iOS 17 was officially released on September 18th. This update brings enhancements to fundamental features such as phone calls and Messages. And it introduces brand-new features like Standby, which displays personalized widgets, time, and notifications on a full screen. Plus, you no longer need to begin Siri interactions with 'Hi.' However, it's important to note that some of these exciting feature upgrades may not have completely resolved bugs in the iOS 17 beta versions.

You may find some apps fail to update or the increased storage of the iOS 17 profile drags down the running speed of your iPhone. The various negative experiences may lead you to downgrade from iOS 17. So in this article, you will be guided through 2 different methods (with or without iTunes) to downgrade from 17 without losing any important data. Keep reading to learn more details.

1. Before Downgrading: Back up Your Data on iPhone

Before downgrading your iPhone system back to a former iOS version such as iOS 15 or iOS 16 from iOS 17, the first preparation you need to do is to back up your device data. This is a big warning because some iOS downgrading methods would wipe all your device data and bring the whole iPhone back to factory condition completely. If you select to return back to the iOS version at which you have saved an archived backup before, then you can restore the data after downgrading from iOS 17. If not, then your file data would all lose.

Where to Get and Download iOS 17

Manually upgrade to iOS 17

There are several ways that people can get and download iOS 17 to their iPhones. The simplest way should be to go to "Settings" on iPhone, and scroll down to "General" for checking the "Software Update". When your iPhone detects the latest release of iOS 17, simply press "Download and Install" and you can install the latest iOS 17 system on your iPhone.

Upgrade to iOS 17 with a computer

Except for the method menioned way, by connecting your iPhone to a computer and using iTunes, you can also upgrade to iOS 17 on your computer.

Here are the simple steps.

First, you can download the latest version of iTunes and connect your iPhone to it.

Second, you need find the iPhone icon and click “Check for Update” to find iOS 17 update.

Finally, you need click “Download and Update” to install iOS 17 for your phone.

Common Problems After Upgrading to iOS 17

Each iOS update may come with some system bugs, which really spoils the experience and interest for people who prefer trying a new system upgrade. Therefore, it is also reasonable that you want to downgrade the iOS system to the previous versions. But what may go wrong with this iOS 17 update? Perhaps you should know these potential problems before you upgrade to iOS 17.

  • Quick Battery Drain.
  • iPhone Heat Up.
  • Annoying Copy and Paste Prompt.
  • Slow Spotlight Search.
  • Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch Feature Not Working.
  • App Crashing Issue.
  • Wi-Fi Not Working
  • Personal Hotspot Not Working.
  • Touchscreen Unresponsiveness.

How to Back Up Data on iPhone

No matter if you've decided to download and install the iOS 17 updates or you want to roll back to iOS 16 or previous versions, just don't forget to back up your iPhone first. As what's been mentioned before, some iOS downgrading methods can wipe all your device data and bring the whole iPhone back to factory condition. And if you don't want to lose any important data, you can follow these official steps to back up iPhone data with iTunes.

1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

2. Turn on iCloud Backup. If you have truned on iCloud, it will automatically back up your daily.

3. To perform a manual backup, tap Back Up Now.

To view your iCloud backups, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. To delete a backup, choose a backup from the list, then tap Delete Backup.

Is it Possible to Downgrade iOS Without a Computer?

In order to downgrade the iOS system of your iPhone, you have to connect the device to a PC or Mac for operating from the computer side. That means you have to use a computer assisting to downgrade your iPhone system. The main reason is that you need the help of third-party software such as iTunes or other system recovery tools. As a result, the computer is neccessary when you have the need to downgrade the iOS system.

2. How to Downgrade iOS without iTunes (The Easiest Method)

The most helpful and reliable software to help downgrade iOS without using iTunes is Passvers iOS System Recovery. This software can be installed on Windows and Mac computers with a very easy setup process. There are several situations when you can ask Passvers iOS System Recovery to help:

  1. Downgrade iOS system to a former version
  2. Fail to reboot/update/re-open your iPhone
  3. Get stuck while using the iOS system such as recovering the phone or in DFU mode
  4. Meet some iTunes errors during the backup/update/syncing process

Under such situations, Passvers iOS System Recovery can help people to fix by providing the following amazing features:

  • Offers a safe way to repair iPhone system problems without data loss
  • Offers very simple UI and easy-to-use functions
  • Supports the latest iOS 17 and iPhone 15 model
  • Be able to fix over 50 iOS stuck scenarios with easy clicks
  • Works stably on both Windows and Mac computers

Here's how to downgrade from iOS with the reliable Passvers iOS System Recovery.

Step 1. Install Passvers iOS System Recovery

Before starting the downgrade process, you need to install Passvers iOS System Recovery to your Windows or Mac computer. The installing process would be very simple and you only need to follow the instruction to go.

Step 2. Open Passvers iOS System Recovery and Start Free Trial

When Passvers iOS System Recovery is installed and you open the software, a window will show up asking you to register it. You can start using the function by clicking the "Start" button.

iOS System Recovery Main Interface

Step 3. Connect iPhone with the Software

Now, connect your iPhone to the computer and Passvers iOS System Recovery will detect it for building the connection. You just need to press the "Start" button and select the "Standard Mode".

Choose Repair Mode

Step 4. Downgrade iOS 17

Simply click the "Optimize" button and select a firmware iOS version such as iOS 16 or 15 for downgrading the current iOS 17 system. Simply click the "Download" button to save the firmware and click "Next". Then Passvers iOS System Recovery will bring your iPhone back to iOS 16 or 15 again.

3. How to Downgrade from iOS 17 with iTunes

iTunes offers a way to downgrade the iOS system from iOS 17 to an earlier version. It would be a bit more complex using iTunes because the official doesn't provide the firmware of the iOS former system version. So you have to search on the Internet for getting the iOS system version you want to downgrade to ahead of all. When you have downloaded the firmware, you can start downgrading from iOS 17 using iTunes. Here is how.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer, and also connect your iPhone to let iTunes connect to it.

Step 2. Turn on the DFU mode on your iOS 17 iPhone. Once you turn it on, iTunes will notify you to restore the iPhone. You should click the "OK" button.

Step 3. Directly click the "Restore iPhone" button in iTunes and choose the iOS firmware file you just downloaded for downgrading to by pressing the "Restore" button.

Step 4. After choosing the firmware file and click "Next" to continue the process, your iPhone can be downgraded from iOS directly.

4. If You Fail to Upgrade Your iPhone, How to Fix?

If you have problems in upgrading or downgrading your iPhone, here has an official way offered by Apple to help. You only need to put your device back in "Recovery Mode" and set it up again. The steps are introduced here.

Step 1. Make sure your Mac or iTunes has been updated to the latest version. Then you need to connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Enter the recovery mode screen shows up after connection. You need to find the correct way to open recovery mode because it will be different for different iPhone models:

iPhone XR or later:

  1. Press and release the volume up button at a quick speed.
  2. Now also quickly press and release the volume down button.
  3. Then, press and keep holding the side button, then the recovery mode will be opened.

Step 3. Locate the iPhone device on your computer now, now a notification will show up. You should press the "Update" button.

Connect iPhone

Step 4. Finally, when the iPhone is updated, you can set up it again.


To downgrade from iOS 17, you can choose the method according to your need. It would be more convenient to use Passvers iOS System Recovery because you don't have to search for the firmware again. You can directly download the software for free and try it to downgrade from iOS 17 now.

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