This is how to go back to iOS 13 from iOS 14. Apple does not officially support an iOS 14 downgrade.
You could downgrade for a few days, but this is now closed. You cannot go from iOS 14 to iOS 13.
Do not proceed with these directions or you will run into issues.
If you are experiencing iOS 14 problems or you want to get a feature from iOS 13 back, this guide will help you downgrade to iOS 13. You can only go back to the iOS 13.7 update, no further. You can only downgrade for a limited amount of time, likely a week or two.
Once you downgrade, you can only restore a backup that you made on iOS 13.7, so keep that in mind in case you need to restore a backup. Most users will have a recent backup, but you may lose some items if you aren’t backing up your photos and messages to iCloud.
While this isn’t officially supported, it is easy to do and you don’t lose any support or mess with your warranty.
How to Downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13
Here’s what you need to do to go back to iOS 13 on your iPhone. While you are downgrading you cannot use your phone, so you will need to open this on your computer or another device.
If you made an archived backup, you can use that after you restore it. If you are doing this right after the iOS 14 release date, you should have an iOS 13 backup still available on iCloud or recently on your computer.
Follow these steps to go back to iOS 13 from iOS 14.
- Download the iOS 13.7 update for your iPhone from this website.
- Make sure there is still a green checkmark in the Apple Signing Status column. If there is not one, do not proceed.
- Turn off Find My iPhone on your iPhone.
– >Go to Settings -> tap on your name at the top of settings -> Tap on iCloud -> Tap on Find My iPhone -> Toggle off. Enter your password.
- With your phone backed up and all the steps above completed, plug your iPhone into your computer.
- Open iTunes and Click on the iPhone icon.
This is how this process works if you are still on macOS Mojave. If you’ve already upgraded to macOS Catalina, you will need to start this process in Finder. Instead of opening iTunes, open Finder and click on your iPhone in the left side.
- Click on the Restore iPhone button using a special click. On Mac hold alt/option when you click and on PC hold Shift when you click.
- In the window that opens, find the iOS 13 file you just downloaded and click on it and then click open.
- Choose to erase and restore your iPhone. Click Restore to begin this process
- While you wait the iPhone will restart multiple times. When it is finished you will be back on iOS 13.7.
This process takes a little while to complete. When it does, you can start fresh or restore a backup made on iOS 13. Most people will want to install a backup.
Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14.2 update right away.
iOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.2 will also include iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14.2 update.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
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