If you are running into iOS 12 beta problems, this is how you can downgrade from the iOS 12 beta to iOS 11 so that things are back to normal. This guide will walk you through how to uninstall iOS 12 and go back to iOS 11 with simple, easy to follow steps that come with Apple’s seal of approval.
This works for the iOS 12 developer beta and will also work for the iOS 12 public beta that arrives later this month. You can only downgrade to the latest version of iOS 11, so this will take you back to iOS 11.4.
If you created an iTunes backup on iOS 11 and archived it as we recommended on our iOS 12 beta install guide you can restore that backup once you are back on iOS 11. Users who do not have an iOS 11 backup will not be able to restore since you cannot restore an iOS 12 backup to a device running iOS 11.
How to Downgrade iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11
This iOS 12 beta downgrade to iOS 11 guide shows you how to uninstall the iOS 12 beta and go back to iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This process erases the the device completely and then installs iOS 11.4. If you have an archived backup or an iOS 11 backup still in iCloud, you can then restore that.
Here’s how to downgrade the iOS 12 beta to iOS 11;
- Install the latest version of iTunes.
- Connect your device to the computer with a Lightning Cable.
- Put the device in DFU mode. This varies based on the device, so follow the instructions for the model you have below.
- iTunes will pop up asking if you Want to Restore. Click on Restore to erase the iPhone.
- Wait for the restore process to complete and then start fresh or restore to an iOS 11 backup.
If you see a prompt to enter your password, enter it so that you can turn off activation lock. If it fails, you may need to restart this process, but go to Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off. If you run into problems, this may help you fix iOS restore issues.
How to Put Your iPhone into DFU Mode to Restore
Use the directions below to put your iPhone or iPad into restore mode so that you can downgrade to iOS 11.
- iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus – Press and quickly release Volume Up, press and quickly release Volume Down. Press and hold the Side button until the Recovery screen shows up.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – Press and hold the Power Button and Volume Down button at the same time. Hold the buttons, keep holding when you see the Apple Logo. release when you see the Recovery Mode screen.
- iPhone 6s and earlier, iPads, iPod Touch – Press and hold the Power button and the Home Button at the same time. Hold the buttons, keep holding when you see the Apple Logo. release when you see the Recovery Mode screen.
Once you see the Recovery Mode screen iTunes should show you a message on your computer as well. The video above walks through the somewhat tricky process on the iPhone 6s and lower.