No matter what your motive may be behind downgrading your iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1, it is very much possible. Though it is often advised to users that they should keep their device on latest firmware version available but still one may want to switch to a lower version for different possible reasons.
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- Some Points Worth Considering Before Going For The Downgrade
- How To Backup Your iPhone Before Downgrading
- How To Downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 To iOS 10.3.1
Some Points Worth Considering Before Going For The Downgrade
Here are a few points to be taken into consideration before downgrading to iOS 10.3.1
- Make sure that you’ve updated to latest version of iOS.
- Downgrade is only possible to 10.3.1.
- Backup your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud to avoid any kind of problems in case if something goes wrong. The backup will allow you to recover any lost data.
- Also note that this process involves the wiping of your iOS device and restoring it back from the compatible backup. It will, therefore, take a bit of time depending on the amount of data that you have to recover as well as the internet connection you are using (when restoring from iCloud backup).
How To Backup Your iPhone Before Downgrading To iOS 10.3.1
All the important data that may be there on your device is backed up automatically by iCloud. Here are the steps for enabling automatic backup.
- Go to Settings from Home Screen
- Select iCloud and login with your account details
- Scroll down to see the Backup option and tap it
- Toggle iCloud Backup option On/Off for enabling automatic backup
Once you have enabled the Backup option, your device will be backed up every day if it is:
- Screen locked
- Connected to some power source
- Connected to Internet using Wi-Fi
How To Downgrade From iOS 10.3.2 To iOS 10.3.1
So, now that you’re ready to downgrade your iOS, here are the steps to follow:
- To start with, download iOS 10.3.1 IPSW file. Ensure that correct firmware is downloaded corresponding to your specific device model.
Note: If you are downloading IPSW file with Safari and auto-unzip is enabled on your browser, ensure that you first disable it before proceeding. As an alternate, Firefox or Chrome can be used or you can rename the file with .ipsw instead of .zip to make it work.
- Next, put the device on DFU mode. Here are the steps to follow for that (works on devices other than iPhone7/iPhone7 Plus)
- Connect the device to your computer.
- Hold power button and slide to turn the device off.
- Now press Power button and hold it for three seconds.
- Now hold Home button while holding Power button as well for ten seconds.
- Keep holding home button and release power button until a popup appears from iTunes saying your device has been detected to be in the Recovery mode. In case if it doesn’t appear, repeat the process again.
- Now click OK button.
- On your Mac hold Alt/Option key, or in Windows hold Shift key, and then click Restore iPhone button.
- You will now see a file browser and there you should Browse that downloaded iOS 10.3.1 IPSW file and select it.
- Now confirm by clicking on ‘Restore and Update’ and the setup will continue.
- On next screen you will be shown information related to iOS 10.3.1 firmware. Now click Next button and then click Agree to continue.
- Now the software will be verified by iTunes and it will install the downgrade on your iOS device. It won’t take more than 10 minutes.
Note: It would be worth mentioning here that if the setup gives error message “The device is not eligible for requested build”, you might have downloaded wrong firmware for your iOS device.
- Once your device is restored successfully to iOS 10.3.1, you’ll see the Hello screen. Now just follow the instructions that show up on the screen of your device for setting it up. Start afresh if you like or simply restore from the backup that you had taken earlier.
Your device has successfully downgraded to iOS 10.3.1 and you can start using it as you like and enjoy better performance.