Here’s a guide on how to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9 on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. See a step-by-step tutorial in this article to learn how to get iOS firmware from iOS 10.x to iOS 9.3.x on your device. Apple released the full and final version of its latest iOS 10 mobile firmware back in September. Since then, we have already see a number of iOS updates with performance improvements and bug fixes. However, if after installing latest iOS 10 on your device, you discovered that it’s been causing issues on your device, which could be highly likely on iOS devices with older hardware, and want to get back to the previous stable version of iOS 9 in order to get everything back to normal, then keep on reading as we are going to show you in simple steps how to downgrade iOS on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device.
Often times, updating your iOS device to latest firmware version results in issues such as faster battery drain, apps crashes and similar other problems. This could happen because the new version hasn’t been publicly test and may contain some bugs, or your device has an older hardware that is not entirely equipped to support all features of the newer iOS version. In such cases, you can downgrade your device back to the older firmware release.
One thing you should note before moving onto the downgrading part, Apple has stopped digitally signing iOS versions older than iOS 9.3.5 firmware. Given the company is still signing the iOS 9.3.5, it means you can downgrade your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 mobile firmware. If you have upgraded to iOS 10, but it’s causing issues on your device, then read the steps below to downgrade to iOS 9.3.5, you cannot downgrade to any iOS version older that the iOS 9.3.5 since Apple not longer provides digital signature for them. However, iOS 9.3.5 is expected to available for quite some time in the future.
Steps to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9
In the guide below, see the steps to downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 official firmware release. We suggest, next time, when a major iOS update is released, wait for a few days before jumping on to update your device. Often, some bugs and errors can only be identified after the widespread public release.
Step 1 – Download latest version of iTunes on your Windows PC or MAC and install it. If you already have for the iTunes software, skip this step, but make sure it is updated to the latest version.
Step 2 – Download iOS 9.3.5 IPSW file for your device from the links given at the end of this post. These IPSW links are for official Apple release of the iOS 9.3.5 firmware.
Step 3 – Turn OFF the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature on your device. Head to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone, and turn the toggle OFF.
Step 4 – Connect your iOS device to PC via USB cable.
Step 5 – Launch iTunes on PC.
Step 6 – Now, you need to enable the DFU mode on your device. For that, hold both Power and Home/Touch ID button simultaneously on your device for a few seconds. Keep pressing the Home/Touch ID button but release the Power button when the device enters DFU mode.
Step 7 – iTunes will pop-up a message box showing that your device has entered in Recovery mode.
Step 8 – In the iTunes under the Connected device options, hold the ‘Option’ key on MAC, or the ‘SHIFT’ key on Windows, and press the ‘Restore iPhone (or any iOS device)’ button.
Step 9 – Next, find and select the iOS 9.3.5 firmware file when prompted. You can get the iOS 9.3.5 IPSW file for your device from the links below.
Step 10 – This will start the process of iOS 9.3.5 firmware installation on your device. Wait for it to finish, don’t use your iOS device and keep it plugged to PC in the meantime to avoid errors or delays.
Step 11 – Once the process is complete, the device will reboot after which you will see the welcome screen.
That’s all. You have successfully downgraded from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 firmware on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Now you can restore the backup that you created on iOS 9.3.5 or older, backups made on iOS 10 or later won’t work, so remember this before restoring the backup. Therefore, it is important to create the backup of iOS 10.3.5 firmware before upgrading to iOS 10 or later.
Contact us via the comments to discuss any issue that maybe facing during the downgrade process. See the links below for downloading iOS 9.3.5 IPSW files that you will need during the downgrade process explained in the guide above.