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How to Downgrade iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.3

You can downgrade from the iOS 10 beta to iOS 9 fairly easily, but you need to take one special step during the restore process or your downgrade to iOS 9 will fail.

Using this guide you can downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.3 from the developer iOS 10 beta and it should work later this year to downgrade from the public iOS 10 beta to iOS9.

The public iOS 10 beta is, like any beta, somewhat buggy on a variety of devices. It is one of the reasons that regular users should stay away from the iOS 10 beta until at later beta that is farther along in the development process.

Here’s what you need to know to downgrade from the iOS 10 beta to iOS 9 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

iOS 10 to iOS 9 Downgrade Prep

The process will erase your device, so make sure you have a backup from when you were on iOS 9. In the past you could not restore a backup made on a new iOS beta to a device running an older beta.

What you need to perform an iOS 10 beta downgrade in about 20 to 30 minutes.
What you need to perform an iOS 10 beta downgrade in about 20 to 30 minutes.

The next thing to do is to make sure that you have enough time to process this. The downgrade takes 10 to 30 minutes and then you will need to restore from iCloud or from an iTunes backup.

You don’t need to find an iOS 9.3.3 download for this to work. You will need your computer, iTunes and a Lightning cable so that you can connect to the computer.

How to Perform an iOS 10 Downgrade to iOS 9

The process of downgrading iOS 10 to iOS 9 is straightforward if you want to go to iOS 9.3.3, which is the current version of iOS.

This process erases your iPhone or iPad and while it is happening you cannot use the device for calls or any other feature.

To get started plug your iPhone in to your computer. This works with Mac or with Windows devices as long as you have iTunes installed.

With the iPhone or iPad connected press and hold the home button and the power button for 10 seconds.

When ready, you will see this iTunes message.
When ready, you will see this iTunes message.

After 10 seconds let go of the power button, but keep holding the home button. This will put the iPhone into DFU mode, which allows iTunes to restore to the current regular version of iOS.

When iTunes shows a pop up stating that the iPhone is in recovery mode and then you know that you are ready to downgrade to iOS 9. Once the recovery mode logo appears on the iPhone and the pop up on your computer you can let go of the home button, but do not unplug the iPhone.

See the Recovery Mode information and then click on Restore iPhone to downgrade from the iOS 10 beta.
See the Recovery Mode information and then click on Restore iPhone to downgrade from the iOS 10 beta.

In iTunes find the page that shows your iPhone, by clicking on the small device icon in the upper left, and then click on Restore iPhone.

For most users this is the last major step. iTunes should find the iOS 9.3.3 software and start the download for you. After this process completes the iPhone will restart and you can set it up on iOS 9.3.3 like a new phone. Part of this process will allow you to choose a restore option through iCloud or iTunes.

If you run into any problems here, you may need to perform a downgrade by downloading the iOS 9.3.3 ipsw file for their device. If you need to do this you will need to hold Option and click restore on Mac or Shift and click Restore on Windows. From here, find the ipsw file you downloaded and then click Open and Restore.

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9 Comments

  1. ios9 ipsw

    06/10/2015 at 12:51 pm

    Download the iOS 9 Beta 1 IPSW and to install it, first register your UDID, thanks to Cydia Pie.

    Reply

  2. Billy Bob

    06/12/2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hello. I recently downloaded Apple iOS 9 Beta 1 from IMZDL. I haven’t yet registered my UDID, how can I get back to iOS 8.3???? Much much appreciated thanks!

    Reply

    • Max Geller

      07/16/2015 at 7:46 am

      It doesn’t matter that you did not register your udid anyone who says you have to register it is lying. You can restore the regular method just remember you can only restore to backups that are on iOS 8.4 or below. (If iOS 8.4.1 is released than a backup of iOS 8.4.1 or below)

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  3. Dimitri

    06/18/2015 at 11:26 am

    What this leaves out is how to restore the backup. Keep in mind, you will only be able to restore to the latest backup made from 8.3, so if you’ve been using 9 for a few days, you can’t restore a backup made in 9 to a device running 8.3. You will lose stuff from that period of time.

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  4. dougo13

    08/13/2015 at 11:38 am

    So, if I upgrade to 8.4.1 but something goes wrong can I restore to a backup of an earlier version like 7.0 or 8.0? Had that happen with an old Ipad recently. The install crashed and I restored from a really old version (6 or 7) but it updated to 8.4. Weird…

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  6. khim

    09/18/2015 at 4:41 am

    Hi,
    I upgraded my iphone 6 plus to ios 9 and after upgrading my phone has no service. could anyone please send me a guide how to downgrade my iphone. I bought my phone from japan. Is there anyway I can jailbreak my phone too? thanks.

    Reply

  7. alin

    10/29/2015 at 5:05 am

    hey! i have iPhone 4s i upgraded it to ios 9 but he dosen’t work i need some help ! and i can’t downgrade it to ios 8.1

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  8. Ruben Vinay

    10/02/2016 at 10:37 am

    Hey everyone i dint back up my files to ios 9.3.3 and i directly downloaded the beta onw.! I have a lot issues on beta version.! Can you please find me out a way to get ios 9.3.3

    Reply

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