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Downgrade iOS 6 to iOS 5

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73fcb01e Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 22, 2012 6:41 PM

I had a working iPhone 4 running iOS 5. I carelessly let it upgrade to iOS 6. Now it can't access the internet via the LAN at all. I would  therefore like to downgrade to iOS 5.


I have read on the internet that Apple does not support that. Is that correct? If so, can someone link to an official statement from Apple to that effect? If not, can someone link to the official procedure for downgrading?


I know that I can wait until hopefully Apple finds out about this problem and then hopefully fixes it but in the meantime I have 2 very expensive telephones.

iPhone 4, iOS 6
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,280 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 6:43 PM (in response to 73fcb01e)

    There is no legit way at all to downgrade.



  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 6:45 PM (in response to 73fcb01e)

    You can downgrade (at least not in an apple supported way). What exactly is the issue? Are you having trouble accessing a particular wifi network or your home network? Can you access wifi and just not internet? What steps have you tried to resolve?

  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 7:08 PM (in response to GrumpyGator)

    *can't downgrade, and since this is a user group, no apple

  • glitchpaw Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to 73fcb01e)

    A lot of iPhone users not limited to iPhone 5 who upgraded to iOS6 are having difficulties with WIFI. You may want to check this thread


    Rather than trying to solve this issue which you should not have to do (isn't the reason why we buy iPhone, not andriod phones?), please call Apple Support directly and let them know your problem. They are responsible for it, because you paid for it.

  • ThatguyfromThatplace Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 7:24 PM (in response to 73fcb01e)

    Okay, well there are a few steps to try with the devices first.

    I know how simple it sounds, but first step is to power down both devices AND your router, it may not be reading the devices correctly and preventing internet (or vice-versa).

    Failing that, try a Reset of Network settings on the devices.

    Last step would be a backup and full restore of the devices, in case the version of software downloaded had a bug in it (which admitedly is odd considering it's happening on two devices).


    As for official statements from Apple;

    "Downgrading to a previous version of iOS is not supported. If you have installed software to performunauthorized modifications to your iOS device, that software may have redirected connections to the update server ( within the Hosts file. Uninstall the unauthorized modification software from the computer."

    This is outlined in TS3694 under the "This device is not eligible for the requested build" section.

    Other than that, I am not sure the exact quoting, but if you had read the Terms and Conditions of your iPhones when setting them up, it is also included in there under the Software section.

    iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
  • glitchpaw Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to 73fcb01e)

    iOS6 issues are  not limited to WIFI and Map. For some custom unicode ( lesser know languages which is not standardized yet), all the appliations which need to disiplay these characters will hang and just quit including built in apps. What a disaster!

  • balqees Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 12:10 AM (in response to 73fcb01e)



    Please refer to:


    my response to it all is the message dated:

    Apr 27, 2013 12:08 AM    (in response to gail from maine)


    May give you some insight into some of this stuff. Not much help, actually, but may save you some time in useless search of answers.


    Balqees Mohammed

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