How to Downgrade from iOS 13 Beta to iOS 12 on iPhone: Two Methods Explained

Facing some issues like app crashing and sluggishness after iOS 13 software update and no longer want to test the beta? Follow along as we walk you through the easy steps to go back to iOS 12 from iOS 13 beta.

So far, I haven’t run into any noticeable issues on iOS 13 as the operating system seems to be having a joyride on my iPhone. As annoying bugs and unexpected issues are part and parcel of beta testing, I know some villains may sneak into my device at some point or the other, and I’ll have to find a way to deal with them effectively.

So, that was about me. What about your run with the latest iOS version? Just in case, you’ve encountered some issues after the software update and are thinking of going back at least for now; there are multiple ways you can downgrade from iOS 13 beta to the iOS 12.

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It doesn’t matter whether you’ve installed the developer beta of iOS 13 or using the public beta (which is likely to be released in July), you can easily jump back to the latest and official version of iOS on your device. One piece of advice before we can get started, ensure that you have the most recent backup of iOS 12 as you won’t be allowed to restore from iOS 13 backup. Besides, make sure to back up your iOS 13 device as well so that all of your data is fully secure. That being said, let’s get going!

How to Downgrade iPhone from iOS 13 Beta to iOS 12

Method #1: Use Recovery Mode to Erase Your Device and Install the Latest Version of iOS 12

You can use Recovery Mode to go back to the previous version of iOS. Keep in mind, it will wipe out all of your data and install only the most recent iOS version. As the steps are pretty much same for iPad running iPadOS 13, you can use them to go back to iOS 12.

Step #1. First off, ensure that your Windows PC is running the latest version of iTunes. And your Mac must be running macOS Catalina.

Connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes on your Windows PC or Finder on Mac.

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Step #2. Now, you will have to enter Recovery Mode on your device and restore it.

  • If you have turned on Find My iPhone, you will need to first disable it. To do so, open Settings app → tap on your profile → iCloud → scroll down and tap on Find My iPhone and then turn off the toggle. You will need to enter your Apple ID password to confirm.
  • As the process of Recovery Mode slightly varies based on different iOS devices, I would recommend you to take the help of this hands-on guide.

Step #3.
When you are in this mode, you should see an option to Restore or Update. Hit Restore to erase your device and install the latest version of iOS 12.

Now, wait for the restore process to finish. Once it’s over, you can set up your device as new or restore from the latest iOS 12 backup.

Method #2: Download IPSW File and Use iTunes/Finder to Go Back to iOS 12.3.1 Without Losing Data

Alternately, you can use IPSW file to easily downgrade to the previous version of iOS 12. The process is pretty simple and won’t erase your data. Also, make sure Find My iPhone is turned off. (Settings app → Your profile → iCloud → Find My iPhone)

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Step #1. Download the IPSW file of 12.3.1 as per your device model on your computer.

Below Are The Links Of IPSW 12.3.1 Files of The Respective iPhone Models:

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2. Connect your device to computer → open iTunes/Finder and select your device.

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Step #3. Then, hold the Option key on Mac or Shift key on Windows PC and hit Check For Update option. After that, you will have to choose the IPSW file and allow iTunes/Finder to update your device.

That’s pretty much it!

Over To You…

May I know the issues that you had to encounter on your iOS 13 devices and whether or not you’d like to come back to beta testing? Also, share your thoughts about the new features that are winning plenty of attention.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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