How to Downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11.4.1 without Losing Data

iOS 12 is finally released to the public including performance enhancements, quality improvements, as well as new features such as MemojiScreen TimeSiri Shortcuts. It’s very exciting whenever Apple releases a new iOS update, so the natural instinct is installing iOS 12 update.

If you’ve updated your device to iOS 12, but want to downgrade back to lower versions as you see too many bugs or the update drains battery life to fast, then this post today will help you downgrade your iPhone/iPad without losing any data. The process is very simple as Apple is still signing the iOS 11.4.1 firmware.

Important notes

  • You can only downgrade your device back only to iOS 11.4.1 version, which is the latest build for iOS 11. You cannot downgrade to lower versions since Apple has stopped signing older firmware files.
  • Please note that the process will take some time depending on the USB connection, your device.
  • The iCloud and iTunes backup will be iOS 12-based, so it might not restore properly once you downgrade to iOS 11.4.1. We always recommend you to have an archived backup before installing iOS 12.

Check real-time signing status

To check whether Apple is still signing the firmware file, simply visit this website. If it’s green rows with a tick, it means that Apple still allows signing the firmware file.

How to Downgrade To iOS 11.4.1 Without Losing Data on iPhone/iPad

While it’s a quite risky method, you can downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11.4.1 without losing data on your device. This method is also much faster than the restoration method, which will erase your data and then restore it.

Here is a step-by-step instruction to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11.4.1:

  • On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings > iCloud and disable Find my iPhone.
  • Next, download the iOS 11.4.1 firmware file from this link for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Note: if you use Safari to download the firmware, make sure that auto unzip feature is disabled. Alternatively, renaming the .zip file into .ipsw file will work.

  • Once you downloaded the firmware, connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and choose your iOS device from the top left corner.
  • Click on Summary tab in the left sidebar.
  • Now, hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac (Shift Key on your Windows) and click on the Check for Update section, instead of Restore section.
  • Browse to the folder that contains the iOS 11.4.1 ipsw firmware you previously downloaded.
  • iTunes will then inform that your iOS device will be updated to iOS 11.4.1 and it will verify the update with Apple.
  • Click on Update and iTunes will now start downgrading your iOS device to iOS 11.4.1.

Also see: How to Share Photos With Expiring Link in iOS 12 

That’s all you need to do! Wait for the process to complete and your iOS device is now running iOS 11.4.1. If the above method does not work, you can put your device into the Recovery Mode and revert to iOS 11.4.1. But, make sure to create a backup before you take advantage of the Recovery Mode method. One more thing you should note please note that iOS 12 backups cannot be restored to iOS 11 version, so you will lose all your data that was created after updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS 12.


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