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.
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 with.
Downgrade iOS 10 Beta Back to iOS 9.3.2
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 IPSW file from here for your iPhone or iPad and place it somewhere obvious, like the Desktop – the model must match the IPSW for the downgrade to work otherwise you will get an error in iTunes
- Launch iTunes and then connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with a USB cable
- Choose the device within iTunes and go to the Summary page, then do the following:
- For Mac OS X: OPTION + click the “Restore iPhone” button
- For Windows: SHIFT + click the “Restore” button
To be perfectly clear, this will erase the device and downgrades from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2, it works like any other IPSW restore in that sense.
Once the downgrade has completed, you can restore from a backup made previously.
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.
Any questions or comments? Let us know your experience downgrading iOS 10 beta in the comments below.