The latest iOS version is always the best one as it comes with features like AR Kit 2 and also memoji. Still, all things considered, it is a new operating system and there may be chances that you are not happy with it.

So, for whatever reason, if you need to downgrade your iOS device back to the previous version, that it totally fine as well as possible. Actually, downgrading is quite easy. For this, you need to do an archived backup of your device and from prior to installing iOS 12. Now, follow the steps given below-

How to put your iPhone or iPad in recovery mode?

  • Turn off your iPhone or iPad: On iPhone 8 and older, hold down the Sleep/Wake button until Slide to power off appears, then slide. On iPhone X, hold down the Side button and Volume Up button until Slide to power off appears, then slide.
  • Now, you have to plug your USB to lightning cable into your computer/laptop/pc.
  • After you have done that, the next step is to plug your USB to lightning mode, this time in your iPhone or in your iPad
  • On the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, there you have to press and then release  the volume up button and then the same thing should be repeated in the volume down button as well

How to downgrade to a lower version?

If iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC doesn’t launch automatically, launch it manually. ITunes will detect your device in recovery mode and ask you what you want to do.

  1. Click restore when the iTunes pop up
  2. Now, click on restore and then update so that it can be conformed
  3. Click next on the iOS Software updater

How to restore your archived iOS backup to your iPhone or iPad

Once your device is restored, it’ll have a clean copy of the latest standard version of iOS. To get your data back, you’ll need to restore from a previous backup. If you’ve been running the newest software for more than a day, your standard iCloud or iTunes backup will likely be based on that software release and may not restore properly to a device running the older version of iOS. That’s where the archived backup you made prior to installing the new software comes in. (You did make a backup, right?)

  • Select Restore from this backup in iTunes.
  • Choose the archived backup you made before installing the beta software update.

Once the restore is completed, your iPhone or iPad should be back to where it was before you installed the new software. If you’ve made any major changes since then, and they don’t sync back some other way, you may have to repeat them to get back to exactly where you were before downgrading.

So in short, downgrading iOS is an rather easy task if the steps given here are followed correctly with common sense.


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