How to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1

By , Jun 8, 2014

iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1

Apple releases a new iOS version every year for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The public release is usually preceded by about three months of beta testing among developers, but shady UDID registration websites and other loopholes allow for regular users to install the pre-release software too. Then, like clockwork, a portion of those users encounters bugs, end up with a device stuck in recovery mode or simply want to downgrade to the previous iOS version.

First and foremost, we recommend staying away from pre-release software. I can certainly understand the excitement that surrounds updating to the latest iOS version, but betas are designed solely for developers to report bugs and test compatibility with their apps. But regardless of whether you’re an end user, or a registered developer, we’re here to help. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1… 

How to go back to iOS 7.1.1 from iOS 8 beta

Step 1: Make sure that you’re running the latest iTunes 11.2.2 version.

Step 2: Download the iOS 7.1.1 firmware file (.ipsw) from our Downloads page.

iDB Downloads

Step 3: Power off your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8.

Step 4: Hold down the Home button.

Step 5: While still holding the Home button, connect the device to iTunes.

Step 6: iTunes will detect the iOS device in Recovery Mode. Click OK.

iTunes Recovery Mode

Step 7: Hold down Option (Mac) or Shift (Windows) and click the Restore button.

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Step 8: Click on the iOS 7.1.1 file you downloaded. Click Open. Then click Restore.

Step 9: Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will reboot with iOS 7.1.1 installed.

Step 10: Follow the on-screen steps to restore to an iOS 7 backup if you wish.

Notes

  • You will lose your iOS 8 data upon downgrading to iOS 7.1.1. You cannot restore to a backup from iOS 8. You can only restore to an iTunes or iCloud backup from iOS 7.
  • You can only downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1. Apple has closed the signing window for any firmware below iOS 7.1.1, making it impossible to go back to iOS 7.0.6 or below.
  • If you are jailbroken and upgrade to iOS 8 beta, you will lose your jailbreak. As there is no publicly released jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1, you will be stuck on a non-jailbroken version upon downgrading.
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  • http://hashuumi.tumblr.com/ Hisham

    Good for those who are already on iOS 7.1.1, I say…

  • Alan

    I’m still jailbroken 5s, can’t decide if I should go to the beta .. :/

    • Siddharth Desai

      Don’t

    • August Ebbesen

      do it

      • Peke Went

        do it not

    • Vince Reedy

      Do not

    • Rhino

      don’t brake your JB for the beta just yet. it’s very buggy, and zero apps work.

      • Anthony Snyder

        Most of my apps work….

      • Jeremy

        Yeah most of my apps work except for Instagram and Snapchat which are buggy with it and crash sometimes but other than that I’ve been all good on beta 1.

      • Windy S.

        All of my apps works ^^

      • joshua geiger

        i have had the beta 2 iOS 8 ITS HORRIBLE!!!!! no matter if you restore your phone because icloud has backed up icloud says iOS 8 is the latest update! so you have to redownload 7.1.2 or any iOS 7!

    • Chris Wagers

      If you use a lot of apps I wouldn’t but otherwise I would. I really like it. it does crash though on rare occasions Like settings app mostly.

    • Scott Hendrickson

      I had the same thing. I went to the beta and love it!

    • mlee19841

      Stay.

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      Nooooo

    • Chris

      Don’t wait keep jailbreak if you need it
      Beta will be buggy I would stay on ios 7 till there is a jailbreak for ios 8

    • ryan

      I have been a dev for 4 years, this is by far the buggiest software. I’d wait for beta 3 on july 8th. Definitely not the second or first!!!

  • mlee19841

    Sucks. Still no way around that signing process

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      Get your udid registered, just costs $2. Look for it on ebay

      • Aniket Bhatt

        by that comment he means no way to go below 7.1.1…you don’t technically need the UDID registered

    • Jonathan

      Put your phone into recovery, and restore to 7.1.1.
      Then hold down shift, and click “check for update” and not “restore”
      Locate iOS 8 on your computer, and it will bypass the signing process.

  • FoneSoneDone

    can’t restore backups. says firmware is too old.

    • http://josteinliverod.com/ Jostein Liverød

      Try another firmware file. I had the same problem. If you have GSM, try the Global firmware instead.

