Apple has released iOS 10 Beta to developers earlier this week at its WWDC 2016 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is not available for public yet but developers and some of the users have already updated to iOS 10. iOS 10 comes with lots of new features like a new and smarter Siri, improved iMessages redesigned Apple Music app, Maps, and News and more which is likely to be available for public betas in July at beta.apple.com and will be officially released in this fall.
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If you feel iOS 9.3.2 is better than iOS 10 beta or if you have also faced a number of issues on iOS 10 beta and want to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2, here is how you can get back to iOS 9.3.2 quickly.
Are you running iOS 10 beta but have decided you’d like to downgrade and revert back to a stable iOS 9.3.2 release? That’s understandable since iOS 10 beta is sort of buggy, and it’s not intended for a prime time audience yet. We will show you exactly how to revert from iOS 10 beta back to iOS 9. The downgrading process is relatively simple, so if you have had finished testing iOS 10 beta or are just done with the bugs, you can quickly return back to iOS 9 on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Important points Before Downgrading iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2
- 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).
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- 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.
How to Downgrade from iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.2 on iPhone and iPad
To get started, you’ll need a USB cable for the iPhone or iPad to connect to the computer, and the latest version of iTunes installed in Mac OS X or Windows. Aside from that, it’s simply a matter of using the proper firmware ipsw file to downgrade from iOS 10 beta.
The downgrade from iOS 10 works by restoring a device to iOS 9.3.2. This will effectively erase the iPhone or iPad so you’ll want to be sure you have a backup made, otherwise you’ll lose your stuff.
- Before doing anything else, back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (if you already have a pre-iOS 10 beta backup, you can restore from that too, either way be sure you have a backup)
- Download the iOS 9.3.2 firmware file for your device. The iOS 9.3.2 firmware file for iPhone 6s Plus is iPhone8,2_9.3.2_13F69_Restore.ipsw. Accordingly, download the appropriate firmware file from our iOS firmware file download page for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
- Below are the direct links of the iOS 9.3.2 IPSW F for the specific iPhone, iPad and iPod touch model.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (WiFi)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (WiFi)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Cellular)
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation WiFi)
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation WiFi)
- iPad Air (5th generation China)
- iPad (4th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation GSM)
- iPad (4th generation WiFi)
- iPad mini (CDMA)
- iPad mini (GSM)
- iPad mini (WiFi)
- iPad mini 2 (Cellular)
- iPad mini 2 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 2 (China)
- iPad mini 3 (China)
- iPad mini 3 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 3 (Cellular)
- iPad mini 4 (WiFi)
- iPad mini 4 (Cellular)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5c (CDMA)
- iPhone 5c (GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5s (GSM)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 4s
- iPod touch (5th-generation)
- iPod touch (6th-generation)
Note: If you’re downloading the firmware file using Safari then ensure that auto unzip feature is disabled or use Chrome or Firefox. Alternatively, renaming the .zip file as .ipsw file should also work.
4. Launch iTunes and then connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with a USB cable. You now need to put your device in DFU mode
- Plug your device into your computer.
- Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Wake or Power button and swiping it off.
- Hold the power button for 3 seconds.
- Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds.
- Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that it has detected that your device is in Recovery mode.
- Click on the Ok button.
- Hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift key in Windows on your keyboard and click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button. Note: If you directly click on the Restore iPhone button without holding the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift key in Windows will result in restoring your device back to iOS 9.3.2.
- Select the iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file you had downloaded earlier.
- Then click on the Restore and Update button to continue.
- In the next screen, it will give you information about the iOS 9.3.2 update. Click on the Next button, followed by the Agree button to continue.
- iTunes will now verify the software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes.
- 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 device should now be successfully downgraded to iOS 9.3.2 from iOS 10 beta.
If you did not make a backup prior to downgrading or updating to iOS 10 in the first place, you will lose all of your data on the iPhone or iPad. This is why it’s important to backup, and why it’s important to only run beta system software on a non-primary device that does not have important information or media on it.