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How to Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta 1 to iOS 6.x.x? [Complete Guide]

Previously, we have taught you how to install iOS 7 beta 1 on iPhone without a registered UDID. Whether you have installed iOS 7 beta using the official methods or otherwise, you are bound to run into plenty of bugs, performance issues and other whatnots. If you decide that iOS 7 is just not for you, you can easily downgrade to iOS 6, albeit with some limitations. Here's How to Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta 1 to iOS 6.x.x.

How to Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta 1 to iOS 6.x.x

Before You Proceed:

  • You can ONLY downgrade to the latest available iOS 6.x.x firmware. So that's iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 and iOS 6.1.3 for the other supported devices.
  • Make sure that you backup your iDevice via iTunes or iCloud.
  • You can't use saved SHSH blobs of any A5+ devices, they're currently useless.
  • NOTE: After you downgraded back to iOS 6.x.x, you'll be able to restore to iOS 6.x.x compatible backup as opposed to the iOS 7 backup. This is to prevent any compatibility issues.

Steps on How to Downgrade From iOS 7 Beta 1 to iOS 6.x.x:

  1. Download the appropriate iOS 6 firmware for your iOS device. Here's iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5, and iOS 6.1.3 for other devices.
  2. Connect your iDevice that's running iOS 7 to the computer.
  3. Launch the latest version of iTunes.
  4. Now you will have to place your device into DFU mode. Just follow the mini-guide below:
    • Hold down Power (corner) button for 5 seconds.
    • Without releasing the Power button, also hold down the Home (bottom center) button along with the Power button for 10 seconds.
    • Without releasing the home button, stop holding down the power button for up to 15 seconds.
  5. When done successfully, iTunes will tell you that it has detected a device in recovery mode. Your will device's screen will also turn black. Click OK.
  6. iTunes iPhone in Recovery Mode
    iPhone in DFU Mode_1

  7. Now hold down the Shift key in Windows or Alt/Option key for Mac, then click the Restore iPhone... button.
  8. iPhone in Recovery Mode

  9. Browse for the iOS 6.x.x firmware file you have downloaded in Step 1. Click Open.
  10. Browse for iOS 6.x.x IPSW

  11. When asked for the confirmation, click Restore to proceed.
  12. iTunes Restore Confirmation

  13. iTunes will now restore/downgrade your iDevice to iOS 6. Wait for about 10-15 minutes to complete the process.
  14. iPhone Restore Complete

And that's it! This is how you downgrade from iOS 7 beta 1 to iOS 6, despite Apple's warning that you won't be able to do so. Just restore to your device from a backup and you are good to go. [via iClarified]

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