[3 Ways] How to Downgrade iOS 13 with/without iTunes 2020

Many of us who use iOS devices must be inseparable from upgrading or downgrading iOS system. The newest iOS 13 brings many unexpected new features. Some users are eager to installing the new iOS 13 or iPadOS on their iPhone and iPad. Nevertheless, we got a great bad feedback about the new iOS version that different kind of problem arose followed by upgrading the iOS or iPadOS version. It really makes most users feel uncomfortable. Is there any chance to downgrade iOS 13 and reinstall the old iOS 12 or iOS 12.3 on the device? You've come to the right place if you have this problem. This article is mainly telling you how to remove iOS 13 profile and downgrade to iOS 12/12.3.

1. What You Should Know Before Downgrade

There are some important issues you should be aware of before downgrading from iOS 13 on your iOS devices.
There are 3 methods for Downgrading: One method will wipe all the content on your iPhone/iPad while another one will retain the data and settings.

There are 3 methods for Downgrading: One method will wipe all the content on your iPhone/iPad while another one will retain the data and settings.

Time Limit: The downgrade ‘channel’ won’t last long after the release of iOS 13. If the ‘channel’ is closed, users will not be allowed to downgrade anymore. Hence, it’s better to downgrade as soon as possible if you regret for the upgrade.

iCloud Backup Issues: If you early created an iCloud backup before upgrading to iOS 13, the the iCloud backup will not be available to be restored to your iPhone after the device is downgraded to older iOS version.

2. How to Downgrade from iOS 13 without iTunes

If you don’t consider using iTunes to perform the downgrade, then we are glad to highly recommended an excellent program –FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. It stands out and gets plenty of compliments for its simplicity, high reliability and good performance. You can easily downgrade from iOS 13 without any hassle. And one more shining point of this tool is that you can easily finish the downgrade without worrying that your data will be lost or affected. Any iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) are supported by the program.


Note: If you run into problems of iPhone won’t turn on, stuck on black screen, white screen, etc. after the downgrade is complete, you can still use the PR iOS System Recovery to fix any iOS or iPadOS issues.

Step 1. Begin by downloading the downgrade tool on your computer (Windows or Mac system). Make sure that you have downloaded the right version. Then open the program by double-clicking the software icon. After opening it, choose the downgrade mode of ‘Repair’.

choose recovery mode

Step 2. Using a genuine lightening cable to connect your iPhone or iPad with the program. After the device is successfully connected, hit on ‘Start’ from the interface.

Step 3. To better detect your iOS device, the program will force you to put the device into DFU mode.

device information

Step 4. The program will detect the iOS device and display the basic information of the firmware version after it has entered the DFU mode. You should check the information carefully to ensure that the most appropriate firmware package is detected. Or else you can click on the drop-down menu to choose other older firmware package you wish the device to downgrade to. After the checking and selection, click on ‘Fix Now’.

fix now

Step 5. The firmware package of older iOS/iPadOS version will be verified and installed on your iPhone or iPad.

fix ios system

3. Downgrade from iOS 13 to iOS 12.3/iOS 12 with iTunes

You should ensure that you have had the full backup file in hand for your iPhone or iPad data before downgrading with iTunes to prevent something from going wrong. You are able to back up the device using iTunes or iCloud. Keep in mind, you need to archive the old iOS backup of iOS 12 or iOS 12.3 if you choose to back up with iTunes, or the old iOS or iPadOS backup will be overwritten by the new iTunes backup.

Step 1. Download the iPSW firmware file of iOS 12.3 online and ensure that the firmware file is matched with your iPhone or iPad and is accessible.

Step 2. On your Windows or Mac computer, run the latest version of iTunes.

Step 3. Connect your iOS device that has installedO iOS 13 to your computer with the USB cable.

Step 4. In the menu bar of iTunes, open the iPhone settings interface by tapping on the iPhone/iPad icon. Click Summary option and perform the following settings.

Windows: Press the SHIFT button and tap on ‘Update’.

Mac: Press the OPTION button and tap on ‘Update’.

Step 5. Select the iOS 12.3 IPSW firmware file that you downloaded before from the browser.

Step 6. When the download process gets started, the device screen will become black to reboot for several times. Just leave the iPhone or iPad alone and keep it connected with the computer until the downloading process is completed.

4. Downgrade iOS 13 By Putting iPhone into Recovery Mode

The last chance you can use to downgrade iOS 13 is using the DFU restore or Recovery restore. Your device will be restored from an available backup after it is putting into the DFU or Recovery mode. That is, you are in risk of losing all the data on your iPhone if there is no backup available.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your PC or laptop.

Step 2. And then connect the iPhone that runs the version of iOS 13.

Step 3. Put your iPhone or iPad into Recovery mode. The procedures vary from different models of iOS devices.

Step 4. After the iOS device is recognized to be in Recovery mode by iTunes, click on the tab of ‘Restore’. (Everything will be wiped out and the older iOS version will be installed on the device.)

itunes recovery mode iphone

Step 5. The iPhone or iPad will restart when the restoring process is done.


If your iPhone or iPad still fails to downgrade iOS 13 beta, you may also try to use DFU mode to perform the downgrade.

Have you ever tried to downgrade your iOS version? We will be glad if you could share your thoughts with us below.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on May 05, 2018, 14:19:16

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.