How To: Downgrade Your iPhone from iOS 8 Beta to iOS 7.1.1

Downgrade Your iPhone from iOS 8 Beta to iOS 7.1.1

Downgrading your iPhone from iOS 8 beta back to iOS 7.1.1 is a really simple process, and a very necessary one if you're experiencing frozen screens and apps that either unexpectedly quit or don't even work at all.

In my experience, any app that uses Safari to bring up pages, like Circa, crashes as soon as the page tries to load. This will probably be one of the first bugs fixed in the first iOS 8 beta update, but if you can't wait until then, go ahead and downgrade now.

Once iOS 8 is released to the public this fall, you will not be able to downgrade, but until then, it's as easy as this...

Step 1: Back Up Your iPhone

Make sure you have a good backup of your iPhone with iTunes. If you just updated from iOS 7.1.1 to iOS 8 beta, you probably already have a good backup ready in case you want to restore. I'd just use that one. For more info on backing up, check out my guide on freeing up space.

Step 2: Enter Recovery Mode

In order to get iOS 7.1.1 on your iPhone, you need to restore via iTunes. To do so, you need to enter recovery mode.

Turn off your iPhone as you normally would and wait for it to power down completely. Plug your USB cable into your computer—but not your iPhone yet. Hold down the Home button while you connect the USB cord to your iPhone. Keep holding it until the recovery mode image is displayed.

The recovery mode screen on an iPhone; connect to iTunes.

iTunes will detect your iPhone in recovery mode. Press "OK".

Press "OK" to continue to iPhone Recovery Mode.

Step 3: Restore Your iPhone Back to iOS 7.1.1

To go back to iOS 7.1.1 from iOS 8 beta, you do not need to download anything from the iOS Dev Center. Just click on "Restore iPhone..." in iTunes.

Click on "Restore iPhone..." to start the process.

Click on "Restore and Update" to verify. Hit "Next" on the iPhone Update Software screen (which clearly states iOS 7.1.1), and "Agree" to the terms.

(1) Verify with "Restore and Update", (2) Click "Next" at iOS 7.1.1 screen, (3) "Agree" to the terms.

It should start installing iOS 7.1.1 onto your iPhone. Just be patient. It could take a few minutes.

Step 4: Activate Your iPhone

Once it's finished, you'll need to activate your iPhone in iTunes. When the screen below appears, enter your Apple ID and Password to continue.

Enter your "Apple ID" and "Password" to continue.

Step 5: Restore from Backup or Start Fresh

Depending on your preferences, you can restore from your last backup, or you can set it up as a new iPhone, which does wonders for freeing up space overall.

Either set up as a new iPhone or restore from backup.

And that's it. If you chose to set it up as a new device, you'll need to walk through the self-explanatory setup instructions on your iPhone.

If you want to upgrade to iOS 8 beta again, but after the next beta version is released, follow my guide on installing iOS 8 beta and prompt your iPhone to install the latest build in the Settings menu, as you would any update.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.


My phone is not going to DFU mode to restore it back to iOS 7.1. Please help me to recover it, it's just stuck at Activation error.

All you have to do is when your phone is plugged into the computer and connected to itunes , hold power and home. when the screen turns off let go of the power button and hold home and itll go into restore mode. then go from there... either click update and restore if you dont have 7.1.1 downloaded or just select the file if you do holding shift.

i did the restore to 7.1.1 but now its not restoring my backup.I had made this backup while i was on 7.1.1 and now when i choose restore from backup it says itunes unable to iphone restore i found the backup folder too please help all my pictures and contacts are in it i found the backup folder too

Thanks a lot man, i was stucked in UDID registration process.I put my ipad in recovery mode and than restore .

Thanks again man.

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