data meanwhile reverting back to iOS 12.4.1 requires the iTunes recognizes your device in order to offer the iOS 13 support.
STEP #2: Now that you have the latest iTunes installed, the next thing to do is have the correct iOS 12.4.1 IPSW file for your iPhone device. If for example you are using the iPhone XR, you will need the IPSW file especially built for the particular device but you can grab the iOS 12.4.1 IPSW file from RedmondPie.com here.
STEP #3: The next thing to do is to first Turn off the Find My IPhone feature in order to downgrade the iOS 13 back to iOS 12. To do this, you need to head to the Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and make sure the Find My iPhone switch is set to the Off position. You will also be asked to confirm the password for the currently signed-in iCloud account.
STEP #4: After that is done, you then need to connect your iPhone to either your Windows PC or your Mac using the supplied USB cable. You might have to manually turn up the iTunes just in case the software does not auto start itself. You’re now going to need to put the connected device into DFU or Recovery mode.
If you are struggling on getting your device into DFU mode, then you can find more information below on RedmondPie.com:
- iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, or iPhone X / XR / XS / XS Max owners: DFU Mode On iPhone X / 8: Here’s How To Enter It
- iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus owners: Enter DFU Mode On iPhone 7 Or iPhone 7 Plus, Here’s How
- If you have an older device, then follow the instructions here.
Ones you have the DFU Mode activated, iTunes will then let you know if it has detected a device in Recovery Mode. Then you can proceed to the next guide.
STEP #5: Click on the Option Key [for Mac users] or the Shift Key [For Windows PC] and ensure that you select the Restore iPhone… option within iTunes. When asked, navigate to the iOS 12.4.1 IPSW file on your computer and select it.
STEP #6: After everything is done the right way, the iTunes will then commence working and in no time, your device will revert back to the older iOS 12.4.1 file. Once complete, the iOS setup screen should be up and ready to get things working.