Here’s a complete guide on how to downgrade iOS 10.2 on iPhone and iPad using simple steps. If you have already upgraded your iOS device to iOS 10.2 or later beta versions but for some reasons it messed up your device’s performance, or you want your device to get ready for the iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak, then keep on reading as we are going to walk you through the process of downgrading your device’s firmware from iOS 10.2 or iOS 10.1.x.
Luckily its easy to roll back to the previous working iOS version on your iPhone and iPad. Before anything else, please note that Apple has stopped signing iOS 10.0.2 and iOS 10.0.3 firmware versions, which makes it impossible to downgrade from iOS 10.1.1, iOS 10.1, iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.0.x versions. Currently, only officially available and signed iOS versions include the iOS 10.1.1 and iOS 10.1. Jailbreak fans need to make a note of this, because if you are using the iOS firmware version other than the iOS 10.1.1, you would like to immediately install iOS 10.1.1 on your device to get the soon to released iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak.
If you upgraded to iOS 10.2 or later to enjoy latest iOS features but want to roll back to the previous version for jailbreak or any other reason then see the steps in the guide below. But before that there are something you need to consider before starting the downgrade process.
Since iOS 10.1.1 is the latest officially available iOS version that’s being digitally signed by Apple making it the most latest available firmware which you can downgrade to on iPhone and iPad while keep getting bugs and security updates. Apple has stopped signing any iOS version older than iOS 10.1.1 which means you cannot downgrade to iOS versions earlier than iOS 10.1.1.
The latest version of iOS that currently has a working jailbreak is iOS 9.3.3 but if you are using iOS newer than iOS 9.3.3, its not possible now to go back to iOS 9.3.3 to enjoy jailbreak features since its not longer gets the Apple signing iOS 9.3.3. This makes iOS 10.1.1 the only latest available version with soon to released public jailbreak version.
If your device is facing battery issues, performance lags, or bugs then downgrading from iOS 10.2 makes sense. Earliest iOS version that you can go to from iOS 10.2 or above it iOS 10.1.1 or iOS 10.1. But keep in mind that jailbreak tweak is available only on iOS 10.1.1 for now.
Apple closely controls all aspects of its mobile OS by killing official support for older version so that no one can use them to tweak and jailbreak. Apple decides for users how far back they can go as far as the firmware on their device is concerned. You can only downgrade to the version which still gets official Apple signing certificate. Moreover, Apple kills support for previous iOS versions without any prior warning.
How To Downgrade From iOS 10.2 or Later On iPhone / iPad:
If iOS 10.2 isn’t working or causing battery and performance issues on your device, and you think downgrading is the only available option, then see the steps below to learn how to downgrade iOS on iPhone and iPad.
Before you start, make sure to backup device data as the process below will erase existing data on your device. Also note that any full backup made on iOS 10.1.1, iOS 10.2, iOS 10.1 on iTunes or iCloud cannot be restored on older versions like iOS 10.0.2. or iOS 10.0.3. Now lets start the the process of downgrading iOS.
1 – Make sure you are using the latest iTunes version on your Windows PC or MAC. You can download the latest version from apple.com/itunes/download.
2 – Now, you need to download iOS 10.1.1 IPSW firmware file for your iPhone, iPad model. Click here to get help for installing iOS 10.1.1 iPSW manually. If you wish to downgrade to iOS 10.1, then download iOS 10.1 IPSW links and follow the same steps below, but remember, jailbreak tweak is only available for iOS 10.1.1 if that’s your thing.
3 – On your iOS device, navigate to Settings app > iCloud > Find My iPhone and turn off Find My iPhone.
4 – Now connect your iPhone or iPad to PC via lightening cable and run iTunes program.
5 – Next, you need to enter your iOS device in DFU mode. For iPhone 7/7Plus users, here’s a guide on how to enter DFU mode. Those using iOS devices other than the iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold Power and Home/Touch ID buttons for about 10 seconds, after that release the Power key only while keeping the Home/Touch ID key pressed until the device enter the DFU mode.
6 – Once done, you should see iTunes message that the device is in recovery mode.
7 – In the Connected devices section of iTunes, hold down the Shift key (on Windows ) or Option key (on MAC), and click the Restore iPhone… button.
8 – Now, you will be prompted to select the IPSW file for the iOS version that you wish to load on your device. In this case iOS 10.1.1 whose IPSW files are available for download in the link provided in step-2 above.
9 – Select the iOS 10.1.1 firmware file for your device model after which the installation process will start.
10 – Once the downgrade process is complete and your device is rebooted with Apple logo on the screen it means you can start using previous newly installed downgraded version of iOS on your device.
11 – That’s all.
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