iOS Tutorial: How To Downgrade From iOS 8.1.3 To iOS 8.1.2

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A guide on how to revert to the older iOS 8.1.2 version (Image courtesy of Apple)

Apple has just rolled out a new firmware version. At 200MB, the iOS 8.1.3 is a massive update. If you?re device is running an older OS, you can upgrade to the latest version now over-the-air. But if you?ve already done that and thought that you?ve made a mistake, check out our guide below on how you can downgrade to the previous iOS 8.1.2.

iOS 8.1.3 Changelog

This version has been released on January 27 and is meant to deliver major security updates to iOS devices. Here?s some of those that worth mentioning:

  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
  • Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing
  • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results

Steps on how to downgrade from iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2

If you?ve updated your iPhone or iPad accidentally and wish to go back to the earlier version, check out this tutorial offered by folks from GottaBeMobile. You may follow their detailed run-down or you can use the step-by-step guide we?ve listed below.

Fair warning: This method is lifted from a third-party source and is not recognized or endorsed by Apple. The Bitbag will not be held responsible to any damage on your device. That said, You may proceed at your own risk.

  • Download iOS 8.1.2 IPSW for your iOS device here. Make sure that you get the right IPSW firmware file according to your device?s model number of your device. Installing a wrong firmware could brick or damage the iOS device.
  • After downloading the file, plug your iOS device to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Open the iTunes program on your desktop or laptop.
  • Head over to the device’s summary page then press and hold the ?Option/Alt? on the keyboard if you?re using Mac or ?Shift? if you?re using Windows.
  • While holding the said key, click Restore in iTunes.
  • Find the the location where you saved the IPSW file and open it. Now, iTunes will begin restoring your iPhone/iPad and install iOS 8.1.2.
  • Your device should now be running iOS 8.1.2. You may go to the device’s summary page in iTunes and select ?Restore Backup? if you wish to restore your previous backup.


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