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How to Downgrade iOS 14 on iPhone? [Top 3 Ways]

Many people installed iOS 14 to have a taste of the new features. However, some bugs appear after installing the iOS 14, which affect users' experience, for example, incompatibility of some apps, poor battery life, system crashes, etc. If you are having issues after installing iOS 14, you may now wonder how to downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13. Read along to learn what to do.

Way 1: How to Downgrade from iOS 14 to an Older Version via the Recovery Mode
Way 2: How to Downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13 Using IPSW File without Data Loss (Suppose It Is Still Being Signed)
Way 3: How to Downgrade from iOS 14 Beta to iOS 13 without Computer

Things You Need to Know before Downgrading

Before you start to downgrade iOS 14, there are a few things you need to know.

Can I downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13?

Sadly, Apple stopped signing iOS 13, which means that iOS 13 is no longer available for downgrading. But the good news is, you can still follow this methods below to downgrade your latest iOS 14 to the previously available version.

Note: Downgrading iOS could cause data loss and you may run into unexpected errors during the process. Please think twice before you take the action.

Things Matter If you want to downgrade iOS 14:

1. You will need a Mac or Windows PC to perform this task. Make sure to have the latest iTunes installed on your Windows PC, or ensure that your Mac runs the latest macOS.

2. If you have installed watchOS7 on your Apple Watch, note that you are unable to use it with your iPhone after downgrading. The watchOS 7 isn't compatible with iOS 13 and there's no way to manually downgrade your Apple Watch to an older version.

3. It is to be noted that you are unable to restore the iCloud or iTunes backup created on the latest iOS 14 to a device running an older iOS. So, if you didn't back up your device before updating to iOS 14, you need to start fresh after downgrading.

4. If you don't have a previous backup of the older version, here we suggest you back up your iPhone or iPad to PC via Coolmuster iOS Assistant before downgrading to avoid losing important data. It is a secure way to store your files and allows you to restore backups to your device anytime.

Way 1: How to Downgrade from iOS 14 to an Older Version via the Recovery Mode

To uninstall iOS 14 immediately, you need to erase and restore your device, here's how:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer or Finder if you are using Mac.

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 3: Put your device into Recovery Mode by following the instructions below:

> For iPad with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Next, press and hold the Top button until your iPad restarts. Keep holding the Top button until your device enters into the Recovery Mode.

> For iPhone X/8/8 Plus or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, hold down the Side button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

> For iPhone 7/7 Plus or iPod Touch (7th generation): Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. Do not release either button when you see the Apple logo on the screen. Keep holding down both buttons until the Recovery Mode screen shows up.

> For iPhone 6s or earlier, iPod touch (6th generation or earlier), or iPad with Home button: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously. Do not release the button when you see the Apple logo on screen. Continue to hold down both buttons until the Recovery Mode screen appears.

Step 4: Click the Restore button when a prompt shows up on your computer. iTunes will erase data on your device and install the current non-beta version of iOS on your device. Wait for a while till the restore process is complete.

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Step 5: If asked, please enter your Apple ID and password. This will disable Activation Lock on your device.

Step 6: Once the restore process is complete, you can set up your device with your archived backup. Again, note that you can not restore the iCloud or iTunes backup created on the latest iOS 14 to a device running an older iOS.

Way 2: How to Downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13 Using IPSW File without Data Loss (Suppose It Is Still Being Signed)

Using this method, your device won't be wiped out, your files will be retained after the process. However, it is possible to come across some issues during the process and be warned that if the downloading fails or interrupted, your device may be unusable.

Updated: Apple stopped signing iOS 13 and unsigned IPSWs cannot currently be restored via iTunes. But you can follow this method to downgrade from iOS 14 to a older version as long as it is signed by Apple.

Step 1: Download the latest IPSW file for your device from here.

Step 2: Go to Settings > iCloud and then turn off the Find My iPhone feature on your device.

Step 3: Launch the latest iTunes on your computer (or open the Finder if you are using Mac) and connect your device to computer with a USB cable.

Step 4: Once iTunes detects your device, click the Device icon in iTunes and then click Summary option.

select your device

Step 5: Press the Shift key on your PC (or Option key on Mac) and click Check for Update on iTunes.

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Step 6: Go to the previously downloaded IPSW file and click Open to install it on your iPhone or iPad. Click Update to confirm when you get a pop-up window. After installing the file, you will be downgraded to iOS 13 as you wish.

NOTE: Do not interrupt the process, otherwise you may lose data or your device may be unusable.

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Step 7: If you have an iTunes backup, click Restore Backup option and select a backup in iTunes. Make sure it's the correct backup of the previous iOS.

Way 3: How to Downgrade iOS 14 Beta to iOS 13 without Computer

It is possible to downgrade iOS 14 when it is still a beta version. And the operation is simple. That is to delete the beta profile and then wait for the new iOS 13 update. But you'll need to continue using iOS 14 until a new version iOS 13 is available.

Here's what to do:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iDevice.

Step 2: Tap General > Profiles & Device Management.

Step 3: Tap iOS Beta Software Profile > Remove Profile.

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Step 4: Restart your device.

After deleting the beta profile, you will get the next public non-beta release. And when the newer version of iOS 13 is available, you can install it on your device. To do this, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Lost Data After Downgrading iOS 14 on your iPhone?

What to do if you lost data after downgrading from iOS 14? Don't worry, you can use Coolmuster iOS Data Rescuer to easily recover data on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch no matter you have a backup or not.

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Final Words

That's all for the methods on how to remove iOS 14. And it would be easier to get the job done if you are running an iOS 14 beta. After reading this post, we hope you can successfully downgrade from iOS 14 and run a smooth and stable iOS on your device.

Which method worked for you? Let us know in the comment section below.

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