If your iPhone is running on, especially an earlier version of iOS 14, you could be experiencing poor battery life, broken Wi-Fi, hefty storage consumption, or any other bugs and glitches. To fix this problem, you’d want to downgrade iOS 14 to 13 without losing important files and data.
Therefore, this blog goes over three ways you can downgrade iOS 14 to 13 without losing data.
Before Downgrade iOS 14 To 13, Keep These in Mind
Fully backup your iOS 14 device to iCloud before proceeding with downgrading as this will prevent loss of data.
Apart from backing up to iCloud, use a tool like AirDrop or iCloud drive to copy important files and documents to your Mac computer, if you have one.
If you have an Apple watch that is running on the watchOS 7 Beta, downgrade it to watchOS 6 before proceeding with this guide. WatchOS 7 is not compatible with iOS 13; hence, you won’t be able to use your wearable once you revert to iOS 13.
Ensure your Mac computer is up to date and install the latest version of the iTunes app on your Mac as well.
Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 without Losing Data Using WooTechy iMaster
When it comes to downgrade iOS on iPhone, WooTechy iMaster comes out on top, for it is easy to use and available to back up your iOS devices before downgrade and upgrade. Most importantly, using WooTechy iMaster to back up your iPhone, which is free, is much easier than using iTunes.
Watch this video to downgrade iOS 14 to 13 easily without losing data:
Here are the steps to downgrade iOS:
Step 1: Download and launch WooTechy iMaster.
Step 2: Connect your iOS device to the computer and select "Downgrade iOS".
Step 3: Click on "Next" to download firmware to computer.
Step 4: After the process is done, click "Start" to downgrade iOS device.
Step 5: Kindly wait for it to complete, then we will see a prompt saying "Your device has been downgraded successfully". Click "Done" to finish it.
Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 without Losing Data Using iTunes
Before going back to iOS 13 from 14, you should and must back up your device to iCloud and your computer to avoid losing important files and data.
In this guide, you’ll see how to back up all data to your PC while downgrading, but you must do the iCloud backup before you downgrade. Having said that, follow the steps below to move back to iOS 13 from 14.
Step 1. Head over to the IPSW website to download a signed and more recent version of iOS 13. A signed iOS version will be in green color while an unsigned version is in red. The image below explains that. After choosing a signed IPSW file, download it to your PC.
Step 2. Use a USB data transfer cable to connect your iPhone to your computer. You may be asked if you "Trust The Computer", tap "Trust" to continue.
Step 3. On the iTunes interface, click the "phone icon" at the top screen to view your device information screen.
Step 4. In the top right-hand side of the screen, click "Restore iPhone" followed by "Don’t Encrypt". This will start backing up your iPhone device to your Mac computer.
Step 5. While waiting for the update to complete, go to Settings on your iPhone, tap on your name, select Find My, and then turn off the green switch next to Find My iPhone.
Step 6. After the backup is completed, go back to the iTunes interface and click "Restore" while holding the Option key on Mac or the Shift key on Windows. Select the iOS 13 IPSW file you downloaded earlier and click "Restore".
Step 7. At this point, relax and let your phone go through the restore process. The process might take some minutes because iTunes will perform checks and verifications with Apple's servers.
Step 8. After your iPhone is back to iOS 13, it’s time to restore your backup. Start by locating the directory or folder where the backup is stored. On Windows, you will find it here: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup. For Mac users, navigate “Apple” or “Apple Computer” > MobileSync > Backup.
On Windows, you will find it here: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup.
For Mac users, navigate “Apple” or “Apple Computer” > MobileSync > Backup.
Step 9. Open the backup folder and locate the info.plist file. Right-click and open the file with a text editor.
Step 10. Press the Command + F key (Mac) or Shift + F key (Windows) and search for Product Version. Change the version number to 13.0 from 14.0.
Step 11. Save your changes and exit the file.
Step 12. Go back to the iTunes mobile interface to restore the modified backup. To do this, click "Restore Backup". Afterward, select the modified backup file and click "Restore". Don’t forget to select Use Old Backup if you are asked.
Step 13. Wait until the restore process is done.
Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 without Losing Data Using Recovery Mode
Not all your data will remain on your device after upgrading or reverting to another version of iOS, not even when you use this – recovery mode – method. So, ensure to fully back up your device to iCloud and your computer. That said, here’s how to downgrade iOS using recovery mode.
Step 1. Download your iOS 13 firmware restore file from the IPSW website.
Step 2. Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer.
Step 3. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a data cable.
Step 4. Go to the finder app and locate your phone.
Step 5. After your iPhone enters recovery mode, iTunes will ask you to "Restore" or "Update" your iOS. Select the "Restore" option.
Step 6. Afterward, your device will go through the restore process and boot to a setup screen where you can set up your iPhone as if it’s new.
Step 7. Choose to restore from iCloud during the setup.
Congratulations, your iPhone has successfully downgraded to iOS 13.
Tips: Downgrade iOS 14 to 13 by Waiting for a New iOS 13 Version
This step applies to users with iPhone devices running on iOS 14 Beta and who want to go back to iOS 13. To do this, you’ll have to remove the Beta profile from the iOS 14 firmware. Here’s a guide below showing how to do it.
Step 1. From your iPhone or iPad, Navigate Settings > General and tap "Profile".
Step 2. Tap on iOS 14 Beta Software Profile and tap "Remove Profile".
Step 3. Restart your iPhone or iPad and wait for a new iOS 13 updates to arrive.
Instead of having to struggle with the bugs and glitches that earlier versions of iOS 14 bring about, you can downgrade iOS 14 to 13 even without losing data. To avoid losing important data and files, don’t forget to back up your files and data. In such case, I believe WooTechy iMaster is your best choice.