You might decide to downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 if you installed them using Apple’s developer program because of stability or usability issues. To find out how it’s done, continue reading.
Especially the early releases, Apple’s beta versions of its significant software updates can be extremely full of bugs. Apps that aren’t functioning properly, low battery life, device crashes, and features that aren’t functioning as intended may all be present. Thankfully, you can return your iPhone or iPad to an earlier iOS version.
It’s something to keep in mind if you’re still debating whether to install the iOS 16 beta on your iPhone your primary one, that is. However, go ahead if it’s an extra iPhone. There is no need to second-guess.
Now, if you did end up installing the iOS 16 beta version on your primary iPhone out of a fear of missing out and later regretted it, it is possible to uninstall the beta version and return to the stable build or downgrade. But it’s not a simple task. There are more steps to take when downgrading your iOS than when upgrading your software.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to downgrade your iOS16 to iOS 15
- I’m using an iPhone 12 mini right now for this explanation with iOS16 already installed.
- The first thing you should take care of while downgrading from iOS 16 to iOS 15 is taking the data backup of your phone because the data will be erased in the downgrading procedure and the backed up data will help you to restore your phone. You can take a backup of your iPhone directly to iCloud from your phone.
- However, it is advised that you create a backup on either a PC or a Mac before beginning the downgrade procedure. To do this, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac, then launch Finder on your Mac or iTunes on your PC.
- The “Backup All The Data on Your iPhone To Mac” option may be found on your screen under the backup option. If you are using a PC, PC will appear in place of a Mac.
- After choosing this option click on “Backup Now” and your iPhone’s backup will start on your Mac or Pc.
- After the completion of your backup go back to your iPhone and open Settings and go to the General Tab where you will find the option of transferring or resetting your iPhone, tap on the option and it will erase all your content and settings.
- Select the reset options there and you can now see some listed options on the screen from where select “Choose All Settings”. Doing this method is quite important as sometimes iOS 16 settings interfere with your iOS 15 settings and by opting for this method you can escape the issues that would appear while downgrading.
- Now go to your PC and access the ipsw.me website on any browser. Once a list of options appears, select iPhone, and then pick your current iPhone model from the list there.
- Now that you can view all the iOS versions, click on the version of iOS 15 that you wish to downgrade to (the most recent is iOS 15.5). The option will appear in green color here and can only be downloaded as you can’t downgrade the red-flagged software here.
- After selecting iOS 15, you will be taken to a download page; select the download option to begin downloading. If your download hasn’t begun because of an undesirable error, copy the above URL and paste it into another browser tab to initiate it.
- Till your software is downloading let’s move on to turn off “Find My Services” on your iPhone as it is necessary for the downgrading procedure.
- To stop using this service Go to settings and select the Apple ID option. Click on it to reveal the Find My option, which has a toggle underneath it. Slide it to the off position to disable it, then input your Apple ID password and add the necessary credentials to disable Find My Services.
- Click the restore button in Finder on a Mac or iTunes on a PC once the phone’s software has been downloaded. One thing to keep in mind is that on a PC, you must press Shift and choose Restore, whereas, on a Mac, you must select Option and Restore.
- Now a file selection window will be opened in which you have to select the file that you just downloaded and press open followed by the Restore option and your downgrade process will be initiated.
- Your software will be downgraded in a moment, and you must now set up your iPhone.
- During the setup, the procedure selects the “Don’t Transfer Apps & Data” option in which you need to log in with your Apple ID& Password.
- After entering your Apple Id credentials complete the setup procedure.
- You’ll notice that your iOS 16 has been reduced to iOS 15, but your phone data won’t be there.
- So, to bring back the data backup again go on iTunes on PC or Finder on Mac where you will see the option to Set up Your new iPhones, click on that and choose “Set up as new Device” and press Continue.
- Now ahead of this the procedure is slightly different for Mac and Pc.
- To start the process on a Mac, select the previous backup under “Manage Backup Options,” then right-click on it and choose “Show in Finder,” which will take you to a backup folder where you need to open it.
- Then you will find some info.plist file option at the bottom, right-click on that, and select Open with Text Editor.
- Now find the 16.0 product version there and change it to 15.0 and press done followed by closing the file.
- If you are doing this procedure on a PC then follow the path C-Windows -Users-PC-Apple-MobileSync-Backup-Backup Folder and on reaching the backup folder you have to click on info.plist file and open it in Notepad and then again change the product version from 16.0 to 15.0 and save it.
- Now again go to Finder or iTunes and Click the Restore Backup option and select backup and click on Restore.
- A pop-up will appear where you need to click on the Erase & Restore option which will initiate the restoration process.
- After a moment your phone’s data will be restored from iOS 16 to iOS15 with an assuring message of “Restore Completed”.
To sum up, this was the completed procedure of how to downgrade your IOS versions If you are facing any query in any step comment below and we will help you with the solution.