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How to downgrade visionOS on Apple Vision Pro

Key Takeaways

  • If you’re facing any issues with your Apple Vision Pro after installing a software update, you can downgrade visionOS using Apple’s Developer Strap.
  • To downgrade visionOS, connect the headset to your Mac using a USB-C cable > Attach Vision Pro’s battery pack > Enter recovery mode > Then, open Apple Configurator on Mac > Hold the Option key and click Action from the menu bar > Select the IPSW file > Click Restore.

The latest visionOS updates for Apple Vision Pro boast several new exciting features and stability improvements. However, some users have run into issues after installing visionOS updates, leaving them frustrated. Fortunately, Apple allows you to downgrade visionOS.

Although downgrading to a previous visionOS version might seem daunting, it’s achievable with the right tools and technical know-how. In this guide, I’ll list down all the things you’ll need to downgrade visionOS on Apple Vision Pro and take you through the entire process one step at a time.

Requirements to downgrade visionOS

Apart from patience and the headset itself, you’ll need several other things to downgrade visionOS on your Apple Vision Pro. So, before you proceed any further, ensure you have all these things ready:

  • A Mac running macOS Sonoma or later: To download a visionOS IPSW file and run software tools.
  • Apple Vision Pro Developer Strap: This is a $300 tool only accessible to users subscribed to the $99 Apple Developer Program. You’ll need the strap to add a USB-C port to the Apple Vision Pro.
  • visionOS IPSW restore image: It’s a 7.7 GB file that you can download from the Apple developer Downloads website. This file contains installation data related to the visionOS operating system.
  • Apple Configurator: This is a free app from Apple that anyone can download from the App Store. You’ll need this to install the visionOS IPSW restore image, and downgrade your Apple Vision Pro.
  • USB-C to USB-C cable: A standard USB-C cable to connect your Apple Vision Pro with your Mac.

Once you have all these things available, you may follow the steps in the next section to downgrade visionOS. However, if you’re missing anything from the list, these steps won’t work for you.

How to downgrade visionOS on Vision Pro

  1. Put on the Apple Vision Pro and turn it on.
  2. Go to SettingsApple ID Turn off the iCloud Activation Lock.
    This is optional, but I recommend doing this to make the post-downgrade setup quicker.
  3. Now, take off the headset. Using the ejector tool that came with the Developer Strap, detach the right audio strap of your Vision Pro → In the same slot, attach the Developer Strap by pressing it down.
  4. Use a USB-C cable to connect your Mac to the Developer Strap attached to your Vision Pro. You need to attach the USB-C cable to the port at the tip of the Developer Strap.
  5. Attach the power cable of the battery pack to the left side of your Apple Vision Pro.
  6. Quickly press and hold the top button on the Apple Vision Pro to enter recovery mode.
    Press and hold till you see a Connect to Mac icon appear on the front display of the Apple Vision Pro.
  7. Then, on your Mac, launch Apple Configurator → Double-click the Apple Vision Pro image.
    If it’s your first time connecting the headset to your Mac, you’ll need to click Allow.
  8. Click Action from the Menu bar → Hold the Option Key → Then, select Restore.
  9. When Finder opens, locate the visionOS IPSW restore image you downloaded Click Restore.
  10. On the front display of the Vision Pro, you’ll see an Apple logo followed by a progress bar. On your Mac, you’ll see a Restoring System on device progress bar.

When your Apple Vision Pro boots up after the downgrade, you can quit Apple Configurator on your Mac and disconnect the USB-C cable. And, if you wish, you can also reattach the regular Audio Strap.

Although a bit lengthy, the process might interest a lot of enthusiasts. If you do it once, you won’t find it daunting ever again.

What are the risks of downgrading visionOS on Apple Vision Pro?

In most cases, there are no immediate risks associated with downgrading visionOS. However, downgrading will erase your data, and you may risk bricking your Apple Vision Pro if you accidentally detach the USB-C cable during the procedure.

How long does it take to downgrade visionOS?

Depending on the model of your Mac and the size of the visionOS IPSW restore file, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to downgrade visionOS on Apple Vision Pro.

How do I install the Apple Vision Pro Developer Strap?

To install the Apple Vision Pro Developer Strap, you’ll first need to detach the Light Seal and the face cushion. Then, insert the eject tool into the eject hole next to the right Audio Strap and press firmly while pulling the strap upwards. Once you detach the right Audio Strap, line up the Developer Strap with the socket on the enclosure and firmly push it in until you hear two clicks.

Wrapping up…

With some patience and the steps outlined in this step-by-step guide, you should be able to downgrade visionOS on your Apple Vision Pro easily without worrying about messing something up.

However, if you have any other doubts or questions regarding the process, please let me know in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to assist you.

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  • Ayush

    Ayush is a writer with a keen interest in consumer technology and the Apple ecosystem. He has over three years of working experience at several big-name publications, including Guiding Tech, TechPP, and MobiGyaan. Here at iGeeksBlog, he specializes in crafting how-to guides, buying guides, and editorials related to all things Apple.

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