The entire process of downgrading an iOS version is time-sensitive, which a lot of users are not aware of. Let’s talk about this in detail.
Ideally, you can only downgrade iOS 15 to a previous stable version only. For instance, if you wish to do an iOS 15 downgrade, then you can only go back to its previous stable release, which is signed by Apple. You can visit IPSW.me to check if the compatible firmware is available.
As you know, in order to downgrade iOS 15, you need to take the needed steps within 14 days of its official release. Also, users can only roll back to a previous stable version. Though, if you have passed the 14-day duration and want to downgrade to a version no longer signed by Apple, then you need to use a third-party tool. By taking the assistance of tools like TinyUmbrella or TaigOne Downgrader, you can install any supported iOS version on the device. They mimic Apple's signature, letting us install personalized firmware (iOS version) on iDevices.
Though the entire process would be pretty technical, and it might not yield positive results. Since these third-party tools are not supported by Apple, you need to jailbreak your device to do it. This is not recommended as it will affect the warranty of your device and you would no longer have access to the official iOS releases as well. Furthermore, it will make your device vulnerable to unwanted security threats.
Note: Please check on https://ipsw.me/product/iPhone to make sure the compatible firmware is available before downgrading.
Though, there are a lot of users who wish to take the assistance of iTunes to do the same. While you can perform iOS 15 downgrade with iTunes, it has its own cons. For instance, you might end up losing the existing data on your phone as it would restore your device to its factory settings. The process is also a bit technical, and you might end up damaging your device in the process.
As you can see, sometimes it can be tough to undo an iOS 15 update on iPhone or iPad. To make the entire process simpler, there are tons of third-party tools that you can try. Not only will they let you downgrade iOS version without losing data, but they would also yield better results. Also, if you have a jailbroken device, then you can even downgrade it to any previous iOS version. Let’s get to know more about the features and flexibility of some of these readily available tools.
If you are a beginner and do not have a lot of technical knowledge about iOS downgrading, then consider picking either of the following tools.
If you want more flexibility with your device and have decent technical experience, then you can also explore some of these options too.
Both SHSH and SHSH2 blobs are referred to digital signatures deployed by Apple on respective IPSW files. This protects the authenticity of the IPSW files and only signed software would be installed on the device. When Apple releases a new iOS version, it stops signing the previous version. In this way, users need to upgrade to the latest public iOS version. This is where previously saved SHSH blobs are used to forge these signatures in order to downgrade our devices.
This is one of the most common issues that users face while downgrading their iOS devices. The chances are that while downgrading your device, the process would stop in between unexpectedly.
It happens when we try to downgrade the device to an incompatible iOS version. A faulty internet connection or low free space on the device can also trigger it.
While downgrading your device, your phone might get stuck in the recovery mode, Apple logo, or the DFU mode screen. The situation might seem a bit tedious, but you can try to resolve it by forcefully restarting your phone in most of the cases.
Downgrading from an unstable version, the download process of the firmware update has been halted in between, or any other firmware related issue.
The final step in the downgrading process is when the existing data on the device is recovered. Though, while doing so, the device might get stuck in the process and end up in the same loop.
An incompatible iOS version, loose connections, jailbroken device, lack of free storage, or any other related issue.
Most of the users take the assistance of iTunes (and an IPSW file) to downgrade iOS 15. Though, if there is a problem with the file, your device, or iTunes, then the process might not work.
An unsupported version of iTunes, corrupt IPSW file, or conflict with the device itself can result in this error.
While restoring the device during the downgrading process, your device might get stuck. For instance, it can get stuck in a restart loop, not letting you access the device.
Lack of free space on the device, corrupt storage, incomplete update, bad IPSW file use, or any other compatibility issue.
SHSH Blobs are Apple signatures that are needed to downgrade iOS 15 in a timely manner. Their absence or a wrong SHSH entity can tamper with the downgrading process.
Wrong SHSH blob, corrupt unit by a third-party dump, or an expired SHSH blob can be some of the major reasons for this.
This is one of the worst nightmares for any iOS user. After completing the downgrade, the chances are that you might end up losing all the saved photos, videos, contacts, messages, and other important files from your phone.
The process could be halted in between, a corrupt device, bad firmware, and so on. An upgrade to an unstable release of iOS can also cause data loss on your device.
Even after losing their data while downgrading an iOS device, users try to restore an existing backup. Sadly, there are times when the previous iTunes or iCloud backup ceases to restore on the downgraded device.
The problem usually occurs due to a compatibility issue among various iOS versions. For instance, you could have taken the backup of your device when it was running on another iOS version and now you are trying to restore it on an unsupported iOS version.