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    Default Downgrade your iOS version

    If you could downgrade your 4S to any firmware what would it be? I would probably downgrade mine back to iOS 6.1.3 so it would be a fast device again!
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    Default Re: Downgrade your iOS version

    What's wrong with iOS 8?
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    Default Re: Downgrade your iOS version

    I love iOS 8. I have no desire to go back to old software.

    Sent from my Gold iPad Air using Tapatalk
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    Default Re: Downgrade your iOS version

    We bought a couple refurbished iPhone 4s, one for me and one for my daughter. She was OK being a guinea pig for iOS 8.1.2 (the little red notification was driving her nuts), so I updated her phone only. Side by side, two identical phones, one running 7.1.1 and another 8.1.2, my phone is noticeably faster in opening pretty much any app. That's not to say that 8.1.2 is unbearably slow, but it does seem to add a second or two to opening apps.

    Until (if ever) Apple fixes that, I am staying with 7.1.1.
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    Default Re: Downgrade your iOS version

    The 4s will generally not run as smooth on iOS 8 as newer phones. There are things you can do to help it run better.
    To help your 4s run as smooth as possible, try these suggestions.
    1. Leave 20% or more of your internal storage space free. This helps to not constrain the system.
    2. Get rid of unnecessary features. Yeah, some are cool, but they will bog down an older model phone.
    3. Disable transparency effects. Toggle on "Increase Transparency" in Accessibility.
    4. Toggle off "Background App Refresh".
    Good luck.

    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.

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