How To Roll Back To Earlier iOS Versions

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The newly-released iOS 9.3 is has shown poor performance so far, at least by Apple's standards.

While iOS 9.3 does deliver some impressive features, and it's certainly better than some previous 9.x iterations, there some voices seeking for a downgrade due to numerous bugs affecting the system.

However, it may happen so that the users of other iOS versions would want to roll back, and this article will help you learn how to do it.

Sometimes the downgrading offer is limited by Apple, which is useful to keep in mind if you are unable to accomplish the downgrading mission.

iOS 9 logo

Normally, we would advise against downgrading as it takes back all the nicer perks the system was upgraded for in the first place. However, if you feel like your device and user experience would benefit from it, there's nothing stopping you.

The Act

1. The downgrade is performed identically on every device running iOS, including. You'll need:

  • Your iOS device, fully charged
  • Connection cable
  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed

2. Make sure to back up your device to iTunes and iCloud to keep your data safe and intact.

3. Next, you'll have to download the correct IPSW firmware file for iOS 9.2.1. As incorrect files will not work you'll have to find the one that's made for your device.

4. Open iTunes and connect your device to the computer with the USB cable.

5. In iTunes, select the right device in the upper left corner of the app.

6. Open Device Summary and click the Restore button with alt / shift button pressed on Mac and PC respectively.

7. Find the IPSW file you've downloaded and select it. Be reminded that doing so will completely erase the contents of your device.

8. The process will go on by itself, and the next step you'll have to do is activation of your device.

Other options

While so far a certain remedy to most known issues, downgrading isn't the only possible option. Alternatively, you can wait and upgrade to iOS 9.3.1. Also, you can always upgrade back from 9.2.1 should you wish so.

Please be noted that the steps described here should be done with discretion in mind. 

Antonio Neri


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