How to Downgrade iOS 12 Beta to iOS 11.4 without Losing Data

Although iOS 12 beta seems pretty safe to use on your iPhone, you should know you can always dial things back if you want to. This article, we will share a tutorial on how to safely downgrade iOS 12 beta to iOS 11.4, the latest public iOS 11 release.

How to downgrade from iOS 12 beta to iOS 11

Step 1: Make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes 12.7.5 (iTunes → About iTunes, if not open the Mac App Store → Updates).

Step 2: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC with a Lightning cable.

Step 3: Use the appropriate key combination to enter Recovery Mode (you’ll see the iTunes logo and Lightning cable when successful, shown below).

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Next, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Don’t release the buttons when you see the Apple logo but continue to hold both buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, and iPod touch: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. Don’t release the buttons when you see the Apple logo. Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode appears.

Step 4: When the Restore or Update option shows up on your Mac, choose Restore (this will wipe your device and install the latest non-beta version of iOS, make you have a backup or are okay deleting your data).

Step 5: After the software restore has completed, you can restore a backup from iOS 11 with iTunes or iCloud or set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device.

Backup iPhone Data before Downgrading to iOS 11 .4

When you want to keep your iPhone data safe before downgrading to iOS 11, or you want to recover your lost iPhone data after updating to iOS 12 beta, you can come to iRefone or iRefone for Mac for help.

iRefone is a professional iOS data recovery software, it can help us recover as well as backup more than 16 kinds of files, including contacts, notes, messages, photos, reminders, call history, calendars, WeChat messages ect. And when we have done backup on iTunes and iCloud, it can also help us extract them from iTunes and iCloud backup selectively without erasing all content and settings.

Step 1. Start the best iPhone data recovery software, connect your iPhone with PC. Choose “Recover from iOS Device”, then tap on “Next”.

Step 2. Then we’ll enter the new interface with many data icon and media icon that iRefone can recover, find and click “Message” icon for example, and it will be scanned by iRefone.

Step 3. After scanning, you can preview and choose messages you need, tap on “Recover to PC”. You can then save these data on PC.

BTW, why did you decide to downgrade from iOS 12? Let us know in the comments below!

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