How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 Step By Step

Want to know how to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4) step by step? Check this tutorial to uninstall iOS 12 easily and reinstall the previous iOS version like iOS 11.4.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 21, 2021
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Downgrade from iOS 12/12.1 to iOS 11

Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11

Apple introduced the new versions of its iOS operating system – iOS 12 from 17 Sep. 2018 till 15 Jul. 2020, 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 is worth installing, on the other hand, it is also along with some bugs and flaws, such as cannot connect to App Store, the personal hotspot feature not working, etc. And this is why some of you may like to remove iOS 12 from your device.

Luckily, Apple offers a way to downgrade iOS software updates. And in this post, we are here to share with you two ways to downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 step by step, and tell somethings you should note before iOS 12 downgrade.

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Part 1. 4 Things You Should Know Before iOS 12 Downgrade

  1. Since downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 will wipe everything on devices, you’re supposed to make a full backup of your iPhone iPad firstly. In this way, you can easily get lost data back once the downgrade process failed.
  2. It is important to have a backup in iTunes that you created prior to installing the iOS 12. And the backup should be compatible with iOS 11 before downgrading, as the iOS 12 backups are not compatible with iOS 11 or earlier versions.
  3. If you only have a backup for iOS 12, then downgrading to iOS 11 (iOS 11.4) may need you to update to iOS 12 again in order to restore from that iOS 12 backups. But don’t worry, some professional iOS data recovery tools can help you get back lost files from iTunes and iCloud backup after the downgrade process. You can jump to Part 4 to get the detail on data recovery.
  4. Following the official release of iOS 12, Apple usually stops signing iOS 11.4, iOS 11.4.1 and other previous releases after a week. That’s to say, downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 won’t be available long.

Part 2. How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11 Step by Step

If you accidentally lost important data after downgrading from iOS 12 to iOS 11, or fail to restore from your iTunes backup after the process, refer to Part 4 to retrieve your lost data easily.

Step 1. Download IPSW files.

Go to 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.

How to Downgrade from iOS 11.4/11.3/11.2/11.1/11 to Previous iOS

How to Downgrade from iOS 12 to the Previous iOS

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to Computer.

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 11/Xs/Xr/X/8: 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. Restore your device.

Click on the OK button to restore your device > 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.

How to Downgrade from iOS 11.4/11.3/11.2/11.1/11 - Step 5

How to Downgrade from iOS 12 – Step 4

Step 5. Finish the downgrade work.

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

Part 3. How to Downgrade to iOS 11 with 1-Click

Here is another way for you to downgrade iOS, which allows you to downgrade your iPhone back to the iOS version as you wish. This tool is AnyFix. It’s a software that is designed to help iOS/iPadOS/tvOS and iTunes users to get out of dilemmas they’ve ever met. You can check its main features as below:

  1. AnyFix allows you to downgrade iOS or upgrade to beta as you wish.
  2. It can save Apple devices from 130+ iOS/iPadOS/tvOS problems, including the most common even complicated system problems.
  3. Besides, if you usually get some error messages when using iTunes, AnyFix can do you a favor with a few clicks.
  4. What’s more, you can enter and exit recovery modes with ease.

Now, follow the steps below to downgrade uninstall iOS 12 and get your iPhone back to iOS 11.

Step 1. Download AnyFix on your computer. After you installed, open it and click Upgrade/Downgrade iOS from the homepage.

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Choose Upgrade/Downgrade iOS

Step 2. Then choose 1 click to downgrade iOS/iPadOS mode. And click Start Now button to get started.

Choose 1 Click to Downgrade iOS/iPadOS

Choose 1 Click to Downgrade iOS/iPadOS

Step 3. After that, the whole supported firmware packages, which are lower than the current one for the device will be displayed. You can Download the desired firmware package and click Downgrade button to get installed.

Step 4. Then, AnyFix will downgrade the iOS version automatically (Do not disconnect your device until it restarts). Once the process is completed, you will see the Downgrade Completed page.

Part 4. Lost Data After Downgrade iOS 12? How to Recover without Backup?

To recover lost data after downgraded from iOS 12, you can restore from the backups you created in iOS 11. But if you have no backup, the only available way for you is using some best iPhone data recovery software. And here we highly recommend the top 1 – PhoneRescue iOS data recovery, which has won 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 iOS 12 downgrade.

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

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

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

Select Recover from Backup

Select Recover from Backup

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

Recover Lost Data after iOS 12 Downgrade – 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 iOS 12 Downgrade – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to downgrade iOS 12 to iOS 11 in two different ways. And AnyFix is a useful way for you to do that. Besides, you need to make a backup for your device before any iOS updating. In case of losing data after downgrading, you can use PhoneRescue for iOS to recover files.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.