If you have installed the beta of iOS 15 on your iPhone or the beta of iPadOS 15 on your iPad, you will already be testing all the new features available. However, it is likely that you have encountered various errors and problems and want to go back to iOS 14, and fortunately for that, there is the so-called downgrade.
If installing the iOS 15 beta is relatively easy, going back is not too complicated either, the only problem is that you will have to restore your device. The iOS 15 beta has some major bugs, and it is normal that you want to go back to a stable version like iOS 14.
Go back to iOS 15 from iOS 15 with a downgrade
It is quite common, iOS betas can give problems, so it is not recommended to install them on common devices. Fortunately, if something is wrong with iOS 15 and it is important to you, you can easily go back to iOS 14.
- First of all, there are a series of prerequisites to take into account:
- A Mac or PC with Windows
- The iOS 14.6 IPSW file, or the latest iOS 14 version available.
- A previous backup of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 14. The iPhone SE will restore to how it was before installing the iOS 15 betas.
- IOS 15 back-ups cannot be used when downgrading to iOS 14.
You can get the IPSW file for your iPhone or iPad model on this website, select your device, and the latest version of iOS 14 available.
How to go back to iOS 14 from iOS 15
Once you have downloaded the IPSW file corresponding to your device, these are the steps you must follow to return from iOS 15 to iOS 14:
- Go to Settings, click on your name, select Find> Find my iPhone and deactivate it.
- Connect the iPhone to a Mac or PC using the USB cable.
- Now you will have to put your iPhone in recovery mode:
- On iPhone 8 or later: Quickly press and release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Then press and hold the side button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the side button and the volume down button at the same time. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.
- iPhone 6s and earlier models: Press and hold the home button and the top (or side) button at the same time. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.
- Open Finder on Mac or iTunes on Windows, iPhone should appear on the computer.
- On your Mac, click Restore iPhone while holding down the Option key. In Windows hold the Shift key while clicking Restore.
- Select the iOS 14 IPSW file that you downloaded earlier.
- Confirm and wait for the process to finish.
This process will leave your iPhone or iPad brand new, and you will need to restore the last backup you made of iOS 14. Remember that all the information you have in the backup of iOS 15 is not compatible with iOS 14.