How To Roll Back to iOS 9 from iOS 9.1 Beta

How To Roll Back to iOS 9 from iOS 9.1 Beta

Apple is going to release iOS 9 today to the unwashed masses. It’s the big official update, but if you’re reading this, you might be on the public beta of iOS 9 and have already received an update for iOS 9.1 beta.

I wasn’t going to write this because it seemed tedious. iOS 9.1 beta isn’t buggy. There are no problems with it; however, I’m seeing posts all over the Internet asking how people can get the iOS 9 update if they’re already on iOS 9.1 beta.

First of all, why wouldn’t you want a middle finger emoji?

Second of all, let’s make something very, very clear. If you decide to do this, you are not updating to the official iOS 9 release. You are rolling back to the official iOS 9 release. Everything that’s in iOS 9 is in iOS 9.1, in case version numbering is foreign to you.

So here we go.

  1. Shut off your phone
  2. While holding the home button, plug your iPhone into a PC running iTunes. This will put your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into recovery mode. Your PC will download the latest version of iOS and install it.
  3. Note that if you don’t turn off Find my iPhone first, you will have to sign in with the same Apple account.
  4. Also note that iOS 9.1 backups will not work on iOS 9. You can use earlier versions of backups for iOS 9, but never newer versions.
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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.