Have you updated your iPad or iPhone to iOS 9.2.1, but now you want to downgrade it back to iOS 9.2? Well, don’t worry, because today we’re going to teach you how you can do that by following some simple steps.
Before starting the downgrade process for your iDevice, we suggest you to make a backup of the device in case something goes wrong. Keep in mind that Apple doesn’t allow full iCloud and iTunes backups made on newer firmware versions to be restored on older firmware versions, so we suggest you to do it locally and sync the data with the computer.
At the same time, it is good to know that you will be able to downgrade to iOS 9.2 from 9.2.1, as long as Apple is digitally signing the firmware, but keep in mind that this “window” might close at any time.
At the same time, you will not be able to downgrade to iOS 9.0.2 or iOS iOS 9, as Apple has stopped digitally signing this version of iOS for quite a while.
How To Downgrade Your iPad/iPhone From iOS 9.2.1 To 9.2
First of all, you will need the iOS .2 IPSW file for your iPad/iPhone device. You will be able to download the firmware file from Apple’s website.
After that, you will need to head to your device’s Settings->iCloud->Find My iPhone and make sure that this feature is disabled. Now, connect the iOS device to your Mac or Windows computer using the USB cable that comes with the device and launch the iTunes application on your computer.
You will need to make sure that your iDevice is selected and for this, you will need to select the “Summary” tab in order to see the information about the connected device (this tab is located somewhere on the left side of the panel).
From now on, you will start the process of restoring the “old” firmware. If you are using a Mac device, you will need to hold the “Option/ALT” key and if you are using a Windows device, you will need to hold the “Shift” key and click on the “Restore iPhone” button. Now, you will select the iOS 9.2 IPSW file that we’ve told you download and follow the prompts in order to complete the restore process.
When the restore is complete, you will notice that your iPad or iPhone runs on iOS 9.2.