How To Downgrade iOS 11 To An Older Version [Guide]

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Check out how to downgrade iOS 11, if Apple’s new operating system is not your cup of tea.

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11, came out on Sept. 19, 2017. It was introduced back on June 5, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Since then, users had plenty of time to prepare for the update, as Apple even released a Beta version to be tested. Apple’s iOS 11 brought some amazing features for users to experience. Unfortunately, not all of those features are useful. Owners of iOS 11-supported devices experienced problems with battery life, while many users noticed misleading Control Center toggles which didn’t disable WiFi and Bluetooth completely. Furthermore, owners of older iPhone and iPad devices, such as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 have had many struggles in using their phones as no matter how tempting the new features are they slow down the devices a great deal.

As you can imagine, iOS 11 doesn’t work like a charm on all devices. Fortunately, there still is a way to roll back your device to an older version. Apple made it possible to downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 for those who don’t like how the iOS 11 works on their device. The process will take you between 40 to 45 minutes and might seem a little confusing. However, the whole process will be worth it if you miss how your device worked before the update.

That being said, continue reading this article if you want to learn how to downgrade iOS 11.

Step 1: Make sure to update/install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

In order to downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3, you will need to have an updated version of iTunes. If you already have the software downloaded, make sure to install the latest version by opening iTunes, click on “Account” on the top bar after which you’ll be greeted with a drop-down menu. Choose “Check for Available Downloads.” If you don’t have iTunes on your computer, download the latest version for Windows or MAC (depending which operating system you use.)

Step 2: Find the Right IPSW file for your device.

After you’ve prepared iTunes, you will have to find the right IPSW file for your device. On this link, you can find the IPSW file that is suitable for your iPhone or iPad device. Download the right file on your desktop so you can proceed with the downgrade process.

Step 3: Prepare your device before you attempt to downgrade iOS 11.

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Grab your device and go to settings to disable “Find my iPhone.” Navigate to Settings, go to “Your Name,” tap “iCloud” and “Find My iPhone” and then toggle switch “Find My iPhone” to “Off.”

Step 4: Connect to the Computer.

This one should be easy, connect your iPhone or iPad to your desktop using a USB drive.

Step 5: Enter DFU mode.

Entering DFU mode is achieved through resetting your iPhone. Basically, older models like the iPhone 6 require you to hold the Power Button and Home Button until your computer notifies you about your device entering recovery mode. However, as Apple removed the Home Button on iPhone 7 and newer models, long-press the Volume Down button as if you were pressing the Home Button, or make sure to check the guide here.

Step 6: Downgrade iOS 11 to the older firmware version.

Downgrade iOS 11
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Make sure to hold down the Shift button, while Mac users need to hold Option instead of Shift. Click “Restore iPhone” in iTunes. When the program asks you to browse file, select the IPSW file suitable for your device’s model.

After step 6 all you need to do to downgrade iOS 11 is to follow the instructions from iTunes.

Do you like the iOS 11 or are you more fond of the previous versions? Let us know in the comments!

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