How to Downgrade iOS 17 Beta to iOS 16 on iPhone

If you have already backed up your iPhone on iOS 16, reverting to an earlier version can be accomplished within a few minutes.

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Every year, Apple unveils a new version of iOS that is scheduled for public release in the autumn of the same year. Prior to the official release, however, Apple introduces beta versions. The Developer Beta is specifically designed for app developers, allowing them to make necessary adjustments or updates to their apps in order to effectively utilize the new features and enhancements. On the other hand, the Public Beta is intended for individuals who are interested in testing the latest version and assisting the company by providing feedback.

As of now, the iOS 17 Developer Beta has already been made available, while the Public Beta is set to be released next month (at the time of writing). It’s important to note that beta versions, being in the beta stage, are not as stable, particularly in the early stages. They are more susceptible to app crashes, and the overall user experience may not be as smooth and seamless as in the stable build. This is especially true for the Developer Beta.

If you are among the early adopters who have installed the iOS 17 beta but now wish to revert back to the stable iOS 16 build, this guide provides all the necessary information you need.

Turn Off iOS 17 Beta Updates

Beginning with iOS 17, the installation process for betas no longer involves the use of beta profiles. Therefore, it is not possible to uninstall the beta profile in order to begin receiving iOS 16 updates. The only option available is to disable beta updates and patiently await the official release of iOS 17.

  1. To begin, access the Settings application by navigating to the Home Screen, App Library, or by utilizing the search function.
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  1. After that, select the ‘General’ option to move forward.
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  1. Once you’ve done that, find and select ‘Software update’ to proceed. Afterward, tap on the tile labeled ‘Beta Updates’.
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  1. Next, tap on ‘Off.’
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After disabling beta updates, you will exclusively receive updates upon the release of the public build of iOS 17, and until then, you will remain on the currently installed version.

Downgrade to iOS 16 Using iTunes

Please note that downgrading to iOS 16 is only possible if you have created a backup of your iPhone prior to installing the iOS 17 beta.

If you don’t want to wait for the next stable build update and want to completely remove the developer beta from your iPhone, you can do so using iTunes. To accomplish this, you’ll need to use the computer where you created an archived backup for your iPhone.

It’s important to note that any backups, whether offline or in the cloud, made after installing the developer beta build of iOS 17 will not be compatible with iOS 16 and won’t be able to restore your data.

To begin, open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone using a cable.

Next, you’ll need to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. To do this, press the volume up button briefly and then release it, followed by pressing and releasing the volume down button in a similar manner. Finally, press and hold the Lock/Wake button until you see the recovery screen. Once you’re in Recovery Mode, you’ll notice a wired tether on the iTunes diagram.

It is important to keep pressing and not release the Lock button, even if it appears that the iPhone is going through a restart.

An iPhone showing the Connect to Your Computer screen

After the iPhone enters recovery mode, a notification will appear on iTunes indicating that there is an issue with the device that requires restoration. Simply click on the ‘Restore’ option to proceed.

A Finder window on a Mac showing options to restore or update your iPhone

After iOS 16 has been downloaded from Apple servers, iTunes will initiate the download process. It is important to keep in mind that if there is no activity for 15 minutes, your iPhone will automatically exit Recovery Mode. If the download of iOS takes longer than 15 minutes, you can re-enter recovery mode on your iPhone using the steps outlined in this guide once the operating system has finished downloading.

Once the download of iOS 16 is complete and you have entered recovery mode on your iPhone, the stable version of the software will be promptly installed on your device. This installation process will erase all data and restore your iPhone to its original factory settings.

Once you have finished that, commence the initial setup process and opt for the ‘Restore from Mac or PC’ option presented on the ‘Apps & Data’ screen.

An iPhone showing the Apps & Data screen with "Restore from Mac or PC" selected.

Subsequently, proceed with the on-screen prompts displayed on your macOS or Windows device to finalize the restoration procedure. Once the restoration of your iPhone is finished, all of your personal data and settings will be preserved intact, and your device will be reverted back to iOS 16.


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