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How do I get back to iOS 12.4 on my iPad that is running 13.1?

I have an iPad running iOS 13.1 that I need to get back to iOS 12.4. I know that Apple stopped signing iOS 12.4 so a traditional downgrade is not an option. Would doing a clean install of iOS 12.4 work?  I do own CopyTrans software which I have all the data I need backed up on my iMac. At this point, is there any way to get iOS 12.4 back onto this iPad?  Thank you very much for your help.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultant
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Marc

The Apple iOS is not backed up by CopyTrans so that is no help to you.  CopyTrans is only for app data, photos, music etc.

If you've a FULL backup of the iPad through iTunes stored on your computer  made when the iPad was on iOS 12 you can do a factory reset in iTunes and reload it from that backup but otherwise you're out of luck.  

Apple pretty much make it impossible to revert iOS as soon as they release a new version and you upgrade as they drop support for the older iOS versions and remove their availability online.
Marc ChevalierIT Consultant

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Thanks Eoin for the information.
I have a hard time accepting the fact that Apple has locked me into an operating system that I hate. If I were to first use the CopyTrans backup utility to merely backup Contacts and other data that is valuable to me on my iPad, could I then do a clean install of iOS 12.4 which would clear all the data on my iPad?  I would use the specific iOS file for my iPad from Apple.  Then, once iOS 12.4 is installed, restore my data from the Copy Trans backups?  Thanks.
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Where do you propose to get "a clean install of iOS 12.4"????

Therein lies the problem.  When Apple release a new iOS version they INVALIDATE the previous iOS versions so that you cannot restore from the Internet.  There is no easy way to acquire a version of the iOS 12 version and part of the install requires the device to check with Apple that the iOS version is legitimate and that will FAIL.

The only way to downgrade iOS is if you've a FULL local backup (the iCloud backup doesn't work) and you perform the downgrade within days of the new iOS upgrade .. otherwise you're stuck.

I know its not much help but as with OSX updates I recommend NEVER EVER EVER enable auto-updates on iOS devices ... and never install the new releases .. until they have at least one or 2 fix updates if possible.  Apple will nag you to upgrade but live with it to iOS13.2 or higher while they use others as guinea pigs to iron out the bugs.
Marc ChevalierIT Consultant

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Thanks again Eoin!  I appreciate your patience with me. You provided a complete and clear answer.
Marc ChevalierIT Consultant

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Thank you Eoin for the clear and descriptive answer!  It is appreciated.