Regret installing iOS 14? Go back to iOS 13

If you overly-excitedly updated your iPhone to iOS 14 and are now faced with regret, here’s how to downgrade from iOS 14 back to iOS 13.

During its WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple announced the iPhone and iPod touch iOS 14. The update brings a variety of new features and changes. Some users like them, but some people are disappointed.

Apple’s iOS 14 availability

The release date of the new operating system won’t come soon enough, as Apple is introducing a host of new, long-overdue changes that are coming to your iPhone this year.

The new iOS 14 feature includes a separate home screen where you can customize widgets to break up that stagnant tiled-grid-of-apps look. There is a picture-in-picture feature so you can watch videos in the screen corner while doing other tasks. Another remarkable change is the digital keys to unlock your car using your iPhone.

Regret Installing iOS 14? Go Back to iOS 13

Apple didn’t unveil the iPhone 12 at WWDC, just the new OS, which is now ready for beta 2. However, this new operating system is the software that you’ll experience when unboxing the iPhone 12 later this year.

Developers didn’t have to wait as they got a version of the new operating system specifically for them. Later in mid-July, the public beta for consumers went out and ready, though it will remain behind developer beta in offering new features and bug fixes. 

If your current iPhone is running iOS 13, you’ll be able to upgrade to a new software update. The devices listed below will be able to download iOS 14 when it lands before 2020 ends.

  • iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (first and second generation)

How to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 14 back to iOS 13?

As reported by CNET, Apple opened iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta testing to the general public. Those who installed the new operating system had the chance to get a preview of the features coming to the iPhone and iPad later this fall.

If you regret installing the beta 2 version of iOS 14, do not panic. Here is how you can uninstall and downgrade your device back to iOS 13.

Step 1: Turn off your iPhone

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC.

Step 3: Enter ‘Recovery Mode’ 

Step 4: When the Restore/Update option shows up on your Mac or PC, choose ‘Restore.’

Step 5: After the software restore has been completed, you can restore a backup from iOS 13 with your Mac or iCloud.


Images used courtesy of Marques Brownlee/YouTube Screenshot and JL IMAGES/Shutterstock


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