There could be many reasons you want the standard iOS 13 version restored back instead of the latest iOS 14 Beta. As many iOS users really did not think about the bugs or potential downside of beta iOS 14 before upgrading their gadgets. Some people faced some issues with iOS 14 beta in its early stages including battery draining issues, bugs, some apps did not work, storage and technical iPhone lagging etc.
There are ways you can restore to the iOS 13 or older version without losing any data which we have mentioned below step-by-step.
In any case if you want to downgrade iOS 14 to a later version including iOS 13 which you can always do by following simple steps. Before initiating a downgrade iOS 13 you need to do the following things:
- Store a backup of your data on iCloud and Computer (Yes on both)
- Charge your iOS device and Laptop
- Check the storage capacity of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch whichever device you have
- Deactivate the ‘Find My Phone’ feature on your iOS device
How to store a backup of your iPhone on your iCloud and Computer?
It’s better to store your backup on iCloud and on your computer.
This is how you can store a backup into iCloud by following the steps below:
- Go into Settings
- Click on your name
- Click on the iCloud icon
- Scroll down to iCloud backup and click on it
- Click on the Backup Now
Follow the steps below to see how you can store an iOS backup on Mac:
- Plug your iPhone to your computer
- Enter the passcode
- Open up your iTunes or Finder (depending on if you are using a PC or Mac) If you have an older version of Mac you can use iTunes instead of Finder.
- You will see your device information where you can store a backup manually and other options.
- Click on Backup Manually
- Click on Backup Now
- You will get the option to choose to Encrypt/Not Encrypt. Choose what you want to.
- Wait until it finishes backing up your data.
How to turn off Find My Phone feature on iPhone?
- Go to the Settings
- Click on Your Name
- Click on Find My
- Click on Find My iPhone
- Slide to turn it off
Having done all above required things you can proceed to downgrade your iOS 14.
First of all you need to put your iOS 14 device in recovery mode. Check out below how you can put your iOS 14 device in recovery mode:
Step 1: Turn off your iOS 14 device. The steps are mentioned below for different iPhones and iPads.
- You can turn off iPhones and iPads with Face ID by pressing and holding the side button/volume button until ‘Slide to Power Off’ shows up and then choose to turn it off.
- While on iPhone 8 and Plus you can press the side-button and turn off it by choosing to power off.
- On the later versions than iPhone 8 the turn off works differently. You need to turn off from Home Button while on all iPod touch devices you can use the Side or Top button to slide them off.
- Attach your phone cable to your laptop/desktop and then to your iOS device that could be iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Step 3: Push the series buttons on your iOS 14 device to go into Recovery Mode:
- Use Face ID on your iPhones and iPads then press and hold the side-buttons to trigger the Recovery Mode.
- You can find the Recovery Mode in iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPod Touch (7th Gen) by pressing and holding down the volume button.
- For iPhone 6, older iPhones and all iPads you can trigger Recovery Mode by pressing Home Button.
Many of us find it difficult to trigger Recovery Mode. There is one other way to trigger Recovery Mode if somehow you cannot do it to downgrade from the latest iOS 14 to iOS 13.5 or even a later version you can put your iPhone, iPad into Device Firmware Update mode that will enforce a restore anyway even when your iPhone or iPad is not working at all. The DFU mode is a little bit trickier one but you can get to it anyway.
How to downgrade from new iOS 14 to iOS 13 on your Apple devices?
For some users Finder on Mac/Windows or iTunes does not trigger as it should be. However, you can launch Finder manually. Once it’s launched, iTunes can detect your iOS device in Recovery Mode easily. It will ask you what you want to do. While in MacOS Mojave and other older versions the device automatically connects to iTunes. You won’t have to look for Finder. Here is how you can downgrade to iOS 13:
- Once you have Finder spotted, click ‘Restore’ and Update to confirm
- Click ‘Next’ for software update
- Click Agree and Download iOS 13.
Important Note: If your iOS 14 restarts even before the download has been completed you must trigger it back in Recovery Mode. The download of the later version needs to be completed to downgrade it. As soon as the download finishes on your iOS 14 device the older version will be restored which could be any later version you want which you chose to download.
How To Restore A Backup On Your iPhone, iPad or iPod?
As soon as you have restored the standard public version of iOS on your iPhone, iPad or iPod you can restore your back up easily. You have to restore your backup either from iCloud or your computer where you stored it before downgrading to an older version of iOS.
- Go to the backup you made earlier before downgrading your software
- Click on Restore from this backup from iCloud, Finder or iTunes wherever you are restoring the backup
- Select it and wait until it finishes
- Make sure you did not make any new changes which might not sync initially but you’d need to repeat them.
Important Note: If you are downgrading to an older version you would need IPWS file of that version. The rest is the same. You can get IPWS from Download iOS Firmware for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV from here.