Are you wondering whether it’s possible to downgrade iOS 14 to 13 on Windows PC because don’t have a Mac? With the Windows version of iTunes on your machine, you can successfully move back to any iOS version.
And as a plus, this blog provided detailed steps on how to revert to iOS 13 using a Windows PC. Further, you’ll also see ways in which some third-party apps can help you downgrade iOS.
Backup before Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 on Windows
Downgrading or upgrading to another version of Apple’s iOS firmware means installing a fresh new iOS software version on your device; hence, all your data will be erased. For this reason, make a full backup of your device before downgrading.
1. Back Up to iCloud
To copy your data to iCloud, follow the steps below.
Step 1. Connect to A Wi-Fi network.
Step 2. Navigate Settings > “Your Name” > iCloud.
Step 3. Switch on the green button next to iCloud Backup. Tap "Back Up Now".
Ensure to stay connected to the wireless network until the backup is done. Double check that the backup was completed by looking for the "Last successful backup".
2. Back Up Data to Your Windows PC using iTunes
Step 1. Launch iTunes on your Windows computer.
Step 2. Click the device icon at the top screen.
Step 3. Click "Restore iPhone" and select "Don’t Encrypt" if you see an option as such.
Step 4. Depending on the size of your data, the backup process can take some time.
Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 on Windows for Free
Before downgrading your iOS to an earlier version, make a full backup of your mobile device because the process of downgrading will wipe all data. To avoid losing important music, videos, messages, and other important data, having a complete backup of your device saved somewhere will help you get your files back after the downgrade process.
1. Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 with iTunes
If you have iTunes installed on your machine, whether Mac or Windows PC, you can just use iTunes to revert back to iOS 13 from iOS 14. The steps below will show how to use iTunes to back up your device to your computer.
Step 1. Go grab a signed iOS firmware from the official iOS firmware website. An unsigned IPSW can’t be restored via iTunes.
Step 2. Open iTunes on your Windows PC.
Step 3. Connect your iOS device to your computer using a data cable.
Step 4. On your iOS device, tap on Settings, “Your Name”, Find My, and turn off Find My iPhone.
Step 5. Restore your device to the IPSW file you download from the official Apple IPSW site. To do this:
a: Click the phone icon at the top screen of iTunes.
b: Click Restore iPhone while holding down the Shift key.
c: Select the iOS 13 firmware file you downloaded earlier and click Restore. Now, your iPhone will start downgrading to your new IOS software version.
Step 6. Once the downgrade is completed, your device will need to set up just as you’d a new iPhone. While setting up your device, ensure to select the "Don’t Transfer Apps & Data" option when you reach the Apps & Data screen. Rather follow the steps below to restore your data.
2. Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 with TaigOne Downgrader from TaigOne
TaigOne gives iOS users access to many tweaking apps, including the TaigOne Downgrader.
Step 1. Go and download TaigOne here. You’ll need to scan a QR code to download the app.
Step 2. Install and launch the app.
Step 3. From the Jailbreak tab, scroll down to find TaigOne Downgrader from other apps in there.
Step 4. Tap on "TaigOne iOS Downgrader" and click "Install" located at the top-right screen to get the app.
Step 5. Tap "Downgrade Now". And wait for the process finished.
Downgrading means wiping your device of all its data and re-installing an old OS. Therefore, ensure to back up fully your iPhone device to iCloud before downgrading to avoid permanent loss of data.
3. Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 TinyUmbrella
TinyUmbrella is a software program available on the Windows platform that can be used to a previous iOS version. It finds and detects automatically the SHSH Blob for your iOS device. The steps outlined below will help you use TinyUmbrella to downgrade your device. But ensure to back up your data.
Step 1. Download TinyUmbrella.
Step 2. Install and launch the program.
Step 3. Connect your iOS device to your PC using a USB data transfer cable.
Step 4. In the top-right screen of TinyUmbrella, click "Save SHSH". This process will display all available SHSHs files. Select the appropriate option.
Step 5. Click "Start TSS Server".
Step 6. After the server performs its function, an Error 1015 will appear on the screen. On the left panel, right-click your device name, and click "Exit Recovery".
Step 7. Under Advanced, untick "Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit" (If you need a clean restore from Apple uncheck this box) to finish up the process.
Bonus: Restore Data after Downgrade to iOS 13
After downgrading to another iOS version, you will notice that all your data and files are no more. Do not fret if this happens. You can restore your data from the backup you made through iTunes. To restore your files, follow these steps.
Step 1. On your Windows computer, search for Run and open the app that comes up.
Step 2. Type "%appdata%" and click "OK".
Step 3. Navigate Apple Computer > MobileSync and open the Backup file.
Step 4. Right click and open info.plist with any Text editor app.
Step 5. Press "Control + F "key, search for product version and change its version from 14.0 to 13.0.
Step 6. Close out the info.plist file.
Step 7. From your mobile device information screen on the iTunes app, click "Restore Backup" and select the modified backup file.
Step 8. Select "Use Old Backup" if any dialog box displaying that comes up.
Step 9. Wait until the restore complete and you have your lost data back. This restore will bring back your images, videos, messages, and more.
With the Windows iTunes app and several other downgrade tools available on the Windows platform, you can downgrade iOS 14 to 13 on Windows. Don't forget to do a backup before downgrade.