How to downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2 on your iPhone or iPad

How to downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2 on your iPhone or iPad
Getting on the iOS 10 Developer Beta 1 bandwagon is not so hard to do, but the software is still not ready for prime time, and not suitable for your daily driver. The developer preview is doing its job, giving us a sneak peek at most of the features that will appear with iOS 10 later this year, but it might have bugs, and is not as polished and optimized as your battery would like.

After putting the beta on your iPhone or iPad, and playing around with it a bit, discovering the tons of new stuff that will come with iOS 10, you might want to revert back to the latest iOS 9.x build that was on your handset or tablet before you ventured into the unknown. Fret not, as it's a relatively simple process, here's what you need to do:

1. First of all, you need to disable Find My iPhone from the Settings of your iOS device. To do so, head to Settings, then swipe down to iCloud. Once inside, go to Find My iPhone, tap on it, and flip to toggle so as to disable the feature. You will be required to input your Apple ID password;



2. Connect your iDevice to your PC/Mac, and open iTunes, or install the latest version from Apple's website;

3. Now, we need to get into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode. To do so, hold your iPhone's or iPad's power and home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. Then, release the power button, but continue pressing the home button.

4. A notification message like the one right below should pop up in iTunes. It informs you that you've successfully put your iDevice in DFU mode, and that you need to restore it before you can use it. Tap "OK";



5. Now, simply choose the "Restore iPhone" option (or iPad, for that matter). iTunes will then ask you to confirm your choice to restore the device to an earlier firmware. After that, it's just a matter of tapping "Next" and "Agree", followed by a brief wait for iTunes to do its magic.


6. The whole process should take about 20 minutes, but if you encounter issues, you will need to point to the respective iOS 9.3.2 ipsw file manually. Just hold Option and click "Restore" on MacOS, or Shift and Restore on Windows. From the prompt, point to the path of the respective ipsw file that you have downloaded beforehand from the links below, click on Open, and then Restore to start the downgrade process manually. We are including iOS 9.3.2 ipsw files for the more popular Apple gear below, but if you have something else, a short Google kung-fu should suffice to grab the respective firmware version.

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1 Comment

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It was a nightmare for me, I had to actually go into Apple, and do a restore. Thank God for brick and mortar stores.

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