Apple has introduced a large number of updates and fixes in iOS 10.1 that will make a lot of iPhone and iPad owners extremely happy. However, if for some reason you’re experiencing some issues regarding performance and crashes and wish to revert to the previous OS update, then here’s a simple way of how you can do it.

Downgrade iOS 10.1 to iOS 10

Downgrading to iOS 9.3.5 is not possible, but iOS 10.0.2 is definitely within your reach

If you want to revert to iOS 9.3.5, this will no longer be an option and Apple has locked you and everyone else from carrying out that task. However, if you want to down to downgrade to iOS 10.0.2, then here’s an easy way to carry out the operation.

Backup your iPhone or your iPad

An important first step in any OS change is to back up your data on your PC or Mac. If you want to learn how to back up your iPhone or your iPad. There’s a simple way to do it using iCloud, so be sure to check out that guide before proceeding with the given steps.

Downgrading to iOS 10.0.2

To start the download, plug your device into your PC or Mac computer through the Lightning cable and verify that you have the iOS 10.0.2 update file. If you don’t, then you should download the appropriate .IPSW file for iOS 10.0.2 from here, for both the iPad and iPhone. Before moving forward, make absolutely sure that beneath the ‘Apple Signing Status’, you are able to view the green mark. If there is an exclamation mark given, then you should download the IPSW file, meaning that Apple has stopped signing iOS 10.0.2. If you are able to view the green row, then proceed forward.

Successfully installing iOS 10.0.2

After you have successfully downloaded the necessary file to your PC or Mac, make sure to unzip it. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the PC or Mac using the Lightning cable and open up iTunes. After that, open up the summary page of your iOS smartphone or tablet.

  1. Tap on ‘Find my iPhone’
  2. Tap the ‘Restore iPhone’ button, which will open up a prompt
  3. Find and select the iOS 10.0.2 IPSW file you just downloaded a while back

The installer will notify you that iTunes is about to delete everything on your device and restore your iPhone to iOS 10.0.2. The restore will be Apple-verified. After that, simply click ‘Restore’ to begin and wait until the process finishes. After your iPhone or iPad has been successfully rebooted, you will see that the device is running iOS 10.0.2.


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