Downgrade back to iOS 8

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by thetechfixer, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. thetechfixer macrumors 6502

    thetechfixer

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    Hi, I have been running iOS 9 on my main device (I know) for around a month now and I want to go back to iOS 8, the only thing I want to have a backup of is my messages which I would like to restore back to iOS 8. I wanted to know how I could backup only my messages as I could just redownloaded my apps, music, photos, contacts etc. Thank you
     
  2. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

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    Won't work :/
    Once you are in a higher OS you can't go back and get all you want.
    That's the downside of downloading a new OS
    I would just wait a few more weeks and you get evverything wtihout problem.
     
  3. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    If you have a backup from iOS 8, you can go back to 8.4 by entering DFU mode and restoring your device. There's no way to only backup your Messages. Backups from iOS 9 cannot be loaded onto iOS 8.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Or just recovery mode (vs. DFU).
     
  5. Yun0 Suspended

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    make an unencrpyted itunes backup, extract messages database, make new backup with ios 8.4, import messages database into that backup, restore from that backup
     
  6. thetechfixer thread starter macrumors 6502

    thetechfixer

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    How would I do that?
     
  7. Yun0 Suspended

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    these should get u started

    http://www.imactools.com/iphonebackupviewer/
    https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Messages#Main_database_file
    http://www.smsiphone.org/
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3481349?start=15&tstart=0

    its been a couple years since i tried it so exact names of files or locations may vary slightly & theres new tools available now to do this, when i did it i did it the manual way. this is without being jailbroken.

    remember to use unencrypted itunes backups for all of this till done
     

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