How to Downgrade iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS to iOS 12 without Losing Data
Recently, Apple has rolled out its public iOS 13 beta 2 for iPhone and the brand new iPadOS 13 beta for iPad, and any iOS users who want to help test the early build of the operating system can install the public beta on their iPhone and iPad. However, the beta version may be too buggy and inevitably comes with random issues. You may have enough of these bugs and want to revert your iPhone or iPad to the current official version of iOS 12.3.1. It can be done, but not that easy. In this article, we will introduce 2 different ways to downgrade iOS 13 beta to iOS 12. Besides, this article also details how to backup iPhone/iPad data before downgrading and how to recover data after downgrading.
- Part 1: Backup iPhone/iPad Data Before Switching to iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS
- Part 2: How to Downgrade iOS 13 Beta to iOS 12
- – Downgrade iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS with Recovery Mode in iTunes
- – Replace iOS 13 Beta Profile with iOS 12 IPSW File (without iTunes or Computer)
- Part 3: How to Recover Data After Downgrade iOS 13 Beta
Backup iPhone/iPad Data Before Switching to iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS
Please keep in mind that it is impossible to restore your data from a backup made when using iOS 13/iPadOS beta on your device. Therefore, to downgrade iOS 13 beta/iPadOS to iOS 12 without data loss, it is a prerequisite to backup your iOS data via iCloud or iTunes beforehand.
Backup Using iCloud
- Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to a stable Wi-Fi network.
- Step 2: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
- Step 3: Switch the iCloud Backup toggle on if it is not. Then tap on “Back Up Now”.
Backup via iTunes
- Step 1: Run iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer.
- Step 2: Click on the device icon on at the top left of the interface.
- Step 3: Tick “This Computer” under the Backups filed, and click on the “Back Up Now” button.
How to Downgrade iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS to iOS 12
To downgrade the iOS version, both of the two ways introduced in the following content require using iTunes. So before you get started, please update iTunes to the latest version. Also, remember to turn off Find My iPhone.
- Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud >Find My iPhone.
- Switch Find My iPhone toggle off.
Downgrade iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS with Recovery Mode in iTunes
- Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer and launch iTunes.
- Turn off your iPhone/iPad and put it in recovery mode:
- For iPhone 6S or earlier, iPad with Home button, and iPod touch (6th generation) or earlier: Keep holding the Home button.
- For iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod (7th generation): Long press the Volume Down button.
- For iPhone 8 or later: Press and hold the Side button.
- For iPad models with Face ID: Keep holding the Top button.
- When iTunes recognizes your iPhone/iPad in recovery mode, click on the “Restore” button in the small pop-up window.
- Wait for the restoring process to be complete.
Replace iOS 13 Beta Profile with iOS 12 IPSW File (without iTunes/Computer)
- Download the iOS 12.3.1 IPSW file matching the iPhone or iPad model from https://ipsw.me/.
- Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad running iOS 13 beta to the computer.
- Click on the device icon in the top left corner of the interface when it appears.
- If you are using a Mac, press and hold the Option key and click the “Update” button; if a Windows computer, press and hold the Shift key and click the “Update” button.
- From the pop-up file browser, select the iOS 12.3.1 IPSW file you previously downloaded.
- Wait for the entire process to be finished.
Whether you downgrade iOS 13 beta with recovery mode or IPSW file, please never disconnect your iPhone or iPad from the computer until the overall process is over, even if you see the device reboot several times.
How to Recover Data After Downgrade iOS 13 Beta/iPadOS
Restore from iCloud backup
- Step 1: Tap through the setup pages until you see the App & Data screen.
- Step 2: Tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”, and sign in with your iCloud account and password.
- Step 3: Select the most recent iCloud backup from a list of available backup archives.
- Step 4: Wait until the process is ended.
Restore from iTunes backup
- Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer via a USB cable.
- Step 2: Click on the device icon in the upper-left corner.
- Step 3: Click the “Restore Backup” button.
- Step 4: Select the most recent backup and click “Restore”.
- Step 5: Keep your device connected to iTunes until the entire process is over.
Bonus Tip: How to View iTunes backups on Your Computer
When you backup your iPhone/iPad to iTunes, you may suddenly remember that there are a great many of backup files on your computer taking up a lot of space, and you want to clear some of them. Before you start to clean those old backups, you’d better have a look at the content of each iTunes backup to avoid mistakenly delete some vital data.
However, the iTunes backup files are unreadable fragments, and you have to view them in virtue of a third-party tool. Gihosoft iManager is a professional tool that helps you easily manage and view old iTunes backups on the computer. And if you want, it also helps you selectively extract data to the computer. You can download the free trial and give it a try.
- Download this program and run it on your computer.
- All the iTunes backup files will be sorted out in the left bar. Choose the latest backup.
- Click on the icon of the file type you want to view, and all the data related to that file type will be presented on the interface.
- If you want to extract any of the data, check it, and click on the Export icon at the top.
The public iOS 13 beta/iPadOS has a long list of new features. But, after all, it is a beta version and is not finished. Compared with the current official version, the iOS 13 beta/iPadOS still has some bugs and issues which cause poor user experience. In this article, we have introduced 2 different ways to help you downgrade iOS 13 beta to iOS 12. It is very much worth noting that you should back up your data to iCloud or iTunes before installing the iOS 13 beta on your device. Do you prefer the iOS 13 beta version or the iOS 12 version? Have you tried to downgrade iOS 13 beta? Please sound off your opinion and downgrading experience in the comment section.