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How to ditch iOS 10 and downgrade back to iOS 9

How To Downgrade From iOS 10

Apple on Monday released iOS 10 beta 1, allowing anyone with access to a developer account (or without a developer account, if you follow these instructions) to try out the brand new features. While iOS 10 might be the biggest iOS update we’ve seen in years, beta releases aren’t always stable. Moreover, the first beta release can be especially buggy, so you may want to return to the most stable iOS 9 version out there if you upgraded and you’re having problems.

We have good news: Not only is it possible to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2, the process is actually quite easy.

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Regardless of whether you installed iOS 10 beta 1 legally or took the shadier approach, you can roll back your software to iOS 9.3.2 without losing any of your data. A video from YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice shows you how to do it safely, and it’s rather easy.

The bad news is that you need a computer with iTunes installed to perform the downgrade. Additionally, you’ll need to locate the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 build for your iOS device before flashing it to your smartphone.

Once you have it handy, go to iTunes, hook up your iPhone, and then click on the Check for Update button while pressing the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows). You should then be able to select the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file. That’s all you have to do to get back to iOS 9.3.2.

Apple’s public iOS 10 beta release is expected in July, at which point it will be made available to anyone looking to try it out. That’s when stable versions will be made available and it’ll be much safer to run iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.