Risks always surround the users when using the software in a beta phase. Since the release of iOS 8 back in June this year, Apple’s latest operating system has passed through a number of beta phases with the latest one being the beta 4 release. What we really conclude from our personal experience with iOS 8 beta 4 is you might be disappointed. Accidental reboots and OS crashes, are expected from every beta release. However, the fourth edition in iOS 8 beta series is much more clumsy and awful then you can imagine.
Nevertheless, Apple is not to be blamed for this. Beta versions are, in reality, not meant for the end users. They lack a lot of enhancements and drivers that actually enable the OS to be used safely in a smooth fashion. However, they definitely give an overall idea as to what the final product will likely be. There is no doubt about the fact that beta 4 looks amazing with some new features and capabilities. Still at this point of time, it will be a big mistake if you compare the usability of iOS 8 beta 4 with the previous iOS 7.
For users like us, it is highly advisable sticking to iOS 7 at this moment, a complete OS free of bugs or errors. You might ask how. Well the answer is simple. Downgrading from iOS 8 beta 4 to iOS 7 is a lot more easier than you might think of. So long as you have the necessary software and components, you can get yourself iOS 7 running up in minutes. First step in doing this is to download the respective restoring software for iOS 7.1.2, such as iOS 5s GSM software (11D257) in case of iOS 5s.
Next thing is to disable the feature “Find My iPhone” present in iCloud settings. Now just plug in the device so that iTunes show up. Hold the shift key (in case of Windows) or option key (in case of Mac), after which click on ‘Check for Update’. A window pops up where you need to detect the iOS 7 restoring software that you already downloaded. Click on the detected software, tap on open, and the rest is done by your phone. It will take approximately 5-10 minutes in installing the downloaded software.
Once everything done, you need to set up your device in the same fashion that you have done multiple times. You can use the previous backup of iOS 7 already stored on the phone. If backup taken through iCloud during the iOS 8 existence, then you will not be able to use it since iOS 8 is required to implement the backup. Hence, you need to set up your phone again, enter the required information in iCloud, and download all the apps again. However, after doing all this, you will not feel that you have taken a wrong decision.
Finally concluding, there are always great amount of risks involved when dealing with the beta software. The process is quite straightforward and simple, but better be cautious, while downgrading or upgrading. You can expect the 5th iOS 8 beta release from Apple on August 4. We expect that this one to fill in all the loopholes observed in fourth release. Nevertheless, until then you can enjoy your iPhone as a useful device by downgrading to iOS 7, and then consider upgrading back once all the issues sorted.