It is no secret that iOS 9 is now available officially to the public. If you know that, you should also be aware that many users have already installed the firmware on their device. iOS 9 has been called the greatest iOS version to be ever released to date, with a load of new features. However, some users may be experiencing bugs they can’t handle.

Downgrade iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1

Downgrade iOS 9 to IOS 8.4.1

iOS 9 to 8.4.1 Downgrade

Others may be facing performance issues on older iDevice hardware, such as hanging user-interfacing and crashing applications. If you are someone who has been experiencing such issues since you update your device, or just simply don’t like the new firmware, you can read this guide to go back to iOS 8.4.1.

The steps mentioned below will walk you through the process of downgrading the firmware on your device to iOS 8.4.1, which is the latest build of iOS before iOS 9 came on the horizon. It should be noted that the process will work as long as the iOS 8.4.1 firmware is being signed by Apple. After Apple stops signing the firmware, which could be any day, there would be no way to downgrade.

Steps to downgrade iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is download the relevant iOS 8.4.1 firmware well specific to your iDevice. You can just download the correct IPSW file form our downloads page.

Step 2: Now that the correct IPSW file is in your hands, you would want to ensure that the latest iTunes version is installed on your PC or Mac. Apple introduced iTunes version 12.3 recently with El Captain and iOS 9 support, so ensure that it’s there on your PC.

Step 3: Switch off touch ID and Passcode from with the Settings menu by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Downgrade iOS 9.0

Step 4: Switch off Find My iPhone by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

Downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1

Step 5: Connect your device to Mac or PC.

Step 6: Open the new iTunes version, and select your iDevice from the Summary tab present in the left sidebar.

Step 7: Hold down the left Shift key (on Windows) or the Option/ Alt Key (on Mac). Then click Restore iPhone.

Downgrade iPhone iOS 9

Step 8: Select the IPSW firmware file relevant to your device

After the last step, iTunes will restore the device to iOS 8.4.1. Your phone will reboot and you’ll see it there.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.