How to downgrade from iOS 7 Beta

After a couple of days with the iOS 7 Beta, a few things have become clear. There’s no doubt that Apple’s new software is phenomenal. Personally, I think it’s perfect, I love the new user interface, the new icons and the brilliant new features. However, a beta is a beta. iOS 7 is riddled with bugs, mostly display issues, app compatibility, and basic functionality problems.

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No one expected the beta to be perfect, but I imagine that many of you who have upgraded, may well be wishing that you could downgrade, returning to the fully fledged and stable iOS 6. Thanks to Evad3rs, that’s now possible.

The guys responsible for the Evasi0n jailbreak have picked up on the fact that Apple is still signing iOS 6.1.3, which actually makes downgrading very easily.

All you need to do is follow these simple steps to return your device to iOS 6.1.3

Step 1: Turn the device off, connect it to the computer via USB, and launch iTunes
Step 2:  Place the iOS device into DFU mode: with the device off, hold down the Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds then release the power button, continue holding Home button until iTunes notifies you of a device in recovery mode being detected. The device’s screen should stay black as if turned off.
Step 3: Restore within iTunes through either method a or b:

a) Restore from the iOS 6.1.3 backup you made prior to installing iOS 7 beta
b) Restore to iOS 6.1.3 IPSW by Option-Clicking the “Restore” button, and then restore from iCloud backup when finished

Step 4: Let iTunes restore back to iOS 6.1.3, the device will reboot when finished

Let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you decide to downgrade, and leave a reason why!

Todays iPhone and Evad3rs are not responsible for any damage caused to your iPhone if you decide to downgrade. There are risks to downgrading, so please think before trying this.


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  • devonkosa

    Is there any way to save text messages sent and received while using the Beta?

  • TiP_Stephen1

    @devonkosa They should all remain if you downgrade.

  • AdamAragon

    I’ve seen a few glitches with the beta but nothing that would make me want to downgrade. If you’re crying after updating to a beta, don’t use them in the first place. It’s chancy and exciting because it may not be perfect.

  • TiP_Stephen1

    @AdamAragon We were under no illusions that the Beta would contain bugs, however, from the reports we’ve received, it’s clear that many users aren’t happy using it, and that some are even finding their devices unusable.

  • Soniqsoundz

    Does anyone know how to downgrade once you receive the not a developer during the activation process

  • AdamAragon

    @TiP_Stephen1 I wasn’t aware it was bricking anyone, I’ve only tried it on the iPhone 5 and for several people it’s working great with a few minor bugs, but yeah I see your point if it broke your phone it’s probably a good idea to downgrade ;)

  • Soniqsoundz

    @AdamAragon  @TiP_Stephen1 how can I downgrade the firmware if itunes is giving me the not a developer message and has it locked

  • HarshalVipulPatwa

    @Soniqsoundz  @AdamAragon  @TiP_Stephen1 

    Check this link !! STEP 3 will solve it for you :)
    (Had the same problem, just downgraded to iOS 6)