How to Uninstall & Remove iOS 13 & iPadOS Beta from Your iPhone or iPad

*This process has worked in the past to remove beta versions of iOS software, but this year the process is ineffective. We've tried this with two different phones and iOS 13 beta remains stubbornly in place.*

If you decided to participate in the iOS 13 public beta program but have found it a bit too buggy, you might want to remove the update from your iPhone or iPod and return to iOS 12. 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 13 public beta. We recommend sticking with the iOS 13 public beta once you've installed it until iOS 13 is available to everyone. That way, you'll automatically recieve updates to the beta that will (hopefully) fix the glitches you've been experiencing. Once the shipping version of iOS 13 is released, you will then be able to leave the beta program without restoring your device. 

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How to Unenroll from the iOS 13 Beta 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.

If you want to get rid of the beta software alltogether, 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 in to 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.    

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap General.

  • Scroll down until you see Profile. Tap on it.
  • Select the iOS 13 or iPadOS Public Beta Profile.
  • Tap Remove Profile. 

  • Enter your passcode and confirm by tapping Remove.
  • Restart your iPhone, wait a minute or two, then power your iPhone back on.

Step Two: Leave Apple's Beta Program

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This lets Apple know you will no longer be beta testing iOS 13. Your account will be removed from the Apple Beta Software Program, at least until the next time you decide to be a beta tester. 

Step Three: Restore Your iPhone or iPod 

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 12. 

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