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Downgrade your iPhone back to iOS9

iPhone owners have been anticipating Apple’s ‘biggest release ever’ since they first caught a glimpse of the brand new operating system and new iPhone7 at a conference way in June.

However, after the new emojis, technical issues and removal of the swipe to unlock, many users wish they held off on installing iOS 10 and stayed using iOS 9.

Thankfully, there is a trick that lets unhappy customers uninstall the latest software and downgrade devices back the previous operating system.

The downgrading fix comes from David Price with Macworld, who also regretted installing the iOS 10 public beta, but found a way to reverse the damage.

‘Removing iOS 10 (or any other version of iOS) and downgrading to the previous version is relatively straightforward, provided you do so within a few days of launch,’ Price shares.

‘There's a brief window (generally just a few days) after Apple releases a new full version of iOS, during which the company continues to 'sign' (or authorize) the previous version.

‘In those few days you can downgrade reasonably easily.’

Before starting the removal process of iOS 10, it’s important that all of your data from the device is backed up in either iCloud or iTunes.

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Back up devices to either iCloud or iTunes: Apple’s earlier iOS version is not compatible with iOS 10 backups.

2. Get an .ipsw file for the previous version of iOS: This holds all you need for the installation and it can be found by going to youruserfolder/Library/iTunes/ and in the folder iPhone Software Updates or iPad Software Updates.

3. Open the .ipsw file: Plug your device into a desktop, hold down Alt/Option with a Mac, or Shift for a PC, and click the Restore button.

4. If needed, go into Recovery Mode: Shutdown your device, plug in syncing cord to your computer and hold down the Home button until the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen appears. 

5. Next, you will need to get your hands on the iOS 9 ipsw file, which can be found by going to youruserfolder/Library/iTunes. This should then present the necessary folder called iPad Software Updates or iPhone Software Updates

6. This should then present the necessary folder called iPad Software Updates or iPhone Software Updates - depending on what device you are downgrading. If you are unable to find the latest one on your Mac, simply run a search for download ipsw and select and download the correct file to the device.

7. To start, plug your device into a desktop, launch iTunes and click on your device in the iTunes interface and then select summary. Simply open the iOS 9.3.2 ipsw file and iTunes should take it from there and install the operating system to your device. Many Twitter users are relieved they decided not to download iOS 10 when it was first released, as many people are not happy with the upgrade

8. If you have a Mac hold the Alt/Option key and if you have a PC hold Shift, then click the Restore button. Also, be sure to disable ‘Find My Feature’ on the device if it is enabled.

9. Next, open the iOS 9.3.2 ipsw file and iTunes should take it from there and install the operating system to your device. If iTunes shows that you are already running the latest version of iOS on the device, you may need to use Recovery mode, explains Price.

10. You will need to shut down the device, plug one end of the syncing cable into your computer and hold down the Home button on the iPhone/iPad while you connect the cable to it. And when the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen is display, remove release the Home button. iTunes should notify you that your device is in Recovery mode.

11. And finally, hold down the Option key, or Alt, click Restore, open the iOS 9.3.2ipsw file and it will begin the installation process.

 

If you're still struggling, here's a handy video...