Were you trying an early look at the new iPhone and iPad betas. To return to a stable version of iOS, Here are the steps to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14.
Downgrading back to iOS 14 is fairly easy for users who took the risk to install the iOS 15 or iPad OS 15 beta on their primary iPhone or iPad or those who only want to keep testing out the in-progress software on a single device.
Here are the steps to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14.
While you will be able to continue using your Apple Watch if you have already installed the watchOS 8 beta on an Apple Watch connected to an iPhone running the iOS 15 beta, you will not be able to utilize all of its features when you downgrade to iOS 14.
To downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14 using a Mac or PC,
Erasing and restoring your iPhone or iPad is necessary if you want to downgrade from the iOS 15 beta immediately. Restoring from an iOS 15 backup when switching to iOS 14 won’t be possible if you select this option. Of course, it is possible to restore from an earlier iOS 14 backup.
Fortunately, since iCloud stores an impressive amount of data for most apps, it doesn’t take nearly as much effort to back up that data now. You can delete your beta profile as well. However, bear in mind that this will only get you to iOS 14.
How to quickly erase and restore your iPhone or iPad from iOS 15 beta, including downgrading from the latest beta:
- Keep your macOS (Apple Logo on top left corner > About This Mac > Software Update) up to date.
- The Apple Lightning or USB-C cable will help you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC.
- Find out the correct method for your device to enter Recovery Mode by looking at the options below. A Lightning cable and a computer icon will appear if the process is successful.
- Face ID for iPad Pro: Press the Volume Up button and immediately release it. Press the Volume Down button and release it fast. Press the Top button and hold it until your device starts restarting. Hold on till your device gets to recovery mode until the Top button is pressed.
- For iPhone 8 or later: Press the Volume Up button and release it rapidly. Press the Volume Down button and release it fast. Then hold down and tap Side till you see a screen for recovery mode.
- For iPhone 7 or iPod touch (7th generation): Press and hold down simultaneously the sleep/wake and down volumes buttons. When you see the Apple logo, don’t release the buttons. Keep holding both buttons until the Recovery Mode display is displayed.
- iPod touch or iPod touch (6th generation or older) for iPhone 6s, and previously: Press and hold the buttons Sleep/Wake and Home simultaneously. When you see the Apple logo, don’t release the buttons. Keep holding both buttons until you see the screen for recovery mode.
On your Mac or PC, pick “Restore” when the Restore/Update option appears. This will remove your device and the latest non-beta version of iOS is installed.
When you get the prompt to restore your iPhone, choose Install.
You can restore iOS 14 backup with your Mac/PC or iCloud when the restoration of the software is complete (or set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device).