There have been six beta versions of iOS 11 available to developers and users who registered for the public beta program. Bit if you’re experiencing issues with it, you can downgrade to iOS 10.3.3. The upcoming iOS 11 looks really neat. It’s packed with tons of exciting new features that take your user experience to a completely new level. But that doesn’t mean you’re happy with it. It is beta, you have to keep in mind. The firmware might not be stable and it is likely to contain a number of bugs. That’s why it was launched in beta, so the developers could work through those kinks and issues. The method to downgrade back to iOS 10 is actually pretty easy and can be done from iTunes on your computer.
Before we get started, though, here are a few things you should know:
- If you downgrade to iOS 10, you can’t restore a backup from iCloud or iTunes that was taken from iOS 11. You can only restore from your iOS 10 backups.
- Make sure that you are using the latest version of iTunes.
- This process might take some time, because it involves wiping your device, and then restoring it from a backup.
Let’s get started on the downgrade.
Step 1: Download the iOS 10.3.3 firmware file. Make sure that you’re downloading the correct firmware that corresponds to your device model.
Step 2: On your device, make sure you have Find My iPhone disabled. To do this, go to Settings> iCloud > Find My iPhone. And then toggle off the Find My iPhone switch.
Step 3: Put your phone into Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode by following these steps:
- 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 pop up from iTunes that it has detected your device and you are in Recovery mode. If you don’t see the popup, try the process of holding the buttons again.
- Then click Ok.
Step 4: Hold the Alt/Option key on Mac or Shift key in Windows and then click on the Restore iPhone button.
Step 5: Browse and select the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file that you downloaded earlier.
Step 6: Then click on the Restore and Update button to continue, and proceed with the on-screen instructions.
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 back up from older iOS versions. Alternatively, you can set up as a new device.
This is how you downgrade to iOS 10.3.3. If you change your mind, you can still update to iOS 11 beta. But remember that you’re leaving because of the bugs. So there may be bugs in the update again.