How To Downgrade from iOS 13.1 Developer Beta


Every year Apple releases its latest iteration of iOS in September alongside new iPhone announcements. But this year on August 27th, Apple surprised everyone with the release of the first developer beta of iOS 13.1. It’s interesting to see Apple releasing 13.1 even though iOS 13 is still in beta testing, similar to what Microsoft does with its Windows 10 insider builds.

As the name suggests, iOS 13.1 Developer Beta is aimed towards app developers and testers. So it has a lot of bugs and broken features which are not suitable for daily usage. If you are currently on iOS 13.1, Apple provides the option to opt-out from beta testing.

If you want to downgrade from iOS 13.1 to the Public iOS 12 version, continue reading this article and follow the instructions below.

Downgrade from iOS 13.1 Beta

There are two options to downgrade from iOS 13.1 Beta:

  • Opt-out from the beta testing
  • Immediately downgrade from beta to public version of iOS

Opt-out From The Beta Testing

  1. First, go to Settings on your iOS device. (iPhone/iPad)
  2. Tap General, and scroll down.
  3. After that, tap Profile.
  4. Now, from the Profile menu, tap on Remove Profile. You will be asked to confirm your passcode. Tap on Remove Profile again.
  5. Reboot your device.

You have successfully opted-out from the iOS 13.1 Beta testing. But keep in mind that you will still have to use iOS 13.1 until the next iOS 12 or iOS 13 Public software update. So check for public iOS updates frequently. ( Settings > General > Software Update) 

Immediately downgrade from beta to public version of iOS

If you want an immediate downgrade from iOS 13.1 beta, you will have to restore your iPhone or iPad. If you go back to iOS 12, you won’t be able to restore from an iOS 13 backup.

  1. First, open iTunes on your macOS or Windows PC. Make sure you have the latest version installed.
  2. Now connect your iPhone or iPad to the PC with a Lightning Cable. The latest iPad comes with a USB-C port, so you need to connect using a USB-C cable.
  3. To enter Recovery Mode, use the method that corresponds to your device:
  • iPhone 6S, 6th-gen iPad, 6th-gen iPod Touch: 

Press and hold Wake/Sleep + Home button simultaneously. Continue holding the buttons until you get the recovery mode screen.

  • iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, 7th-gen iPod Touch: 

Press and hold Wake/Sleep + Volume Down simultaneously. Continue holding the buttons until you see the recovery mode screen. Don’t release the buttons immediately after seeing the Apple logo.

  • iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max: 

Press the Volume Up button and quickly release it. Do the same for the Volume Down button. After that, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen shows up.

  • Current-gen iPad:

Press the Volume Up button and quickly release it. Again, press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Now press and hold the Top button. The device will restart itself. Keep holding the Top button until your device successfully boots into Recovery Mode.

      4. After booting into recovery mode, a dialog box will appear on your macOS or Windows PC, giving you the option to Restore and Update or Cancel. Click on Restore. Now your device will start installing the latest public build of iOS. (This will wipe all of the user data)

      5. After the software downgrade has completed, you will get an option to restore a backup from iOS 12 with iCloud or iTunes. You can also set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device for a fresh start.

If you are currently using an iPhone or iPad, we recommend you to opt-out from the iOS 13.1 Beta because of its buggy state and stability issues. Unless you are an app developer or an early adopter, keep using the latest public version of iOS and wait for stable iOS 13 updates.

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