Downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3 on iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad, iPod Touch 5G

IOS 7 beta released. iOS 7 come with over 100 new features that will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch even better, but there’s a few caveats: first, it doesn’t run on all hardware, and second, on some of the supported devices the feature set will be limited. We’ll sort all of that out.

How to downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3*:

Supported devices:
iPhone: iPhone 5*, 4S, 4.
iPad: iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
iPod Touch: iPod Touch 5Gen.

Step 1: Turn the device off, connect it to the computer via USB, and launch iTunes
Step 2:  Place the iOS device into DFU mode: with the device off, hold down the Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds then release the power button, continue holding Home button until iTunes notifies you of a device in recovery mode being detected. The devices screen should stay black as if turned off.
Step 3: Restore within iTunes through either method a or b:
a) Restore from the iOS 6.1.3 backup you made prior to installing iOS 7 beta
b) Restore to iOS 6.1.3 IPSW by Option-Clicking the “Restore” button, and then restore from iCloud backup when finished
Step 4: Let iTunes restore back to iOS 6.1.3, the device will reboot when finished

Typically you can’t downgrade iOS versions so easily, but because Apple is still signing iOS 6.1.3 this allows downgrading to commence with minimal effort.

* iOS 6.1.4


July 20, 2013 at 6:37 AM: KVN said...

if anyone is having error 3014 - (unable to verify with apple servers) - just keep 'shift + ctrl' both pressed and hit the restore button.
I already had copied the 6.1.3 firmware to the this directory => C:\Users\kvn.KVN\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates\

July 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM: Magickman said...

Is this a way to down grad a 5 to 6.1.3? or if I do the down grade will it go back to 6.1.4?

August 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM: Faisal Osman said...

When I download iOS7 beta5 on my iPhone..will I be able to upgrade to the public iOS7 when it is released without restoring?
and will I be able to upgrade to beta6 without restoring?

please answer

August 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM: Alexsh222 said...

Dude I wish you could do that but actually you cant because its not the official apple software BUT if you have an app dev account then you could upgrade it normally without restoring.

March 11, 2014 at 6:09 AM: Binh Nguyen said...


March 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM: Phú Anh Nguyễn Tân said...

the iphone "" count not be restored. An unknown error occurred ( 3194 )

June 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM: Dhruv Sehgal said...

Is this really official????
Can i downgrade my locked iphone 4 orange uk

June 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM: king khan said...

Good Job Bro! but one clarification, I have not downloaded 6.1.3 directly to iTunes even to my phone before, will i be able to downgrade my phone through the process you proposed while having the ios 6.1.3 on my Laptop but not in my iTunes, Please help me out, its really very trouble to be on ios 7, i hope u understand ;)

July 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM: mahmoud mohammed said...

the iphone "" count not be restored. An unknown error occurred ( 3194 ) i try many times ,, i wont to downgrade from ios 7.1.1 to ios 6.1.4 can u help me ??!!

October 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM: Ali Kesodia said...

If i don't have 6.1 backup then what to do ?