How to Downgrade iOS 13 to iOS 12 Without Losing Any Data

Do you want to learn how to downgrade iOS 13 to iOS 12? Then, you have come to the right place. Here is a complete guide you need to roll back from iOS 13 to iOS 12.

By iMobie | Posted on: Aug. 01, 2019, Last Updated: Sep. 19, 2019

Recently, Apple introduced public iOS 13 and new iPadOS 13 that can be installed on iPhone and iPad respectively. As we all know the new iOS version always brings new features along with it and that’s why a lot of Apple users give a try to the newest version in excitement to experience new features and functionalities. Unfortunately, some users reported that the newest iOS version has some bugs and they feel it’s quite difficult to get used to it.

If you feel that you have no more tolerance to cope up with these issues, then you will be glad to know that you can roll back to the customary and comfort of iOS 12. Here is the ultimate guide to help you learn how to uninstall iOS 13 and downgrade to iOS 12.

What Should Do before Back to iOS 12?

Before you begin with downgrading iOS 13, it is important to backup your data. Keep in mind that rolling back to iOS 12 might wipe your data. With backup, you will be able to restore your data if you met with a data loss situation after the downgrade process.

When it comes to backing up iOS data, there are several methods available.

Note: The iOS 13 data backups can’t work out on iOS 12 which means if you want to downgrade your iOS to an earlier version, you may have owned an older backup which would ensure the safety of your data after you downgrade.

Method 1: Backup via iTunes

When you backup data using iTunes, you will have a copy of your data stored on your system. Before you start, make sure that you are using the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1: Run iTunes and then, connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer using a digital cable.

Step 2: Next, tap the device icon located at the top-left of the iTunes interface and then, go to the “Summary” tab.

Step 3: Finally, tick the option that says “This Computer” under the Backups tab and then, tap the “Back Up Now” button.

 Backup via iTunes

Backup via iTunes

Method 2: Backup via iCloud

Backing up using iCloud is similar to the iTunes backup. There is a small difference – backup will be stored in the iCloud, rather than the computer. Before you start, make sure that you have connected your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Step 1: Open “Settings”>” [Your Name]”>”iCloud”>”iCloud backup”.

Step 2: Here, switch on the toggle next to the option that says “iCloud backup” and taps the “Backup Up Now” option.

Backup via iCloud

Backup via iCloud

Method 3: Backup via Anytrans for iOS

No doubt, both iTunes and iCloud are capable of backing up your iOS data, but they take too much time to complete the entire backup process. That’s why you need an alternative backup option to iTunes/iCloud and Anytrans for iOS is most recommended.

Anytrans for iOS is an all-in-one iOS data management tool designed primarily to help you manage your iOS content without much hassle. With the help of it, you can backup all of your device data using click-through and easy steps. The best part of the tool is that it is fully compatible with all iPhone models along with support for the latest iOS version too.

Get Anytrans for iOS from its official site and once installing it on your computer, all you need to do is to follow the below steps:

Step 1: Run Anytrans for iOS and connect your device to the computer using a digital cable.

Step 2: Tap the “Backup Manager” option > Choose the “Full backup” option to continue.

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans - Step 2

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3: To protect your data safe and private, you can check the “Enable Password Protection” option and set the password. If you do not want to encrypt the backup, just click “Next” button directly to start backing up all of your important device data.

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans - Step 3

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans – Step 3

Step 4: Once the backup is complete, you will get a message saying “Backup Completed” on the software interface.

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans - Step 4

Backup iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans – Step 4

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12

How to downgrade iOS 13 to iOS 12? This process involves the use of iTunes and thus, you make sure to have its latest version before you begin.

Here is what you need to do to downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12.

Step 1: To start with, you have to disable “Find My iPhone/iPad”. To do that, open “Settings”>” [Your Name]”>”iCloud”>” Turn off Find My iPhone”.

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 - Step 1

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 – Step 1

Step 2: Next, you need to download the IPSW file you need from the official website, for instance, iPhone XR 12.3.

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 - Step 2

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 – Step 2

Step 3: After that, run iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer. Now, click the device icon and go to “Summary” pane

Step 4: Next, tap the “Restore iPhone/iPad” option while holding down the “Option” key on Mac or the “Shift” key on Windows to open a window to import the IPSW file you have downloaded. So, find and choose your firmware package and then, tap “Open”.

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 - Step 4

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 – Step 4

Step 5: Now, you will get a message that says “iTunes will update your iPhone to iOS XXX and will verify the update with Apple” and so, tap “Update”.

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 - Step 5

Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12 – Step 5

Step 6: Finally, it will pop-up iTunes automatically to install the stable iOS version on your device and just wait for the process to get completed.

Once the downgrade process is completed, your iPhone will be rebooted. To check whether your iPhone is in the stable version, go to “Settings”>” General”.

Additional Tip: How to Get Back Data After iOS 13 Downgrade Process?

What if you lost your data after the iOS 13 downgrade process? Following are the three methods you can try to restore back your device data.

Method 1: Restore Data from iTunes Backup

If you have backup your device data with iTunes before the downgrade process, then you can easily get back the data from your iTunes backup.

Step 1: Run iTunes and connect your device to the computer with a digital cable.

Step 2: Next, click the device icon and move to the “Summary” panel. Here, click the “Restore Backup” option.

Restore Data from iTunes Backup

Restore Data from iTunes Backup

Step 3: Now, you need to select the latest backup file and choose “Restore” again to start restoring data from the backed up files to your device.

Method 2: Restore Data from iCloud Backup

If you have backup your device data using iCloud before downgrade process, then here is what you need to do to get back the data from iCloud backup-

Step 1: To begin, you need to erase all of your device data. To do that, go to “Settings”>” General”>” Reset”>” Reset All Content and Settings”.

Restore Data from iCloud Backup - Step 1

Restore Data from iCloud Backup – Step 1

Step 2: Now, you can set up your device as new. When you come to the “App & Data” screen, you need to select “Restore from iCloud backup” option.

Restore Data from iCloud Backup - Step 2

Restore Data from iCloud Backup – Step 2

Step 3: After that, just log-in to your Apple account using the Apple ID and select the “backup to retrieve data” and that’s it.

Method 3: Restore Data via Anytrans for iOS

Anytrans for iOS also comes with restore function you can use to get back the data. Unlike iCloud and iTunes, this tool provides you with more certainty and flexibility. You can choose to recover data either from AnyTrans backup or iTunes backup as you want directly to your iOS device.

Follow the below steps to learn how to restore data using Anytrans for iOS.

Step 1: Run Anytrans for iOS and connect the device to the computer. Then, click “Backup Manager” and choose the “Restore” option.

Restore Data to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 1

Restore Data to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2: Choose the desired one you would like to restore > Click on the “Next” button to start restoring.

Restore Data to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Restore Data to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Conclusion

We hope that this helps you to learn how to uninstall iOS 13 and roll back to the earlier iOS version. As you can see that downgrading iOS version isn’t a complex process and all you need is patience and the right guidance. When it comes to backing up and restoring iOS data, Anytrans for iOS can help you to do that without much trouble.

iMobie

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.