Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.3

iOS 10 is moving along nicely, with beta 3 just released to developers. While seasoned beta testers use a spare device to test out beta releases on, there are those who are new to the testing or who don’t have a spare device. Beta releases are incredibly unstable and tend to be somewhat buggy, especially in the early stages and it is not advisable to download them onto your regular iPhone or iPad.

Image : Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.3

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However, some have and have discovered that their devices have become difficult to use, while others have had a look at beta 3 and would prefer to downgrade back to the previous iOS version, currently iOS 9.3.3. Luckily, because iOS 10 is in beta, iOS 9.3.3 is still being signed by Apple and it is relatively easy to downgrade back a step.

Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.3 :

  1. First, check that your version of iTunes is up to date. Open iTunes, click on Help > Check for Updates and wait for iTunes to see if there is an up to date version. If there is, follow the instructions on screen to update itunes update mac
  2. Next, backup your data using iTunes and or iCloudicloud_backup
  3. On your iOS device, open Settings > iCloud and then click on Find My iPhone | iPad to disable to feature. find my iphone turn off
  4. Download iOS 9.3.3 IPSW file that corresponds to your specific device
  5. Connect up your device to your computer and start iTunes iTunes open iphone 6
  6. Click on Device Summary for the device you are downgrading if you have more than one registered on your account
  7. Place your device into DFU Mode. Hold the Power and Home buttons dont together until you see the Apple logo on your device screen. Let go of the power button but hold the Home button down until the Connect to iTunes message appears on your screen connect_to_itunes_recovery_mode_copy
  8. iTunes will display a Device in recovery message, asking if you want to restore or update your device. We are going to restore
  9. Hold the SHIFT (Windows) or ALT (Mac) key on your keyboard and click Restore at the same time itunes restore
  10. Locate the iOS 9.3.3 IPSW you downloaded and select it ios 9 ipsw
  11. Follow the instructions that appear on the iTunes screen
  12. Allow iTunes to restore your device back to iOS 9.3.3.
  13. When the downgrade is complete, your iPhone or iPad will reboot to the Hello Screen ios_9_hello_screen

Are you planning to stay with iOS 10 beta 3 or would you prefer to downgrade back to iOS 9.3.3 ? You have plenty of time to do this in because it will continue to be signed until a new iOS version is released.

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