How to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9

how to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9


I like your old stuff better than your new stuff! Apple? Are you listening? Tell me how to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.

It’s a message that many bands over the years have had to cop. With each album that they put out, the sound goes in a different direction which annoys many older fans. Apple fans may also find themselves faced with this conundrum. But if you want to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9, then it’s not as easy to just dig up an old version of iOS and install it as it is to find your band’s old album on iTunes and play it. Or is it?

You might be surprised to know that it is indeed possible to downgrade your iOS version. That’s right, if you’ve got pangs of longing for iOS 9 and you’re currently stuck with the mod-alt-techno-disco new release that is iOS 10, then you can go back to what you prefer.

So you want to know how to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9? Revert your version of iOS? Then keep reading as we outline the steps.


Steps How to Downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9

First things first – you will need to back up your device! This part of the process must not be skipped unless you’re prepared to lose all the data on your phone. Your messages, photos, app settings… Everything!

If you want to backup with iCloud:

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network on your device.
  2. Select Settings -> iCloud.
  3. Make sure iCloud Backup is switched on.
  4. Select Back Up Now.
  5. Wait for the backup to do its thing. You can check if the backup has finished by looking in Settings -> iCloud -> Storage -> Your device and looking for today’s details.


If you want to backup with iTunes:

  1. Start up iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your device to your computer with the data cable.
  3. Choose your device in iTunes.
  4. Select Back Up Now.
  5. Wait for it to backup.
  6. Check if your backup went through by going to Preferences -> Devices where you should see the backup copy.

downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9



Now you’re backed up! You are ready to start the process to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9. First up, you’ll need to locate the old version of iOS that you want. You can find this in heaps of repositories online, such as IPSW Downloads which you’ll need to access on your computer rather than your mobile device.


It’s called IPSW Downloads because that’s the file extension that the file is stored under on your computer – .ipsw. You can view which are the valid versions, as signed by Apple, in this particular repository because they are green. Scroll down until you find the particular iOS version that you’d like to downgrade to and click to download. To downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9, you will need to select an iOS 9 version.


Once you’ve downloaded the file, open up your iTunes and connect your device to your computer using the data cord. From here, you’ll need to open the Device page where you’ll be presented with the Restore screen. Do not simply click Restore! You will need to press Shift and click Restore if you are using a Windows computer, or Option and click Restore if you are using a Mac. There will then be a pop up to browse your file system to find the .ipsw file. Choose the file you downloaded just before, click OK, and you’ve started the process.


Once your device is restored, you will need to set it up again by restoring from backup. This will be your backup file that you prepared earlier. Once you’ve done that, you will have all your data still and a brand new (or should we say old?) operating system to use once more. Congratulations! You’ve done a successful downgrade of iOS 10 to iOS 9!

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