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Downgrade iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 to iOS 13.4

By Emily Watson, Friday, July 17, 2020

Many users have upgraded the operating system of their iPhone and iPad to iOS 14 Beta and iPadOS 14 Beta. Beta version is usually the testing version which precedes the formal version. Although the new systems come with new and advanced features, it also comes with many issues such as crashing or lagging for it is after all a Beta version. If the bugs or issues cannot be neglected, users can downgrade the operating system to the most recent stable version anytime. There are two methods to dial things back.

Note: Before starting downgrading, please remember to back up important files on your device because downgrading will erase all the personal data.  

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1. Downgrade via iTunes/Finder

The most direct way is to download the iOS firmware file of the earlier version you used and install it onto your device to replace the iOS 14 via a MacBook or Windows computer. The detailed steps are as below:

Step 1. On your Mac or Windows PC, download the iOS 13 firmware into the local storage.

Step 2. Before installation, please go to Settings > Tap Apple ID (Profile) > Find My iPad/iPhone to disable the service of finding my device on your iPad/iPhone (Toggle the button to the off position).

Disable Find My iPhone

Step 3. Use the charging cable of the iOS 14 device to connect it to the MacBook/Windows PC. If necessary, other adaptors may be required to bridge the cable with the Mac port.

Step 4. Open Finder on Mac or iTunes on Windows PC (You need to install iTunes for Windows Operating System beforehand).

Step 5. In Finder/iTunes, find your connected device icon (or summary for iTunes) and click it on the left-hand sidebar.

Step 6. After opening the device in Finder/iTunes, find Restore iPhone/iPad button and click it while pressing the Option key on Mac or Shift key on Windows PC.

Step 7. Finally, you will be asked to select the restore file and you should navigate to the path where you have downloaded the iOS 13 firmware file in the first step and select it.

Restore iPhone to iOS 13

Then it will take a while for your computer to restore the device to this downloaded firmware so please don't tinker around on the computer and always keep the device connected with computer during this process.

2. Downgrade via FonePaw iOS System Recovery

The easiest way is to use FonePaw iOS System Recovery. If you don't want to bother finding and downloading the firmware file from internet and then install it by yourself, FonePaw iOS System Recovery provides a one-stop solution. This is a foolproof software which can provides all the past iOS version. Basically you just need to choose one iOS version presented by it and all the other work is done by FonePaw iOS System Recovery. You can follow the below steps to use it:

1. Download FonePaw iOS System Recovery for Mac or PC via below buttons and install it on your Mac/PC.


Launch iOS System Recovery

2. Connect your Mac/PC with your iOS device.

3. Launch FonePaw iOS System Recovery and open the downgrade tool in it.

4. Click Start button followed by Standard Mode on the tool window and you will see a hardware information of your device on the window.

5. Click Optimize button to downgrade your iPhone/iPad and a list of compatible iOS version will be presented in the tool window.

Detect Your iPhone

6. Select the most recent one iOS 13 and click download button behind it. After downloading, click Next button.

Select the Recent iOS

7. Then the tool will downgrade the device to iOS 13 and still keep your iOS 14 device connected with your Mac/PC.

In a nutshell, FonePaw iOS System Recovery will save you the time of finding firmware or installing iTunes because all the hard work is done inside this software.

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