Apple avails beta versions of its latest iOS to developers and members of the public willing to participate in the beta test program. Unfortunately, users may experience performance glitches, unsupported apps, or data loss during beta software updates.
If you installed the beta iOS version and regret the decision, you can uninstall it from your device. Upon uninstallation, you may downgrade to the previous stable version or upgrade to the latest version if Apple has made it available to the public.
How do you uninstall the beta iOS from an iPhone?
You can uninstall the beta iOS software from your iPhone in two ways; removing the software using the Settings App or restoring the device to factory settings, then restoring backed-up data through your computer.
We prepared this article to show you how to uninstall beta iOS from your device and other essential things to know about the software and your device.
Method #1: Delete the Beta Profile
If you’re not happy with the beta iOS software, you can uninstall it from your iPhone by deleting the beta profile. Here are the steps to follow to delete your beta profile:
- Open the “Settings” App.
- Click on “General”.
- Scroll down the menu to locate “VPN & Device Management”. Click on it.
- Select the “iOS Beta Software Profile”.
- Tap on “Remove Profile”.
- Confirm the command by clicking on “Remove”.
- Restart your iPhone.
When you uninstall the beta iOS software, you need to upgrade to the newest version or downgrade to the previous stable version. You can achieve the latter by restoring your device to default settings, which erases everything from your iPhone.The sure way to retain your data is upgrading to the newest version, but that is practical only if Apple has released the software to the public.
Updating iOS After Uninstalling Beta iOS
When Apple completes testing the beta iOS, and everything about the software falls into place, it releases the software to the public. You will see a notification on your device reading, “New iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS X beta.” Follow these steps to upgrade your beta iOS version to the stable software update:
- Open “Settings”.
- Go to “General”.
- Click on “Software Update”.
- Tap on “Download and Install”.
Method #2: Restore Your iPhone
Have you enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program and regretted the decision shortly after? You can reverse the decision and downgrade to your previous stable version. For example, if you enrolled in the beta version of iOS 15, you can restore your phone to iOS 14. This method restores your iPhone to factory settings.
Here’s how to restore your device:
- Ensure Your Mac is up to date.
- Connect the iPhone to the computer via Bluetooth or USB cable.
- Open Finder on Mac (for macOS Catalina) – Open iTunes to find your device for older macOS versions.
- Put Your iPhone on Recovery Mode.
Follow these steps depending on your iPhone version:
- iPhone 8 and later models – Press and release the volume up button and do the same with the volume down one. Press and hold the side button until the phone goes to Recovery Mode.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – Hold down the volume buttons and sleep/wake button simultaneously until the device goes to Recovery mode.
- iPhone 6 and earlier models – Hold down the home and sleep/wake buttons simultaneously until the device goes into recovery mode.
- On the Recovery Mode screen, Tap on “Restore”.
- After the restoration is complete, enter your credentials (Apple ID and password).
- Restore your data on your phone from the stored backup data on iTunes or iCloud.
You can’t restore data you backed up on iTunes or iCloud while using the beta iOS.For instance, suppose you had iOS 14 before installing the beta version of iOS 15. If you install and enroll in the iOS 15 beta without backing-up data, you risk losing the data upon device restoration.
For this reason, always back up your data before installing a beta iOS on your iPhone.
Apple’s beta iOS software gives you a chance to test the beta version of an upcoming software before the company releases the stable version to the public. It is prone to performance glitches that may annoy you. If you want to uninstall the beta version from your iPhone, delete the beta profile or restore the device to factory settings.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can remove the iOS 15 beta from your iPhone without a computer by deleting your beta profile. Follow these steps to do it:
1) Open Settings.
2) Go to General.
3) Navigate to VPN & Device Management.
4) Click on iOS Beta Software Profile.
5) Select Remove Profile.
5) Press Remove to confirm.
When you no longer want to be part of Apple’s Beta Software Program, follow these steps to unregister:
1) Sign in to the beta software program here or open this link: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/login_to_unenroll
2) Click on the Leave Apple Beta Software Program.
3) The link leads you to another page with a pop-up notification asking,’ Are you sure you want to leave the Apple Beta Software Program?’
4) Click “Leave Program”.