Downgrade iOS 10.2.1 to iOS 10.2

Apple has recently released iOS 10.2 download for public and has followed that up with the iOS 10.2.1 download. However, the latest update is causing a few problems for some users, proving to be unstable and full of bugs. Rather than being stuck with it though, you do have time to Downgrade back to iOS 10.2 before Apple stops signing it. You will need to do this quickly because Apple’s signing windows are only kept open for a short time after a new firmware release. Here’s how to do it.

Image : Downgrade iOS 10.2.1 to iOS 10.2

Before You Downgrade :

Before you can downgrade your device back to iOS 10.2, there are a couple of steps you need to take first. Start by checking that you are on the most up to date iTunes version :

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Click Help
  3. Click Check for Updates 
  4. If there is an update, just follow the on screen instructions on how to do it 

The next step is to back up the data on your device otherwise, if anything goes wrong during the downgrade, you will lose it. Use iTunes and iCloud to backup all your files, photos, movies, etc.

Finally, you must disable some features on your iPhone or iPad , don’t worry, you can enable them again afterwards Disable:

  • Touch ID if you have it
  • Your passcode
  • Find My iPhone | iPad [ whichever one applies ] , go to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone | iPad 

How to Downgrade iOS 10.2.1 to iOS 10.2 :

  1. Download the iOS 10.2 IPSW file that relates to your device
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your PC or Mac
  3. Launch iTunes. Click the device summary for the device that is connected
  4. Place your device into DFU mode. Press the Home and Power buttons down at the same time and wait for the Apple logo to appear on your device screen
  5. Release the Power button but keep the Home button pressed down until the Connect to iTunes logo appears , at the same time there should be a Device in Recovery message in iTunes
  6. Let go of the Home button
  7. The iTunes message gives you the choice of restoring or updating. We are going to restore so hold down the ALT [ Mac ] or SHIFT [ Windows ] key on your keyboard and click Restore 
  8. Find the IPSW file you downloaded and click on it 
  9. Follow the instructions provided on screen and click the Install button
  10. iTunes will now downgrade your device to iOS 10.2 and will reboot to the Hello screen when complete 

Update : iOS 10.2 firmware signing has been stopped by Apple on 31st Jan 2017. If you are trying to downgrade to iOS 10.2 firmware , it will give you an error on iTunes – Device Isn’t Eligible .

Don’t forget that you don’t have much time to do this in so be quick about it.  Follow us on Facebook and Subscribe to our free email newsletter for more up to date news and developments.

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4 Comments

  1. I did all the steps but it wont let me restore backup Since i backed it up when I had Ios 10.2.1 so I Want to upgrade again back to 10.2.1 to have all my stuff again but its says my iphone is already up to date so I dont know what to do?

  2. would have appreciated it if the update about the stopping of the signing of 10.2.1 was at the very top of the page… just did all the steps and realised! what a complete waste of time

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