Users asking Apple, “How do I uninstall iOS 7?”

A number of active discussions are taking place on Apple’s own support forums, with customers asking how do I uninstall iOS 7. It’s not uncommon for new releases of any software to elicit similar responses. iOS 6 had its share of threads asking to downgrade versions. That in mind, there seems to be a larger contingent of discontent this time around, due to the massive overhaul of the user interface. There are also more people upgrading, which would add to the greater number of threads. Over 200 million makes iOS 7 the fasted adopted version of iOS in history. One thread now has 602 replies, a seemingly large number considering the answer was given in the third post. The unfortunate answer for many is, there is no way to downgrade from iOS 7. Apple has stopped signing versions 6.1.3 and 6.1.4, effectively killing any chance of downgrading.

Uninstall iOS 7

What exactly are the reasons being given for wanting to jump back to iOS 6?

  • Slow performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Crashing
  • iOS 7 is ugly
  • iOS now looks like Android

The forum thread has denigrated into customers threatening to leave the iPhone. Some have suggested that Apple is being anti-consumer by preventing any path to downgrade. One customer actually compared Apple to RIM, suggesting that perhaps this move could spell their downfall. I usually stick around our forums, but there is some humorous stuff happening over there, when they aren’t deleting threads.

What Now?

I get that some people are less than enthused with iOS 7. Outside of the tech bubble, I’ve had friends tell me they “hate iOS 7″. When I first upgraded back in June, there was a bit of shock and awe. I was in the first round of beta testing, so I had to contend with instability issues. Over time, it’s gotten incredibly stable. I have seen some apps crash in the final iOS 7 build, but in most cases, developers are likely pushing out updates. Our app also fell victim to random crashes, but we fixed it in a matter of days. Apple is certainly doing their part to speed up the process of reviews. For the past three years, our app would take a week minimum from being submitted to getting approved. This time around, it was approved in little over 24 hours. That’s wicked fast.

If you have an iPhone 4 and updated, your issues of slow performance are certainly warranted. I’m far from an Apple apologist, but look at it from their perspective. They do go out of their way to ensure compatibility with older devices. If the iPhone 4 was left out of the iOS 7 upgrade, there would be a huge uproar. I understand that’s not going to make your phone any faster, but it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation for Apple. However, it makes zero sense to stop signing iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4. Are we still fighting jailbreaking at the cost of people not being able to downgrade for performance issues?

Customer is always right

Poor battery life seems like it’s a yearly issue and happens with each successive iOS update. This year is no different. We’ve put in place the ultimate guide to improving battery life on iOS 7. These are some quick changes you can make today that improve your battery life. Apple already has an update being tested, so we should see fixes in the coming weeks.

iOS 7 isn’t perfect and there is pain with any major upgrade. Some of the criticism is warranted, but most of it is fixable. If you happen to own an older iPhone 4, it might be a good time to check your contract. You could be eligible for an upgrade. Apple’s two new iPhones are both significant upgrades and if you can grab an iPhone 5 for $99, that’s an incredible deal. You could say screw Apple and go pick up a Samsung with your upgrade, but that’s not going to solve the problem. Instead, it’ll just bring a whole new set of problems and frustrations. Android is a very good OS, but it’s not iOS. Time and time again, I’ve seen people go that route, only to come back to iOS. Performance, battery life and crashing are all going to be improved with each incremental update. If you take issue with the brightly color icons or the overly ample amount of white space, I’d encourage you to check out our comprehensive iOS 7 review and guide, which we cover many of the great new features. And remember, that software changes and Apple regularly solicits feedback. If you don’t like the changes, let them know. Also, our iOS 7 forums are a great place to find help.

Written By

Christopher Meinck is the Founder and Editorial Director at everythingiCafe. You can also find him co-hosting on everythingiCafe :the show. His smartphone obsession started with the Handspring Treo 180. While the phones have changed, the obsession continues. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

Comments

    • Greg says

      Do what I did, go to GameStop, find a clean iPhone 4, 4S with 6.1.3 OS and
      Start again. Contacts and Notes were brought over. Without iCloud. Probably stored on SIM and Email.
      Manually, backed up photos using iPhoto. All Is Good Again!!!!

  1. says

    My feed back to apple…

    Safari bookmark selection not compatible, single left armed users have taken a step back and now feel all dejected as the design team has really supplied some extra short comings in this version.. Could there be means of moving or switch which side the bookmark icon sits please.

    Where’s the .com gone? Again it’s a time saver and I’m sure others would feel the same in a similar situation.

