How to Uninstall & Remove iOS 15 Beta from Your iPhone

If you regret your iOS 15 beta download, here is how to uninstall and remove the Apple Beta from your iPhone.

If you decided to participate in the iOS 15 Apple beta software program but have found it a bit too buggy, you might want to remove iOS 15 beta from your iPhone and return to iOS 14. There's one major downside, though; you will have to restore your device from the iTunes or iCloud backup you made before installing the iOS 15 public beta. If you're set on finding out how to downgrade from iOS 15's beta software, though, read on. 

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How to Unenroll from the iOS 15 Apple Beta Software Program

Deleting the iOS beta profile will remove you from the beta program, but it will also stop automatic updates that fix glitches in the beta software. Also, if the public version of the beta software you downloaded is not available, your device will still be running the beta software after following this tip.

We recommend sticking with the iOS 15 public beta once you've installed it until iOS 15 is available to everyone. That way, you'll automatically receive updates to the beta that will (hopefully) fix the glitches you've been experiencing. Once the shipping version of iOS 15 is released, you will then be able to leave the beta program without restoring your device.

If you want to get rid of the beta software altogether, you'll need to follow all of these steps in order, or you will not be able to remove the beta software from your device. If you didn't do things in this order, you'll need to sign back into Apple's beta program website, enroll your device, and reinstall the iOS beta profile, then follow the steps below in this order to remove the beta software from your device before restoring from your backup. Trust us. We've tested this.    ​

Delete the Beta Profile

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

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  2. Tap General.

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  3. Scroll all the way down and tap VPN & Device Management.

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  4. Tap the Configuration Profile for iOS 15 Beta.

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  5. Tap Remove Profile, then restart your device. 

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This lets Apple know you will no longer be beta testing iOS 15. Your device will be removed from the Apple Beta Software Program, at least until the next time you decide to be a beta tester. Now, when the next non-beta version of iOS 15 becomes available, you can install it, and the beta will be removed from your device. If you don't want to wait for the public version of iOS 15 to be released, you can restore your device. This is where the backup you made before downloading and installing the beta software comes in.

Step Two: Restore Your iPhone 

If you want to revert back to your previous public iOS, you will need to restore your device from an iTunes or iCloud backup you made before downloading the beta software. Once you've completed this process and restarted your device, you should be out of beta and back to iOS 14. 

How to Restore Your iPhone & Revert to iOS 14

If you want your phone or tablet back to how it was before you downloaded and installed iOS 15 beta, you'll need to restore your device from the backup you made prior to your beta fling. To do this:

  1. Make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes or MacOS.
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
  3. Put your device in Recovery Mode
    For an iPad with Face ID: quickly press and release the Volume Up, then Volume Down button, then press and hold the Top button until your tablet enters Recovery Mode. 
    For an iPhone 8 and later: quickly press and release the Volume Up, then Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until your phone enters Recovery Mode. 
    For an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or seventh-generation iPod Touch: press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the Recovery Mode screen appears. 
    For iPhones 6s and earlier, sixth-generation iPod Touch and earlier, and iPads with Home buttons: simultaneously press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button; continue holding until the Recovery Mode screen appears. 
  4. Click Restore, then Restore and Update, when the options appear on your computer screen.


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  5. Wait for the restore process to finish, and enter your Apple ID and password when required. 
  6. Set up your phone or tablet with the archived backup you made before you downloaded and installed the beta software. 

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