The upcoming iOS 11 is packed with tons of exciting new features that takes your user experience to a whole new level. Control Center and App Store have been redesigned with an all new look, there’s now a native screen recorder that many users always wanted, Siri is much smarter, and many other features.
Now in its sixth beta, iOS 11 is currently available to developers and to users who registered for the public beta program. As is the case with many beta builds, the firmware may not be stable and might contain a number of bugs. The beta version is intended for testing purposes only and allows app developers to test and update their apps for iOS 11 before it is released to the public.
If you’ve updated to iOS 11 beta and have been facing issues, then it’s possible to downgrade back to iOS 10.3.3. The method is quite simple and can be done from iTunes on your computer. In this tutorial, we will show you how to downgrade from iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.3.3. This guide works for any beta versions of iOS 11.
There are a few important points to consider if you plan on downgrading:
- If you downgrade to iOS 10.3.3, you cannot restore from the iCloud or iTunes backup that was taken from iOS 11. You can only restore from the iOS 10.3.3 backup or a backup from prior iOS versions. If you don’t have this backup, then you can manually backup your photos and any necessary information before downgrading.
- Ensure that you have updated iTunes to the latest version.
- Please note that the process involves wiping your device, and then restoring it from a compatible backup, so it can take some time depending on how much data needs to be recovered and your internet connection (if you’re restoring from an iCloud backup).
How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10.3.3
Step 1: The first thing you have to do is to download the iOS 10.3.3 firmware file. Make sure that you download the correct firmware that corresponds to your device model from our download pages.
Note: If you’re downloading the firmware file using Safari then ensure that auto unzip feature is disabled, or use Chrome or Firefox. Alternatively, renaming the .zip file as .ipsw file should also work.
Step 2: On your device, you have to disable Find My iPhone. Go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Then toggle off the Find My iPhone switch.
Step 3: You now need to put your device into DFU mode. If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, read this guide for entering DFU mode. Otherwise, if you own an older iPhone model or an iPad or iPod, read the steps below:
- Plug your device into your computer.
- Turn off your device by holding the Power button and then sliding to power off.
- Next, press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds.
- Then begin holding the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds.
- Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that it has detected your device is in Recovery mode. If you don’t see the popup, try the process of holding the buttons again.
- Click on the Ok button.
Step 4: Hold the Alt/Option key on Mac or Shift key in Windows and then click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button.
Step 7: iTunes will now verify the software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes.
Step 8: After your device is successfully downgraded from iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.3.3, you should see the white ‘Hello’ screen on your device. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device, and restore your device from the iOS 10.3.3 backup or any backup from older iOS versions. Alternatively, you can set up as a new device.
This is how you can downgrade from iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10.3.3. If you change your mind at any time, you can still update to iOS 11 beta, but it may contain bugs and issues.
Apple is expected to officially release iOS 11 to the public some time in September, along with the new iPhone 8 that has been making headlines for the past few months.
You may also want to read:
- iOS 11 Beta Problems Discovered So Far
- Top 25 Hidden iOS 11 Features
- 7 Reasons Why You Should Not Install iOS 11 Now
If you face any issues with the downgrade, do let us know in the comments below.