How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4)

Want to know how to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4)? Check this tutorial to uninstall iOS 12 and downgrade back to previous iOS version like iOS 11.4 effortlessly.

By Bella Miller | Posted: Jul. 09, 2018, Last Updated: Jul. 09, 2018
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Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11

Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11

Apple introduced the newest version of its iOS operating system – iOS 12 beta, brings plenty of new features, like ARKit 2.0, new digital health feature, grouped notifications, etc. Available for both developer and public.

However, while iOS 12 beta is worth installing, on the other hand, it is also along with some bugs and flaws, such as cannot connect to App Store, personal hotspot feature not working, etc. And this is why we are here, to share you ways on downgrading from iOS 12 to iOS 11. But there are a couple of things worth noting before you do so.

Part 1. Something Important to Know Before Downgrading from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4)

Part 2. How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4)

If you accidentally lost important data after downgrading from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4), or fail to restore from your iTunes backup after the process, refer to Part 3 to retrieve your lost data easily.

Step 1 Go to ipsw.me to download the IPSW file for your device firstly > Go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad > iCloud > Turn off Find My iPhone or Find My iPad.

Step 2 Connect your device to a computer > Open iTunes > Click on Device icon > Choose Summary on the left panel.

Step 3 Put your device into recovery mode:

iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus: Press and release the Volume Up button > Press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Side button until the “iTunes” screen appears.

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the “iTunes” screen appears.

iPhone 6S or older: Press and hold both the Home and the Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time until the “iTunes” screen appears.

Step 4 Click on Restore button on the popup > Select Restore and Update option on the next popup. Your device should be restored successfully to iOS 11.4 when you see the white welcome screen.

Step 5 Restore your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes backup you made before to get the lost back.

Part 3. How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4)

To recover lost data after downgraded to iOS 11, the only available way for you is using some professional iOS data recovery tool to give you a hand. Here we highly recommend PhoneRescue iOS data recovery, which has win a good reputation among iOS users and it has helped over 6,100,000 users recover deleted or lost data.

More than anything, unlike traditional iTunes recovery way, it allows you to view the backup details and selectively recover the files you wanted most, not a full restore. Also, PhoneRescue for iOS offers 3 different recovery modes to ensure the highest successfully: from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup and from iDevice directly (without backup).

In other words, you have more options and choices to get back your lost files with PhoneRescue. Now, let’s check how to recover lost data from iTunes backup after downgraded to iOS 11.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/PC computer.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone X to the computer via its USB cable > Click Recover from iTunes Backup mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right.

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 2

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the backup contains the files you want to restore and click Right Arrow > Check the file categories you prefer > Click OK button to scan the backup files.

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 3

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the data you want to restore > Click To iOS Device button to restore the selected files to your iPhone/iPad now. Or you can click To Computer button to store them on your Mac/PC computer.

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 4

How to Recover Lost Data after Downgraded to iOS 11 – Step 4

The Bottom Line

There’s still time for you to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11.4, but it won’t be available for long. When iOS 12 is released to the public in September, Apple will stop signing iOS 11.4 or other prior releases, and then you will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 11.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.

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