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How to downgrade an iPhone or iPad from iOS beta

Livia Stroie

by Livia Stroie

Restoring to a older version of iOS might mean you will not be able to get the data you gathered while using the newer version of iOS on your device. You will not be able to restore an iOS beta iTunes or iCloud backup to an older iOS version. Also -- if you're a cheeky jailbreak user -- your saved blobs will be lost after downgrade.

Restoring your iTunes or iCloud backup data to your iPhone or iPad is possible for most of backed up files, but it's not trivial. Here's our guide on how you can get some of the most important backup data back to your iOS device.

How to downgrade from a beta version of iOS

Here's our step-by-step to do it:

  1. Before proceeding, turn off “Find my iPhone” in Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

  2. Download the older firmware for your device, make sure you download the appropriate version for your iPhone, iPad or iPod

  3. Connect your device via USB to your PC or Mac

  4. Open iTunes and choose your iOS device from the top left corner

  5. While continuously holding the Option key on the Mac or Shift key in Windows, click "Check for update"

  6. Select the iOS IPSW file you previously downloaded

  7. iTunes will inform you that it will update your iOS device and will verify this update with Apple; click "Update"

  8. iTunes will downgrade your device

  9. Your iOS device will restart after downgrading

  10. "Slide to upgrade" will appear as your device restarts: unlock, enter the password, activate if necessary, and wait for the downgrade process to finish

That's it! You’ve successfully downgraded. We've included instructions for earlier beta downgrades below.

How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.4

  1. First, turn off "Find my iPhone" by going to Settings > iCloud >Find My iPhone.

  2. Connect the device to the computer, launch iTunes and enter DFU mode. To do this, turn off the device, hold the power button for 3 seconds, whilst holding the Home button for 10 seconds. Release the power button and continue holding the home button until iTunes shows the recovery mode confirmation. Click OK.

    Entering DFU mode: iTunes
    Entering DFU mode: iTunes

  3. Then click on the "Restore iPhone" button and select "Restore and Update" for the confirmation. iTunes will give you some information about the iOS 8.4 update and will wait for you to click through "Next" and "Agree" buttons.

    Restore and update: iTunes downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4
    Restore and update: iTunes downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8.4

  4. iOS 8.4 will be downloaded and installed to your device. After about 10 minutes you'll see the "Hello" screen and instructions about restoring personal data from the backup.

    iTunes downloading to downgrade to iOS 8.4
    iTunes downloading to downgrade to iOS 8.4

How to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 to iOS 8.0

Here are some steps you need to take to safely get back to iOS 8 without losing any content:

  1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes using your USB cable

  2. Once you have created a safe backup of your iPhone running iOS 8.0.1, download the iOS 8 file corresponding to your device: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

  3. Install iOS 8 with iTunes by selecting the file you just downloaded and following these actions:

    On Windows: Press Shift key and click "Check for update"

    On Mac: Press the Option key and click "Check for update"

  4. Finally, press "Update" and iOS 8 will be back, and you'll be able to enjoy cell service and Touch ID again

How to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7

The easiest way to downgrade from any iOS beta version is to use an IPSW file. Steps to bring back the iOS 7.1.1 to your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Download the iOS 7.1.1 IPSW firmware from the developer portal, and make sure you download the version appropriate for your device.

  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 to your computer using the USB cable

  3. Launch the latest version of iTunes

  4. From the top right side of iTunes, select your device. Go to the summary tab, and you'll see the "Update" button. Hold down the Shift key (on Windows) or Option key (on Mac) and click the "Update" button

  5. Select the IPSW firmware you downloaded earlier. iTunes will now install iOS 7 on your device. Your iPhone or iPad will reboot, and once done you should be back on iOS 7.1.1 again.

How to downgrade from iOS 7 beta: step-by-step guide

It's easy to upgrade to iOS 7 with a developer account, either on a Mac or on a Windows PC (by extracting the .ipsw file from the DMG iOS 7 download). If you want to go back to iOS 6, you will need the .ipsw file for iOS 6, so pick the right version of iOS for your device:

iOS 7 on an iPhone connected to iTunes
iOS 7 on an iPhone connected to iTunes

Once you have downloaded the .IPSW file for iOS 6, run iTunes on your PC or Mac computer and connect your device. Once it is recognized, you can restore the iPhone or iPad with iTunes (hold Shift on a Windows PC, hold Option and click "Restore iPhone").

iOS 7 downgrade to iOS 6
iOS 7 downgrade to iOS 6

The last step is to select the iOS 6 firmware file you downloaded: iTunes will then install the iOS, once completed your device will restart. You can then load any previous backups made on prior to the iOS 7 install. Any data created on iOS 7 only can be extracted using our software if needed.

Livia Stroie

by Livia Stroie on , last updated

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