Does Restoring an iPhone backup restore the iOS version as well?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Partron22, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Probably already been asked, but I'm new to this iPhone stuff, and have few search skills in this subforum.
    I'm running iOS 8.4.1.
    Did a backup to my Mac.
    Turned off auto updates, but sooner or later I'm going to have to give iOS 9 a try.

    Will restoring from backup return me to iOS 8, or is there something else I need to do as well?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Generally no, there's no way to downgrade to an older OS.
     
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    Surely I can Jailbreak, as on my Nexus 7, downdate from there, then unjailbreak at the lower OS, or are we really totally locked out on this?
    Perhaps through the Dev program?
    I need the iPhone, but this inflexibility leaves me less than pleased.
    -Thanks for the answer, sad as it is. If it's really the case, I guess I'll wait for 9.2 or so before taking the leap.
    Sorry for wrong forum, I've never had an iPhone before, so am sort of flailing.
     
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    No because apple does not permit it. Its their product, it doesn't matter if its jailbroken
     
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    How to Downgrade from iOS 9 Back to iOS 8.4.1
    So 'try before you buy' is possible. However you need to be fairly quick about it, and be willing to accept losses.
     

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