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How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2/10.1/10

If you're reading this article then it's likely that you went ahead and updated your iPhone to iOS 10.3. In all likelihood you were plagued with glitches and bugs as a result of the update. You might have been plagued with the battery issues, the lock screen issues, you might have had trouble running apps, or switching between apps, or a number of other problems.

However, you've come to the right place. In this article we'll show you how to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2/10.1/10, depending on what you want.

Part 1: What you need to do before downgrade

First thing first, before you get all excited and downgrade iOS 10.3, you need to keep a few things in mind. This downgrade will lead to data loss. As such, in order to protect yourself from data loss after you downgrade iOS 10.3, you need to backup iPhone.

You can backup iPhone in three primary means, using iTunes, iCloud, or using a third-party software such as dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Backup iPhone with iTunes:

This option is ideally suited to you if you down't want to backup over the internet. In this case, you'll have to connect your iPhone to your computer and backup the data to iTunes, which will be saved in your computer.

You can learn more about how to backup iPhone with iTunes here >>

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Backup iPhone with iCloud:

If you don't have enough hard disk space in your computer, or if you want to backup your iPhone without connecting to the computer, then this method is ideal for you. In this case your data will be saved in the Apple iCloud. However, if you have a lot of data, then you might have to buy storage space in iCloud, as it only offers limited storage space for free.

You can learn more about how to backup iPhone with iCloud here >>

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Backup iPhone with dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore:

This is the ideal solution for you for a number of reasons. You need to first download dr.fone to your computer and then connect your iPhone to your computer. dr.fone would detect your iPhone and you'll be able to save all your data. The advantage of this option is that you don't need to buy storage space in iCloud, and later when you restore data, you can choose exactly what you want to restore and what you don't want. In iCloud and iTunes, it is compulsory to restore all the data that you have backed up, you can't even view it. dr.fone has a way around that!

Furthermore, dr.fone is a subset of Wondershare software, so they are completely reliable, as they are a global brand with accolades from Forbes, Deloitte, and millions of users!

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Part 2: How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2

If you want to downgrade iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.2 then you need to read the next steps carefully.

What to do before you Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2:

1. First, you need to read the previous part and backup all your iPhone data, using one of the methods mentioned previously.

2. Now you need to go to iTunes, click on 'Help' >> 'Check for Updates.' If an update is available, follow the onscreen steps to install it.

Check for Updates itunes

3. Next, go to Settings >> iCloud >> Find my iPhone. Enter your password and then click on 'Turn Off'.

turn off Find my iPhone

How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2:

1. Go to ipsw.me and check whether the correct IPSW file is available for your iPhone.

2. If you find that it is available, you can download the iOS 10.2 IPSW file.

3. Connect your iOS device to your computer.

4. Now launch iTunes and go to the device Summary.

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5. Now put your iPhone into DFU mode, pressing down both the Home and the Power buttons together. The Apple logo would appear on the device.

Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2

6. Now release the Power button but keep pressing the Home button, until you get the connected to iTunes message, and a corresponding "Device in Recovery" message on iTunes.

how to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2

7. Release the Home button.

8. Now click on 'Restore iPhone' on iTunes.

Restore iPhone in itunes

9. Locate the IPSW file that you downloaded earlier and then click on it.

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10. Simply follow the setup wizard and click Install when prompted. This will start to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2.

11. Once it's done, you'll see the Hello screen, and with that it's done!

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Part 3: How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.1

The process to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.1 is also the same as the one given above. The only change is that instead of downloading the IPSW for 10.2, you have to download it for iOS 10.1 for the correct device. You can find the iOS 10.1 IPSW file here >>

Part 4: How to Downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10

You need to follow the same process to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10 as well. You can find the relevant iOS 10 IPSW file here >>

Part 5: How to Restore iPhone from Backup after iOS Downgrade

Now that you've successfully downgraded iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2/10.1/10, you'll have one more thing left to do: restore iPhone. If you followed our earlier advise and backed up iPhone on either iCloud, iTunes, or dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore, then you won't have any problem recovering your data.

However, you need to know that you can't directly restore from the iCloud or iTunes backup because their iOS versions will be different. In order to restore that backup, you'll need either an iTunes backup extractor or iCloud backup extractor. Our personal recommendation is that you use dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery, because it can help you selectively restore data from your iCloud or iTunes backup files no matter the iOS versions.

You can read this guide to restore iPhone from backup after iOS downgrade.

So now you know how to downgrade iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.2/10.1/10. However, before you follow these steps you should follow our advise and backup iPhone either to iCloud, iTunes, or dr.fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore.

I hope this article helped you out, and if you have any questions feel free to drop a comment! We look forward to hearing from you!

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