The recent iOS 9.3 update unfortunately brought a couple of unexpected issues with it, such as battery and performance issues and some other problems as well.
If you too are experiencing such issues and wish to downgrade iOS 9.3 back to iOS 9.2.1 on your iPhone or iPad then you’ll be glad to know that you can now do that very easily by following the below given steps, until Apple signs the new firmware.
But before you dive deep into the procedure, there are a couple of things that you must know regarding the downgrade process. They are given as under:
- The first thing to take into account before starting off with any downgrade process is to make sure you have made a complete backup of your existing iPhone or iPad on the current firmware. Remember to create local backups which regardless of the iCloud and iTunes backup because Apple doesn’t allow iCloud or iTunes backups created on newer versions to be restored on older firmware.
- Keep in mind that you will only be allowed to downgrade to iOS 9.2.1 since this is the only older version of the update currently being signed by the company, but be aware that this could shut down anytime for now.
- If you want to downgrade to get a jailbreak for your iPhone or iPad, then make sure that Apple has ceased signing the last jailbreak-able iOS 9.1 update, so that’s not possible now.
- As for now, iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 both do not have a jailbreak yet.
- For performing the restore or downgrading process, you need to make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
Step-by-step tutorial on how to downgrade iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 on your iPhone or iPad:
Step#1 – First of all, you’ll require the iOS 9.2.1 IPSW file related to your specific iDevice. You can easily download and get that particular device specific file from here.
Step#2 – Before you start the downgrading process, you’ll need to do some additional work on your iDevice. Open the “Settings” app on your iPad or iPhone and go to iCloud > Find My iPhone. Remember to deactivate the “Find My iPhone” option.
Step#3 – Plug-in your respective iDevice to your computer with the help of a relevant USB charge cable.
Step#4 – Open the newest version of iTunes on your computer and make sure that your respective iPhone or iPad is selected. Next, hit the “Summary” tab which will show all the important information about the connected device.
Step#5 – If you’re using Windows, hold down on to the “Shift” key and click the “Restore iPhone…” button in iTunes. If you’re using Mac, you’ll need to hold down on to the “Option/Alt” key and click the “Restore iPhone…” button in the same instance.
Step#6 – When you’re asked to locate the IPSW file, do make sure that you choose the relevant iOS 9.2.1 IPSW file that you downloaded in Step 1.
You will go through a number of prompts in iTunes, all of which form a part of the downgrade process. Follow the prompts correctly and accept anything that is relevant to the process.
When the process gets completed, the plugged-in iDevice will reboot and you’ll have a clean and freshly installed version of iOS 9.2.1 (Apple’s older firmware) on your device.
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