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How to restore an iOS beta iTunes backup to a downgraded iPhone or iPad

Livia Stroie

by Livia Stroie

Many people like to try Apple iOS betas as they come out. However making a committed move to an iOS beta has its risks and pitfalls, and after a while you might decide the new design and features cannot compensate for the iOS instability, frequent restarts and data loss. After all you need to use your device, right?

If you find yourself needing to revert from a beta iOS, you'll need to be aware that restoring an iOS beta iTunes or iCloud backup to a downgraded iOS device is not possible.

What are your options, then? Well, there's two:

  1. Patch your backup to make it compatible with the earlier iOS, or

  2. Pull the data you need from your iTunes or iCloud backup, and import it

If you need data from an iOS beta backup for either option, iPhone Backup Extractor is the right tool for you.

Your contacts, SMS messages, iMessages, notes, photos, videos and app data are all in your iTunes and iCloud backup, assuming you took one. But if you already downgraded the device to a non-beta iOS, you won't be able to restore the beta data. If you try, it'll give you the following message:

iTunes could not restore the iPhone "Renate's iPhone" because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored.

Trying to restore an iOS beta backup to an older version of iOS
Trying to restore an iOS beta backup to an older version of iOS

iTunes can store backups locally on your Windows PC or Mac for easy restoration of data to your device, and the iCloud can do similar in the cloud. However if iTunes or iCloud can't restore these backups because the device is lost, has a higher iOS than the backup firmware or the backup has been corrupted, what do you do? Fortunately the backups can still be opened easily and data extracted quickly with iPhone Backup Extractor.

These are the typical use-cases:

Having trouble restoring or opening an iOS beta iTunes backup? Don't be a stranger: reach out!

Livia Stroie

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