After publishing my tutorial demonstrating how to upgrade to iOS 10 without a developer account, I’ve received a number of questions concerning how to downgrade from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2. Whether you want to downgrade iOS 10 because the beta is unstable, has horrible battery life, or for an entirely different reason, the good news is that you can do so while retaining the majority of your data!
iOS 10 Downgrade: Full Disclosure
Important: While you’ll retain all app data, your text messages and non-iCloud saved notes will be deleted from your device, which is better than the alternative (having to restore from your last iOS 9.3.x backup, chances are good you don’t even have one).
With that said, let’s proceed with this incredibly simple downgrade method to get you back to the comfort, and stability, of iOS 9!
Steps to Downgrade from iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.2
1. Obtain your devices corresponding iOS 9.3.x IPSW (as of writing this, iOS 9.3.2 is the latest public firmware) via this service.
Note: If you’re at all confused, I highlight how to identify and download your iPhone, iPad or iPod’s iOS 9.3.2 IPSW in the above video.
2. Plug your device into your computer via a USB cable, launch iTunes (make sure it’s the latest version), and navigate to the primary device screen inside of iTunes.
3. Hold the Option (alt) key on Mac OS X or the Shift key on Windows and left click “Check for Update”. Point the popup window at your device’s iOS 9.3.x IPSW; downloaded in the first step.
4. Refrain from interacting with your device until you receive the “Update Completed” notice. If you have a passcode, enter it and wait for the on-device consolidation to occur. After that, you’ll be on iOS 9!
That’s it, seriously! It only takes four basic steps to downgrade from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.2. Watch the above video for a complete walkthrough.
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iOS 10 Default Wallpaper
For those of you who want the iOS 10 wallpaper after downgrading, you can find a copy embedded below.