Here’s how to downgrade iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 to iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1 on your compatible iPhone or iPad device. For those device owners who have moved to the latest release but ultimately want to take it back a step, then this is the process that you will need.
We don’t need to know why you want to leave iOS/iPadOS 14.1 behind. Your reasons are your own and we respect that. Whatever those reasons may be, the relatively simple process that you will need to follow is highlighted below. Let’s jump right in.
Step 1: Ensure that you are running the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. If you are running macOS Catalina, then the experience is built into the Finder app so you don’t need to worry about iTunes.
Step 2: You will need to download the correct IPSW iOS/iPadOS 14.0.1 file that has been built and released for your specific device. You can grab that from here.
Step 3: You will also need to ensure that the Find My feature is disabled on your iPhone or iPad. Open Settings > iCloud > Find My and toggle the switch into the Off position. You will need to provide the correct Apple ID password when the system requests it.
Step 4: Now, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC and ensure that iTunes launches. As mentioned earlier, if you are running macOS Catalina or above, then you don’t need to worry about iTunes. Now, put your device into DFU mode. We’ve covered that before and all the guides are below.
iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X / XR / XS / XS Max / 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max, or 2018/2020 iPad Pro owners can follow this guide.
If you have an iPhone 6s / 6s Plus or any other iPad, then follow the instructions here.
Step 5: Once Finder or iTunes detects the device has been successfully put into DFU Mode, the next stage of the process will begin. Once the device has been recognized, press and hold the Option key on a Mac or the Shift key on a PC and click the Restore iPhone/iPad option.
Step 6: Choose the IPSW file that you downloaded in the earlier steps. Everything is in place and the rest of the process is essentially automated. Allow iTunes/Finder to do its business and ultimately leave you with an iPhone or iPad that has been downgraded from iOS/iPadOS 14.1 to the version of your choice.