Apple has just rolled out the first beta iteration of iOS 8 for developer testing via iOS Dev Center and a step-by-step guide to downgrade from iOS 8 Beta is already available.
It must me noted that iOS 8 Beta can only be downgraded to the latest version of iOS 7, which is iOS 7.1.1.
Those who have already installed the iOS 8 Beta and want to downgrade or restore their device back to stable versions of iOS 7 can do so using our step-by-step guide.
Note: Users are advised to back up their important data on the device to avoid data loss during the downgrade process.
IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after the firmware downgrade process. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
Steps to Downgrade From iOS 8 Beta to iOS 7.1.1 via iTunes
- Download the latest version of iOS 7 firmware from here. Please remember that this procedure will only allow you to restore your device to the latest firmware that Apple is currently signing, which is the iOS 7.1.1.
- Launch iTunes on your device.
- Put your device into DFU mode as follows:
- Press and hold Home and Sleep/Wake button together.
- Wait for ten seconds and then release the Sleep/Wake button. But, continue holding the Home button until an iTunes message confirms that it has detected iPhone in recovery mode.
- At this point the iPhone screen should go black. Now, press and hold Alt/Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows) and click Restore iPhone button.
- Choose the firmware file you downloaded earlier in the next screen and then click Open.
- A confirmation prompt window should now appear on screen. After ensuring that you have backed up important data on the device, just click Restore.
- Allow iTunes to complete the downgrade/restore process, which should last approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once the iOS 7 restoration is complete, you will get a confirmation prompt in iTunes with the following message: "Your iPhone has been restored to factory settings, and is restarting. Please leave your iPhone connected. It will appear in the iTunes window after it restarts."
- Just click OK and let the device restart.
Your iOS device is now successfully downgraded from iOS 8 Beta and restored back to iOS 7.1.1.