How to Downgrade from iOS 10.1 to 10

This guide will show you how to go back to iOS 9.3.5 from iOS 10. If you run into iOS 10 problems or don’t like the performance on your iPhone or iPad after upgrading you can go back. Here’s how to downgrade from 10.1.


Apple just announced the iOS 10.1 update, but you can still downgrade to iOS 10 for a limited time. Get on it fast if you want to do this.

Officially Apple does not support a way to downgrade iOS updates, but there is an easy way to do this in iTunes for a short time after Apple releases an update. Apple closed the option to downgrade to iOS 9.3.5, but you can still downgrade to iOS 10.0.2.

In order to downgrade iOS 10.1 to iOS 10 you will need to download the file and Apple still needs to sign the file. This normally only happens for a week or two after Apple offers a new update.

How to go back to iOS 10 from iOS 10.1.

How to go back to iOS 10 from iOS 10.1.


Apple’s upgrade system includes a check to make sure that Apple is still activating, or signing, the software you want to install. If Apple is no longer signing this update you will not be able to install it.


How to Downgrade iOS 10.1 to iOS 10

Here are the steps you need to downgrade from iOS 10.1 to iOS 10. You cannot downgrade to iOS 9.3 or to iOS 9.2, which is frustrating for some users. You cannot downgrade back to a jailbreak-able version of iOS 10 either.

Backup Your iPhone

Before you start you should make sure that your iPhone or iPad is backed up to your computer. You can’t restore a iOS 10.1 backup to your iPhone after you downgrade to iOS 10, but it is important to make sure you have a backup in case something does go wrong.

Make sure you have a backup before you start the iOS 10.1 downgrade to iOS 10.

Make sure you have a backup before you start the iOS 10.1 downgrade to iOS 10.

When you downgrade you will need to completely erase your iPhone. If you have a backup from iOS 10 you can restore to that.


Download the iOS 10 Update

To do this you will need to plug in to your Mac or PC using a Lightning cable and you will need to make sure that you have the iOS 10.0.2 update file for your device.

Here’s where you can download iOS 10.0.2 ipsw files for any of the iPhone or iPad devices that runs this update.

If the row is green and there is a check in the Apple Signing Status, then you know that you can continue. If Apple is no longer signing iOS 10.0.2 you should stop.

Start the iOS 10 Downgrade to iOS 10

Once you have the file downloaded to your computer, and unzipped if needed, you will want to plug in your iPhone to Mac or PC with a Lightning cable.


Start the downgrade to go back to iOS 9.

Start the downgrade to go back to iOS 9.

Open iTunes and click on your iPhone or iPad to launch the device summary page in iTunes. Make sure you turn off Find my iPhone before you start.

You will need to special click on “Restore iPhone…”. That is a alt/option click on Mac or a Shift click in Windows. Hold the key and then click. This will open up a prompt so that you can search for the iOS 10.0.2 ipsw file you downloaded.



Complete the iOS 10 downgrade to iOS 9.3.5.

Complete the iOS 10 downgrade to iOS 9.3.5.

Find the file and click Open to start the downgrade process. You will see a message on the screen that iTunes will erase and restore your iPhone to iOS 10.0.2 and will verify the restore with Apple. Click Restore to start.

When this finishes you will have a blank iPhone on iOS 10.0.2. You can choose Restore Backup and choose a previous backup from before you installed iOS 10.1. Alternately, you can choose to start over from scratch.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 



Camera and Photos


  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library



  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes



  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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