Developers and hardcore iOS users are now able to downgrade their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from iOS 9 Beta 1 to iOS 8.3 for a more stable operating system version. If you have tested out all of the features of iOS 9 Beta 1 and wish to revert back to iOS 8.3, you simply have to follow some basic instructions.
Because iOS 9 Beta is only an initial release and comes with numerous bugs and broken features, it is not good for everyday use.
- If you try to open iTunes on your computer (with your iDevice plugged in) and click on “Restore iPhone” (Image 1) you will see a window asking you to confirm if you want to continue the restore process (Image 2).
- Here if you click on restore probably you will get an error: “There was a problem downloading the software for the iPhone (…). The requested resource was not found (Image 3)”. If you already get this error don’t worry and continue reading our post about How to Downgrade iOS 9 beta 1 to iOS 8.3.
Image 1 – Restore iPhone
Image 2 – Confirmation
Image 3 – “There was a problem”
Downgrading iOS 9 beta 1 to iOS 8.3 Tutorial
If you want to restore your device to the previous version of iOS follow the next directions (don’t forget to backup all your information before you proceed to the restore process):
- Step 1: The first thing you have to do is to plug your iDevice to your computer (via USB cable)
- Step 2: Hold the Home and Power button on iOS device at the same time for about 10-15 seconds
- Step 3: Once the screen turns back, you can release the power button while still holding the Home button
- Step 4: Make sure to disable Find my iPhone so you don’t encounter any problems while downgrading
- Step 5: iTunes will appear and tell you that you are in recovery mode. Click “Ok”
Image 4 – Recovery Mode
- Step 6: Simply click the “Restore and Update” button on the prompt that appears in iTunes and then click “Restore iPhone”
Image 5 – Restore iPhone to its factory Settings
Image 6 – Restore iPhone
- Step 7: The iPhone Software Update window will appear in iTunes, and you will simply have to click “Agree”. Then you’ll be able the extracting progress.
Image 7 – Restoring progress
If you have not downloaded iOS 8.3 it will do it for you, but if you have it will automatically start the extraction process as well as the recovery process to downgrade your device back to iOS 8.3. You should see the Apple logo appear on your device with a progress bar.
The entire process does take a little while, but afterwards your device will load up with the downgraded OS. The entire process of downgrading your Apple device shouldn’t take too long and it is very simple.