Here’s how to downgrade iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 on your compatible iPhone or iPad device.
This process is the perfect simplistic tonic for anyone who has taken a leap of faith with the recent release of iOS14.4/iPadOS 14.4 but now wants to be running an earlier version that they know works for them.
Many people take the opportunity to upgrade to a brand new version of firmware when Apple’s engineers finally push that release button. The draw of new features, new functionality, and bug fixes is often too big. With that said, some of those users often regret that decision and want to downgrade almost immediately. We’re going to show you exactly how to do that.
Step 1: Make sure that you have upgraded to and are running the latest version of iTunes on your PC or Mac. If you are running a Mac with macOS Catalina or Apple’s Big Sur OS, then you don’t need to concern yourself with iTunes as it’s built directly into the Finder app.
Step 2: You will need to have the correct IPSW iOS/iPadOS 14.3 file that has been built by Apple and that is intended for your specific device. This is the file that you will downgrade to. You can grab that file from here.
Step 3: Now, make sure that the Find My feature is disabled on your device. You won’t be able to proceed without doing this so don’t skip this step. Launch Settings > iCloud > Find My and toggle the switch into the Off position. Enter the relevant Apple ID and password to confirm the decision.
Step 4: Connect your device to your PC or Mac. If iTunes doesn’t load automatically, then launch it manually. Again, if you are running Big Sur or Catalina, then don’t worry about iTunes, just launch a Finder window. Put your device into DFU mode using the quick guides below (if you don’t already know how to do it):
iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X / XR / XS / XS Max / 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max / 12 / 12 mini / 12 Pro / 12 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 the device has been recognized in DFU mode, head into iTunes or Finder and 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: Now choose the IPSW file (iOS/iPadOS 14.3) that you downloaded earlier. Allow iTunes/Finder to do its business and ultimately leave you with an iPhone or iPad that has been downgraded from iOS/iPadOS 14.4 to the version included within the IPSW file that you’ve chosen.
And there you have it. You now have an iPhone or iPad left running iOS/iPadOS 14.3, which will hopefully offer you a streamlined and reliable experience.