How To: Downgrade iOS 10 Back to iOS 9

Apple seeded the first version of iOS 10 beta few days back which includes several cool features and improvements. There is a lot of excitement whenever Apple unveils a major iOS version, so it is quite understandable that the natural instinct to install iOS 10 beta.


If you’ve installed iOS 10 beta on your iPhone or iPad to try out the new features and now want to go back to stable iOS 9 until the final version of iOS 10 is released? Well you are certainly not alone. Millions of users downloaded iOS 10 to test its exciting new features and after trying them they prefer to return to the current version of the operating system. If you want to downgrade iOS 10 running on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch back to iOS 9, then you will find the useful step by step instructions below.

Important points

  • You will be able to downgrade back only to iOS 9.3.2, which is the latest version. You cannot downgrade to the previous versions as Apple has stopped signing the older iOS firmware files.
  • Please take a backup of your iOS device to iCloud or using iTunes so worse case situation you can recover your data from the backup.
  • Please note that the process involves wiping your device, and then restoring it from a backup, so it can take some time depending on how much data needs to be recovered and your internet connection (if you’re restoring from an iCloud backup).
  • It is also important to note here that you will be able to restore only from your latest iOS 9.x.x compatible backup. You won’t be able to restore back to the iOS 10 compatible backup. So take a backup of your photos and other personal data post the iOS 10 upgrade manually.

Downgrade iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 10 to iOS 9

1 ) You need to download the latest iOS 9 IPSW before you can start the downgrade process. Download iOS 9 here

2 ) Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iTunes and click on the icon from the menu bar to access the Summary page. Now create backup using the ‘Back Up Now‘ button. Once the backup has been created proceed to next step.

3 ) On your iOS device open Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and turn off the Find My iPhone feature.

4 ) Now coming back to iTunes hold down the ‘Option‘ key from the keyboard and click ‘Restore iPhone…‘ button. Windows users need to press the Shift key.

5 ) From the window find iOS 9 IPSW you downloaded earlier and click the open button after selecting it. Alternatively, you can just click on the ‘Restore iPhone…‘ button and iTunes will download the latest available iOS version and then install it automatically.

6 ) iTunes will now verify the software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes.

7 ) After it is successfully restored to iOS 9.3.2, you should see the white ‘Helo’ screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device, and restore your device from the backup to restore your personal data.

That’s it. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch should now be successfully downgraded from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2.

If you get the error message “This device isn’t eligible for the requested build” then it is probably because you’ve downloaded the wrong firmware file for your device.

Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you any questions.

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