How to Downgrade iOS 10.2 back to iOS 10.1 using iTunes

A lot of people have updated to the latest iOS 10.2 version on their iPhone/ iPad. But after the update, users continue to experiencing other internal issues such as: iPhone cannot connect to Wi-Fi, Sudden shutdown, fast battery drain and many more. We usually blame Apple for not delivering a smoother software update, that time you should think about reverting back to older firmware.

A lot of people regret not downgrading to the previous firmware when the new one isn’t working as it should be. When Apple stops signing the firmware; you will be stuck with bugs and no fixes. If there is something you’re not satisfied with iOS 10.2, here are steps to downgrade to iOS 10.1.

Steps to downgrade to iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.1

Before performing the process, remember to make a full backup of your data as the downgrade will wipe out all data on your device. Once done, simply follow the given steps:

  • Download the .ipsw of iOS 10.1 for your device from here
  • Then download and install the latest iTunes version for your Mac/ Windows: here
  • Connect your iOS device to the computer using a USB lightning cable, and then launch iTunes.
  • Press and hold down the Power and Home button for 10 seconds (on iPhone7/7Plus is the Power + Volume Down button). After 10 seconds, release the Power button, but still holding the Home (Volume Down) button. This will put your iPhone/iPad into DFU Mode, which allows iTunes to restore the iOS 10.1 version

  • When iTunes displays a pop-up with a messages shows up “iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery mode”, your device is now ready to downgrade to iOS 10.1. The symbol of Recovery mode will also appear on the iPhone and on your computer; you can release the Home button, but do not disconnect your iPhone from your computer.
  • Then, hold the Option key on the Mac, or the Shift key on Windows, then click on “Restore iPhone” button to starting downgrading.

  • Choose the folder that contains the iOS 10.1 firmware. iTunes will start installing a fresh version of iOS 10.1 to your device.
  • Once downgraded, unplug the cable and press the Power button to boot your device.
  • Your device now runs the iOS 10.1, choose a backup from iCloud or iTunes to restore your data.

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That’s all you need to do. Now your device has been successfully downgraded to iOS 10.2. Do you see it useful? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment below.