How to Downgrade from iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4 on iPhone or iPad

Is iOS 12 not running well on your iPhone? No problem, you can go back to iOS 11 from iOS 12, if your iPhone doesn't seem to enjoy the new operating system or is faced with too many issues like sluggishness or battery drain. Head over to find out how it done!

As soon as iOS 12 was released, you updated your iPhone to take a peek at the all-new features. But unfortunately, the software update has proved to be a nightmare for your device due to stubborn issues like rapid battery drain and crashing. Hence, you have decided to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 to rescue your iPhone.

Am I right in imagining your story? Having been in such situations quite a few times, I can feel your dilemma. Anyway, it’s time to put an end to the buggy iOS and re-embrace the previous OS until the latest one gets perfectly refined!

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How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad

We are going to demonstrate three ways to let you demote the OS on your iPhone. And you can pick the method based on your requirements:

Method #1: Use Recovery Mode

With the use of Recovery Mode, you can easily downgrade your device to the previous OS. Besides, you have the option to either completely wipe out all the content and install the iOS or just update the device to install the operating system without having to clean up the data. Follow this complete guide to get it done.

Method #2: Downgrade to Your Preferred iOS Version without Losing your Data

There is also a quick way to go to a previous iOS version by downloading IPSW file and making your device jump over it. The reason why I like this process is that it lets you choose the OS and also gets the work done a lot faster.

Note: Ensure that Find My iPhone is disabled. You can go to Settings → Apple ID banner → iCloud → Find My iPhone and turn it off.

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Step #1. Go to to download the preferred IPSW file for your iPhone. Then, Connect your iPhone to the computer, open iTunes and click on iPhone from the top left corner.

Show iPhone in iTunes

Step #2. Now, click on Summary tab and then press and hold the Alt/Option key on your Mac. (On Windows PC, you need to hold the Shift key) and then click on Check for Update option.

Click Check for Update in iTunes

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Step #3. Next, select the IPSW file you downloaded on your device. Now, iTunes will confirm you that it will update iOS 11.4 (or the one you have chosen) on your iPhone.

Restore iPhone in DFU Mode

Step #4. Next up, click on Update.

Now, let the process be completed.

How to Downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11 Using DFU mode

This one is certainly not the ideal way to downgrade. But what makes it so handy is that it can get rid of even adamant issues. So, if your device is faced with some stubborn issues that don’t seem to be fixing by traditional restore or even recovery mode, this one can be worth having a look at! Here is the detailed guide to put your iPhone into DFU mode.

Step #1. After you have entered DFU mode, iTunes will confirm that the device is in recovery mode. Click “OK.”

Put iPhone into DFU Mode

  • Now, on your Mac, press and hold the Option button on your keyboard.
  • On Windows, you need to press and hold the Shift button.

Step #2. While still holding the keyboard button, you need to click “Restore iPhone.”

Restore iPhone with Desired iOS

Step #3. Up next, find and select the IPSW file  you had downloaded earlier and click “Open.”

Restore iPhone in DFU Mode

Step #4. You will receive a notification saying that the iTunes will now install iOS 11 on your device. Simply click “Restore.” Then, go ahead grab a cup of hot coffee and wait a bit patiently until the downgrade process has been completed.

Downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11

Once it’s finished, your device will reboot with iOS 11. Now, disconnect the device from the computer and set it up with the help of the setup assistant. Along the way, you will get the option to restore it from iCloud and even iTunes.

That’s all folks!

Signing off

What’s your take on iOS 12 and what are the things that you have found really appreciable in it? Shoot your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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