    The opaque app boxes are a little hard on the eyes, the ability to either switch to black or colour choice would a great addition. Also I would see it beneficial to have the ability to increase the app box size, larger would be great and other than 3×3 (completely inadequate on the iPad and mini), having 4×4 or 8×8 for those that like to keep things in there place.

    Thankfully the colour blind people can’t see the very loud colour choice. How about a “classic” switch for those that find it some what OTT.

    What about when the invert colour is switched on, the ability to keep the wallpaper it’s intended colour and just invert the systems core colours would make more sense.

    Thanks for reading ;)

  2. Jasmine says

    I hate iOS 7. It looks just like samsung, it’s laggy, UGLY and its not compatible with the itunes on my school computer which I cannot upgrade because were not aloud. All I have to say is that IOS 7 is a piece of shit and no one should download it.

  3. Anton Largiader says

    You missed one of the major complaints I see: IOS7 is simply hard to read with its choice of fonts vs. background colors. Not enough contrast (sub-icon labels), bad contrast (swipe to whatever), etc.

    Also, with its new use of ‘white space’ there is often less content showing on the screen and more scrolling required.

  4. says

    I think the author here missed one of the main points of the comments in the “how do I uninstall…” thread.

    The problem is not so much the look of the UI – it was that usability was sacrificed for cosmetics. The light pastel letters against bright white backgrounds, reverse white letters surrounded by intense color, thin edged tiny icons, all contribute to total lack of readability and destroyed the “information at a glance” which was the hallmark of Apple design.

    The effect of these changes particularly impact the baby boomers like myself whose visual capabilities are beginning to decline.

    Yesterday I returned my iOS7 phone under Apple care and swapped for one with iOS6 because of the usability issues as well as battery drain. While I was there I noticed that the store was unusually crowded with folks my age – many loudly complaining of just the same thing. It seemed the young Apple Staff were a bit cowed by the experience.

    Next time let Jon Ive’s design team have their eyes dilated and try to use the phone with bifocals – then they will get the message.

  5. TonyC says

    It’s also the fastest adopted OS in history because Apple FORCE-DOWNLOADS it to a user’s device when plugged into AC power and around a wifi network, whether a user wants it or not. And once downloaded, it apparently cannot be deleted and reserves 3GB of storage on your device.
    A user must still choose to install it, but those who haven’t done research on iOS7 and don’t know the outcome might do it without thinking. Hence the large adoption numbers.

  6. Jo says

    There is no option to use “READER” in Safari anymore making it doubly impossible to read. Everything looks like it’s made from fairy dust for the faries at the bottom of the garden. Talk about time warp. Goodbye crApple

  7. says

    The calendar function is so important for me, and I can barely read it. The techs are not ready for all the issues and complaints. I haven’t spoken to one person who is happy with the new software. The battery on my ipad takes forever to charge.

  8. Joe says

    Time for a different platform – not Apple. iOS 7 has essentially killed the usability of my iphone4 and apple offers no solution other than an upgrade on hardware. I don’t like this tactic for pushing new hardware. Should be illegal. Definitely unethical

  9. Sue says

    I ditto all the above issues! In addition the email app has been ruined! There is no longer a feature to only download 35 or 50 emails at a time- rather ALL emails are ‘active’ on the phone. This kills the battery.

  10. Sheila says

    I don’t like the calendar. It use to be bold and easy to read. Now I have to look at awhile and absorb it before I can do anything with it. Also, I just entering information on a website and it wanted my phone number in the following format: 555-555-5555, but I could not find the “-” so I had to list my phone number without the dashes.

  11. Bev Cowell says

    Well, isn’t this a bloody mess? Apple have really shot themselves in the foot with this one – actually I think they may have blown off both legs below the knee… Right now, I could throw my iPad in the bin and walk away! iOS sucks the big one, really! Have they learned nothing from when Microsoft tinkered with their look and feel and got absolutely slated? Arrogant idiots!

  12. Clem says

    Funny because I can actually leave a comment in this forum without the iCrap going black then suddenly back to my home screen. If I try to like something or make a comment on blogs it keeps going black and back to the home page. I never had this problem prior to the upgrade. I will be turning my iCrap in after this debocal to try something else since customer service sucks!

  13. Andy says

    This 7 upgrade can eat the corn out of my shit!!!!! Kids downloaded it and now I’m stuck with it! Who should I give my wrath too? My kids or the dipshits at Apple!!!!!!!!

  14. Ken W. says

    Just downloaded ios7 and can say that after 15 minutes of viewing it, I’m going to give this ipad to my kids and buy another with ios6 on it. How could a company mess something up sooooo bad. Way too much white space with very light fonts makes things nearly impossible to read for starters. I’m a bit older and my eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Ios7 has rendered my ipad useless without wearing glasses.

