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I upgraded my wife's iPhone 4S to IOS 7.  She doesn't like it as she has trouble seeing the more streamline text, i.e. the phone dialpad.  I tried some of the accessibility options, but none really helped.   I tried reverse colors, but the other apps and camera are not good.  Can I revert back to the prior OS?
Rodger ReedyProgram ManagerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As a straight uninstall - No. There is no way (I know of or researched) to back out IOS7.

You need to back it up, do a hard reset back to Factory Specs, build it up and do not allow IOS7 to install.

The text in the phone pad is much narrower and lighter.

This is the way forward (2 of us won't change their mind), so you might go the Apple Store genius section and explain your problem. They may have an IOS7 solution which will be better in the long run.

... Thinkpads_User
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Jackie ManCommented:
There is a way to restore the iOS back to iOS 6.1.3 but I am not sure that there is any risk involved.

The steps are as follows:-

1. download the sigend version of the firmware of iOS 6.1.3 from a computer with the latest version of iTune installed
2. connect your iPhone 4s to the computer and put the phone in a recovery mode
3. when the phone is out of the recovery mode, iTune will ask you to locate the source of the firmware for recovery...

I have not tested whether the above will work but the difficulty part is to obtain the firmware in Step 1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkFDNX2yxBY
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Hello rreedy,

I think you are out of luck. Starting with iOS 7 and iPhone 4s Apple closed the signing window.
There is absolutely no way back to iOS6 any more!
(iPhone 4 does seem to be downgradable with saved SHSH Blobs); a plain downgrade is only possible with the Beta versions of any iOS until now.

I read this recently; but it is in German:
http://apfeleimer.de/2013/09/downgrade-ios-7-kein-weg-zurueck-apple-stoppt-ios-6-1-3-ios-6-1-4-signierung
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Rodger ReedyProgram ManagerAuthor Commented:
Not sure if I want to risk a reset and rebuild of the phone, but that's the only real choice if we are to change the appearance.  May opt for and upgrade to an non-iPhone - or await a patch that fixes the problem if enough people complain.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Hello rreedy,

I suppose you were able to restore the iPhone 4s to iOS6? Since my tries failed so far, could you post here how you did achieve this?
Thanks a lot!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@rreedy - Thank you for the update. I was happy to help to the extent that I was able to.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Rodger ReedyProgram ManagerAuthor Commented:
helge000,

I haven't been brave enough to try the restore option. Since your attempts have been unsuccessful, I'm not encouraged to try at this point. I'll give my wife some time to adapt to the new appearance - maybe such drastic action will not be needed.
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