The newest and latest iOS operating system is iOS13. We know that this new version has brought many great features that can improve the performance of iOS devices. At the same time, it also brings unpredictable errors and problems to the iOS system. After trying all possible solutions introduced online, such errors may still remain unresolved. In this case, you can downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 or earlier iOS versions.
We heard some feedback from users that they were unwilling to downgrade iOS on computer. This is why this article was published to help users downgrade iOS 13/12 without a computer.
It is recommended to make a full backup of the complete iPhone or iPad data before downgrading from iOS 13. After all, downgrading the iOS version is fairly easy, but it always leads to data loss. Therefore, to avoid data loss, you may need to make a full backup of your iPhone first.
After releasing the latest version of iOS 13, iOS 12 / 12.1 and iOS 12.2, Apple may close the authentication of the previous iOS version. This means that many users may not have the opportunity to downgrade iOS to previous iOS 11, 10, etc.
If you are not at home or in the office, and you don't have a laptop or computer, you may be concerned about whether you can downgrade from iOS 13/12 without computer. In fact it is impossible to perform this operation. The computer is always the primary condition for downgrading iOS version with iTunes or other third-party software. Anyone who tells you that you can downgrade from iOS 13/12 without using a computer is definitely lying to you.
You should turn off "Find My iPhone" before using iTunes to restore or downgrade iOS version. If you forget to turn off this feature, the program will also prompt you to disable this feature when deleting iPhone data and content.
First, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, then click on the device name and check "iCloud" to turn off the "Find My iPhone" option.
Then you need to download the exact IPSW file for the specific iOS version. You can choose the most appropriate file and download it to your computer.
After downloading the IPSW file on your computer, run iTunes and connect the iPhone to iTunes using the USB cable.
Once connected, the iPhone icon will appear in the sidebar of iTunes. You should click on the device icon and go to the Summary screen. Click the "Restore iPhone" button. A box will appear asking you to select the IPSW file you just downloaded and click "Restore" to install the old iOS 12 / 11.4 version on your computer.
When your iPhone is restarted, you should find that the iOS version has been downgraded to iOS 12 / 11.4.
You may now have a good knowledge of downgrade from iOS 13/12 with iTunes. However, various errors always occur to disturb the downgrade process with iTunes. In such a case, FoneGeek iOS System Recovery shall be put to use. It is recognized by PC Advisor, Macworld, Cult of Macand other professional sites. Thus it is 100% secure to use.
Check for the detailed steps below to downgrade iOS 13/12 without iTunes.
FoneGeek iOS System Recovery shall be downloaded on the computer first. Then launch this toolkit and select ‘Repair’.
Choose "Standard Mode" and connect the iPhone with computer using an USB cable. The program shall detect it later. If not, follow the on-scren instructions to boot the iPhone into DFU/Recovery mode.
After detecting that the device is put into DFU/Recovery mode, the newest iOS version shall be detected as well. Select an older iOS version available from the drop -down box, and the click ‘Start’ button. When the download process is accomplished, you can click "Fix Now" to downgrade iOS to an older version.
To make a comparison between iTunes and FoneGeek iOS System Recovery, the latter is much user friendly to downgrade iOS 13/12 in one click. What do you think?
By Joan J. Mims
Posted on Mar 03, 2019, 23:22:05
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.