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How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3 on iPhone & iPad

Earlier this week, Apple has finally lifted the curtains for iOS 9 and if you have missed out on it, you can check our comprehensive iOS 9 preview. Just like clockwork, Apple has seeded the first iOS 9 beta version to developers (but it seems that there’s a trick that allows non-developers to install as well). But the thing with iOS betas is that they can be downright buggy and unstable. If you feel that you are not having the best experience with iOS 9 beta, then you can always downgrade back to iOS 8.3.

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3

Before you proceed:

  • From iOS 9 beta, you can only downgrade to iOS 8.3 which doesn’t have a jailbreak. There’s no way around it.
  • Make sure that you backup your data via iTunes and / or iCloud just in case something goes wrong.
  • Downgrading to iOS 8.3 means that you will restore your iPhone or iPad to its factory settings which is going to take time.
  • As expected, only data that are compatible with iOS 8 will be restored and not iOS 9.

How to Downgrade From iOS 9 Beta to iOS 8.3:

  1. First, download the iOS 8.3 IPSW for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  2. Next, you will need to disable Find my iPhone. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.
  3. Disable Find My iPhone

  4. Put your iPhone or iPad in DFU Mode. Follow the steps below to put your device in DFU Mode:
    • Turn off the device
    • Connect iPhone or iPad to the computer and launch iTunes
    • Hold both power and home button together for about 10 seconds.
    • Release the power button but keep on pressing down the home button
    • This should put the device in DFU mode and the screen remains black
  5. iTunes will show a popup message telling you that the iPhone is now in recovery / DFU mode. Click the OK button.
  6. iPhone 6 in Recovery Mode

  7. Under the Summary tab, look for the Restore button. On Windows Shift + Click that Restore button, on Mac it’s Option + Click. Then browse for the IPSW file you have downloaded earlier.
  8. iPhone 6 Restore Button

  9. The downgrade process will now start and your iDevice will be restored to iOS 8.3 which should take some time depending on the speed of your internet.
  10. After restoring to iOS 8.3, you can now setup your device and restore from your latest backup.

And that’s how you downgrade from iOS 9 beta to iOS 8.3 on your iPhone or iPad. If you are having any problems with these steps, let us know in the comments.

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