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How to downgrade iTunes 12.6 to iTunes 12.5

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Part 1: Please uninstall iTunes 12.6 from your Mac

Step 1: Please open the Applications folder and find the iTunes app file (/Applications/iTunes.app). Right-click (or Control-click) on iTunes and select Get Info.

Uninstall iTunes 12.6


Step 2: Locate and click on the padlock icon on the bottom right side of the window and enter your admin password. This is necessary in order to make changes to the app's permission settings.

Step 3: Please expand the Sharing & Permissions section of the window if it's not already visible and change the privileges for "everyone" to Read & Write.

Uninstall iTunes

Step 4: Close the Get Info window and try again to drag the iTunes application file to the Trash.

Part 2: Download iTunes 12.5 to your Mac

Please download the older version of iTunes through https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/ITunes. Please note that the older version of iTunes may not recognize your iTunes library in iTunes 12.6. You need reload the iTunes library.

Part 3: Reload Your iTunes library

Step 1: Please go to your own iTunes Library (your home directory -> Music -> iTunes).

Find iTunes Library


Step 2: Click once on the "iTunes Library.itl" file and then click your cursor into the filename under the icon. Add ".old" as a suffix.

backup iTunes Library

Step 3: Open a folder called "Previous iTunes Libraries" in that same directory.

Find old version iTunes Library

Step 4: The most recent copy of your iTunes Library is the one with the ".itl" suffix. That's what we want. Duplicate it (select it and choose File -> Duplicate), then drag the duplicate up to the "iTunes" folder one level above.

You can also drag the original and leave the copy behind, of course.

iTunes Library Copy

Step 5:Click on the filename, then click *into* the filename just once, so you can change its name. Remove the date stamp so that it just reads "iTunes Library.itl", then relaunch iTunes.

Mac iTunes Store

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