iOS 10 Downgrade

Just after WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple rolled out the first beta of iOS 10 to registered developers. While the latest operating system comes packed with many new features and improvements, there might still be bugs and performance issues that will be ironed out in the upcoming beta updates.

If iOS 10 beta is causing issues on your device and you don’t wish to have it as a daily driver then follow the guide below where we’ll show you how to downgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2, which as of this writing is the latest iOS firmware released to the public.

Before you begin, take note of the following points:

  • Downgrading from iOS 10 beta back to iOS 9.3.2 will wipe all of your data. You can only use the backup that is associated with iOS 9.3.2 to restore the data and content. This means that an iOS 10 beta backup will not work on iOS 9.3.2. In case you don’t have a recent backup from iOS 9.3.2 then it’s best that you stay on iOS 10 beta
  • Make sure that you manually save the important files and media contents from iOS 10 beta on your PC as they will be wiped and can’t be restored.

How to Downgrade iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.2

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of iTunes from here.

Step 2: Head to website and download the IPSW file of the latest iOS 9 version. As of this writing, the latest iOS 9 firmware is iOS 9.3.2. Make sure that you choose the correct model of your iOS device to get the right IPSW file.

Step 3: Launch the Settings app on your device and go to iCloud -> Find My iPhone and turn it off. You’ll be asked to enter your iCloud Apple ID & password.


Step 4: Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the PC using a USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step 5: Navigate to the Summary tab by clicking on the iPhone icon in the top left corner of iTunes as shown below.

Summary Tab iTunes

Step 6: On the Summary page, you’ll find a button labelled ‘Restore iPhone’ (or Restore iPad/Restore iPod). Hold down the Shift Key (Windows users) or Option Key (Mac users) and then click on the Restore iPhone button.

Restore iPhone Option iTunes

Step 7: A new window opens where you’ll have to browse and choose the IPSW file downloaded in Step 2. Make sure you choose the correct file.

Step 8: Accept the terms and conditions that are presented. The downgrade process will now start. It will take several minutes for the process to complete so stay patient.

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch should now be downgraded successfully from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2, or any other latest iOS 9 version that you downloaded. You might as well go ahead and delete the beta profile only if you don’t want to receive any beta versions in the future. The next step is to restore your recent iOS 9 backup either via iTunes or iCloud.

Did you face any issues while following the instructions above? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll help you out.


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