After a couple of days with the iOS 7 Beta, a few things have become clear. There’s no doubt that Apple’s new software is phenomenal. Personally, I think it’s perfect, I love the new user interface, the new icons and the brilliant new features. However, a beta is a beta. iOS 7 is riddled with bugs, mostly display issues, app compatibility, and basic functionality problems.
No one expected the beta to be perfect, but I imagine that many of you who have upgraded, may well be wishing that you could downgrade, returning to the fully fledged and stable iOS 6. Thanks to Evad3rs, that’s now possible.
The guys responsible for the Evasi0n jailbreak have picked up on the fact that Apple is still signing iOS 6.1.3, which actually makes downgrading very easily.
All you need to do is follow these simple steps to return your device to iOS 6.1.3
Step 1: Turn the device off, connect it to the computer via USB, and launch iTunes
Step 2: Place the iOS device into DFU mode: with the device off, hold down the Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds then release the power button, continue holding Home button until iTunes notifies you of a device in recovery mode being detected. The device’s screen should stay black as if turned off.
Step 3: Restore within iTunes through either method a or b:
a) Restore from the iOS 6.1.3 backup you made prior to installing iOS 7 beta
b) Restore to iOS 6.1.3 IPSW by Option-Clicking the “Restore” button, and then restore from iCloud backup when finished
Step 4: Let iTunes restore back to iOS 6.1.3, the device will reboot when finished
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you decide to downgrade, and leave a reason why!
Todays iPhone and Evad3rs are not responsible for any damage caused to your iPhone if you decide to downgrade. There are risks to downgrading, so please think before trying this.