How to Downgrade iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4

The new iOS 12 will be announced at this year's WWDC conference and although it will not be available to the public until September, the beta version has been around for a while now. While the iOS 12 beta brings a lot of great features you may want to try out, it is important to keep in mind that it is a beta which means it is still being tested. This means that some of the features that will be on the final publicly released version may not work very well on the beta.

So, most people will want to know if it is possible to downgrade to iOS 11.4 if they install the iOS 12 beta and find they don't like it. It is a good question to ask especially if you are yet to install the new version. And the answer is, yes. You can downgrade from iOS 12 beta to the iOS 11.4. There are also those who have already installed the new version and are now facing a myriad of problems and want to downgrade.

Whatever the reasons you want to downgrade back to iOS 11.4, this article will share with you a simple way to do that.

Back Up All Your Data Before Downgrading iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4

Before you do anything that may significantly alter your device, it's a good idea to back up all your data and settings just in cases something goes wrong when you are downgrading iOS 12 beta to iOS 11.4.  In this case, it is also a good idea to do an iTunes backup of the device since iCloud doesn't archive backups and you will not be able to restore the backup to the current version of iOS if you use iCloud. Follow these very simple steps to back up your data and settings to iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your device to your PC or Mac using USB cables and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 2: Click on the device icon in iTunes. Select to back up your data on this computer. Then click on "Back up Now."

Step 3: Wait for the backup to be completed and then click on "iTunes > Preferences > Devices" to make sure the backup was created.

Step 4: To create a safe archive for the backup, hold down the CTRL key and click on the backup and then select "Archive."

backup iPad with iTunes

How to Downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11.4

Now that you have a backup of all your data and settings, you can safely downgrade the iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4. It is much easier to downgrade the beta because it hasn't officially launched yet. There is just one problem, you will have to restore the device from a pre-iOS 12 beta archived backup. If you don't have one, all your data will be lost. This is why Apple recommends that you create an archived backup before installing the beta. If you don't have an archived backup, your device will revert back to factory settings.

That said, removing iOS 12 beta is very simple, just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Begin by putting your device in recovery mode. You can do this by turning off the iPhone/iPad and then holding the Home button down for a few seconds.

put device into recovery mode

Step 2: When the screen prompt you connect the device to iTunes. Plug your device in and open iTunes.

plug your device into computer

Step 3: You will then see a message in iTunes saying that a device in recovery mode has been detected and needs to be restored. Click "OK" to allow iTunes to restore the device.

iTunes messages

Step 4: Choose the "Restore and Update" option to allow your iTunes to download the iOS 11.4 and install it on your device.

restore and update iPhone using iTunes

Once this is done, you will have the choice to either restore the device from an archived backup or if you don't have one, set up the device as new. Select the option most applicable to you and you can now continue to use your Apple device with the latest iOS version iOS 11.4 installed on it.  You will now have successfully downgraded from iOS 12 beta and can now wait for the publicly released version which will probably not have all the issues you faced with the beta.

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