Plagued by several issues including random apps crashing, sluggish Camera app, and the annoying Wi-Fi problems, iOS 13 is getting a lot of flak for being unstable. That’s probably the prime reason why Apple rushed to introduce iOS 13.1 beta even before officially rolling out iOS 13 – an unprecedented move.
So, if your iPhone is going through a nightmare or having a hard time running the latest iteration of iOS 13, you have come to the right place. Luckily, there is a straightforward way to downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 on iPhone without losing any data.
A little sneak-peek into what you need to do. Well, you will have to first download the IPSW file of iOS 12 for your specific iPhone model. And then use iTunes to go back to iOS 12 from iOS 13 beta (or the official iOS 13 version). If your Mac is running macOS Catalina, Finder will work like iTunes (as it has officially assumed the role of a full-on iPhone and iPad manager post the elimination of iTunes on Mac). That all being said, let’s get on with the steps cautiously!
How to Downgrade iPhone and iPad from iOS 13 to iOS 12
Before getting started, make sure to turn off Find My iPhone. To do so, head over to Settings app → Your profile → Find My → Find My iPhone. Then, turn off the switch.
Step #1. Download the IPSW file of iOS 12 as per your device model on your computer.
Below Are The Restore Images of iOS 12.4.1 Files for The Respective iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 7
- iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad (6th generation)
- 9.7-inch iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPod touch (7th generation)
- On your Windows PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier, the iPhone will appear under Devices section in the sidebar and at the top left of the screen.
- On your Mac running macOS Catalina, the iPhone will appear under the Locations section in the sidebar in the Finder app.
Step #3. Now, it’s time to install the older version of iOS.
- On Mac running iTunes: Hold down the Option key and hit “Restore iPhone” on the Summary page.
- On Windows PC running iTunes: Hold down the Shift key and hit “Restore iPhone” on the Summary page.
- On Mac running macOS Catalina: Ensure that the General tab is selected (if it’s not already) in the Finder app. Then, hold down the Option key and click on the “Restore iPhone/iPad” option.
Step #4. In the file browser menu, locate your downloaded IPSW file and hit “Open.”
Step #5. A popup will inform you that iTunes/Finder will install iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad after wiping out iOS 13.
Now, choose “Restore” to proceed. Then, go, grab a cup of hot tea and wait for the entire process to complete without any disturbance. When the process has been completed, iOS 12 will be live and running on your device.
Restore Your iPhone or iPad from a Backup
Now that you have downgraded your iPhone or iPad from iOS 13 to iOS 12, restore the device from a backup to get back all of your data. There are multiple ways to get it done. For instance, you can restore from iTunes and iCloud backups. And yes, Finder allows you to back up your data pretty much like iTunes. To get it done, head over to this post.
There you go! So, that’s the right way to go back to the older versions of iOS. I hope you have successfully downgraded your iPhone. And those issues will hopefully no longer haunt your device.
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