Not impressed with iOS 8? Here’s how to get iOS 7 back

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not impressed with iOS 8? Integral Computer Consultants in Kansas City explains how to downgrade back to iOS 7.

Users might be interested in "downgrading" their iOS install if they have an older iOS device and find iOS 8 is causing their gadget to be laggy. Or perhaps the look and feel of iOS 7 is favored over the iOS 8 version. Whatever the reason, the uninstall process for iOS 8 is fairly simple if you follow these easy directions.

Step 1: Download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware for your device from

Step 2: Turn off Find My iPhone on your device if you have it enabled. Go to Settings → iCloud, and disable the Find My iPhone switch.

Step 3: Connect your device to a Mac or Windows computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.

Step 4: Open the device page on iTunes, and hold the Option key while clicking the Restore button. Find the IPSW firmware file that you downloaded in Step 1, select it, and click Open.

Step 5: A pop-up box will warn you that the restore will delete all data from the device. If you are okay with the restore, click the Restore button. Wait until your device restores, and enjoy your iOS 7.1.2 firmware.

Again, this is valid for a finite amount of time. At any point in the coming hours, days, or weeks, Apple will stop signing iOS 7.1.2, and you will not be able to downgrade.

If you're planning on downgrading, please let us know why, down below in the comments. If you get any trouble with this guide just post a comment we will be happy to help you.