  • Vighnesh Manick

    I have an SHSH blob of iOS 7.0.4. Can I downgrade to it?

    • mlee19841

      Nope

      • Vighnesh Manick

        Damn

      • leart

        if you have a iphone 4 in the near future you can do it, ihatesn0w will make an app to downgrade outside itunes, al least he said like this

  • Fadi Freij

    As many of you have downloaded and installed iOS 8 and got excited for all the features that it came with. I did too! Sadly, many apps crashed and battery life sucked on my iPhone 5. But I managed to downgrade to iOS 7.1.1-My advice, wait for future iOS 8 versions, or simply just wait for september so everyone will have the final version without any bugs/problems.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/ Joe Rossignol

      Solid advice.

      • MrDnQ

        Yes and no… But for people who love the full working experience and no crashes or bugs I indeed recommend to stay on their JB or if already updated to iOS8 , downgradeto 7.1.1 and enjoy their iPhone at its best…

    • BobDobalina

      I’m still trying to do this but every time it gets about part way done and errors out with Error 3194. Very much regretting the iOS8 jump :/

  • MrDnQ

    I loved my JB but decided to go for iOS8 and I must say, I don’t really miss it. Yes I know it’s buggy and resprings sometimes but other than that I’m satisfied. Only hope that Whatsapp will get an update, because this one crashes on me every time someone sends me a long text. but I can live with that. iOS8 rocks, and can/will only get better as time passes. Apple is going into the right direction. ;-)

    • Singh Navi

      guys any chance i can get iOS 8

  • https://twitter.com/onesimpleclik onesimpleclik

    Updated to iOS8 on my 4S only for a couple of hours. Way to unstable and slow at the moment. Hopefuly they can make it a bit faster.

    • Mozaik

      They will , apple has OCD for smoothness.

  • Chris Gilmore

    I have my iPad Air running iOS 8 since I regrettably (and can’t even remember why) I got rid of my JB for it a while back. It’s running pretty nicely though! I like being able to use it but still keep my 5s on a jailbreak.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    I dont have the predective keyboard thing on my i5, ios 8. How to get it?

    • Jason Whitaker

      do you have the ” :-) ” icon on the keyboard where you change to Emoji icons? you HOLD there and it should pop up “English, Emoji, Predictive”

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        No smiley face

  • Jason W

    “You will lose your iOS 8 data upon downgrading to iOS 7.1.1. You cannot restore to a backup from iOS 8. You can only restore to an iTunes or iCloud backup from iOS 7.”

    **NOT TRUE**

    You CAN restore iOS 7.1.1 with an iOS 8 backup (iTunes only). It’s as easy as editing 2 fields in a text file.

    1. Locate the backup that you wish to use: “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup” …The backups are sorted by UDID and Timestamp.

    2. Open the “info.plist” file with TextEdit.

    3. You will be changing 2 string fields: the “Build Version” and “Product Version”.

    (example: 8.0 (beta 1) build is 12A4265u. The first key in the text file is “Build Version” and directly below is the string “12A4265u” you will change that to “11D201″ (build for 7.1.1). Next SEARCH for “Product Version” (it is located deep in the file after the installed Apps) and change the string from “8.0″ to “7.1.1″.

    4. Choose “File” and “Save”.
    5. Exit TextEdit
    6. Open iTunes and “Restore from Backup” choosing the backup that you just edited.

    DONE.

    @jw154j

    • leart

      yeah correct i have back up files from 2 years ago

    • Twyler

      This did not work for me. Says “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored.

  • Michael Anthony Fontanez

    Actually just put the phone in DFU mode and just press restore and wait, it’ll start to restore and boom you’re back on 7.1.1.

  • BB BB

    iOS 8 is buggy as heck. Settings would crash every time iOpened it. Performed a Reset All Settings and my phone never restarted after that not to mention getting handoff / continuity to work with 10.10 was a no go while it was working. Restoring to 7.1.1 and will wait for a future release unless I need to test out something specific it will be wise advice to wait for a future release.

