How to Roll Back Ios Update on Iphone 6

Always, with the next iOS update, some users insistently want to return the previous version, in other words, roll back. The reasons can be both dissatisfaction with the interface, the brakes that appeared (in the case of iOS 7), and overt bugs up to the inoperability of the phone (in the case of iOS 9). Fortunately, the company gives us this opportunity and now we will consider this process as an example of our instructions, we will roll back the iPhone 4S.

Preparing for iOS Rollback. Select and download firmware

Since Apple started controlling in 2009 which versions of iOS it is possible to return to specific devices, you need to check whether rollback from your device is possible in principle, and if possible, to which version.

Demonstration of possible iOS for rollback on the example of iPhone 4S

For this check it is very convenient to use the service from, by clicking on the link you will clearly see a list of available versions of iOS that you can return to. In our case, this is iOS 8.4.1, with this information we proceed to the next step, namely, you need to download the firmware of the corresponding version to your computer.

The download process consists of clicking on this link and choosing your device type, device generation and firmware version. After all these steps, the download process will begin, select a location on your PC to save the firmware and use it to roll back in the future.


In the case of Apple, there are very few unforeseen situations, but still, backing up to iTunes or iCloud is your must. We also recommend that you have a copy of your Photos, and Audio materials on your PC, for subsequent backfill them into your phone (audio and in the backup are definitely not saved).

Here you should take into account that when saving a copy in iTunes, it will be available only for iOS 9, so if you do not have a previously saved copy for iOS 8, if you roll back successfully, you will have to configure the phone as new. If the procedure fails, you can always return the 9th version.

In the case of iCloud, as far as my memory serves me, all the copy data will be restored regardless of the version of iOS installed, so iCloud is put in priority, if not, then we save the data in iTunes.

Disabling the Find iPhone feature

If you have this option turned on, then you must turn it off before the rollback procedure, otherwise iTunes will give you an error when you try to start the process and that’s all over. To disable the Find iPhone function, read on our website.

The process of reverting a previous version of the OS

There are 2 ways to roll back: using RecoveryMode or DFUmode. RecoveryMode is a recovery emergency mode. Designed to restore the working state of devices on iOS, after they stopped working normally.

DFUMode is, in fact, the same RecoveryMode, it differs only in that it performs the entire operation bypassing the iPhone OS, and does a flashing directly through firmware. It is recommended to reflash with this method if it is impossible to reflash the smartphone using RecoveryMode.

Flashing through RecoveryMode

So, initiate the iPhone off and wait until the screen finally turns off. Connect it to the computer while holding the Home button. The computer recognizes the phone in RecoveryMode.

  • We start iTunes and wait until the program finds an iPhone, here are the options:
    1. iTunes may give us a window with the offer Restore iPhone, if so, then click OK
    2. iTunes doesn’t react in any way, then click on the smartphone’s icon and look for the “Restore iPhone” item, and then select it while holding down the Shift key (for Windows OS) or the Alt key (for Mac OC).
    3. A File Manager will appear in which we have to choose the firmware. We are looking for a file with firmware that was previously downloaded;
    4. Select it and click the Open button.

    How to Roll Back Ios Update on Iphone 6

    Flashing iPhone via iTunes

    Select an ipsw file

    Then iTunes will do everything itself, you just need to wait for the operation to complete. After flashing, disconnect the iPhone from the computer. Long press Power turn off the smartphone. By quick pressing Power turn on the device. Everything, the iPhone is fully functional and ready for further use.

    Flashing via DFU Mode

    Before flashing the phone, you need to transfer it to DFU Mode. We connect the device to the computer and turn off the smartphone. Next, simultaneously hold down the Home and Power keys and count to 10 seconds. After they expire, release the Power button while continuing to hold Home until iTunes recognizes the iPhone in DFU mode.

    Further, we act the same as with recovery through Recovery Mode.

    • Choose your device in iTunes.
    • In the smartphone management menu we find the item “Restore iPhone”.
    • We select it by holding the Shift key for the Windows operating system or Alt for Mac OC.
    • In the window that opens, specify the path to the file with the firmware and click Open.
    • We are waiting for iTunes to complete the operation.
    • We turn on and use a fully working device.

    This method is suitable for those who for some reason did not succeed in flashing the Recovery Mode. On this, our instruction came to its logical conclusion, we wish you good luck in this “difficult” process, and we ask you to write all your questions in the comments.

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    It didn’t help me anyway, it doesn’t work. Why?

    What is your phone model and what exactly did not help?

    Good afternoon! Please tell me, I have an iPhone5s, I updated 9.2 can I return to 8.3? Thanks.

    At the moment, in iPhone 5S version iOs 9.2 can not be returned to 8.3

    hello I have an iPhone 4s I can’t roll back to 8.4.1 everything did error 3194 occurred