How to Downgrade iOS 10.1 to iOS 10.0.3, iOS 10.0.2

Uzair Ghani
Posted Oct 24, 2016
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Looking to downgrade iOS 10.1 final update on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch? Here’s how you can do it in a few easy steps. Hurry up before the downgrade window closes!

Downgrade iOS 10.1 Final Before Signing Window Closes

At the time of writing, Apple is signing iOS 10.0.2 and iOS 10.0.3. This means you can downgrade to either of those firmware versions on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch right now. Follow the guide outlined below and downgrade iOS 10.1 final.

Tutorial

Downgrading will wipe your device clean, therefore backup everything on either iTunes or iCloud. Also make sure you’ve turned off Find My iPhone. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone to disable it.

1. Download the firmware file you wish to downgrade to.

2. Install iTunes on your computer if you haven’t already and launch it.

3. Connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to your PC or Mac using a USB cable.

4. iTunes will detect your iOS device and will be displayed in the top left corner. Select your device to reveal more options.

5. Assuming that the firmware file is done downloading, click on the ‘Restore iPhone‘ button while holding down the left Option key (Mac) or left Shift key (Windows). A new pop-up window will come into view.

6. Select the firmware file you downloaded in step 1 and iTunes will begin the downgrade process.

When the downgrade is in process, please refrain from using your computer as everything should go through as smoothly as possible. Once iTunes prompts you that the installation is complete, simply unplug your device from your computer and start using it as you normally would. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes given you performed everything correctly.

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We highly recommend sticking around with iOS 10.1 as it packs a lot of bug fixes and other enhancements. But we are certain you have your own reasons for downgrading. Whatever they might be, make sure you share them with us in the comments section below.

It’s worth noting here that you cannot downgrade back to iOS 9.x even if it means the whole world to you. The reason for that is simple – Apple has stopped signing the older firmware version. So even if you tried downgrading your device using iTunes, the process would simply fail, forcing you to stick with the current public release, which happens to be iOS 10.1

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