This guide is for those keen iPhone users who have been testing out the new iOS 16 beta or upgraded to iOS 16 for whatever other reason. Now that you have tested the beta and are seeking to move back to the stable version of the software, follow this guide to downgrade to the stable iOS 15 and restore with a backup. The process is quite easy if you follow properly. Let’s get right into it.
Downgrading to iOS 15 (Stable Version)
Note: Please make sure to always make a full backup of your device in case anything goes wrong. Secondly, in case you have installed watchOS9 beta on your Apple Watch, you wont be able to fully use your watch after the downgrade as the watch is not downgradeable to the WatchOS 8. So, for a Apple Watch running watchOS 9 in connection to an iPhone operating on the iOS 16 beta, you will need to take your Apple Watch to Apple.
Using a Mac/PC Uninstall iOS 16 beta
When reverting to iOS 15, you need to erase your device but you won’t be able to restore your device using the regular backup/restore feature. However, what we can do is that we can restore a previous iOS 15 backup and offcourse restore the data in the iCloud.
1. First thing is to ensure that you have the latest version of macOS (in case you are using a Mac) running before initiating the uninstall process.
2. Connect your device to your Mac or PC via USB.
3. Enter Recovery mode for your device. Choose the right method for your respective device as mentioned below:
o For iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
o For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
o For iPad with Home button: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
o For iPad Pro with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Top button until your device begins to restart. Continue holding the Top button until your device goes into Recovery Mode.
4. When you see the Restore/Update option, choose Restore. This will wipe your device and install the latest non-beta version of iOS.
5. Choose Install when you see the prompt that an update is required to restore your iPhone to finish process.
Now your device is restored to iOS 15 (Stable Version). After the process completion, restore a backup from iOS 15 through your Mac or iCloud or you can choose to setup your iPhone/iPad as a new device. However, if you are not willing to go through the above process and can wait till the official release of the stable version of iOS 16 then you’ll have to wait until the fall to upgrade to iOS 16 (Stable Version).