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  • clauclauclaudia Level 1 (0 points)

    THANK YOU, bwalton, for the first truly helpful answer. I am not the OP, but I had the same problem (never went to 6, would rather not right now, but I was having sync issues) and this solved it perfectly.


    I hadn't realized you could delete everything from the phone (though it makes sense), and now I'm happily adding a playlist to an effectively restored 4S

  • TheRealHazMatt Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I thank you bwalton, for that tidbit.  I have an iPhone 4 and a quick trip to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings did it for me.  It took about a minute and it does exactly what was asked many times in this thread.


    I personally don't have anything against iOS 6, but since I just got my iPhone 5 and am planning on selling my old iPhone 4, I want to provide my buyer with the CHOICE of updating to iOS 6 or stay on iOS 5.1.1.


    This is what ticks me off about Apple—the artificial and arbitrary requirements they offload onto their customers.  This iOS 6 requirement probably has more to do with Apple spiting Google than for any real technical reason.

  • Pir@te4 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great that this works for you, however, this is not a option for alot of iDevice users! The problem still exists.

  • Sepowens Level 1 (0 points)

    Lawrence, you are as arrogent as you are presumptive and uninformed. I split my time between the US, UK and Czech Republic. Data caosts me between $25 and $50 per month depeding on country and exchange rate. If you don't understand why someone might have business  processes and personal prefrences that would be impacted by upgrades that radically impact applications and workflow then you are 1) a dilettante or 2) an idiot. I have over 30 years experience in IT. One of the cornerstones of corporate change management is the ability to roll back software should it impact business. The unfortunate fact is that Apple prefers obsession with control over their customers over this fundamental need of business users to have control over their business process. I've been here before when Apple had the superior desktop system in the 1980's but gave away their advantage by being too restrictive to accomadate the needs of their users. I love my iPad 2 and am really excited about it as the biggest leap forward in IT since the internet. Unfortunately, Apple does seem to be making the same mistake with locking users into changing with them or moving to alternative platforms.


    Disagreement does not make somone a troll. There are some of us who are excited about the iPad and other products as having potential to be more than expensive executive toys. I personally believe the iPad in particular  has a chance to be as disruptive a technology as any in the lasg 15 years. But that will require a commitment from Apple to helping users preserve business process continuity which has been lacking so far. While your love of Apple is obvious and admirable your dismissive and abrasive attitude is a part of the reason whiy users seeking answers to problems affecting their lives and businesses will look elsewhere. If you really want to see Apple thrive in the future and not recede for the finalmtime ina few years when iPad like devices are everywhere then become part of the solution instead of the problem when people are looking for constructive and productive ANSWERS on this forum.

  • Jan Balzer Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, bwalton! After 'cleaning up' my iPhone 4 in the described way, is it possible to sync another user's data from their back-up? Or this can be done only after Restore through iTunes, consequently updating to iOS 6 (which I want to avoid)?

  • bwalton Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there. I could be wrong but I think you may be forced to upgrade to iOS 6 when restoring for iTunes. Sorry but I'm not 100% on this one and wouldn't want to steer you in the wrong direction. Good luck!

  • Jan Balzer Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi bwalton, I am happy to report a successful resolution! I have reset my iPhone 4 (iOS 5.1.1) through the phone's "Erase All Content and Settings" function. I have then re-activated the phone in iTunes and restored it via "Restore from Backup". I was prompted by iTunes if I want to download/update to iOS 6, but when I declined, the phone remained at iOS 5.1.1!

  • amy6340 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi,jan,my phone still at ios 6.0.1 even i follow your step. Can you help me?

  • clauclauclaudia Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, Amy, this workaround does not let you go *back* to 5. It just lets you avoid going to 6 in the first place.

  • triciacastro Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow. This sounds really great! But has anyone else tried this workaround? I'm really desperate to restore my iPhone 4S to 5.1.1 without upgrading to 6.0.

  • clauclauclaudia Level 1 (0 points)

    So far it's bwalton, me, TheRealHazMatt, and Jan Balzer--how many were you hoping for? ;-)

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,038 points)

    That's your fix? Tell everyone to jailbreak their phone?

  • imaybeawhile Level 2 (400 points)

    Lawrence Finch wrote:


    That's your fix? Tell everyone to jailbreak their phone?

    What's your fix then?


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  • Pir@te4 Level 1 (0 points)

    It was my fix when the iPhone did not have a video camera!

  • zoom00 Level 2 (275 points)

    Really? I'm given this option and this option only: "Restore and Update". The alert clearly states my phone will be updated to the latest version of iPhone software. My laptop runs 10.7.4