The iOS 9 public beta has been released, which means that there are a lot of people who already updated their compatible iOS devices to it. iOS 9 is surely one of the operating systems that many have been waiting, as it comes with many new features and fixes.
However, since this iOS 9 version is still in beta, you might find many bugs or issues that will be fixed before the stable version will get released. If you’ve updated your device to iOS 9, but you want to return to iOS 8.4.1, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’re going to guide you through the whole downgrade process.
Keep in mind that this process will ONLY work as long as Apple will continue to sign the iOS 8.4.1. Once the signing of iOS 8.4.1 will stop, you will not be able to downgrade anymore.
How To Downgrade From iOS 9 To iOS 8.4.1
First of all, you will need to get the iOS 8.4.1 firmware file that has been built especially for your device type. After you download the correct IPSW file on your PC or Mac, you will need to make sure that the latest iTunes version is installed on your desktop device.
We remind you that Apple has recently released the iTunes version 12.3 with iOS 9 and El Capitan support, so make sure that you have this version (or later) installed on your desktop device.
Now head to your device that runs on iOS 9 and turn off the Touch ID & Passcode from Settings->Touch ID & Passcode. Then, turn off the “Find my iPhone” feature from Settings->iCloud->Find My iPhone and connect the iOS device to your PC or Mac device.
Start the iTunes application on your desktop device and select the connected iOS device from the “Summary” tab from the left sidebar column. If you are using a Windows PC, press the Shift key or the Option/ALT key on your Mac device and click on the “Restore iPhone” button.
A new window will open, where you will need to select the firmware file that we’ve told you to download (make sure that the IPSW file is especially for the device you own or this will NOT work).
After you select the firmware file, iTunes will start restoring your device to iOS 8.4.1. Now, you will need be patient and wait for the process to complete. When the downgrade will be complete, the device will reboot and you will notice that it runs once again on iOS 8.4.1.