The beta versions of iOS allow us to get a glimpse of the future features that Apple plans to release. Now that the official arrival of iOS 17 is approaching, how can we remove the iOS 17 beta from the iPhone to install the final version?
How to restore our iPhone to an official version
There are several ways to remove a beta version and revert to a final version. The easiest way is to completely restore our iPhone using recovery mode and then let the latest stable version be installed. The steps to follow are as simple as these:
- Connect the iPhone to our Mac or a PC with iTunes installed.
- Enter recovery mode by quickly pressing and releasing the volume up button, then quickly pressing and releasing the volume down button, and then holding down the right side button until the recovery screen appears.
- On the computer, choose “Restore,” and if prompted again, select “Restore and Update.”
After completing the process, you will find the iPhone restored to factory settings with the latest official version of iOS 16 or iOS 17 installed, depending on whether iOS 17 has been officially released. From here, you can simply restore a backup.
The easiest way to do this is through iCloud, where you will find all your data, and you can choose which backup to restore. Alternatively, especially if you have an archived backup, you can use restoration from a Mac or PC.
After the restoration, you will have all your information and settings on your iPhone, but on a clean installation of the official version of iOS 17 or, in any case, iOS 16. In the latter case, you can simply update to iOS 17 as you would normally when it becomes available.
How to stop receiving beta updates
Once we have restored our iPhone to a stable version, we can stop receiving beta updates. One option is to exit the company’s beta software program, which can be done on the program’s website. However, there is a simpler method.
All we have to do is open the Settings app on our iPhone or iPad, go to General, and then Software Update. Within Beta Updates, simply select No.
With these steps, your iPhone will return to a stable and official version of iOS, with no trace of the beta. From here, you can continue updating with the peace of mind that comes with software that is no longer in the testing phase.