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How To Downgrade Your iOS Devices [iOS 13 to iOS 12]

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to downgrade your iOS devices?. Then you are in the right place. Then you want an archived backup of your device from prior to install iOS 13 on your Mac or Windows PC. So without much ado come let’s take a look on it:

Put iPhone & iPad into Recovery Mode

Switch off your iOS devices following the steps below for your device:

  • On iPad or iPhone devices with Face ID, hit and hold the Side button and either volume button until Slide to switch Off appears, and then hover your finger across the slider.
  • On iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, hold the Side button until Slide to switch Off appears, and then hover your finger on the slider.
  • On iPhone 7, and older, all iPads with a Home button, and all iPod touch version, hit and hold either the Side or Top button until Slide to switch Off appears and then hover your finger across the slider.
Step 2:

Connect the cable that came with your device into your PC.

Step 3:

Connect the cable that came with your device into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Step 4:

Hit the series of buttons related to your device to trigger Recovery Mode:

  • On iPhone iPad devices with Face ID, hit and hold the Side button until you view the Recovery Mode icon.
  • On iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, hit and hold the Side button until you view the Recovery Mode icon.
  • On iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/iPod touch (7th Gen), hit and hold the Volume Down button until you view the Recovery Mode icon.
  • On an iPhone 6s and traditional, all iPad or iPod touch with a Home button: Hit and hold the Home button until you view the Recovery Mode icon.

If for whatever reason, Recovery Mode doesn’t work, you can then try to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode. Device Firmware Update mode is quite difficult. But you’ll still force a restore when nothing else works.

Downgrade to an older model of iOS on your iOS devices

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

downgrade your iOS devices

Step 1:

Tap Restore on the iTunes popup.

Step 2:

Then tap Restore and Update to confirm.

Step 3:

Tap Next on the iOS 12 Software Updater.

Step 4:

Tap Agree to accept the Terms and Conditions and begin downloading iOS 12.

If your device reboots to iOS 13 before installation complete. Then try to repeat the steps above and put it back into Recovery Mode. Once done, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will back up to the older model of iOS.

How to backup your archived iOS to your iPhone or iPad

Once your device is backed up, it’ll have a copy of the newest model of iOS. If you want to get your data back, you’ll need to backup from an earlier backup. If you’ve been executing the latest software. Then your iCloud or iTunes recovery will likely be based on that software launch and might not backup properly to a device executing the older version of iOS.

Step 1:

Choose Restore from this backup in iTunes (or Finder in macOS Catalina).

Step 2:

Select the archived backup you made before downloading the beta software update.

Once the backup is completed, your iPad or iPhone should move back to where it was before you installed the latest software. If you’ve made any modification since then, and they don’t sync back some other way, you might have to repeat them to move back to exactly where you were before downgrading.

Conclusion:

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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