Restore iphone without updating to ios 9

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Joeyy, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. Joeyy macrumors member

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    Hello
    I want to restore my iPhone 6 . iTunes says that I can restore and update to 9.2 and I don't want to do that. I want to keep my iOS 8!

    Is there any way to do this?

    Thank you
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Not through iTunes.

    You can Erase All Content and Settings though, from the phone itself. That's not a restore per se, but it will wipe the phone while keeping you on iOS 8.

    Otherwise, you can only restore a phone to the version of iOS that Apple is currently signing. Right now that's iOS 9.2.
     
  3. Darryjr macrumors regular

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    I am using 8.4. Recently backed up from phone to cloud. Wiped phone and reset , restored from backup , still using 8.4
     
  4. maxsix Suspended

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    Welcome to the walled garden of Apple, where choices and freedom are very restricted. Doing what Apple wants is something you'll get used to... Maybe :eek:
     
  5. eww7633 macrumors regular

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    Yes, you didn't restore using iTunes. Your method won't address software issues though.
     
  6. Joeyy thread starter macrumors member

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    Did you mean to this ?

    Settings > General >Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

    thanks
     
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  8. Darryjr macrumors regular

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    I did that after backing up to I cloud. Than restored from cloud. Kept my 8.4 and didn't lose a thing. I'm very hesitant about iOS 9. My phone has been running perfect on 8
     
  9. eyoungren, Dec 26, 2015
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    eyoungren macrumors P6

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    What you did is precisely the way to go about it if you want to stay on the same OS.

    But Erase All Contents and Settings is not a restore even though they achieve much of the same result.

    OP wanted to know how to restore without upgrading, but unless Apple is signing the version you are currently on, that isn't possible.
     
  10. Darryjr macrumors regular

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    Now you have me confused , lol. My mail was swallowing up a large amount of space, even with both account boxes all empty. It was using 6.9 g b. I did what I explained and it seems better now. What was accomplished the way I did it as to a iTunes restore ?
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Erase all content and settings just erases the data from the iOS device. It does not perform a fresh install of the filesystem. If there are software issues, they can still exist and carry after doing an erase all content and settings and ios corruption of files may not be fixed.

    iTunes restore completely erases the device. It removes all user data and it downloads and installs a fresh clean version of the OS. This is the real way to solve or isolate software issues. If, after a restore and setting the device up as new, the problem still exists, that is an indicator that there is a hardware problem and the device should be repaired or replaced by Apple or other repair facility.
     
  12. Darryjr macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info
     

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