How to un-install the iOS 7 beta

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So you got yourself a developer account, downloaded the iOS 7 beta, and installed it on your iOS device. After a couple of days checking it out, maybe you’ve realized that perhaps installing the beta on your primary device wasn’t the best idea you’ve ever had.  Now what?  You first inclination would most likely be to revisit the iOS Dev Center  to see what can be done.  Ugh!  You only now notice that Apple states that this is a pre-release version of iOS 7 beta, and that devices updated to iOS 7 beta can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS. Hmm.

I for one have no idea why Apple makes this claim, unless they are trying to discourage those who are not developers from downloading the beta in the first place.  Rest assured folks, this is simply not true, and the retore process is easy and painless–let me show you how.

How to downgrade iOS 7 to iOS 6.1

If you have an iPhone 5 you will downgrade to 6.1.4, while all other devices downgrade to 6.1.3.  To downgrade your iPhone back to the previous version of iOS 6, it only takes a few simple steps.

STEP 1:  Download the most recent version of iOS 6 from Apple’s Dev Center for iOS 6.1 SDK.

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STEP 2:  Make sure if you are restoring an iPhone 5, you download the correct version.

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STEP 3:  Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes, and select your device.

STEP 4:  Press the option button while clicking the restore button.  If you have a Windows machine, press shift while clicking the restore button.

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STEP 5:  Navigate to the version of iOS 6 you downloaded in step 1.

You’re finished!

I told you that would be painless.  If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments section below, and we will answer them as quickly as we can.  In addition, check out our poll below, and let us know why you decided to uninstall iOS 7 beta.

[UPDATE] Make sure to head on over and check out our post on preparing your device for the iOS 7 upgrade as well as some tips for making sure you are running the latest version of iOS 7 and not a beta.

 

 



  • Michael Finn

    hello. I have downloaded the ios7 beta, and the reinstalled it because of a bug. Now my phone is in ‘activation error’ and i am unable to do anything with it in iTunes. What should I now do PLEASE help!!!!

    • Renkman

      Did you add your UDID number in the developer portal? Are you saying you had it installed and running on your device already, and then had issues?

  • caio

    heey, i can’t find the page where i download the iOS 6.1.3, can you answer me the link of it, please? my phone’s really messed up right now, i’ve hated the iOS 7.

    • Renkman

      Step 1 above.

  • josh nolan

    Actually got beta up and running and honestly it is no more buggy than any android software… Been a big fan so far