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iOS 8.3 Glitch Disables Touch ID: How To Downgrade To iOS 8.2

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How to downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2.

If previous firmware glitches are of any indication, Apple appears to be holding a tradition of releasing iOS versions that come with various bugs. Some users discovered that the tech giant?s latest iOS 8.3 update has caused Touch ID to stop working when purchasing in the?App Store. If you?ve been a victim to this problem, you might wish to go back to the previous iOS version. We?re here to show you a way on how you can downgrade your iOS 8.3 back to iOS 8.2.

iOS 8.3 Touch ID issue

This new iOS update has brought along lots of good things, including a new emoji keyboard that allows you to embrace racial diversity. However, it seems that what it gives with one hand it takes away with the other.

Less than a day after its release, iOS 8.3 reportedly makes Touch ID useless when making App Store purchase for some users, at least. Apple-centric site MacRumors.com reports that users have turned to Apple?s Support Communities, Reddit, and the site?s own forums to discuss this issue. To be more specific, this glitch renders Touch ID incapable of validating a purchase but those who want to buy apps can still enter their Apple ID passwords.

How to downgrade from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2

Need a quick fix? Some Redditors suggested that you restart your iPhone and head over to your device’s Settings. From there, find ?Touch ID & Passcode? option, enter your code, switch off “iTunes and App Store” and turn it back on.

If that still doesn’t work, you may have to wait until Apple comes up with a solution or you can choose to downgrade to the previous firmware version. Here?s a quick procedure, courtesy of folks from GottaBeMobile, that tells you how to downgrade from the current iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.2.

  • Since this method will completely erase all data on your iPhone or iPad, make sure that you backup your iOS device.
  • Go to this website and download the iOS 8.2 IPSW compatible to your iOS device. Files may range from 1.5 to 2GB so be prepared to wait a little until the download is complete.
  • Once done, connect your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes. Head to your device?s summary page and hold down the Option/Alt key on your keyboard for Mac computers or Shift if you use Windows. Keep pressing down the key as you click on Restore in iTunes.
  • After that, find the IPSW file you?ve downloaded earlier and open it. iTunes will begin restoring your iPhone and will begin installing iOS 8.2.
  • When the process is finished, your iDevice should now be running a factory version of iOS 8.2. You may now restore your data by heading to iTunes? device summary page and clicking on Restore Backup option.


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