So, you've been running a beta version of iOS and now you want out of the beta program? Here's how to get back on track!
If you're running a developer beta of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, you should automatically be updated to the public release when it's available. If your iPhone or iPad is still set to continue updating beta versions, but you want to stick with the official version, you can remove your beta profile and go back to being a normal Joe.
Of course, you won't be able to update to the official version of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 until they're released later this year, but when you can this is how you'll be able to do it.
I've mentioned this a lot, but can't stress it enough: Back up your iPhone before doing anything. A few extra minutes to secure your important data is worth the wait; you will regret losing your data if something goes wrong and you don't have a backup.
How to update to the official iOS or iPadOS release over the beta using your Mac
If you feel more comfortable reverting to the public launch of iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone or iPad by using Finder on your Mac, it is a little more complex, but still does the trick. Keep in mind that if you're ever using this process on the upcoming macOS Big Sur or one of its beta versions, this process works the same way, it just looks a little different.
Plug your USB to Lightning cable into your computer.
Plug your USB to Lightning cable into your iPhone.
On an iPhone 8 or newer, press and release the Volume Up button and then the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen. If you have an iPhone older than the iPhone 8, follow these intstructions to enter Recovery mode. Once in Recovery mode, a Finder window for your device will pop up on your Mac automatically.
Click Update when the option presents itself.
Your iPhone or iPad will then download the public version of iOS or iPadOS.
Note: Make sure you select Update and not Restore. Updating will preserve your settings, apps, and data. Restoring will wipe your device (but you have a backup, anyway, right?).
Do you have any questions about downloading the public release of iOS from a beta version? Drop them in the comments and we'll answer them for you.
Updated June 2020: Updated for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Catalina.