How to go back to iOS 7.1 after installing the iOS 8 Beta on your iPhone or iPad

Since you've arrived at this post, then chances are you chose to jump the gun and install the iOS 8 beta on your iPhone or iPad. You've also surely discovered that the early release is buggy and can't really be used as a reliable daily driver. Well, the good news is that downgrading to iOS 7.1 isn't difficult. Here's how you do that.

Restore a backup


The first thing you want to try is to restore your device via iTunes, so grab your cable and connect it to your computer. Now would be a good time to save any photos that you might have not backed up yet. You must also turn off the "Find my iPhone" feature if you have it activated so go ahead and do that. Then from the iPhone or iPad screen in iTunes, choose "Restore Backup...". A pop-up window with available back-ups will appear. Choose the most recent one (or an older one, if you prefer) and let the software do its thing.


Clean install


If the backup method fails, or if it isn't available, then you may want to try restoring your device. From the iPhone (or iPad) screen in iTunes, choose "Restore iPhone..." (or "Restore iPad...") and let iTunes bring your device back to its factory state. Restoring it will erase its contents so save your important data before starting the restoring process.


Recovery mode


Your third option, in case these two don't work, is to force your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode. Connect it to a computer and save whatever you have stored on the device, if possible, as all that has not been backed up will be erased. Now make sure that iTunes is running. With the phone still connected to the computer, hold down the power and home buttons for about 6 seconds, or until the screen goes blank. This is your cue to release the power button. Within a few seconds, iTunes will notify you that it has detected an iPhone or iPad into recovery mode. Hit the Restore button and let the software install iOS 7.1 back onto your device.

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11 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Wow, I'm calling this one a miracle!

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I actually haven't felt the need to go back, yet. Battery life has been good and everything seems to be working well.

5. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

no huge bugs? all apps work?

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Why? You no like?

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wonder how stable they can get it, hopefully at least as good as ICS if not KitKat. But I doubt it.

6. glen.s8

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Hi PhoneArena, All 3 steps DO NOT WORK!!! I have Beta Stage 1 and most apps including facebook have bugs that are starting to really annoy me so im trying to go back to ios7 but it doesn't allow me too.. please help!! when i click on restore iphone it says source cannot be found. (as in its looking for version ios 8 or newer to be downloaded but it doesn't exist) PLEASE HELP ME DOWNGRADE!! :(

7. glen.s8

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Got it working on recovery mode tried 4 times, thank you!!

9. UNKNOWN0000

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I have the same problem PLEASE HELP

10. UNKNOWN0000

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

email me i cam help you my email is joe225@live.com

8. Farelb48

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

This literally saved me. I can't even thank you enough lol

11. UNKNOWN0000

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

i can help you email me my email is joe225@live.com

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