How to Downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 from iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

The iOS 10 is here and a select few have been able to download this first beta of the iOS 10 update expected to be released this fall. It comes with a lot of great new features and improvements. But just like any other beta, it also comes with a lot of issues that can cause problems with your device’s operations.

So it is not surprising that some people want to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2. This article is a guide that will take you through the steps you need to be able to safely revert back to iOS 9.3.2.

Part 1: Why you want to downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2

There are a lot of reasons why some people want to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 after installing the iOS 10. The biggest problem however has to do with the many issues that the update has already presented. Starting with the iTunes error 14, the iOS 10 has already presented a whole host of issues that affect apps such as Safari and Facebook or even Siri and Apple Maps.

Another major reason why someone would want to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 is because they simply didn’t like the new features that iOS 10 brings. This actually happens a lot and it is quite the prerogative of the user to upgrade or downgrade their device.

Part 2: How to downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2

Regardless of the reason why you want to downgrade, you should be able to do that easily following these very simple steps.

Before doing anything else, it is very important that you have a backup of your device. You can also restore the device from a backup you created pre-iOS 10 update.

Step 1: Begin by downloading the iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file for your device.  You can download it at this file on your computer somewhere easy to locate such as the Desktop. It is also important that you make sure the IPSW file matches the device model to avoid getting an error in iTunes.

Step 2: Now, launch iTunes and then connect the device to your computer via USB cable. Select the device and then go to the Summary Page and hold the Option Button (Mac OS X) or Shift Key (Windows) and click the Restore iPhone button.

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Step 4: Next find the IPSW file that you had downloaded earlier and choose “Update”

This will erase the device and downgrade your device from iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2. You can then restore from your backup once the downgrade is complete.

Part 3: Comparing iOS 10 with iOS 9.3.2

Here's how iOS 10 compares to iOS 9.3.2.

Pros of iOS 10

  • Notifications in iOS 10 are significantly better. You can interact with app notifications from the lock screen, even reply to messages.
  • Widgets are also better arranged and look so much better.
  • Siri is Smarter. You can use her to make VoIP calls and send messages to third party apps like WhatsApp
  • Cool balloon animations, handwritten notes, new emojis and invisible ink are all new features in messaging.
  • Cons of iOS 10

  • It has tested significantly slower than iOS 9.3.2
  • Because it is a beta test, many of the features described above don’t work quite as well or they cause issues with other apps.
  • Pros of iOS 9.3.2.

  • It is faster
  • All its features are working very well
  • Apple has constantly been making improvements since the
  • initial iOS 9 release and so it is less buggy as compared to iOS 10
  • It is less likely to cause any issues with your device
  • Cons of iOS 9.3.2

  • It is lacking in many of the improvements iOS 10 has shown.
  • If you need to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 we hope the tutorial above will come in handy. If on the other hand you haven't upgraded to iOS 10 but are thinking about it, it is a good idea to wait for at least the next Beta release when Apple will have noted some of the issues iOS 10 1 caused and have solutions for them. You could also just wait for the public release in the fall.  Don't hesitate to share with us your experience with iOS 10 and how it's worked out for you or even the issues you have faced.

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