How do I go from iOS 7 back to 6.1.4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CBillups1, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008
    im on a iphone 5. iOS7 is killing my battery so id like to go back
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Oradea (BH), Romania
    A developer should know :rolleyes:
    One way (wich I belive it works) is put the phone in DFU Mode then select in iTunes iOS 6.1.4.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    yup put in DFU mode, search google how. its really simple, good luck.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
    Stupid question but will an ios 7 backup restore to ios 6?
  5. macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    Nope, as far as I'm aware of
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008
    ok well i got it back to iOS6 buttttt i had to restore to a back up from a few weeks ago.

    it did NOT show the back up i made last night...? WTF!

    anyone know how i can find it and restore back to that one? i had a lot of pics and texts from them so i need them.

    any help is appreciated!
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    Exactly why I didn't install iOS 7 beta on my 5. Stuff like this. I can wait til September, if at all.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008

    yup, kinda mad even though i backed up twice last night but im gonna blame it on apple because why wouldnt it be saved on my computer if i backed up? SMH

    hope someone can help!
  9. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    I agree. But it's a beta version. You really can't be TOO mad at Apple. But I hear you.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008

    the software had nothing to do it with. im saying the back up was saved last night.. twice. i did it just to make sure.

    im sure its somwhere on my computer but im not a itunes wiz so im sures someone knows of a easy way with a program to load it because ive found it before while doing something else.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2009
    You don't have to go full DFU mode. Recovery is sufficient.

    1. Turn phone off
    2. Hold home button
    3. Plug phone up while holding home button until cable + iTunes logo appears

    After you restore, you can choose your backup. No need to find it beforehand.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    New York
    Download the latest iOS6
    put your device in DFU mode

    I just went back to iOS 6 from 7 without any problems.

    BTW I wasn't feeling iOS 7. You appreciate how polished iOS 6 is when you upgrade to iOS7.
  13. macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    If you are "downgrading" from iOS 7, then any backups you made under iOS 7 will not work on earlier version. So it's a lost cause anyway.

    The only person you have to blame is yourself, for using beta software on a device that you depend on for actual work/personal info.

    Beta means testing.


    This isn't the final version, and the whole idea is that it's not polished yet. If it were, it would be available for public download already.

    It'll probably look/feel better in the Fall.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008
    guys, im already back on iOS6 so thats not the issue. i just want the latest back up which is from early June 12th but it did NOT show up in itunes. the only one which was newest was May 22nd..
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    As others have said, backups made while iOS 7 is on your phone will not work under iOS 6. You cannot restore such a backup to your phone unless you upgrade to iOS 7 again.
  16. macrumors newbie


    Aug 27, 2008
    If the backup from June 12th was made with iOS 7 installed you wont be able to restore. You can't restore a backup made with a newer iOS version onto an older one.
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2008

    i made the back up PRIOR to installing iOS7 buttt i think its saving it as the main back up which changes everything so maybe it over righted it with iOS7 because now ive made backups and its saving them..

    any way i can search my computer somewhere for it?
  18. macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    When you make a backup using iTunes, you should save the backup folder because when you make a new backup, it overwrites the previous backup (I don't know under what conditions does iTunes decide to keep multiple backups and not overwrite previous ones)
  19. macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2009
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Turn your iPhone off, connect it to iTunes with the cable.
    Put it in DFU mode ( google how ), than Shift+Restore and select the elder ISPW ( 6.1.4 for the 5 ) and restore the backup and you're fine.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2008
    I believed the reports from Apple last year about not being able to downgrade, which caused some later heartache. So, even though they said the same thing this year, I went ahead feeling that you COULD downgrade if necessary.

    I'll just see how the battery life holds up on a day when I'm away from a charger.
  23. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    watching the expected flood of new threads here about non-developers getting ahold of IOS 7 betas, installing it then whining back and forth about how bad it is, how can I revert to prior release, etc.

    It is a BETA people; if you are not a developer AND have another device to use, don't even bother with the beta. jeez.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Apr 30, 2012
    Was the backup made on iOS 7 or 6. I specific made a backup in iTunes and on icloud before I went to iOS 7. When I was done testing it out, I switched back to iOS 6. When I went to restore via icloud, it showed my one backup it made over iOS 7 and clearly stated it could only restore it to an iOS 7 device. But since I had my older backup from a day or so prior on iOS 6 I was all set. If you made the backup while on 7, you are not gonna get it back.

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