How to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1


Apple recently started updating iPhones and iPads to iOS 9, the latest public version of its mobile operating system. Although the new iOS version is said to come with performance optimizations, it looks like some iOS users are noticing lags and bugs once updating their devices to iOS 9. If you're one of the unlucky ones, this article will teach you how to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1.

Note that downgrading devices to iOS 8.4.1 will only work for as long as Apple continues to allow for this to happen by signing the firmware files for this iOS version. Also, before moving on to downgrading your device from iOS 9, make sure to create a backup of your personal data, as as the procedure we're about to explain will wipe your device clean.

While downgrading from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1 may seem like a daunting task, you need not worry. This article will provide a detailed step-by-step guide through the entire process:

Step 0: Go to the following link and download the iOS 8.4 ISPW file for your device on a computer with iTunes.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone, then turn off the Find My iPhone feature. If you're downgrading an iPad, don't worry about this.

Step 2: Hold the power button then do a swipe to turn off your device.

Step 3: Go to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 4: Right after you connect your iPhone or iPad to his computer, start holding both the power and the home button for about 10 seconds. Then release the power button, but continue holding the home button for about three seconds. Use a clock to time the moves. 

Step 5: If you've timed everything correctly, iTunes should now detect that your iPhone or iPad is in device firmware update mode. If the device boots up normally, repeat steps 2 through 4 again.

Step 6: In iTunes, select the device and go to the Summary screen.

Step 7: Press the Restore button while holding down Shift (Windows) or Option (Mac).



Step 8: When the file browser opens, navigate to where you've downloaded the iOS 8.4.1 IPSW file that you've previously downloaded.

Step 9: Once the setup routine is complete, your iPhone or iPad will go to the new setup screen, just like a new device would.

Step 10: Now follow the on-screen instructions to set up the device.

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22 Comments

1. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

"Step 0" you meant 8.4.1

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

hummmm what happened to it just works

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why as pa not post this, come on News flash news flash Samsung is more secure than Apple iOS 9 as been hacked any I product running ios9 can be login to without password all contacts and images can be looked at including on the cloud Seehttp://youtu.be/sIp73v_W5A8

22. leart78

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

even a child can hack Samsung in 5 minutes... but you can't know ... fagdroid are only focused to pirate apps ... poor people :(

2. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

New App Switcher and Font sucks! I'm downgrading cause of bugs and unstability! I'm not using my iphone too much anyway!

3. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Sic transit gloria mundi. No more fancy articles how flawless and bug free is iOS. Every OS have bugs, but till now was not admitted from iFans. Also this site - iPhoneArena. Look that 80% of so called articles are about iPhone and related.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I wouldnt, my iPad 3 is smoother and tad faster launching apps, the UI is really smooth though.. still a microsecond delay compared to my 5s, but iPad3 is 4 years old... There's one thing that's consistent, when pulling down spotlight, everytime there's a millisecond delay in the middle of animation. But that's my only complaint..

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Typical damage control by an ifan. My iPad Air runs a lot worse except phonearena runs better on iOS 9. Everything else is worse. Lol

10. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No one believes you s-heep.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The people with Apple devices lagging left and right believe me. If you isheep don't believe me that's fine.

19. leart78

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

ahaha who the f on this earth believe dumb fagdroid trolls that are working for Samsung for less than 1 $ dollar per day to spread bulls**t around the Internet? hahah if you don't believe me that's fine lololol

21. leart78

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

is you talking or a virus is taking the control of your cheap and ugly and disgusting android device ...?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

On the Air 2, it's great. Can't wait to see how the next update is. It's a massive improvement over ios 8, from a stability and performance standpoint. The new features are great.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

News flash news flash Samsung is more secure than Apple iOS 9 as been hacked any I product running ios9 can be login to without password all contacts and images can be looked at including on the cloud Seehttp://youtu.be/sIp73v_W5A8

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man I wish you'd go jump off a bridge somewhere, or just avoid my posts. You're a stupid, trouble making, idiot. Get lost. All you do is bounce from article to article, bothering people with spam. Get a life, or just get laid.

14. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Lmao. O so you can't gob the truth?

15. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

With the way he writes his posts, nobody would lay with him.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said. He's such a bothersome critter.

20. leart78

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

spamsung is so secure that they use a operating system that had stage fright bug since 2010 and its not yet patched properly.. if you believe that spamsung is a secure device and google is not selling your credentials, your a android poor dumb or a payed poor troll .. Samsung was forced to admit that payed students to bad mouth competition .. the most disgusting company in the world is called Samsung

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Apple and its lousy upgrades with no possible downgrades terminated my ipad1. What a shame. I laugh to it everytime I see an apple product.

7. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Updated my old 4s, just got sulky and laggy. iOS9 still has a lot of tweaking to do for older iphones.

16. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Don't downgrade. Upgrade to 9.1 beta and everything will be fine. It's much better than iOS 9.

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