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3 Ways to Downgrade iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4 with Losing Data

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019: Try the same ways to downgrade your iOS 13 to iOS 12.4.

iOS 12 public beta is now available. Any user without a compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch can easily install iOS 12 beta on their devices.

But since it is a beta version, you may experience some bugs or stability issues with the new system. The good news is you can still revert to iOS 11. And it is quite easy to downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11.4, the newest official version of iOS system.

There are 3 ways to downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11.4. Follow these 3 methods, you won't lose any data during the iOS 12 downgrade.

iOS 12 Downgrade

How to Downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11 with Backup

Apple suggests that we should back up our devices with iTunes and archive the iOS 11 backup (on Mac) or copy the backup (on Windows) before installing the public beta. And it has a good point.

By archiving or copying iTunes backup, you can ensure the iOS 11 backup won't be covered by the new iOS 12 backups so that after going back to iOS 11, you can still restore the device from iOS 11 backup. Remember that you cannot restore an iOS 11 device from backup that was made when the device was on iOS 12 beta.

Archive iTunes Backup

So if you have followed Apple's instruction to install the iOS 12 beta and get an archived or copied iTunes backup from your iOS 11 days, you can easily downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11.4 without data loss in the following steps.

STEP 1 Get the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

STEP 2 Turn off your iPhone/iPad/iPod on iOS 12 beta and connect it to the computer via a lightning cable. Put the device in recovery mode: on an iPhone 6s and older, iPad, or iPod touch, press and hold the Home and the Power buttons at the same time until you see the connect to iTunes screen.

Enter Recovery Mode

  • On iPhone X/8, press the Volume Up button and then the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until the connect to iTunes screen appears.

  • On iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time until you see connect to iTunes screen.

STEP 4 Launch iTunes and it will detect that your device is in recovery mode and ask you whether to update or restore the device. Select Restore.

Restore iPhone to iOS 11 with iTunes

STEP 5 Click Restore and Update and accept Terms and Conditions in installing iOS 11. iTunes will then begin to download iOS 11.4 to your device. After the download is complete, your device will revert to iOS 11.4 and restart.

STEP 6 Keep your device connected iTunes and click Restore from this backup in iTunes and choose the archived iOS 11 backup you made before the iOS 12 beta.

How to Downgrade iOS 12 without Backup

If unfortunately, you didn't make a backup before upgrading to iOS 12 beta. There is still a way to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 12 to iOS 11 without erasing data on the device.

In case that any accident may happen during the iOS 12 beta downgrade, back up photos, messages, videos, audio, etc. from iPhone to computer.

STEP 1 Connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer. Turn off the device.

STEP 2 Put your iOS 12 device in DFU mode. A step-by-step guide to enter DFU mode on iPhone X/8/7/6/5s, iPad, iPod Touch.

STEP 3 Download the proper IPSW file of iOS 11.4 according to your device model.

STEP 4 Open iTunes and choose your device. Press Option button on Mac (Shift button on Windows) while clicking on the Upgrade button.

Note: Do Not select Restore iPhone. Otherwise, iTunes will wipe all data on your iPhone and install iOS 11.

STEP 5 A window pops up, allowing you to select the IPSW file you just download. Select it and let iTunes downgrade your device to iOS 11.4.

Add iOS 11 IPSW Files

How to Downgrade iOS 12 without iTunes

iOS beta is not stable and accidents could happen in upgrading or downgrading iOS 12 on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. For example, some users couldn't downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 with iTunes and get stuck at recovery mode; a few users reported that their iDevices cannot turn on or got frozen.

Don't worry, your iPhone is not hopeless. There is a tool that can downgrade iOS without iTunes and fix frozen or dead iPhone on iOS 12 beta. That's FonePaw iOS System Recovery, which is designed to fix iOS system problems, such as iPhone that show a black screen after iOS 12 upgrade, iPhone stuck at Recovery mode/DFU mode in downgrade, etc.

iOS System Recovery

The tool is easy and safe to use. And when downgrading iOS 12 to iOS 11.4 with FonePaw iOS System Recovery, it won't erase data on your device.

STEP 1 Install iOS System Recovery on your PC or Mac.


STEP 2 Open the program and click iOS System Recovery. If your iPhone is working and you want to get back to iOS 11, click Start and select question mark below "Device is connected but not recognized".

Device Connected But Unrecognized

Then follow the on-screen guide to connect your device to computer and put it in recovery mode.

Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

Note: If your iPhone/iPad is in abnormal status because of the iOS 12 beta, for example, stuck at black screen, recovery mode, etc., connect the device to computer and click Start. iOS System Recovery will recognize that your device is in the abnormal status. Click Confirm and follow the tool to fix it.

Fix iPhone in Abnormal Status

STEP 3 The information of your device is displayed. Make sure the model number is right about your device. In Update to iOS version, select iOS 11.4.

Install iOS 11

STEP 4 Click Repair. The software will begin to downgrade iOS 12 beta to iOS 11.4 on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Keep the device connected computer until the repair is complete.

Your device will boot up automatically. You can check on Settings > General > About and see if it goes back to iOS 11.

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