  15. says

    Tweet using #apple #ios7 expressing dislike. I try to tweet it when I remember. If you follow me @polowhite you can just retweet. The calendar is killing me. I bought the iPad and phone w ios6 and it was perfect. Good job idiots at Apple. Screw up what ain’t broken!

  16. says

    It is a relief to read also the criticisms of IOS 7.
    It has ruined my experience with the ipad.
    Cannot delete emails…have year old stuff stuck.
    Cannot play you tube tutorials….stops constantly.
    Kills the battery in a day and I am not a kid using it constantly.
    Now I learn I cannot delete it.
    Cannot use my new keyboard……..
    I think we have been plunked in the name of what????
    Help want my old ipad and iOS 6 back.
    Donna B.

  17. says

    I don’t know why Apple doesn’t give us a choice w/so many unhappy ios7 users. I haven’t seen a statement from them at all, and if they are on Twitter, I haven’t found their @. The system is awful and I have all the problems stated by others.

  18. Jim says

    I used to love my iphone 5 now i hate it! As soon as I can upgrade I’m done with apple, and right now I don’t care if the competitors have issues with their os.

  19. TQ says

    Last year I drank the Koolaid and bought my first (and last) Apple device. I loved it up until the iOS 7 update. Now I have crashing apps, can’t download PDF files, and can’t even reinstall the OS to see if that will help. There is no customer support, and their monopoly mentality is nauseating. I will be buying a Windows device ASAP.

  20. LA 2 Berkeley says

    Really? As a baby boomer, I must say I resent Apple’s infringement on my right to make an educated decision. iOS7 really stinks, on so many levels, as represented by my fellow boomers. Why has Apple made it impossible to uninstall this latest, nasty version of Apple’s deciding “what is best for the masses”? In an equitable society, we would be able to easily remove any program that is not user friendly. Interesting to note, that many of us are giving our iPads, etc , to our kids to get back to pre-iOS7. How clever of Apple.! Nice way to increase their coffers. Now we buy new iPads….. Personally, I am done with Apple. Screw them. For those of you who think I am some fringe lunatic, guess again. I am a female nurse executive.with advanced degrees. I know a scam when I see it.

  21. says

    My haircutter who is young and a Mac/Apple fanatic HATES IOS7…so I asked him if there’s a way to go back kto IOS6. He said there is a u-tube with instructions. I googled it but only found it in Spanish. I wouldn’t do it by myself anyway because I am not a tech person. But perhaps someone here could find it?

  22. says

    p.s. I complained about short battery life. The Apple store guy told me when you d/l IOS7, you had to plug in the device. They did not specify that so we have short battery life. He said you can still do it but have to back up everything to your computer. I’ll live w/charging the iphone & ipad every day. Damn them.

  23. Gitana says

    Does anyone know how to buy a song from the iTunes Store from iOS 7? I could do it perfectly on my old software now when I click buy song it comes up again in a darker colour, I wait click it again and nothing happens! Anyone else get this problem?

  24. JMS says

    What a total piece-of-shit crap!!!!! I am SUCH an idiot for clicking to dl this worthless awful thing. I thought it was only minor changes, how stupid am I!!!!! I called Apple and got a nice person on the line, but WOW, I guess all of ass who see that “the emperor has no clothes” are too stupid in Apple’s eyes to warrant knowing what WORKS and what DOESN’T. I have wasted hours of my life tonight dealing with this f’d up piece of crap – I have headaches and nausea from the horrible white everywhere and super-thin lines. The kid on the phone said I could go to Accesibility and change things … uhhhhh, yeah change it back to ios6.
    I was left with the fact that I had no choice to accept this worthless piece of shit, but I don’t accept that and it is not an option. Do searches for what you need/want “restore ios6″etc. and you WILL find tutorials on how to do this. Clearly, Apple does not respect people/users enough to allow them the option of returning to ios6. Had I known the change was so drastic I would not have inadvertently clicked to download – my fault for sure, but hey Apple, if you respected people you wouldn’t create this horrible stress of thinking we can’t re-download ios6. You can, tutorials explain how. REad carefully and/or get a tech friend.

    Have lost ALL respect for Apple. Loved ios6 – so classy and easy to use.

    Will NEVER spend another minute or dollar on this company again based on the low regard for users.

    Gotta go, my ios6 right from apple.com just downloaded … but Apple doesn’t respect us enough to tell us that or how.

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