Apple recently released iOS 10.3.3 after making a few alterations to the iOS 10.3.2 version. The update contains a number of updates that are meant at fixing the bugs experienced with the older version as well as improve the security on your device. For security reasons and to ensure that your device stays in perfect working order, it is a good idea to upgrade to the latest version of iOS released.
Under certain circumstances though, you can want to downgrade to the previous 10.3.2 and you should know that this is completely possible. It may be that you wish to jailbreak your device and as such upgraded to 10.3.3 accidentally and now you want a downgrade. It is still possible to downgrade via iTunes since Apple is still signing iOS 10.3.2. But you have to hurry since this may not be the case for much longer.
In this article, we will look at how you can downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2. But before we do that, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your device for this downgrade. Let’s take a look at those first.
Preparing your Device to Safely Downgrade to iOS 10.3.3
The following is a checklist of all things you should do to get your device ready for the downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.
- Check that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your device. If you don’t, take a moment to update iTunes. You want it to be in perfect working order.
- It is only possible to downgrade via iTunes if Apple is still signing iOS 10.3.2. So, take a moment to check the status. You can do so here.
- It is important to point out that you can only downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 and not older versions.
- Also, take a moment to back up your device. Ensure that you create the backup in iTunes just to have a little insurance should anything go wrong during the downgrade process.
- Finally, this process will involve wiping the device of all its data and restoring it from the backup we recommended you create. If you will be restoring from iCloud, ensure you have a stable internet connection.
How to Downgrade iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2
Now that you’re prepared to downgrade your device, the following is a simple step by step tutorial to help you do just that.
Step 1: Begin by downloading the IPSW file from this link. Make sure that you check the version you are downloading is compatible with your device. Also, please note that this file will be downloaded as a .zip file. So, if you are using Safari and have the auto-zip feature enables, disable it before downloading the file. Chrome and Firefox work better with this type of file and as such as a better alternative.
Step 2: The next step is to put your device in DFU mode. Here’s a simple way to do it.
- Connect the device to the computer using USB cables.
- Hold down the power button and slide to turn it off.
- Press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds.
- Then, without releasing the power button, hold down the home button and hold both for about 10 seconds.
- Release the power button and keep holding the home button until you see a message in iTunes that a device in recovery mode has been detected. If you don’t see this message, start all over again.
- Click “OK” when the message pops up.
Step 3: With the device in DFU mode, hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac or the Shift Key in Windows and click “Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.”
Step 4: You should see a file browser popup appear. Select the iOS 10.3.2 IPSW file that we downloaded earlier. You should then see a message in iTunes requiring that you confirm the action. Click on “Restore and Update” to continue.
Step 5: The next section will display information about the iOS 10.3.2 firmware. Click “Next” and then click “Agree” to continue.
Step 6: iTunes will verify the software and install it on your device. The whole process will take about 10 minutes or so. If you receive a message that says “This device isn’t eligible for the requested build”, you may have downloaded the wrong IPSW file. Go back and check the version downloaded and retry.
Step 7: When the process has been successfully completed, you will see the “Hello” screen on your device. Follow the instructions to set it up and restore the device from a compatible backup.
And that’s it! That’s how to downgrade to iOS 10.3.2. Whatever the reason you want to downgrade, always ensure that you create a backup for the device to mitigate any data related problems you may encounter.