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Preserve Your Data While Downrgading From iOS 12 to IOS 11.4

Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 12, has recently hit the beta stage of development. The fact that it's still in beta means that it's far from a finalized version and there are still a lot of kinks to work out, but some early users of the OS aren't happy with new features. Thankfully, the process of undoing the update and reverting your iPhone or tablet to iOS 11.4 is rather straightforward and painless.

Restoring from a Previous Backup of 11.4

Assuming you have a backup of your iOS 11.4 system files handy, the process of downgrading from the beta version of 12.0 is a breeze.

- First, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your device, since that's how the beta download is delivered.

- Next, connect your device to a computer and initiate recovery mode. This short process depends on the exact model of your device, but step-by-step instructions are easily found on Apple's official website.

- Click the "Restore" option when it appears and wait for the process to finish. The data on your device will be erased and your current, non-beta OS, iOS 11.4, will be reinstalled in its placed.

- Don't forget to enter your Appple ID and password when prompted. This disables the Activation Lock on your device.

As you can see, the process of reverting to iOS 11.4 from the beta version of 12.0 is quite simple. But what if you don't have access to a prior backup?

Restoring Without a Previous Backup

Users who failed to make a backup of their iOS 11.4 system files before upgrading to the beta version of 12.0 aren't entirely out of luck, but the process is a little more involved. While you want be able to recover your personal files, you'll still restore functionality to your phone or tablet.

Begin by backing up your system files right now. Although this will actually save the configurations from the beta version of iOS 12.0, this ensures you have a working operating system to fall back on if things go awry from here.

Next, make sure you have the latest version of Apple iTunes installed, connect your device to a computer and perform a forced restart of your device. This short process depends on your exact device, so refer to Apple's official support page for detailed instructions.

Choose the "Update" option when prompted. Depending on your Internet connection and the processor in your device, the entire download and installation process could take a while.

Once complete, set up your device as if it were fresh from the factory. You won't have the benefit of a backup for your prior configurations, contacts or personal files, but at least you'll have a fully functional device.

As you can see, Apple makes it possible to restore your iPhone or tablet with or without a prior backup – you just have to know which method to use in your situation. For more information about Apple, including online technical support or details on any of their products and services, head over to their official website at {{|}}.


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