How to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 on iPhone and iPad

If you are not having a great time on iOS 10, you can easily downgrade to iOS 9.3.5. Follow this quick guide to let you do so.

The feature-rich iOS 10 was officially released on September 13. Considered to be a major iOS update, it’s been making huge buzz ever since it was announced at WWDC 2016.

As soon as iOS 10 became available to download, most of my friends rushed to install it on their iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, some of them are not too happy with the OS due to rapid battery draining or lagging on their device.

How to Downgrade iOS 10

If you are also having hard times or just not keen on using iOS 10 on your iPhone, you can easily downgrade to iOS 9.3.5. Follow this quick guide to get it done!

How to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 on iPhone and iPad

  • iOS 9.3.5 is still being signed by Apple to let you downgrade from iOS 10.
  • Make sure you have the backup from iOS 9 available.
  • Backups made on iOS 10 can’t be restored on iOS 9.3.5.

Step #1. First off, download the iOS 9.3.5 IPSW file for your respective devices on your Mac or Windows.

(Check out this direct link to download the compatible firmware file on your computer:

Step #2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step #3. Next, launch iTunes on your computer. Select your iPhone from the top left menu.

Step #4. On your Mac: Hold the OPTION and Command Key then click the “Restore” button.

On your Windows: Hold SHIFT and then click the “Restore” button.

Step #5. Now, you need to navigate and select the IPSW file you have just downloaded.

iTunes will alert you that your iOS device will be erased and you will lose all your data. Just go ahead with the process and install the iOS 9.3.5 on your device.

Once the process has been completed successfully, iTunes will confirm you. The iPhone will reboot to the welcome screen.

Now, restore your backup as usual. Only the backup which you had made on iOS 9.3.5 or older will work.

Method #2:

There is another way to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5. It’s just as easy.

Download the iOS 9.3.5 firmware file on your computer. Make sure to turn off Find My iPhone on your smartphone. (Settings → iCloud → Find My iPhone)

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes.

Step #2. Up next, you have to put your iPhone into DFU mode. Just hold down both Power and Home buttons for about 10 seconds.

Then, release the Power button but continue to the Home button until your iPhone has entered DFU mode. iTunes will alert you that it has discovered a device in Recovery Mode.

Step #3. Now follow the steps mentioned from 4 to 5 to get the job done.

That’s it!

Later, if you want to go back to iOS 10 you can do that with ease.

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