Downgrade to iOS 8.4 still possible?? Using iTunes 11.

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    So I updated to iOS 9 yesterday but now I can't sync with my Mac unless I update iTunes to 12 from 11. I don't want to do that cause I hate the UI of iTunes 12. Is there any way of getting back to iOS 8.4 or am I stuck having to update iTunes and use the crappy UI?? My iPhone was backed-up prior to upgrading but I don't seem to have an iOS 8.4 restore file but I do have an iOS 9 restore file even though I can't use it with iTunes 11.
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Not 8.4, but 8.4.1 seems to still be possible (for the moment at least).
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah but do I need iTunes 12 to do so?? When I connect my iPhone to my Mac it says I need iTunes 12.2.2 to be able to sync.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If you put your phone into DFU mode it might work with iTunes 11 (I'm not certain of that, but you'd more or less need to do something along those lines to downgrade anyway).
     
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    What is DFU mode??
     
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    Are you holding "Option" while clicking "Restore iPhone" and selecting the 8.4.1 IPSW? (You have to download it)
     
  9. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes. It say that the firmware is not compatible.
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Did you get the right file for your device?
     
  11. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure you selected the correct carrier for your IPSW and Phone version? If not, that may be an iTunes issue.
     
  12. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well I'm in Canada so would I need the "global" or "gsm" firmware??
     
  13. deeznuts macrumors member

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    I've downgraded my iPhone 6 with no problem on iOS 8.4.1 with the latest version of iTunes.
     
  14. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah But I don't want the latest version of iTunes. I want to stay on iTunes 11.
     
  15. deeznuts macrumors member

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    Well It should work, try it & see
     
  16. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I may have found the reason why it didn't work. I had the 8.4 firmware. Not 8.4.1. But I found 8.4.1 so hopefully it works.
     
  17. deeznuts macrumors member

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    iOS 8.4 is no longer being signed by apple but iOS 8.4.1 is but not for long.
     
  18. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The restore seems to be working now. Thanks for all the help.
     
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    Welcome guy
     
  20. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Do you have an iOS 8 iTunes backup? If not you can't restore your data.
     
  21. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I had to download the iOS 8.4.1 firmware but it's working. It's now restoring from back-up.
     
  22. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Just an offshoot on this, if you have an iOS 9 backup and attempt to restore from it will iTunes deny the process all together or perform an update automatically/something else?
     
  23. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I would have had to update to iTunes 12.2.2 to be able to sync my iPhone to my Mac with iOS 9.
     
  24. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Gotcha, anyways your thread inspired me to downgrade as well. A few of my apps haven't been updated yet and it's been really degrading my experience on iOS 9. Already got the iPhone done with (restored from backup), now on to the iPad.
     
  25. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well I don't mind upgrading to iOS 9. But I don't want to upgrade to iTunes 12 which I would have to do if I want to sync my iPhone with my Mac. I prefer iTunes 11 over 12. I'm also still on Mavericks cause I don't like the UI of Yosemite and some of the weird changes they made.
     

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