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iOS 15.1 Beta, and any other Beta for that matter, aren’t fully stable releases. From bug crashes to increased battery usage, you may notice some negative effects on your iPhone or Apple device for being enrolled in the Apple Beta Tester program. The thing is, Apple doesn’t really advertise how to uninstall iOS 15.1 or how to downgrade iOS 15.1.
In addition, it can be a pain. Sometimes uninstalling can clash with iCloud and other settings that make the experience completely the opposite of user friendly. We’ve managed to dig through Apple Support to guide you through the processes.
There’s a simple way to unenroll from the Apple Beta Tester Program. Go to Settings > General > Profiles and tap the ‘iOS Beta Software Profile’. Tap ‘Remove Profile’ then restart your device. The only issue with this is that you then need to wait for a full public release of the next iOS. Let’s get this sorted right now:
Before starting this, make sure iCloud backup and Find My iPhone functionality has been disabled in settings. Also, make sure the iOS Beta Software Profile has been deleted as stated above. Finally, make sure you have the latest version of macOS or iTunes, depending on if you’re using a Mac or PC for the following steps:
Find your Apple device in the below bullet points and follow the instructions:
On your computer, click ‘Restore’ next to your device when it appears. If for whatever reason the restore takes longer than 15 minutes and doesn’t complete, repeat the above steps. If you’re still having issues, follow Apple’s guidance here.
If you wish to downgrade from iOS 15/iOS 15.1 beta to the more stable iOS 14.8, you can, but it takes a bit of effort.
To start things off, find your relevant device below and download the iOS 14.8 IPSW file to your PC or Mac:
Make sure iCloud and Find My iPhone has been disabled alongside removing beta profiles as mentioned previously.
Once connected, you’ll see your iPhone pop up in Finder or in iTunes, depending on whether you’re using a PC or Mac. On PC, hold down left shift and on Mac, hold down the left option key and click ‘Restore iPhone/iPad’. You will then be prompted to select the IPSW file you downloaded earlier. Navigate to it and open it. From there, just let the restore process do its job, which can take a while, and you’re done.