If you are a fan of the older OS X 10.9 Mavericks over the latest OS X Yosemite version and wish to revert to the previous version from the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite, you can do that via the downgrade process.

The following tutorial explains an easy method to downgrade from OS X Yosemite to the Mavericks version. But make sure that you have backed up all your data before following the downgrade process.

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How to downgrade OS X Yosemite to Mavericks

  • Downgrading to OS X Mavericks is an easy method. You need to install a Time Machine Backup of your Mac on OS X Mavericks
  • Also copy and save all your files from OS X Yosemite as you cannot restore a Yosemite Time Machine backup once you switch back to Mavericks.
  • With the Time machine drive plugged in or available on the network perform the following:
  • Click on the Apple in the upper left and choose Restart
  • When Mac is restarting press the Command and R keys together until the screen turns grey
  • On the next screen choose Restore from a Time Machine Backup and click Continue
  • Click on Time Machine disk then choose the backup you want to restore. Ensure this one is with Mavericks
  • Once you have finished the backup, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation and restore from backup
  • Note: Without backup you can still downgrade but you need a USB drive and you can manually back up all your data. But this is likely to take a little longer.
  • You need to create a clean install of OS X Mavericks and then move your files back to the computer. But be careful while doing so as updates like these can change file structures and libraries used in apps.
  • Download OS X Mavericks from Mac App Store
  • Open the Mac App Store, click on Purchase then find OS X Mavericks, click Download then click Continue and wait for the download to complete
  • Click Install on the pop up that appears. Ensure that you have backed up all data as the following step will delete your data

Step-1: Connect the USB drive and open Disk Utility

Step-2: Select USB drive in the sidebar and click on the Erase tab

Step-3: Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the Format box and name it as Untitled

Step-4: Click Erase and wait for the format to get completed

Step-5: When the format is completed, close Disk Utility and open Terminal. Enter the following command and press Enter

sudo /Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app –nointeraction

Now you should wipe your hard drive and install OS X Mavericks. Click here for help. Now you should see OS X Mavericks running on your system instead of Yosemite.


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