1. 3adnan's Avatar
    Hello all , I am new to this website , although I have always visited and read articles but never really signed up until now.

    Yesterday I said , I will not sleep without getting iOS 7 on my phone , stupid I was , I downloaded the GM version through a friend of mine ( he is a developer )
    and then hell started. The problem is that the iTunes that support iOS 7 GM is only available for Mac. and I am a Windows user. Anyway , I was able to upgrade to the iOS 7 but of course now I can't connect my iPhone to iTunes because it does not support it !! I really regret downloading iOS 7 now , for me , iOS 6 is way much better and more stable , there is a lot bugs that is still in iOS 7 .. maybe because most application does not match with the iOS 7. I am not sure how I feel about the iOS 7 , it does not feel stable and does not feel as powerful as iOS 6 . But anyway , I have a couple of questions I hope someone would help me with them.

    1- is it possible for me to simply " downgrade " to iOS 6 ? and if so , how ? my iTunes does not even support my iPhone now !

    2- on September 18th , when the GA version of the iOS 7 is out , how can I update to the iOS 7 ? will it be OTA ? I am really confused about this because I don't want to be stuck on the GM version ! ( please tell me the way in details of how I can upgrade from GM to GA later on )

    Please be noted that I really REALLY don't want to lose my backup , I would rather go back to iOS 3 than losing any personal data haha :P



    Thanks <3
    09-11-2013 08:35 AM
  2. madisonjar's Avatar
    #1. welcome to imore
    #2. http://forums.imore.com/ios-7/257880...more-blog.html (downgrade back to ios6)
    #3. When it is released it will be available OTA just go to settings software upgrade.

    And just a tip before creating a thread browse around the forums and see if there is already a thread up with your subject, you could have had your answer before even writing this! let us know how things go and we are here to help.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    09-11-2013 08:52 AM
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    Re #1... no, you can't go back.
    Re #2... if you've installed the GM - you already have what will be released then. The GM is the iOS version that gets released 9/18. You don't do anything 9/18. You've already done it. If you've done iCloud back-ups, those are still available to you. Or once iTunes releases an update for Windows, the last back-up you made should be available to restore to.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    09-11-2013 09:03 AM
  4. 3adnan's Avatar
    hmmmmmmmmmm .. okay guys thanks a lot , sorry if this question was posted before
    thank you that was helpful <3
    09-11-2013 09:50 AM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    You can absolutely go back to iOS 6 if you're on iOS 7 GM. Just need to put your phone into DFU mode
    and click the restore button. I just did it without a hitch.

    http://www.imore.com/tip-put-iphone-ipad-dfu-mode
    09-11-2013 05:21 PM
  6. kch50428's Avatar
    You can absolutely go back to iOS 6 if you're on iOS 7 GM. Just need to put your phone into recovery mode
    and click the restore button. I just did it without a hitch.
    Everything I've read said you couldn't go back to a prior iOS after installing the GM... perhaps it's just you can't go back to prior betas...
    09-11-2013 05:24 PM
  7. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Everything I've read said you couldn't go back to a prior iOS after installing the GM... perhaps it's just you can't go back to prior betas...
    Just betas. I tried to go back to beta 6 and couldn't. I entered recovery on my iPhone 5 and iTunes
    went ahead and installed iOS 6.1.4 without a problem. It was only while the phone was on with iOS
    7 GM that iTunes (on Windows) wouldn't connect my phone.

    Edit: When I put my phone into recovery I used TinyUmbrella to do it. So I don't know if I was necessarily
    in DFU or actual recovery mode.
    09-11-2013 05:29 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    You can absolutely go back to iOS 6 if you're on iOS 7 GM. Just need to put your phone into DFU mode
    and click the restore button. I just did it without a hitch.

    http://www.imore.com/tip-put-iphone-ipad-dfu-mode
    I think that is the key -- putting it in DFU mode. You can't just connect it to iTunes and simply hit restore, at least not with version 11.0.5.
    madisonjar likes this.
    09-11-2013 06:22 PM
  9. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I think that is the key -- putting it in DFU mode. You can't just connect it to iTunes and simply hit restore, at least not with version 11.0.5.
    It's even the key for people who try to restore as new at times and get errors. Sometimes DFU is just the way to go.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    09-11-2013 06:36 PM
  10. daniel_alexie's Avatar
    Confirming what Heisenberg is saying here. Updated my 4S to IOS 7 GM from IOS 6.1.3. on a Windows PC. Battery life was very bad and since I didn't wanted to restore as new and update via ICloud since I decided that I'd prefer waiting till the 18th instead of possibly having decent battery life on a new install and live without my music library for a week, I tried following the steps in the "Downgrade to IOS 6" thread posted in this forum and it worked. Back on IOS 6. Hope this helps,

    Daniel
    09-11-2013 07:11 PM
  11. 3adnan's Avatar
    wow good to know Daniel ! and you did not lose any data?
    09-12-2013 02:56 AM
  12. daniel_alexie's Avatar
    I restored and then I restored my ICloud backup. I haven't restored from Itunes for a while so I can't guarantee that you can restore your Itunes backup.
    09-12-2013 10:00 AM
  13. daniel_alexie's Avatar
    P.S. (forgot to mention in previous reply)

    I made an Icloud backup before updating to IOS 7 because I think I've read somewhere on this forum that ICloud backups made on IOS 7 can't be restored on IOS 6.
    09-12-2013 10:02 AM
  14. Thingofmyth's Avatar
    The problem is that the iTunes that support iOS 7 GM is only available for Mac and I am a Windows user.
    If you want support you could try some third party alternatives to itunes. There are plenty out there and they shouldn't be to hard to find and use until the GA version of itunes 11 comes out.
    09-12-2013 12:42 PM
  15. Peligro911's Avatar
    You can also do a shift upgrade vs restore and all your data stays on your phone .. You still will not be able to sync with iTunes atleast for now but no need to restore


    Sent from my iPhone 5 from a galaxy far far away (in the USA ) using Tapatalk !
    09-12-2013 12:47 PM
  16. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    You can also do a shift upgrade vs restore and all your data stays on your phone .. You still will not be able to sync with iTunes atleast for now but no need to restore


    Sent from my iPhone 5 from a galaxy far far away (in the USA ) using Tapatalk !
    Will the shift+upgrade even work on something other than iTunes 11.1?
    09-12-2013 02:32 PM
  17. Fausty82's Avatar
    Will the shift+upgrade even work on something other than iTunes 11.1?
    You can install that way... still can’t sync with iTunes less than 11.1...
    09-12-2013 02:44 PM
  18. Garz's Avatar
    You can downgrade by going into DFU mode until iOS 7 is released and previous version iOS is no longer signed by apple. Yes it can be done.
    09-12-2013 03:00 PM
  19. Peligro911's Avatar
    Will the shift+upgrade even work on something other than iTunes 11.1?
    Yes it can u still can't sync but it avoids restoring from iCloud because all things stay on your phone


    Sent from my iPhone 5 from a galaxy far far away (in the USA ) using Tapatalk !
    09-12-2013 03:39 PM
  20. 3adnan's Avatar
    I successfully downgraded to iOS 6
    Chrysalis1156 likes this.
    09-15-2013 03:29 AM
  21. alexnaoumi's Avatar
    I was on the gm version of ios7 for a few days and all of the sudden I cannot use data. Web pages and apps won't load on cellular data. On wifi, it'll be just fine. My status bar still showed 3G and lte but for some reason my phone was being weird. I restored to ios6 and all is fine. Hopefully the official release won't give me such an issue


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
    09-16-2013 12:26 AM

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