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How to Downgrade iOS 15 Beta to iOS 14 on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Apple software is not perfect, and that is why the company decided to make the beta edition public. The world gets to witness what the Cupertino giant is working on and also polish the software at a faster pace. If you have installed the public beta version on the iPhone, iPad, and Watch, then you do have an option to opt out. My advice to the readers is to find out about opt-in and opt-out instructions because there are limitations on what you can do what you can’t in the beta policy. Let me take you through the opt-out process and provide information on limitations, so you never make the same mistake again.

What do you need to downgrade iOS 15 (beta) to the iOS 14 version?

First off, you need to prepare for the process and save yourself a lot of time later on. I will prepare you to downgrade the device to a stable iOS 14 version, so you don’t have to run errands a few minutes later.

You need a Windows PC or Mac computer with iTunes in it. Fortunately, Apple implemented iTunes as part of the operating system, which they should have done it all along. Your Mac has iTunes in it as long as the latest software of macOS Catalina edition.

You need to carry the lighting cable to connect the device to a PC or Mac computer and make sure the machine can recognize the iPhone or iPad. In case, if the machine is not recognizing the device, then try a different cable and re-install Apple drivers.

Of course, you can utilize iCloud for backups, but I prefer local backups because they don’t need internet and finishes the task efficiently. You have to keep in mind that apps installed in iOS 15 may not show up in iOS 14, but you can always install them manually.

Put the iPhone or iPad into recovery mode because that’s how you can install a stable iOS 14 version. Here’s how you can put the iOS device into recovery mode.

Downgrade iOS using Recovery Mode on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

iPhone 6S (Home Button) and iPod Touch 6th generation or earlier version:

  • Turn off iPhone or iPad.
  • Hold the Home Button after it’s turned off.
  • Launch iTunes and connect the lighting cable to PC/Mac.
  • Now, connect the lighting cable to the iOS device.
  • Apple logo will appear on the screen, and it will go straight to recovery mode.

iPhone 7 series and iPod touch (7th generation):

  • Press and hold the “Sleep/Wake” and “Volume Down” buttons simultaneously.
  • Keep holding the buttons.
  • The Apple logo will appear on the screen, but do not release the buttons yet.
  • Let the iOS device land in recovery mode.

Now, you can release all buttons.

iPhone 8 or later:

  • Press and release the “Volume Up” button.
  • Press and release the “Volume Down” button.
  • Now, press and hold the “Side” button until the recovery mode screen appears on the screen.

Now, you can release the Side button.

iPad Pro (Face ID):

  • Press and release the “Volume Up” button.
  • Press and release the “Volume Down” button.
  • Press and hold the “Top” button and wait for the iPad Pro to restart.
  • Do not release the “Top” button until the recovery mode shows up on the screen.

In case, if it doesn’t work, then you can connect the lighting cable at the beginning of the process and try again.

Now, you are prepared to downgrade iOS 15 to the iOS 14 version in your iPad and iPhone.

How to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14 on your iPad and iPhone

Get ready to connect the iOS device to the machine, so keep the lighting cable nearby.

  • Put the iOS device in recovery mode.
  • Launch iTunes in the machine.
  • Connect the iOS device to a PC or Mac via lightning cable.
  • You will have a notification in iTunes stating “iTunes has detected an iPhone or iPad in recovery mode.”
  • Click on “Restore iPhone/iPad” to start the process.

iTunes will start restoring the iOS device to iOS 14, so do not disconnect it or force shut down the Windows or Mac machine.

Remove iOS 15 Beta Profile

There’s another way to get rid of the beta version from the iPhone/iPad and switch back to the stable software.

  • Tap on the “Settings” app.
  • Choose “General” from the settings.
  • Swipe down and tap on “VPN & Device Management” to continue.
  • Choose the “iOS 15 Beta Profile” option.
  • Tap on “Remove Profile” to remove the beta version.

You have removed the beta profile from the device, but it won’t install iOS 14 right away. You have to wait for the next iOS 15 beta version to downgrade to iOS 14, and that’s the limitation here. However, I wouldn’t wait that long because the next beta update may come in a month or so.

Bottom Line

I have shown you two ways to downgrade from iOS 15 stable to iOS 14 stable version. It doesn’t matter if you are using an iPhone or an iPad as long as the instructions are followed properly. I feel bad for the watchOS 8 beta users because there is no way to back to the watchOS 7 versions.

Nurdin Navodiya
An avid young Blogger, Tech Writer, Web Developer and Founder of iTechCliq.com.
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