  • Domenic

    if anyone is intrested on a UDID registarion, send me a PM on schallerdomenic@gmail.com

    nice day :-)

  • http://www.mindinventory.com/hire-iphone-developers.php Hire iphone developer

    It is important to note that once you have backdated to 7.1.1 you can
    only restore a back up that was made when the phone was running 7. If
    you only have a back up of the phone when it was running 8 you will not
    be able to restore to the back up once you’re back running 7.

  • Martynet

    why downloading and selecting the ROM manually? Just connect your phone to iTunes in DFU mode and hit restore :)
    I also got a nice surprise after restoring… both – iOS8 and iOS7 backups were in the icloud, so I could easily restore my complete setting for iOS7 no problem.

    • Rom3

      That advice is for people that don’t have the 7.1.1 Ipsw for those that don’t have it they will have to download and extract the 7.1.1 software beforenbeing able to downgrade.

      • Martynet

        I still don’t understand. iTunes will download that file automatically… I restored my iPhone from beta 8.0 to 7.11 yesterday and iTunes took care of everything. All I had to do was put the iphone in DFU mode.

  • Dor Barhoom

    I’m with the iPhone 5S and every time it reaches 15% in restore write me Error 14 on iTunes. What to do?

  • Nala

    When you use iOS 8 and downgrade do you still keep all your data?

    • DR234

      If you restored to a previous backup of 7.1.1 you made before the upgrade then yes you’ll keep all that data but if you did anything new on your phone on iOS 8 send yourself an email with all of it or something because you can regain all of the iOS 8 backup once you’re on iOS 7.1.1 again.

  • Alex-V

    new in IOS 8 …

    Match is now really streaming…no automatic downloads ( to store on phone simple click on download button)…and you can delete each track also under settings instead of simple all…

    i like

  • Jose Rivera

    Or you can just do a “Check for update” instead of restoring so you don’t lose your app data… I did it!

  • Mike Castillo

    Selling UDID activations for $5! Email your UDID to me at mierd@live.com OR iMessage me at the same email!

    GET IOS 8 BETA 1 NOW!

    FAST ACTIVATION LESS THAN 15 MINUTES!

    PayPal is accepted only!!!!!

  • Anthony Snyder

    The first download (from the dev site, not iDB) says it was ineligible and now i’m trying the one from iTunes. Unfortunately, my computer keeps sleeping, or something and iTunes RESTARTS the 5 hour download…. 4th times the charm….

  • AceNeerav

    the device isn’t for the request build! HELP!

  • Scotty Fister

    Trying to restore from the IPSW didn’t work for me. I put it in recovery mode and connected it, then just pressed ‘Restore iPhone’. As the latest public release of iOS is 7.1.1 it has restored to that.

  • Sumit Singh

    This isn’t working itunes give an error message after Clicking restore button
    The Error message is-
    “The iPhone could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible”

  • RenewableGuy

    Don’t use IOS8. Txt app does not work on my 4s

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    error 14!!

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    you guys should fix the “there is no jailbreak for 7.1.1″ statement, since people will be going to the post a lot over the summer I’m sure. :)

  • ryan

    Ok here’s the simpler way. (make sir you have a backup saved on iOS 7 or else this won’t work…iTunes stores all of your backups by date, so choose a backup at a time that your phone was on iOS 7!!!) While running iOS 8 beta, connect your iPhone to iTunes. Put your phone in DFU mode (hold the power button/home button for 10 seconds, then let go of the power button and continue to hold the home button for another 10 seconds. Restore your phone and done. iTunes does not store betas as the restore software, many people don’t know this. It is unessearry to have to download the iOS 7 psw from this site.

  • Saved0ne

    Anyone know if you can restore from an iOS 8 Beta 2 backup if I upgrade back to iOS 8 (saying my Jailbreak doesn’t work or do what I want it to do?)

  • joshua geiger

    i have had the beta 2 iOS 8 ITS HORRIBLE!!!!! no matter if you restore your phone because icloud has backed up icloud says iOS 8 is the latest update! so you have to redownload 7.1.2 or any iOS 7! so don’t get the beta!

  • Yunik

    can’t if says corrupted

  • nukemaster4652

    will it lose all the data

  • goose

    when i restore to 7.1.1, the phone finished the prcoess but it stays on ios 8? is it because my itunes isn’t the latest software? 11.22?