How to Downgrade from iOS 7 Back to iOS 6 on your iPhone / iPad

UPDATE: Thanks to Apple no longer signing the iOS 6 package and updates to iTunes, this procedure no longer works. Sorry, guys!

Maybe you’re sick of playing around with iOS 7 or maybe you got stuck while trying to update to iOS 7? Either way you can easily get back to iOS 6 and be back to what you’re used to or back to a good starting point to try and update to iOS 7 again. Here’s how to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 7 back to iOS 6.

I. Before You Begin

1. Yes, I did use an iPhone for this procedure, but it will also work on an iPad or iPod Touch as well (just choose the right firmware for your specific device when prompted in the procedure).

2. You must have the latest version of iTunes installed. If you don’t, download it from Apple here.

II. Download the Stock Firmware

1. Head here and select your device’s firmware in the drop down box under iPhone and select Download (remember to select the firmware for your specific iPhone model, if you need help figuring out which is yours, see this here).

III. Put Your Device into DFU Mode

1. With the device plugged in to the computer via USB, turn it off.

2. Hold down Power and the Home button at the same time until you see the screen go from the Apple logo to black (approx. 10 seconds) then let go of the Power button but continue to hold the Home button until iTunes pops up a dialog box saying it has discovered an iPhone in recovery mode.

IV. Flash the Stock Firmware

1. In iTunes, select your iPhone from the sidebar on the left.

2. Now, hold Option on your keyboard (or Shift for Windows) and click on Restore.

3. When the selector appears, choose the firmware file you downloaded earlier and click OK.

4. When the device restarts and is done, select the backup you made of the device before you upgraded to iOS 7 when prompted to restore your apps, contacts, etc. (if you made a backup before updating to iOS 7, of course).

Want to give updating to iOS 7 Beta another chance? Head to our How to Update to iOS 7 Beta Right Now on Your iPhone procedure.

 

  • Hema Him

    I purchased an Iphone 5 IOS 7.2. I went home and tried to link it to my Apple ID I couldn’t do that and can’t even access or buy or update any app.

  • JR

    ANYONE READING THIS!!!

    Do NOT proceed with this method. This article is from July. iOS7 was released in September. This article is describing a method that works in beta version iOS7, not the official release.

    If you have downloaded iOS7.0.0/7.0.1/7.0.2, do NOT try to go back to iOS6 using this method.

  • MICHAEL JOHNSON

    Yes I downloaded i07. Problem I have , I use my iPad for work (2nd gen wi-fi 16 gig). I can no longer use my pad because the app was deleted. I can not restore i06.1.3 or any i06 version
    The developer BINNJ located in Canada has not been able to solve this problem yet, meanwhile I’m considering buying another iPad .

    • MICHAEL JOHNSON

      Anyone can help?

  • Shrek+Technology

    If I dont have a backup from before IOS 7, does that mean when i restore it, it will be back at IOS 7 again?

  • fuckmylife

    none of this works for me at all the download didnt even go to desktop i hit shift nothing pulls up and it realy sucks to cause i just got a iphone for the first time and i didnt even get to enjoy it because now im on ios7 and it feeels like a fake app that i could have gotten to make it look like a iphone with a android

  • hi

    Can someone please tell me if this will work now with the official version of ios7 (im on 7.1.4) i really have no time to deal with a broken phone. if i get error 3194 like other people are getting will i still be able to use my phone even on ios7?

    • Rizwan

      whats a error 3194

  • harry

    if i have a Ipad mini. which firmware should i use?

  • Fresh

    It tells me firmware not supported

  • Alex

    i downloaded >>>> iPhone3,1_6.1.3_10B329_Restore.ipsw <<< for my Iphone 4… coz it's not compatible… can anyone help?

  • JC-G

    Please (for your sake) fix the file.

    • http://theunlockr.com David Cogen

      Please read the update at the top of the page on bold letters. This no longer works. Apple stopped signing the file.

  • Travis

    If I have a iPad mini which do i pick?

    • http://theunlockr.com David Cogen

      Please read the update at the top of the page on bold letters. This no longer works. Apple stopped signing the file. Sorry!