This is how to go back to iOS 15.7 from iOS 15.7.1.
If you run into problems on iOS 15.7.1, and you think moving your iPhone back to the previous version of iOS 15 could help, this guide will help you downgrade.
You can only go back to iOS 15.7. You can’t go back further than that. The path back to iOS 15.6.1 and below is closed and it won’t re-open.
It’s also worth noting that you can’t downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14. Initially it looked like Apple would let iPhone users stay on iOS 14 and continue to receive security updates and, perhaps, bug fixes for lingering issues. Unfortunately, those plans seem to have changed.
Apple hasn’t pushed a new version of iOS 14 in months and the most recent version of iOS 14 is gone. Devices running iOS 14.8 and below can only move to the latest version of iOS 15.
This is important because it means there probably won’t be a way to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14 moving forward. The only way this happens is if Apple releases a new version of iOS 14.
Once you downgrade, you can only restore a backup that you made on iOS 15.7 so keep that in mind in case you need to restore a backup.
Most users will have a recent backup, but you may lose some items if you aren’t regularly backing up your photos and messages to iCloud.
While this isn’t officially supported, it is easy to do and you don’t lose any support or mess with your iPhone’s warranty.
How to Downgrade from iOS 15.7.1 to iOS 15.7
Here’s what you need to do to go back to iOS 15.7 on your iPhone. While you are downgrading you cannot use your phone so you will need to open this on your computer or another device.
If you made an archived backup, you can use that after you restore it. If you are doing this right after the iOS 15.7.1 release, you might have a iOS 15.7 backup available on iCloud or your computer.
Follow these steps to go back to iOS 15.7 from iOS 15.7.1:
This process takes a little while to complete. When it does, you can start fresh or restore a backup made on iOS 15.7. Most people will want to install a backup.
Install iOS 16.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and you’re still lingering on iOS 15, think about installing Apple’s iOS 16.1 update right away.
The iOS 16.1 update features 19 security patches and you can learn abut the particulars over on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board. It fixed a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple’s security site.
If you’re still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you’ll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple’s security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help “people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others.”
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple’s also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that’s end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.