Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S - Intro
I have been avoiding upgrading my iOS since iOS 7. However, on wednesday night I drank too much red wine and upgraded, because an app I wanted to use requires iOS 9 or higher.
What a mistake to make. My snappy adequately fast phone was rendered sluggish and virtually useless. So what can I do?
Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S - Down-Grade - NO WAY
Apple must know that older devices will not run there newer iOS properly, and hope that the performance of iOS 9 on older devices will force people to upgrade. For this reason they do not offer a way to downgrade your iOS.
There is one exception, and that is 6.1.3 which is still "signed" for use on the iPhone 4 (not 4S). There is 3rd party software avaiable to do this, if you have iOS 9.3.4, but not for iOS 9.3.5.
So this is impossible for 9.3.5.
Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S - Jail-Break - NOOOO WAY
This is also not possible, iOS 9.3.5 is not jail-break-able.
Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S - Re-Install and Performance Mods - WORTH A SHOT
This is the only way left for people, and I think by following the below steps you can claw back the usability of you iphone 4S.
- Back-Up Your Iphone (Use iTunes)
- Reset (Settings > General) Choose (Erase All Content and Settings)
- Restore from Back Up when Done.
Note: This freed up a lot of storage space for me. Despite having most the same apps and music on the phone after restore. Perhaps the old iOS is not deleted from the phone when it is upgraded?
9.3.5 Performance Mods
Do the following:
- Turn Off Animations (Settings > General >Accessibility)
- Turn Off Transparency (Settings > General >Accessibility)
- Turn Off Back Ground App Refresh (Settings > General)
- Enable Low Power Mode (Settings > Battery)
- Delete All Unwanted Apps (Hold Down Any App Icon Until Wobble)
Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S - Conclusions
APPLE! It should not be like this, serve the customer please. If I want to install Windows 3.1 on my PC I can. . . . this means I do not have to send my old PC to india, for kids to dismantle, and go to early graves with lead poisoning. . . there is a moral element here!
Every time you make a new iphone there is also a carbon cost, it is no good prattling on about how considerate you are in you CSR reporting if your belligerent attitude towards legacy hardware is causing mountains of E-Waste, and unnecessary Carbon Emissions. You know global warming, that thing that Trump Ignores. . . but then he is a pretty good guy after all.