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How to Downgrade From iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2 on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

A few days ago, Apple has rolled out iOS 8.3 which comes with a huge array of bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as new features like the new Emoji keyboard, CarPlay Wireless and more. However, iOS 8.3 isn’t without its fair share of issues. If for some reason you are having some issues with iOS 8.3 and want to downgrade, you can still downgrade to iOS 8.2 and we’ll show you how.

How to Downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2

Before you proceed:

  • As of this writing, Apple is still signing iOS 8.2 (check this site for a real time signing status) so you can still downgrade to it. Keep in mind that anytime now, Apple could stop signing iOS 8.2.
  • Unfortunately, downgrading lower than iOS 8.2 (like 8.1.2) is a no-go. So if you have updated to iOS 8.3 while you still have your jailbreak, you have just effectively lost it for now. There’s no jailbreak for iOS 8.2.
  • As per usual, perform a backup via iTunes and iCloud before you do any sort of firmware upgrade or downgrade.
  • Downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2 at your own risk.

Steps on How to Downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2:

  1. Granted that you have checked that iOS 8.2 is still being signed by Apple, download the iOS 8.2 IPSW file that corresponds to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch’s model. Direct downloads for iOS 8.2 firmware files are available here.
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8.3 to the computer via USB.
  3. Open iTunes and click on your iDevice located at the top-left corner of the iTunes interface.
  4. Hold down the Shift key (Windows) or Alt/Option key (Mac) on your keyboard and click the Check for Update button. NOTE: You may also use the old trick of clicking the Restore button while holding the appropriate keys but it will require you to do a full restore which takes a lot more time.
  5. Select the IPSW firmware file that you have downloaded in Step 1.
  6. You will get a notification that iTunes is about to update the device to iOS 8.2 and will verify it will Apple’s servers.
  7. Click Update.
  8. iTunes will now downgrade the iDevice to iOS 8.2.
  9. After a while, the device will reboot. Perform the “Slide to upgrade” action, enter your passcode, and the downgrade process will continue and be completed in a short while.

Again, this guide to downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2 is only possible if Apple is still signing iOS 8.2. Be sure to check the real-time signing status website before performing any of these steps so as not to waste your time.

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    shibs6 years, 3 months ago

    please help me guys with your intelligence. Thanks in advance.

    shibs6 years, 3 months ago

    how can i restore a 8.3 backup to a ios 8.1 running device.iTunes says its an older device to restore it

      Patrick Gumban6 years, 2 months ago

      Hi, unfortunately Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1 so you can’t restore to it. Fortunately, you can now jailbreak iOS 8.3 using TaiG.