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How to Downgrade from iOS 15 Without Data Loss (2 Methods)

author Carrie Murray
date Monday, October 18, 2021

When it comes to improving the performance of your iOS devices and enjoying more helpful features to use in daily life, upgrading from iOS 14 to iOS 15 will be a simple and ideal choice. But when some people do this, they find various issues during the upgrade, for instance, some apps failed to update as they used to do. Also, even if your iPhone is within the list of iOS 15 compatible devices, iOS 15 takes more space than the former iOS 14 system which may drag down the running speed of your iPhone and make you want to downgrade your iPhone to a previous version.

So in this article, you will be guided with 2 different methods (with or without iTunes) to downgrade from iOS 15 without losing any important data. Keep reading to learn more details.

1. Hot Tip: Back up Data on iPhone Before Downgrading

Before downgrading your iPhone system back to a former iOS version such as iOS 14 from iOS 15, the first preparation you need to do is to back up your device data. This is a big warning because some iOS downgrading methods would wipe all your device data and bring the whole iPhone back to factory condition completely. If you select to return back to the iOS version at which you have saved an archived backup before, then you can restore the data after downgrading from iOS 15. If not, then your file data would all lose.

Where to Get and Download iOS 15

There are several ways that people can get and download iOS 15 to their iPhones. The simplest way should be to go to "Settings" on iPhone, and scroll down to "General" for checking the "Software Update". When your iPhone detects the latest release of iOS 15, simply press "Download and Install" and you can install the latest iOS 15 system on your iPhone.

Except for this way, by connecting your iPhone to a computer and using iTunes, people can also upgrade to iOS 15 with only one click.

Is it Possible to Downgrade iOS Without a Computer?

In order to downgrade the iOS system of your iPhone, you have to connect the device to a PC or Mac for operating from the computer side. That means you have to use a computer helping to downgrade the iOS of your iPhone. The main reason is that you need the help of third-party software such as iTunes or other system recovery tools. As a result, it is necessary for you to use a computer when you have the need to downgrade the iOS system.

2. How to Downgrade iOS without iTunes (The Easiest Method)

The most helpful and reliable software to help downgrade iOS without using iTunes is FonePaw iOS System Recovery. This software can be installed on Windows and Mac computers with a very easy setup process. There are several situations when you can ask FonePaw iOS System Recovery to help:

  1. Downgrade iOS system to a former version
  2. Fail to reboot/update/re-open your iPhone
  3. Get stuck while using the iOS system such as recovering the phone or in DFU mode
  4. Meet some iTunes errors during the backup/update/syncing process

Under such situations, FonePaw iOS System Recovery can help people to fix by providing the following amazing features:

  • Offers a safe way to repair iPhone system problems without data loss
  • Offers very simple UI and easy-to-use functions
  • Supports the latest iOS 15, iOS 14 systems
  • Is able to fix over 50 iOS stuck scenarios with easy clicks
  • Works stably on both Windows and Mac computers
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How to Downgrade from iOS with FonePaw iOS System Recovery

Step 1. Install FonePaw iOS System Recovery

Before starting the downgrade process, you need to install FonePaw iOS System Recovery to your Windows or Mac computer. The installing process would be very simple and you only need to follow the instruction to go.

Step 2. Open FonePaw iOS System Recovery and Start Free Trial

When FonePaw iOS System Recovery is installed and you open the software, a window will show up asking you to register it. You can start using the function by clicking the "Free Trial" button.

FonePaw iOS System Recovery Main Interface

Step 3. Connect iPhone with the Software

Now, connect your iPhone to the computer and FonePaw iOS System Recovery will detect it for building the connection. You just need to press the "Start" button and select the "Standard Mode".

Connect iPhone

Tips: Before starting to downgrade from iOS 15, you need to make sure of the following things by using FonePaw iOS System Recovery: 1. If your iPhone has been jailbroken, the downgrade will turn it back to the original non-jailbroken one. 2. If you have unlocked the iPhone, it will be turned back to the locked status.

Step 4. Downgrade iOS 15

Simply click the "Optimize" button and select a firmware iOS version such as iOS 14 for downgrading the current iOS 15 system. Simply click the "Download" button to save the firmware and click "Next". Then FonePaw iOS System Recovery will bring your iPhone back to iOS 14 again.

3. How to Downgrade from iOS 15 with iTunes

iTunes offers a way to downgrade the iOS system from iOS 15 to an earlier version. It would be a bit more complex using iTunes because the official doesn't provide the firmware of the iOS former system version. So you have to search on the Internet for getting the iOS system version you want to downgrade to ahead of all. When you have downloaded the firmware, you can start downgrading from iOS 15 using iTunes. Here is how.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer, and also connect your iPhone to let iTunes connect to it.

Step 2. Turn on the DFU mode on your iOS 15 iPhone. Once you turn it on, iTunes will notify you to restore the iPhone. You should click the "OK" button.

Step 3. Directly click the "Restore iPhone" button in iTunes and choose the iOS firmware file you just downloaded for downgrading to by pressing the "Restore" button.

Step 4. After choosing the firmware file and click "Next" to continue the process, your iPhone can be downgraded from iOS directly.

4. If You Fail to Upgrade Your iPhone, How to Fix?

If you have problems in upgrading or downgrading your iPhone, here has an official way offered by Apple to help. You only need to put your device back in "Recovery Mode" and set it up again. The steps are introduced here.

Step 1. Make sure your Mac or iTunes has been updated to the latest version. Then you need to connect your iPhone to your computer,

Step 2. Enter the recovery mode screen shows up after connection. You need to find the correct way to open recovery mode because it will be different for different iPhone models:

iPhone 8 or later:

  1. Press and release the volume up button at a quick speed.
  2. Now also quickly press and release the volume down button.
  3. Then, press and keep holding the side button, then the recovery mode will be opened.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod touch (7th generation):

Press and hold the top (or side) and volume down buttons at the same time. By keeping holding them and the recovery mode screen will appear.

iPhone 6s or earlier, including iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPod touch (6th generation) or earlier:

Press and hold both the Home and the top (or side) buttons at the same time. By holding them together and you will see the recovery-mode screen.

Step 3. Locate the iPhone device on your computer now, now a notification will show up. You should press the "Update" button.

Connect iPhone

Step 4. Finally, when the iPhone is updated, you can set up it again.


To downgrade from iOS 15, you can choose the method according to your need. It would be more convenient to use FonePaw iOS System Recovery because you don't have to search for the firmware again. You can directly download the software for free trying it to downgrade from iOS 15 now.