Downgrade iOS

Follow the tutorial below to downgrade your existing iOS firmware. Apple stops signing iOS firmwares that are not supported any more and hence those who want to go downgrade back to an older iOS firmware , it is not possible for them, and trying to force install older iOS firmware will land your device into “Isnt Eligible for Requested Build” error on iTunes .

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downgrade ios 10

Apple released iOS 9 officially for the users worldwide on September 16th 2015 . As expected, the response was more than overwhelming and millions of users updated to iOS 9 right after it was seeded. So many people downloading the update at the same time caused the Apple servers to overload and result in update errors, something which is not surprising and was expected. Meanwhile, Pangu team has released the iOS 9 jailbreak .

However, Apple has also released iOS 10 [ beta version ] and iOS 9.3.3 and many people have already given it a try and installed it on their iOS device. As it is still in its very first state, it may have some bugs or vulnerabilities which may cause the phone to misbehave. Anyway, iOS 9.3.2 is much more stable than iOS 9.3.3 , which is the reason why many people would want to Downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 from latest iOS release. Well, it is obviously possible and suggested too, as it is always better to stay on a stable public iOS release rather than a new iOS firmware.

So if you want to downgrade from new iOS to old iOS version simply follow the below given steps.

How to Downgrade iOS :

  1. Make sure that iTunes in your computer is updated to the latest version. If not, then update it first before proceeding. itunes update mac
  2. Now go to Settings > iCloud in your iOS device and disable Find My iPhone.  find my iphone turn off
  3. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iOS device. itunes device summary
  4. Now activate the Restore mode in your device. For putting your device into Restore mode, press and hold the Power and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears. Once the logo comes on the screen, let go of the Power button but keep holding the Home button till you see the familiar connect to iTunes message on the screen. itunes_connect_recovery_screen - connect to itunes
  5. Now iTunes will detect your phone in recovery mode and you will be given an option to update your device or restore it. Click on the Update button. itunes update iphone
  6. Next, accept the terms of use for iOS firmware that is available . ios 9.0.1 itunes
  7. Now just wait for iTunes to Download iOS Firmware [note the signing status]. If your iOS device exits the recovery mode, simply put it back into the recovery mode after iOS has been downloaded. Then connect it to your computer and follow the process again from Step 5 and onwards while skipping Step 7.
  8. After iOS Firmware has been downloaded, your device will be updated and iTunes will Install iOS Firmware on it.
  9. After a few minutes, the upgrade will be completed and your device will ask you to Slide to Upgrade. Just do that and you’re done ! ios_9_hello_screen

Only recently Apple has added iOS 10 to the public for more testing purposes. We suggest that you remain on the more stable iOS to prevent your iOS device from misbehaving.

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41 thoughts on “Downgrade iOS”

  1. Phone 5S locked up last night was on 9.02 only way to get it back was restore and it upgraded me to 9.1. Now when I try to down grade back to 9.? it keeps telling me there is a problem with your IPhone and it must be updated or restored. And keeps updating to 9.1 I even did a factory restore and same thing every time I go into DFU after connecting to ITunes.

  2. I download IPad4,2_9.0.2_13A452.Restore for my Mini iPad 2 Cellular and it wouldn’t take. Got an incompatible error. What goes? I haven’t had this problem before. I’m running iOS 8.4(12H143)…

    • My feeling is that Apple is no longer signing this. All I’m allowed to do is update to iOS 9.1. Not even allowed to go to iOS 9.0.2 from iOS 8.4. Pretty sad!

      • I managed to get a version of iOS9.0.2 that installed. Problem is I can’t get local backups unencrypted. Can’t turn encryption off. Anyone know how to turn this off. Apple says it can be disabled with the password. Problem is there is nowhere to enter a password. You can’t run the jailbreak with encryption enabled. Catch 22…

    • yeah ikr i looked at about 6 websites and none of them work for jailbreaking, so I think we have to just wait. (The new jailbreak will probably come out in 1-2 months)

  3. It just gives me the option to update to 9.2 which I already have and I am trying to go back to 9.1 so that I can activate my new Iphone 6S Any suggestions?

  4. That process can ne done in windows also i cant jailbreak my ipad mini which is on ios 9.2 can i do this with windows phone

  5. i have IOS 9.3.. and i have IPWS IOS 9.1… i follow tutorial but after click download and update .. this ios 9.3.1:( please tell me how download and update ios 9.1

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