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How to downgrade iOS 13 Back to iOS 12.4.1 on Your iPhone

In case you have already updated your iPhone to iOS 13 and now want to downgrade it back to iOS 12.4.1, then this article is for you.

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Apple’s iOS 13 update is not without bugs and other issues, and if those problems become annoying or irritating on your ability to use your iPhone like usual, you may wish to downgrade. Latest or new feautures may not matter if you can’t use your mobile device like it’s ment to be.

There’s also the chance that you just don’t like the iOS 13 update as it stands right now, whether that’s iOS 13.0, 13.1, 13.1.1, or 13.1.2. If that’s the case or your iPhone has become increasingly unusable as you’d like to use it, you’re not stuck with iOS 13 — you can downgrade back to iOS 12.4.1 if you want to.

In case you have already updated your iPhone to iOS 13 and now want to downgrade it back to iOS 12.4.1, then this article is for you. You’ll be guided step by step on how to downgrade your iPhone back to iOs 12.4.1.

How to downgrade iOS 13 Back to iOS 12.4.1

All Apple’s iOS 13 version were released in Sept. 19 to Sept. 30, this include iOS 13.0, 13.1, 13.1.1, and 13.1.2, with this there may not be enough time left before the company stops supporting the latest version of iOS 12. According to the past trends, we think Apple will probably stop signing the newest iOS 12 software updates sometime in October of this year. Once it does, you won’t be able to downgrade from iOS 13 unless you happened to save your SHSH2 blobs. (Last year, Apple stopped signing iOS 11.4.1 three weeks after the release of iOS 12.)

Note: Save Your iPhone’s SHSH2 Blobs to Downgrade iOS Later

Before then, you can downgrade from iOS 13 in a couple of different ways. If you want to keep all the data on your iPhone, you would have to have made an archived backup before you upgraded to iOS 13. If you didn’t make a backup, you could still downgrade, but you’ll have to start fresh.

Step 1: Disable ‘Find My iPhone’

Before restoring your device, you’ll need to disable Find My iPhone. Actually you don’t really need to do that now since iOS will prompt you to disable the feature down the line, but it makes things easier to sort this out now, so you don’t run into problems later.

First, open “Settings,” then tap your name at the top of the display, and choose “Find My” from the list. Next, tap “Find My iPhone,” then tap the slider next to “Find My iPhone” to toggle it off. When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password, and iOS will disable Find My iPhone.

Step 2: Download the Right Restore Image

You should perfectly download the right restore image made specifically for your gadget model onto your computer for iOS 12.4.1, which will be an IPSW file. Apple stopped signing iOS 12.3, 12.3.1, and 12.3.2 nine days after pushing out iOS 12.4 on July 22, as well as iOS 12.4 sixteen days after iOS 12.4.1’s release on Aug. 26, so iOS 12.4.1 is all you can downgrade to.

While this guide focuses on iPhone, the process is the same for iPad and iPod touch when those updates are available, so we’ve included the restore images for those iOS devices as well. Don’t be afraid if your download time is long — these files are large. On both macOS and Windows, you’ll find your downloaded file in the “Downloads” folder.

This guide focuses on your iPhone, but the process remain the same for iPad and iPod touch when those updates are available, so we’ve included the restore images for those iOS devices as well. Don’t be afraid if your download time is long — these files are large. On both macOS and Windows, you’ll find your downloaded file in the “Downloads” folder.

Scroll through the list below, find your device and click on the link to automatically start the download.

iOS 12.4.1 Restore Images

Also Read: Download Ignition App on iOS & Android

Step 3: Connect Your iPhone to iTunes or Finder

Once your IPSW has downloaded entirely, plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows computer via a Lightning to USB or Lightning to USB-C cable.

1st Option: Using iTunes

If you’re using Windows or macOS 10.14.6 Mojave or lower, iTunes should automatically open. If it didn’t, take a look at your iPhone’s lock screen; If you find an “Unlock iPhone to Use Accessories” notification, unlock it.

In addition, you may see a prompt asking to “Trust This Computer” if it’s the first time connecting to the machine — follow the on-screen instructions to trust it. Furthermore, iTunes might ask you to update iTunes to connect your device, so do so if you see that.

Once the phone icon appears under Devices in the sidebar as well as next to the media dropdown, that means you’ve successfully connected. Click on either to open your device’s Summary screen.

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How to downgrade iOS 13 Back to iOS 12.4.1

2nd Option: Using Finder

If you’re running macOS 10.15 Catalina, you should see the iPhone appear as a drive in Locations in the Finder, since there is no iTunes app. As with iTunes, if it doesn’t appear right away, look for an “Unlock iPhone to Use Accessories” notification on your iPhone, then unlock it.

In addition, a prompt may pop out asking to “Trust This Computer” if you’re connecting for the first time to the machine — follow the on-screen instructions to trust it. (“Trust iPhone” may also appear when you select your iPhone in Finder.) Furthermore, iTunes might ask you to update iTunes to connect your device, so do so if you see that.

Click on your iPhone from the sidebar in Finder, which will show up under the Locations section, or double-click on it from your Desktop. Then, make sure you’re on the “General” tab.

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Step 4: Install the Older iOS Version

Whether you’re using iTunes or Finder, in this aspect the process remain the same, but we’ve separated the directions to make it easier to follow along.

1st Option: Using iTunes

If on a Mac, hold down the Option key, then click “Restore iPhone” in the Summary page in iTunes. On a Windows PC, do the same but hold down Shift instead.

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Here, you’ll see a file browser menu pop up. Locate your downloaded IPSW file, select it, then click “Open.”

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Now, you’ll see a pop-up letting you know that iOS 12.4.1 will be installed on your iPhone, overwriting iOS 13. Select “Restore” here to confirm the process. Make sure to keep an eye on your iPhone, as it might as you to enter your passcode somewhere during the installation.

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At this stage, do not unplug your iPhone from your computer until it reboots, and the iOS 12.4.1 welcome screen appears. Once that happens, you’re free to disconnect.

2nd Option: Using Finder

If on a Mac, hold down the Option key, then click “Restore iPhone” in the General page in Finder.

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You’ll see a file browser menu pop up. Locate your downloaded IPSW file, select it, then click “Open.”

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Now, a pop-up appears to let you know that iOS 12.4.1 will be installed on your iPhone, overwriting iOS 13. kindly select “Restore” here to confirm. Make sure to keep a keen eye on your iPhone, as it might ask you to enter your passcode somewhere during the installation.

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Your iPhone should not be unplug from your computer until it reboots, and the iOS 12.4.1 welcome screen appears. Once that happens, feel free to disconnect.

Also Read: How to Install Electra Jailbreak for iOS 11.0 – iOS 11.4.1 with Cydia Impactor

Step 5: Restore Your iPhone from a Backup

Since you downgraded your iPhone with a restore image, all of your data will be lost. If you have a compatible backup, either in iCloud or iTunes, use the following steps to get back up and running with all your photos, settings, and other data.

If you want your iPhone to feel fresh-out-of-the-box, select “Set Up as New iPhone.”
If you want your saved apps and data restored, try “Restore from iCloud” if you have a completed backup for iOS 12.4 or 12.4.1. If your backup was made with iOS 13, iOS would make you update back to iOS 13, so you may have to start from scratch anyway with “Set Up as New iPhone.”
If you made an archived backup in iTunes for 12.4 or 12.4.1, you can try “Restore from iTunes Backup.”

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