Here’s how you can downgrade iOS 12 beta to iOS 11.4 or 11.4.1 on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch hardware.
There is no need to downgrade new iOS version to the old firmware, that too if you are not interested in iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak, which is in the cards. But if you are interested in downloading and installing iOS 12 beta on your device, and want to revert back to the version iOS 11.4, this guide will help you do so pretty easily.
With iOS 12 installed, you can follow the steps below to downgrade to iOS 11.4.x.
Do note that if you have taken the opportunity to upgrade to Apple’s recently released iOS 12 beta. You may immediately have regretted that decision and realized that it’s a limited pre-release seed for a reason, then firt thing you do is downgrade the firmware version.
Note: If you have taken any iTunes or iCloud backup on iOS 12, you won’t be able to restore that data to iOS 11.4 or below due to incompatibility. With that out of the day, here’s how to get about downgrading your device back to iOS 11 from iOS 12.
step 1: First thing you should do before you can go through the downgrade process is, you’ll need to be on the latest version of iTunes. For that record, that’s going to be Apople’s latest version with support for the released iOS 12 beta. If you haven’t downloaded it as yet, then go and grab it right now!
Step 2: You are also going to need to have a relevant iOS 11.4 IPSW file in your space. You can download the right iOS 11.4 IPSW file for your specific device right immediately from here:
Step 3: Disable Find My iPhone on your device from Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.
Step 3: Launch iTunes and put your device into DFU or Recovery Mode by following the instructions given below.
For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners
Enter DFU mode by powering down your devices as you normally would by pressing and holding the power/lock button until the slide to power off prompt appears. Slide it to turn off. Once completely turned it off, press and hold the power/lock button on the right side for about 3 seconds. With the power/lock button still pressed, press and hold the volume down button on the other side of the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Keep holding both buttons down together for approximately 10 seconds.
After 10 seconds, release the power/lock button, but make sure that you continue to keep the volume down button held down for another 5 seconds. You will see Apple Logo on the screen, or if you see the iTunes logo with Lightning cable appear on screen, then you have held the volume down button down for too long. In either instance, you will have to re-start the process again.
If you nail the timings, the display will remain all black, confirming that the device has entered into DFU mode successfully. iTunes will also confirm the same if you’re connected to that via PC or Mac.
For iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners:
Press and hold the Side button on the device for three seconds. You should get the Apple bootup screen. With the Side button still held down press the Volume Down button and hold both buttons for a period of ten seconds. The image below shows exactly how!
The bootup screen should disappear once the system has detected that these buttons are pressed for a specific period of time. After that timing, release the Side button but continue to press the Volume Down button for an additional five seconds. iTunes should pop up an alert informing that it has found a device in Recovery mode. The iPhone 8’s screen should be entirely black at this stage.
Once in DFU mode, hold down the Option key on the Mac keyboard and click on the Restore iPhone… button. Those of you on Windows can do same by holding down the Shift key while clicking on Restore iPhone... button. Once prompted, select the iOS 11.4 IPSW file, which you already downloaded earlier.
Finally, iTunes will work its magic and restore to iOS 11.4 as requested. Once done, you’ll be all set to either restore from a compatible iTunes or iCloud backup or if you prefer to set your device up fresh. And remember, when iOS 12 is stable, you can go right back to it and get it on your device.
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- Download iOS 12 Beta 1 IPSW Links & Install On iPhone X, 8, 7, Plus, 6s, 6, SE, 5s, iPad, iPod [Tutorial]
- iOS 12 Beta Compatibility List For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Devices
- iOS 12 Beta 1 Download IPSW Links, OTA Update For iPhone And iPad
- How To Downgrade iOS 12 Beta To iOS 11.4 [Tutorial]