How do I restore an iOS 8 ipsw

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by 2457244, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Could someone explain how I could restore this iPhone ipsw backup on my iPhone?
    iTunes had moved those to the trash for some reason.


    Yesterday I upgraded to iOS 9 and lost all my Apple Watch activity so I want to downgrade and wait till they have figured out how to do this without losing data.

  2. 2457244 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Looks like I'm already ****ed..

    Found out you can Option + click on the restore button in iTunes and select your IPSW file to restore an older backup. Problem now I have a CLEAN install of iOS 8.4.1. None of my apps or data is restored.

    ... and the most beautiful thing about everything is.. I can't restore my iOS 9.0 backup from last night because my device doesn't look to be compatible.. LOL

    3 hours for trying to back a backup on your iPhone.
  3. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    You can't restore an iOS 9 backup to iOS 8. That's how iOS has always worked, I'm afraid.
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Don’t you have a Time Machine backup? Maybe you can restore the previous backup.
  5. 2457244 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    I just called Apple and you need to encode your backups to include Health data.

    I lost all my data and will never get it back. So if you are an Apple Watch user or user who uses the Health app a lot and this data is important for you. Make sure this checkbox is selected when you create backups on iTunes.


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