How to Downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 to the Previous iOS Version

Want to know how to downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 to any previous iOS step by step? Check this tutorial to uninstall iOS 13/12/11 easily and reinstall the previous iOS version you need.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 26, 2021

iOS 13 has come to us for a period, what fresh things does iOS 13 bring to us on earth? Such as the feature of Screen Time, which is designed for iPhone/iPad users to offer detailed information about how much time you spent on your device. Also, as a new feature of iOS 13, Siri Shortcuts gives more options for users themselves to add some frequent actions even by using the third-party app to be triggered by asking Siri. More amazing features you can experience in iOS 13.

With so many new and funny features, you might be thinking of giving iOS 13 a try or already have downloaded iOS 13. But to be honest, problems also coming with iOS 13 at the same time, such as slow on old iPhones, battery drain fast, device overheating, and some features not working, etc.

This is just what we are going to talk about in this tip. But before we head for how to downgrade from current iOS to the previous iOS version, there are several things you should know first.

What You Should Know Before Downgrading from iOS 13/12/11 to Previous iOS Version

  1. Before removing iOS 13/12/111, please back up your iDevice first, so that you can get back lost data once failing to downgrade.
  2. Installing iOS 13/12/11 is a quite long journey, mainly depending on the size of the data on your device, so keep the patient.
  3. Right now, you can’t downgrade to iOS 10.3/10.2/10.1, or earlier iOS operating system because Apple has not signed this firmware anymore. You can check ipsw.me to see which iOS version your device can downgrade to.
  4. After you uninstall current iOS,  you cannot restore your device with the backup that you created before downgrading. But don’t worry, With help from some professional applications, you can view and get back contents on iTunes backup and iCloud backup. This guide will help you with it: How to Download iCloud Backup to PC/Mac Computer with Ease >

How to Downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 to the Previous iOS

Step 1. Download previous iOS firmware for your device.

Downgrading from iOS 13/12/11 to the previous iOS version requires you to download the previous iOS ipsw file first. If there is no signed previous iOS ipsw for your device, you cannot downgrade. You can check whether there is an iOS ipsw file for your device via ipsw.me. If there is a signed iOS ipsw file available, just download the file to your computer.

 How to Downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 to the Previous iOS

How to Downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 to the Previous iOS

Step 2. Turn off Find My iPhone.

Go to settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch > Turn it off.

Step 3. Connect your iPhone to PC.

Connect your iOS device to the computer and run your iTunes.

Step 4. Put the Device into DFU Mode.

Press the “Power” and “Home” buttons at the same time. After the Apple logo appears, release the “Power” button but still hold on the “Home” button till you see “Connect to iTunes”.

Step 5. Click on OK Button.

iTunes will alert that it has detected an iPhone (or iPad/iPod) in Recovery Mode, and asked you to restore your device. Agree to restore your device by clicking “OK”.

 How to Downgrade from iOS 12/11 to the Previous iOS - Step 5

How to Downgrade from iOS 12/11 to the Previous iOS – Step 5

Step 6. Restore iPhone.

Search your device icon on iTunes and click it > Choose Summary tab and, (For Mac) press “Option” and click “Restore iPhone (or iPad/iPod)…”; (For Windows) press “Shift” and click “Restore iPhone (or iPad/iPod)…”.

 How to Downgrade from iOS 12/11 to the Previous iOS - Step 6

How to Downgrade from iOS 12/11 to the Previous iOS – Step 6

7. Find previous iOS ipsw file you have downloaded, select it and click “Open”. You will see a pop-up window telling that you are going to downgrade to previous iOS software, and the process will erase all data on your device. If you have backed up your device, just click “Update and Restore” to continue.

How to Downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 without Computer

Many iOS 13 users have emailed us asking how to downgrade from iOS 13/12/11 without a computer, so we specially make this section to collect some ways to remove iOS 13/12/11 without a PC or Mac.

But unfortunately, by far, there are not some ways we can find to delete iOS 13/12/11 without a computer, so to downgrade from iOS 13/12/11, please do as the first method above for now. However, as soon as we find a practical method, we will update it. And if you have some feasible methods, please share it with us in the comments, and we will answer you as soon as possible.

Bonus Tip – The Best Way to Downgrade iOS 13/12/11 to Previous Version

In this part, we represented some special tool to downgrade the iOS device without any efforts. As known for all, Apple did not provide an official method to downgrade their production. This is quiet annoying. No worries, AnyFix will help you to solve the downgrade stuff in just a few clicks. Before you start the downgrading, you need to know you may lost all your data on your iPhone iPad or iPod device. Also, even you got a backup which was backed up when your iPhone was running iOS 13, the backup wouldn’t be restored to your iOS 12 operation system.  Therefore, we do recommend you transfer all your data to your computer. After your finished the downgrade, you can transfer them from your computer to your iOS device.

The leading steps are showing you how to use AnyFix to downgrade your iOS device.

Step 1. Get the latest version of AnyFix > connect your iPhone to the computer > choose the Update/Downgrade iOS.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Step 2. Choose the 1 click to downgrade iOS/iPadOS > Tap on Start Now to go on.

Choose 1 Click to Downgrade iOS/iPadOS

Choose 1 Click to Downgrade iOS/iPadOS

Step 3. Follow the screen guide on AnyFix, minutes later, you will get an iPhone with a new iOS system.

AnyFix is Downgrading the Device

AnyFix is Downgrading the Device

Check Compatibility

Firstly, you need to make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is compatible with iOS 12 or iOS 12.1. iOS 12 and iOS 12.1 is compatible with these devices.

Why Won’t My iPhone/iPad Update to iOS 12/12.1 – Check Compatibility

Why Won’t My iPhone/iPad Update to iOS 12/12.1 – Check Compatibility

The Bottom Line

After installing previous iOS version, you’ll be asked to set up a new iPhone or iPad, now you can choose to set up a new iPhone or restore your device from iTunes backup or iCloud backup. If there are some questions about this method when downgrading from iOS 13/12/11, leave your messages in the comments.

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