How to downgrade from iOS 15 beta to iOS 14

The first iOS 15 developer beta was released earlier this week for registered Apple developers. The update comes with plenty of new features and improvements. However, it also has its fair share of bugs, since it’s in beta. We’ve already posted a handy guide on how to install the iOS 15 beta on supported iPhones, but if you’re unhappy, then we’ve got a downgrade guide for you.

If the bugs in the developer beta are too much for you, then here’s how you can downgrade from iOS 15 beta to iOS 14. The latest stable iOS 14 version from Apple at the time of writing is iOS 14.6.

Also see: 15 features iOS 15 ‘borrowed’ from the jailbreak community

Things you need

Before we start with the step-by-step instructions, you’ll need the following things.

  • A Mac or Windows PC
  • The iOS 14.6 IPSW file, which you can get from our Downloads section.
  • A previous backup of your iPhone or iPad on iOS 14. This will help you restore your iPhone to how it was before installing iOS 15 beta.
  • An iOS 15 beta backup for documents, photos, etc that you can save on iCloud. You cannot restore the iOS 15 backup when you downgrade to iOS 14.

Note: If you didn’t take a backup of your iPhone before updating to iOS 15 beta, then you may have to set up your iPhone as new.

How to downgrade from iOS 15 beta to iOS 14.6

You will need to turn off the Find My feature on your iPhone running iOS 15 beta before you downgrade. To do this, launch the Settings app, tap on your Profile name, select Find My > Find My iPhone and then turn off the feature. Once this is done, here’s what you need to do.

Turn off Find My iPhone

1) Connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC using the USB cable. You may need to unlock your device for it to be recognised on your computer.

2) You’ll now need to put your iPhone into Recovery mode.

3) Open Finder on Mac and iTunes on Windows. The iPhone should appear on the computer and Finder or iTunes will notify you that the connected iPhone is in Recovery mode.

Downgrade iOS 15 beta to iOS 14.6

4) On your Mac, click on Restore iPhone while holding the Option key. Windows users will need to press and hold the Shift key while doing this.

5) You should now be able to select the downloaded iOS 14.6 IPSW file for your iPhone that you downloaded earlier. Click Open.

iOS 14.6 IPSW

6) A pop-up should appear asking for confirmation. If you’re on macOS Big Sur or later, you may encounter a Restore and Update option where it’ll automatically download the latest iOS 14 software update. You can cancel this by simply unplugging the iPhone and reconnecting it. Now you should see the Restore button only.

The downgrade process should now commence, and could take a while to finish. Once completed, you can restore from a backup to gain access to all your data.

Wrapping up

Although it may be exciting to try out the new iOS 15 developer beta, you should know that you’ll experience several bugs. If you don’t want to use a buggy iOS, then it’s best to downgrade to a stable version. Luckily, it’s quite easy to downgrade back to iOS 14, and we hope this guide will help you do just that.