Downgrade iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.2 – Go Back And Keep Data!

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

iOS 10 Downgrade
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

iOS 10 Downgrade for Device

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.

  • dave markey

    .I would like to see a lAser pointer on the new iPhone 7. I’m kinda surprised that no phone has offered such a simple option on it. They are very useful and are fun to use to play with pet dogs and cats

  • Phil Eggtree

    Hey guys! I have tried to use this method to downgrade back to iOS 9. I tried to download the latest version of iTunes and the IPSW file for my iPad 4 WiFi, but instead I got a virus onto my computer. Anyone know why this happened?

  • mjuarez808

    theres no way at all to keep text messages at all when you downgrade from ios 10 beta 3 to 9.3.3?

  • I followed the steps, but a bunch of my apps are missing now. Totally defeated the purpose…

  • Monica Anderson

    I have downloaded the correct ipsw file but it keeps telling me it’s not compatible.

  • Monica Anderson

    Ok, it won’t let me restore to 9.3.5 for some reason. I have an iPhone 6s plus.