Apple pushed iOS 8 beta 1 to the developers soon after its unveiling at WWDC 2014. Registered iOS developers can download iOS 8 beta 1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from the iOS Dev Center. We have posted detailed steps to install iOS 8 beta on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. If you’ve upgraded to iOS 8 beta 1 and found it buggy or got stuck on iOS 8 activation screen due to non-registered UDID, or due to any other reason want to go back to iOS 7.1.1, you’ve come to the right place. These are the instructions to downgrade iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
How to downgrade iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.1.1
Before proceeding, please be sure to backup your personal data via iTunes or iCloud. Also note that iOS 8 beta backup can not be restored on a devices running iOS 7.1.1.
- Download the latest version of iOS 7 firmware for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You can downgrade back to the latest firmware available to the general users, which is currently, iOS 7.1.1.
- Now Connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes.
- Put your device in DFU mode:
- Press and hold the Home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously;
- After exactly 10 seconds, release the power button but continue holding the home button until iTunes prompts you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. The device screen will remain black when it’s in DFU mode.
- Now hold down the Alt/Option key (Mac) or Shift Key (Windows) and click on the Restore iPhone button.
- Browse and select the downloaded iOS 7.1.1 IPSW file and click open button.
- iTunes will prompt you that the action will erase your iPhone and restore it back to iOS 7.1.1, Click Restore button to continue.
The restore process may take about 10-15 minutes. Once completed, your device will be downgraded from iOS 8 beta to iOS 7.