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: Remove iOS 13 Beta with Recovery Mode

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 the same for iPad running iPadOS 13, you can use them to go back to iOS 12.

Step #1. First off, ensure that your Mac or Windows PC is running the latest version of iTunes.

Note: Apple has removed iTunes from its latest macOS Catalina, you can use Finder to Sync and Restore iPhone.

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

Each iOS device has a different set of options to get into the recovery mode. Follow the below steps carefully so that you can easily access the recovery mode on your iOS device. Here you go!

#1. iPhone X, XS/XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 8/8 Plus into Recovery Mode

  • Firstly, press the Volume Up button and then press and release the Volume Down Button. Now you need to press and hold the Power / Side button until you see the recovery mode on your screen.

#2. Put iPhone 7/7 Plus into Recovery Mode

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  • This is quite simple. Press and Hold Side / Power button and Volume Down button at the same time. Hold it until you see the recovery mode.

#3.  Put iPad/iPad Mini, all iPad Pro Models with Home Button & iPhone 6s into Recovery Mode

  • Just press and hold the Side / Power button and Home button at once. Hold it until you see the recovery mode on the screen.

#4. Put iPad Pro 2018 and Later with Face ID into Recovery Mode

  • Press and release the Volume Up button and now press and release the Volume Down Button and then press and hold Side / Power button till you see the recovery mode on your device’s screen.

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.

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Method #2: Download IPSW File and Use iTunes/Finder to Go Back to iOS 12

Note: Before you proceed with this process, make sure your data on your iPhone or iPad is safe. If you lose the data of iOS 13 beta, you cannot restore it to iOS 12 when you downgrade it. So to stay safe, it’s recommended to take a backup to iCloud or iTunes. You can even take a backup in both to stay on a safe side. Without this, do not proceed to the below guide!

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)

Turn Off Find My iPhone on iPhone X

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

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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.

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!

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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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