How to Downgrade From iOS 12 to iOS 11 on Your iPhone or iPad

Installing the beta of iOS 12 gives us the advantage of being able to test the latest version of the mobile operating system before the rest of users. However, it also has negative consequences, such as the fact that it is a non-stable version, with errors and risks of losing important data. If you have installed iOS 12 and after trying if you want to go back to iOS 11, it is relatively easy to get it.

Apple publishes the beta versions for developers, focused on the developers being able to test the latest features and apply them to their applications. After this, a public beta arrives so that the more adventurous also try the news and provide feedback to Apple. However, only after the final version comes for all users of iPhone and iPad, so it is advisable to wait for this final version. Have not you done it and now you regret it? You can remedy it.

Downgrade From iOS 12 to iOS 11
Downgrade From iOS 12 to iOS 11

How to Downgrade From iOS 12 to iOS 11

To download from iOS 12 to the latest stable version of iOS 11, it is necessary to follow a few simple steps. Of course, keep in mind that you will lose all the data of the iPhone and iPad since you can not restore a backup in a lower version. Therefore, save everything you are interested in because you will have to configure the iPhone or iPad as new from the factory.

Step 1: Download the firmware of the latest version of iOS 11 available.
Step 2: Install/update the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC.
Step 3: Turn off Find my iPhone in Settings> iCloud> Find my iPhone.
Step 4: Connect your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 via USB cable to your computer.
Step 5: Put the device in recovery mode, it depends on the device that you have the steps are different:

iPhone Recovery mode
iPhone Recovery mode
  • In iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the button to lower the volume. Press and hold the side button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  • On iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, keep the side buttons pressed and volume down at the same time. Keep them pressed until you see the Connect to iTunes screen. On iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad or iPod touch keep the start button and the top (or side) button pressed at the same time. Keep them pressed until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.

Step 6: iTunes will detect the device in recovery mode. Press the Alt/Option key and at the same time the ‘Restore’ button in iTunes.
Step 7: Select the .ipsw firmware you have previously downloaded from the file browser.
Step 8: Press Restore and update, after the process you will have the iPhone and iPad as new in the version of iOS 11 that you have downloaded.

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If this process gives you problems, there are two interesting recommendations to consider. The first one is to eliminate the installed developer profiles that have allowed the installation of iOS 12, this is done from Settings> General> Profiles. On the other hand, if the installation continues to give you problems, try installing the latest version of iOS 11 in beta and not the stable version of iOS 11. Once installed, you can repeat the process to return to the latest stable version if you are interested.

As a last detail, keep in mind that it is possible to go back to iOS 11 without restoring the device. This option will appear in step 6 next to Restore. While it is true that it is possible, it is not at all advisable, since it involves a confrontation of data that can lead not only to the loss of all the data but also to a malfunction due to incompatibilities of the device. It is best to make a manual copy of the data that interests us and then restore it.

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