How to Downgrade from iOS 8 Beta to iOS 7.1.1 in your iPhone, iPad

iOS 8 was finally announced at the WWDC 2014, the final Apple developer conference. Even though the iOS 8 operating system will only be released by the fall of 2014, Apple has released a Developer Preview Beta edition of iOS 8 already and people with an Apple developer account worth $100 can easily update their Apple devices to the latest iOS 8 beta version software. Even if you do not have a developer account, you can still get the iOS 8 beta on your Apple devices through a different way.

One of the biggest disadvantages of this developer preview edition of iOS 8 is that, as it is a Beta release, it will surely contain a lot of bugs and issues, and not all officially announced features of iOS 8 will be present there. However, installing the iOS 8 beta edition is one of the best ways to experience what the overall iOS 8 effect will be.

iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7

If you have already installed the iOS 8 beta version software on your device, and if you cannot stand the bugs and issues that comes with the Beta version, you can easily solve the problem by reverting your device to the official iOS 7.1.1 operating system. And if you are in search of a perfect tutorial that can accomplish this task, then today we are here with a detailed tutorial on how to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1 easily.


Below are some prerequisites you need to have before proceeding with the tutorial on how to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1 operating system easily without any hassles:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC.
  • USB to lightning cable to connect your device to the PC.
  • A previous iOS 7 backup [not very important].

There is no use of creating a backup of your device with iOS 8 beta software running on it, as the backup cannot be installed back on your device once you downgrade your device from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1.

How to Downgrade from iOS 8 Beta to iOS 7.1.1 Easily:

Finally, below is the detailed guide on how to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1 operating system easily without any troubles:

  • First of all, download the iOS 7.1.1 operating system firmware file for your Apple device on your PC.
  • Double-click and launch the iTunes software on your PC.
  • Once the iTunes software starts up, connect your Apple device to the PC.
  • Select your device from the iTunes devices menu.
  • Now navigate to the Summary tab of your selected device.
  • Under the summary tab, you will be able to find two different options, “Update” and “Restore” respectively.
  • The next step is to hold on the Shift key from your Keyboard and then click on the Update button.
  • Once you do this, you will be asked for confirmation.
  • Confirm the selection and then select the iOS 7.1.1 firmware file that you downloaded earlier to your PC.
  • Click OK and wait for the process of downgrading your Apple device back to iOS 7.1.1 to complete.

And once the processes completes, your Apple device will be successfully reverted to the iOS 7.1.1 operating system.


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