Video Tutorial: How to Downgrade iOS 14 without Data Loss
Apple has released iOS 14 beta, an update that comes with many new features including home screen widgets, App library, etc. There are many bugs to be improved since it's a beta version. Thus, you can downgrade iOS 14 beta without data loss if you are not satisfied with the new features and no longer want it.
- Part 1. Notice: You Cannot Restore from iOS 14 Backup after Downgrading
- Part 2. How to Uninstall iOS 14 Software without iTunes (Easy & Fast)
- Part 3. How to Downgrade iOS 14 and Keep All Data
- Part 4. How to Remove iOS 14 with iTunes/Finder (Complicated)
Part 1. Notice: You Cannot Restore from iOS 14 Backup after Downgrading
Before you uninstall iOS 14, note that the downgrade process will delete all the data on your device. And if you back up a device that has iOS 14 to iCloud or iTunes, the backup won't restore after downgrading to iOS 13.
- If you have iCloud/iTunes backup on iOS 13.6 or before, you can directly restore iPhone data from the backup after downgrading.
- If you only have iTunes backup on iOS 14, you need to change the iOS 14 backup version number and then restore from it. (You can get the detailed steps in our video guide below or from contents in Part 3.)
- If you only have iCloud backup on iOS 14, you won't be able to restore from iCloud backup after downgrading.
Part 2. How to Uninstall iOS 14 Software without iTunes (Easy & Fast)
To downgrade iOS without iTunes, Tenorshare ReiBoot will be you best choice! This iOS system repair tool is able to fix various iOS problems and re-install the latest iOS version on your iPhone as well. Here's how to do.
Video Guide on How to Downgrade iOS 14 without Data Loss
Download and install the program on your PC or Mac. Launch the program and connect your iPhone to computer. Select the “Repair Operating System” option.
Click on "Deep Repair" to enter advanced repair mode.
Then click on "Fix Now" to enter the firmware download screen, just click "download" button to download the matching package.
After the firmware package is downloaded, click "Start Repair" to start to downgrade from ios 14 beta to iOS 13.5.1
Once the repair process is completed, your iPhone will revert back to iOS 13.7. That's all.
Part 3. How to Downgrade iOS 14 and Keep All Data
There are users complained that data lost after downgrading iOS 14 and the backup made on iOS 14 cannot be used after downgrading. So how to downgrade iOS 14 beta without data loss?
If you only have backup on iOS 14, you can follow steps below to change the version number for your backup to allow it to restore your iOS 14 backup on iOS 13.
1. Backup your iPhone/iPad with iTunes.
- Connect your device to your computer via a USB cable.
- Open iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and go to the device section.
Click Backup Now (Windows) or "Back up all data on iPhone to this Mac" on your Mac. Wait for the backup completes.
2. Downgrade iOS 14.
Downgrade iOS 14. You can follow the easy steps above to downgrade iOS 14 with ReiBoot.
3. Change iOS 14 Backup Version Number.
Change backup version number on Windows 10/8/7:
- Open the search bar and enter %appdata% or %USERPROFILE%. Finally, and press the return/enter.
- Go to the following directory (folder): “Apple” or “Apple Computer” > MobileSync > Backup.
Click the backup file you just created before downgrading and open the info.plist in a text editor.
Search for the product version number and change it from 14.0 to 13.0. Finally save your changes and exit.
Change backup version number on Mac:
- Connect your device and navigate to it inside Finder.
Click “Manage Backups…” and right click the backup file created before downgrading and then click “Show In Finder”.
Double click the folder and open Info.plist in either Text Edit.
Change the “Product Version” string from 14.0 to 13.0. Save the changes and exit out of the .plist.
4. Restore iPhone/iPad from Backup.
After changing your backup version number, connect your iPhone/iPad to iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and restore from the backup file you just modified.
Part 4. How to Remove iOS 14 with iTunes/Finder (Complicated)
Note: It's suggested that back up your iPhone before downgrading because the process will delete all the data on your device.
Step 1. Disable 'Find My iPhone' before You Remove iOS 14
Go to Settings app on iPhone > tap ‘Account Name’ at the top > tap ‘Find My’ > turn off ‘Find My iPhone’ option, you need to enter your account password to confirm.
Step 2. Download the IPSW File on Your Windows PC or Mac
Visit the official website https://ipsw.me/ to download the matching IPSW file. Select the iPhone model and then choose the signed firmware (iOS 13.5.1) to download.
Step 3. Put Your iPhone in Recovery Mode
The steps to manually enter recovery mode vary from device to device and it’s easy to fail. So, why not utilize the free function of ReiBoot to help you one click to enter recovery mode? What you need to do is just connect your iPhone to Reiboot and click the “Enter Recovery Mode” option.
Learn more about how to manually enter recovery mode.
Step 4. Connect Your iPhone to iTunes or Finder
Please make sure that the iTunes or macOS is the latest version. After connected, iTunes or Finder will detect your iPhone in recovery mode and pop up a windows. Click the “Restore” option, which will erase all data on your device and installs the current iOS 13.5.1.
When the restore process is completed, you can set up your iPhone from the archived backup.
The Bottom Line
This article has introduced two methods to degrade iOS 14. Among of them, using Tenorshare ReiBoot is your best bet, because it greatly saves your effort to manually download the matching IPSW files and the steps are simpler than iTunes.
Search More Questions about How to Downgrade iOS 14
Q1. How to downgrade iOS without computer?
You can’t downgrade iOS without computer because Apple will stop signing older firmware once release the new public iOS version.
Q2. How to downgrade ios 14 without data loss?
In fact, downgrading iOS will erase all of the data on your device and then install an older version of iOS. Thus, you need to back up your iPhone before downgrading, otherwise you will lose data.
Q3. How do I delete my iOS 14 beta profile?
- Head to Settings on iPhone > General > Profiles & Device Management
- Selete the iOS Beta Software Profile and then click 'Remove Profile'
- Restart your iPhone/iPad
Q4. How I can remove iOS beta 14 and get back in iOS 13 using iCloud back up?
You cannot downgrade to iOS 13 using iCloud backup directly. But you can downgrade iOS 14 beta to iOS 13 using ReiBoot or iTunes and then restore from your iCloud backup made in iOS 13.6 or earlier. Remember a backup you made while using iOS beta won’t restore.