How to return back to iOS 12 from the iOS 13 beta


Apple has shipped the first and the second beta of iOS 13 for the developers to test it before the actual release. However, in the enthusiasm of testing the new features on iOS 13 many people with less knowledge about iOS joined this program to test the iOS 13 beta. But let me tell you, this is not at all fun and games.

Yes, we know, there are tons of new features available for the beta testers but the operating system is still incomplete. And so, if you don’t have good knowledge about the iOS, you might bind yourself in problems.

Well, if you already make an early jump to test the iOS 13 beta before the public release and now messed yourself in problems, don’t panic. There’s a way to roll back to the iOS 12 which is more stable to use. Once the stable version of iOS 13 will be released publicly, you can then upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the iOS 13.

So, let’s start step-by-step to get to know, How to return back to iOS 12 from the iOS 13 beta.

Download the Important System Files

Well, this is the first and most important step to jump back to iOS 12. Find and download your device’s .IPSW file from Once you land on this website, you can use either “Identify my iOS device” tool from the right-hand sidebar menu, or you can simply search for your iPhone or iPad’s model name.

Once you find the right file, download and save the .IPSW file for either iOS 12.3, 12.3.1, or 12.3.2 to your computer. While the download is running in the background, make sure to download the latest version of iTunes in your PC (if you are going to roll out via a Windows PC).

Configuring your iOS device

Always take a backup of your device before you downgrade your system. This is a common thing to note always before downgrading or upgrading the system. But in this case, you can’t perform a restore in iOS 12 using an iOS 13 backup. This is because the iOS 13 is still in beta and can contain some broken links which can crash the whole system while restoring.

Well, if you already made a backup previous to the iOS 12 via iTunes while upgrading to iOS 13 beta, that’s a golden egg for you to recover your old data. Else, after rolling back to iOS 12, you need to start your device as a new iPhone.

To roll back to iOS 12, you need to disable the “Find my iPhone/iPad” option in the iOS 13. This is an important step to mention before rolling back to iOS 12 without any error.

  1. Open the Setting on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on your account name at the top of the setting window, then go to “Find My >> FInd my iPhone/iPad,” and tap the slider to disable it.
  3. Confirm your Apple ID and password to apply the changes.

Installing an older version of iOS

Finally, we made to the last step. Once you’ve disabled the “Find my Device” setting and your .IPSW file has finished downloading, you are ready to kick start the final step to return back to iOS 12.

  1. Plug your iOS device to the Mac or your Windows PC. iTunes will launch automatically.
  2. In the sidebar, click on the iPhone icon which will be placed under Devices to open the device summary screen.
  3. Hold down the Option key on Mac, or the Shift key if you’re on Windows, then click “Restore iPhone.”
  4. In the file browser that appears, find and open the IPSW file you downloaded earlier.
  5. A popup window will appear and let you know that you’re installing a new version of iOS. Click “Restore.”
  6. Wait for the process to complete. During the installation process, you may be asked to input your device password. The installation will be completed when the device reboots itself and the “Welcome” startup screen appears.
  7. If you backed up your phone when you were running iOS 12 and you want to restore your data, tap “Restore from iCloud” or “Restore from iTunes Backup.” If not, tap “Set Up as New iPhone.” Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup and restore.

Once you have completed all the steps successfully, your device is ready to run on the stable iOS 12.

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