Can You Undo The iPhone iOS 11 Update & Go Back To The Old Version?
After downloading the newest version of Apple's iOS software, you may find yourself asking if you can undo the iPhone iOS 11 update and go back to the old version.
In fact, a lot of iPhone users regret downloading iOS 11 and have taken to Twitter with their complaints:
Battery life problems:
Mine has also! Absolutely wiped out my battery in no time!! 1 hour from 100% to 8%— James Corbett (@Jackrabbit710) September 26, 2017
Just running slow in general:
Control center problems:
iOS 11 sucks the control center is sooooo fucking annoying. And I tweak out when I scroll my notification bar down. @AppleSupport— Christina (@ItzTinaB) September 26, 2017
Apple music randomly being deleted:
Updating to iOS 11.0.1 just deleted all my downloaded Apple Music , music. @AppleSupport— Hector Ricky Flores (@rix530) September 26, 2017
Below are instructions on how to you can reverse iOS 11 and restore your iPhone to the older iOS version 10.3.
How To Downgrade From iOS 11 Back To 10.3.2
If you still want to proceed, here are the instructions to downgrade from the iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.2.
1. Disable 'Find My iPhone':
First, you'll need to disable Find My iPhone. To do that, head to Settings, then tap your name at the top of the list and select "iCloud." From here, select "Find My iPhone," then make sure to turn off the toggle switch on the following screen.
2. Download the IPSW File for Your Device:
Next, you'll need to download the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your particular device. This is a firmware file you'll be installing with iTunes to roll back your operating system, and luckily, we have a highly trusted source where you can get this file. So head to the following link from your computer, then pick your device and model.
From here, choose iOS 10.3.3 when prompted, then click the "Download" button. The file is rather large, so it may take a while to download, but make sure to note the file's location once it's finished.
3. Connect to iTunes
Next, connect your device to your computer with a Lightning cable, then open iTunes if it doesn't launch automatically. From there, make sure the phone icon appears near the top-left corner of the window — this signifies that iTunes has recognized your device.
4. Put Your Phone into DFU Mode
Next, turn off your phone while it's still connected to the computer. This can be done by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button, then swiping the slider.
From there, you'll need to boot into DFU mode. This varies depending on what device you own.
iPhone 7 or 7 Plus:
While the phone is turned off and connected to iTunes, press and hold the sleep/wake button for 3 seconds. From there, press and hold the volume down button while still holding the sleep/wake button. After 10 more seconds, release the sleep/wake button, but continue holding the volume down button. Wait 5 more seconds, then release the volume down button — if the screen is still black, you're in DFU mode. If you see the Apple logo or a "Connect to iTunes" message instead, try again.
iPhone 6s or older:
While the phone is turned off and connected to iTunes, press and hold the home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously. After 10 seconds, release the sleep/wake button, but continue holding the home button. Wait 5 more seconds, then release the home button — if the screen is still black, you're in DFU mode. If you see the Apple logo or a "Connect to iTunes" message instead, try again. Once you've successfully entered DFU mode, iTunes will display a message confirming that the phone is in recovery mode. Click "OK" here.
5. Install the Older Firmware
After that, if you're using a Mac, hold down the Option button on your keyboard. Otherwise, if you're running Windows, hold down the Shift button. While still holding the keyboard button, click "Restore iPhone."
Next, a file browser menu will appear — use this to find and select the IPSW file that you downloaded in Step 2. Once you've done that, click "Open."
After a few seconds, you'll see a popup informing you that iTunes will now install iOS 10.3.3 on your device. Click "Restore" here, then sit back and wait, because the process of installing the older firmware will take up to 30 minutes. Along the way, you may be prompted to enter your PIN on your device, so make sure to do that if asked.
Once iTunes has finished installing the older firmware, your device will automatically reboot. When that happens, go ahead and disconnect your phone from your computer.
6. Restore Data from iCloud
Once the process has finished, run through initial setup on your iPhone, then select "Set Up as New" if you want a fresh start, or "Restore from iCloud Backup" if you want to get all your apps and data back. If going with the latter, just sign in with your Apple ID, then select the most recent iOS 10.3.3 backup, and your apps and data will be restored. You can also choose "Restore from iTunes Backup" instead if you archived iOS 10.3.3 before installing iOS 11.
At this point, you should be back to the comfy confines of iOS 10.3.3. But if you're having any trouble with the above downgrading method, let us know in the comment section below and we'll try to steer you in the right direction.
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