Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2.1

iOS 10.3 download has finally been released to the public after a significant number of beta versions and is available for download right now for those who haven’t yet updated to it. If you have updated to it and you are finding it not to your liking, fear not because, for now at least, there is a way to downgrade back to iOS 10.2.1. We don’t have long to do this in though because Apple is likely to stop signing the older firmware anytime in the next few days.  Here’s how to downgrade.

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Before Downgrading :

Before downgrading your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 10.2.1, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your device is ready. The first thing to do is make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes :

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Click on Check for Updates on the menu bar 
  3. If there is an update, iTunes will find it and direct you on how to install it  

Next, you need to back the data up from your device. If you don’t and the downgrade goes wrong, you will lose everything. You can back your data up in iTunes and on iCloud.

Lastly, for the downgrade to be successful, you need to disable a couple of features on your device. These can easily be enabled again later so go ahead and disable:

  • Your passcode
  • Touch ID if applicable on your device
  • Find my iPhone | iPad – Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone/iPad 

How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2.1 :

  1. First, download iOS 10.2.1 IPSW file. Make sure you pick the one that relates to your specific device and model
  2. Plug your device into your computer or Mac
  3. Open iTunes and, if you have more than one device registered, select the device summary for the one you are downgrading 
  4. Now you need to put your iOS device into DFU mode. For those that don’t know how to do this: Press down on the Home and Power buttons on your device simultaneously and wait until you see the Apple logo on your screen
  5. Let go of the Power button but hold the Home button until you see the Connect to iTunes logo on the screen and iTunes shows a Device in Recovery message 
  6. Release the Home button
  7. On the iTunes message, you will see options for updating or restoring your device. We will be restoring so press the Shift [ Windows ] or ALT  [ Mac ] key on the keyboard and, at the same time, click on Restore on the iTunes message 
  8. Now find the IPSW file that you downloaded and select it 
  9. Follow the on screen instructions and click Install
  10. Wait for iTunes to complete the downgrade and reboot your device to the Hello screen 

Update : iOS 10.2.1 firmware signing has been stopped by Apple on 11th April 2017. If you are trying to downgrade to iOS 10.2.1 firmware , it will give you an error on iTunes – Device Isn’t Eligible .

Don’t forget; your time to do this in is limited so do it now before Apple stops signing iOS 10.2.1. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest updates and news

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