How to Downgrade iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3

You were all excited to download iOS 9 Beta on your iPhone and iPad ever since WWDC 2015 boasted its excellent new features and updates. Like any other iOS developer, you downloaded the latest iOS 9 Beta with your developer account, and now you are proudly using your iOS devices.

But troubles began when you encountered many bugs on your iPhone and iPad as the Beta version throws problems like battery drain, app crashing and others. This makes you go back to the previous version, i.e. iOS 8.3. If you want to downgrade iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3, here is a simple method to follow. And remember that you are not the only one who has taken this decision; we are writing this after downgrading to iOS 8 on our devices.

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How to downgrade iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.3

Before you return to iOS 8.3, please take necessary steps to save your data:

  • Please note that you can downgrade only to the latest iOS 8, i.e. iOS 8.3 running currently.
  • Kindly take backup of your data on iCloud so that in case something happens you can restore your valuable data. You can also use iTunes to take a backup.
  • This process will restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings, and therefore, it will take time. Moreover, you require good speed internet to restore your data if your data stored on iCloud.
  • It goes without saying that you will be able to restore data compatible only to iOS 8 and not to iOS 9.

How to Downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3

Please follow the easy steps downgrade to iOS 8.3

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Step #1: First off, launch Settings app and toggle Find my iPhone off. (Settings → iCloud → Find my iPhone)

How to Remove Find My iPhone Step #2: Now put your device on DFU mode (check this post for more details)

Step #3: When you connect your iPhone to iTunes, a popup tells you that iTunes has detected an iPhone in DFU mode.

Step #4: Click on the OK button.iTunes Detected iPhone in Recovery ModeStep #5: Then click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button.

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Step #6: Now click on the Restore and Update button to continue.Restore and Update iPhone to Factory SettingsStep #7: Next, you will be asked about the iOS 8.3 update. Click on the Next button, followed by the Agree button to continue.

Step #8: iTunes will now download the iOS 8.3 software and install it on your device. The process will take around 10 minutes.

Step #9: After successful restoration to iOS 8.3, you will see the white “Hello” screen. Follow the instructions seen on screen to set up your device, and restore your device from the backup to restore your personal data.

The process is done. Your iPhone or iPad is downgraded to iOS 8.3.

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If you encounter any problem during this process, please share with us. If there is any other process to downgrade your iOS device, please share with us.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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