How to downgrade iOS 12 back to iOS 11.4

Apple officially unveiled iOS 12, the company’s next version of iOS following endless months of rumors. On the surface, iOS 12 might not be a significant upgrade over its predecessor. However, when we look inside, the update introduces a lot of new things we have been dying for since the days of iOS 10.

Rumors regarding iOS 12 started to heat up last year, hinting at the impressive features coming in the next generation iOS operating system. With iOS 12 now available, we realize that most of the rumors are true. Apple has begun rolling out the first beta of iOS 12 to developers for testing purposes. The beta allows users to get a sneak preview of what’s coming in the final build of iOS 12 this fall.

iOS 12 is still in early stages, so it may include bugs and errors that negatively impact your experience. With that in mind, we can help you out. If you cannot bear with issues and lags in iOS 12 beta 1, then you can go back to a more stable version.

Apple is making the downgrade process much easier than before. The Cupertino company is signing the iOS 11.4 firmware or the older iOS 11.3.1 firmware, which means you can downgrade right now.

In the section below, we will walk you through the steps to downgrade from iOS 12 back to iOS 11.4. Before proceeding, there are a couple of things you need to know about downgrading an iOS version.

  • Firstly, you will be able to go back to the iOS version that Apple is still signing only. The company is currently signing iOS 11.4 and iOS 11.3.1. However, we recommend you downgrade to iOS 11.4.
  • Secondly, the downgrade process may take a while, so make sure you now have at least 50 percent charged.
  • Finally, make sure you now have a backup of your files in case something goes wrong during the process.

Assuming that you have met all the requirements above, let’s dive in how to downgrade iOS 12 back to iOS 11.4.

How to downgrade from iOS 12 beta back to iOS 11.4

Step one: First off, you need to download the iOS 11.4 firmware. To do this, you simply need to head over to this link (make sure you download the correct firmware for your iPhone model)

Step two: Once you are done, open the Settings app from your home screen. After that, select iCloud and tap Find My iPhone. Once you are in, turn off the switch for Find My iPhone

Step three: Now put your iPhone into DFU mode. If you now own an iPhone X, the method used to put your device into DFU mode is slightly different than other models. You can follow our steps below:

  • Update iTunes to the latest version and then connect your iPhone X to your computer
  • Now restart your iPhone X. To do this, press the Volume Up button and then press the Volume Down button. After that, press and hold the Side button until your device reboots and the iTunes recovery screen shows up.

Step four: Hold the Alt/Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows) and then click the Restore iPhone button

Step five: Now just simply browse and select the iOS 11.4 firmware you downloaded earlier and follow the on-screen instructions

Step six: iTunes will verify the software and proceed with installing it on your device (the process might take a while). Once done, your device will reboot. Once it finishes booting up, you will be presented with the “Hello” screen. So, you can set up your device as new

Step seven: Follow the on-screen instructions, and then restore your device from iOS 11.4 backup. And your device should run iOS 11.4 now.

Apple’s WWDC event officially kicked off in San Jose, California and will run through June 6. On the day 1 of the event, Apple announced software updates for iOS, macOS, and watchOS.  iOS 12 introduces a number of features, including group FaceTime calls, new Animoji, Memoji, Screen Time, and smarter Do Not Disturb.

It remains unknown if Apple will announce new hardware products at this year’s WWDC. We are expecting to see the unveiling of a new iPhone SE 2, and an affordable option of HomePod at this year’s event.

The final build of iOS 12 will make its debut in September alongside Apple’s new iPhone models. Sources say that some of the features in iOS 12 beta will not be available in the final version.

Also read: The 5 best iOS 12 features for your iPhone

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