Get the latest on iPhone/iPad technology: Ipads Advisor

Here’s how to get your precious iOS 6 back.

We have currently informed you why you probably shouldn’t set up the new iOS 7 beta, it’s not just that the icons suck, but there are excellent reasons beta releases should be prevented if you are not a designer– especially if you plan to use them on your primary gadget.

But if you went on and did it anyhow, and now you are trying to find a method back, look no more. In spite of exactly what Apple shares, iOS 7 can be devalued to iOS 6– and it’s pretty basic. Here’s how to do it in simply 2 actions.

Firstly, you’ll require the iOS 6 IPSW declare your iOS gadget. If you are working on an iPhone 5, that will be iOS 6.1.4, if you’ve an iPhone 4S, an iPhone 4, or a fifth-generation iPod touch, it will be iOS 6.1.3. You can download these files straight from Apple by clicking the links below.

  • iPhone 5 GSM
  • iPhone 5 CDMA
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4 GSM
  • iPhone 4 CDMA
  • iPod touch (5th gen)

Once you’ve your IPSW, put it someplace where it’s simple to discover– like on your desktop– then follow the steps below.

Step 1

Plug your iOS gadget into your Mac utilizing a Lightning cable, and open iTunes. When iTunes has actually recognized your gadget, click on the ‘iPhone’ or ‘iPod touch’ button that appears in the navigation bar.

Step 2

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 15.51.54

Now hold back the Alt key on your Mac and click ‘Restore iPhone …’ A popup window will appear, now is the time to discover the IPSW file you’ve actually just downloaded. Double-click on it and it will load into iTunes.

iTunes will now validate the firmware with Apple and start installing it onto your gadget.

Note: If you get an iTunes error at this point, and the process won’t continue, open up Finder, click ‘Go’ in the menu bar, then kind ‘etc’ and hit return. Now try to find a file named ‘hosts’ and copy it to your desktop.


Open up that file in TextEdit, then try to find the line that checks out ‘ gs.apple.com” and delete it. Now conserve the file and replace the original in the ‘etc’ folder with the copy you just modified.

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 15.54.56

Now follow the exact same steps once again and it must work without a concern.

Normally, you can not downgrade an iOS gadget because Apple stops signing older firmwares. But because the most up to date iOS 6 releases are still in use, that’s not a problem right here. So although Apple shares you can not downgrade, really you can.

Once iTunes has completed setting up iOS 6, you’ll be able to establish your gadget as brand-new, or restore a backup. However keep in mind, you can not install backups from newer releases, so if you made one while your gadget was running iOS 7, it’s no great to you.

Instead, you’ll should discover the backup you made prior to installing the iOS 7 beta.