How to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5

By Lois Green, Thursday, June 16, 2016

You may get excited with the launch of iOS 10 and take the opportunity to immediately upgrade your iPhone to iOS 10. However, subsequently you may find that iOS 10 is not your taste or is causing many issues on your phone. The iOS 10 has, like any beta, many bugs and it is one of the reason that we don't recommend common users to update their iOS devices to the beta version.

In this guide, we will show you how to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.5 so you can run your device under a smooth operating system.

Downgrade iOS 10


Waning: The process will wipe all data on your iPhone/iPad, so make sure you have a backup from when you were on iOS 9. That's because you could not restore a backup made on a new iOS beta to a device running an older beta.

Perform iOS 10 Downgrade to iOS 9

Step 1. Make sure you have upgraded the iTunes on your computer to the latest version.

Step 2. Make sure to turn off the Find My iPhone feature on your phone. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Then, slide the button to OFF position.

Turn off Find My iPhone


Step 3. Download the latest public iOS 9.x firmware file which Apple is still signing. Be sure to download the correct file that is tailored for your iOS device. Once the download is complete, save the file to your desktop for easier access later in the downgrade iOS 10 guide.

iOS 9.3.2 final IPSW download links for iPhone:


Step 4. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPad to computer. iTunes will detect your phone quickly and an icon for it will appear on the top-left of the screen.

Connect iPhone to iTunes


Step 5. Now you need to put your device to DFU mode. To do this, press and hold the home button and the power button for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds let go of the power button, but keep holding the home button until the device enters DFU Mode. Then, iTunes will tell you that it has discovered a device in Recovery Mode.

iPhone Recovery Mode


Step 6. Hold down the Shift Key (Windows) or Option Key (Mac) and press the "Restore iPhone…" button on the iTunes interface.

Restore iPhone Recovery Mode


Step 7. You'll now be asked to select a file. Select the iOS 9.3.5 firmware file that you have just downloaded. You'll be presented with the terms and conditions, accept them. Then, iTunes will go through the process of installing a fresh version of iOS 9.3.5 to your device. The process will take a few minutes. Be patient!

Select IPSW File


Once your iPhone has successfully restored back, you can restore it from the backup you made when it run iOS 9.3.5.

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