About two weeks ago, Apple has announced the iOS 11 BETA during the WWDC 2017 event. The BETA version of this new operating system is already available, but in September 2017 it will finally be released to the wide public. Well, it seems that many have already installed the iOS 11 BETA on their devices and they are now wondering how they can easily downgrade to the iOS 10, because the new BETA version of the operating system is not functioning too well (for now).
In this article we will also cover some preparations that you had to make before installing the iOS 11 BETA. Unfortunately, if you are reading this article, you probably just want to downgrade back to the iOS 10, meaning that these tips are somehow useless for most of you.
Before updating to a new iOS version you should ALWAYS back up all your data and settings. Before installing an iOS BETA version, Apple is advising users to back up their data to iTunes (instead of using the iCloud option) and then archive the backup.
Apple claims that if you back up to iCloud or if you don’t archive the backup, you will NOT be able to restore from it if you go back to the current version of the iOS. Also, you should have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer in order to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
Archiving An iTunes Backup And Preparing Your iDevice For iOS 11 BETA
- Plug in your iDevice and launch iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac;
- Click “Summary” and select “Back Up Now”;
- Wait for the backup to complete and select iTunes->Preferences->Devices and look for your device’s backup;
- Hold CTRL button, click on the backup and select the option “Archive.”
By doing this, you will create a safe backup that you will be able to return after trying out the iOS 10 BETA.
Downgrading From The iOS 11 BETA
We need to mention that you will notice that downgrading from the iOS 11 BETA will be much more easily than downgrading from the full public iOS version. We remind you that the iOS 10.3.2 is the latest officially supported operating system, meaning that when you will try to downgrade from iOS 11 BETA, it will go back to iOS 10.3.2 (not iOS 10.3.3, which is currently in public beta).
The only issue that you will face is when you will try to restore from a pre-iOS 11 backup, meaning that any preferences or data you’ve saved since then will be lost if you don’t have an archived backup from the iOS 10. In this case, all your data will be lost and you will just need to go back to a factory-default new iPhone or iPad setup.
Removing iOS 11 BETA And Installing iOS 10.3.2
- Turn off your iDevice;
- Enter Recovery Mode holding the “Home” button for a few seconds;
- Once the device will tell you to “Connect to iTunes”, use your USB cable and connect the mobile handset to the computer;
- Open the iTunes application;
- iTunes will inform you that it has detected an iPhone or iPad in Recovery Mode, that needs to be restored;
- You will have to select “OK” to agree to this and then choose “Restore iPhone/iPad”;
- Finally, select “Restore and Update” and iTunes will start downloading the latest iOS 10 version and install it on your mobile handset.
After the iTunes installs the latest iOS 10 stable version on your iPhone or iPad, you will also have to choice to restore from an old backup (keep in mind that the iOS 11 backup will NOT work) or set it up as a brand new device.
HINT: If you don’t have a backup that you’ve made before installing the iOS 11 on your device, just select that you want to set it up as a brand new device.