How To Downgrade iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 On iPhone, iPad, And iPod

iOS 9.3 was released a week ago on 21st March, but Apple hasn’t closed the signing window for iOS 9.2.1 yet. This means that people can still go back to iOS 9.2.1 from iOS 9.3 if they want to. But why would users want to downgrade from iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 when the latest firmware is offering new features and more stability?

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Well, some users might be experiencing bugs that might not be worth tolerating, while some users might be having issues with some features. Also, users on older iOS devices might experience lags or slow downs, which is rare but possible. In any case, you can still restore to iOS 9.2.1 from iOS 9.3 as the signing window for iOS 9.2. is still open. But it won’t be open for more than a week, so make sure you downgrade ASAP.

If you don’t know how to remove iOS 9.3 and reinstall iOS 9.2.1, just follow the easy tutorial given below.

How To Downgrade from iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 on iPhone, iPad or iPod

  1. Before any restore, you must always make it a habit to backup your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud. Doing a fresh restore deletes all data and settings. In case anything goes wrong, you will at least have the assurance that your data is safe.
  2. After backing up your data, download iOS 9.2.1 IPSW firmware file for your particular iOS device model by going to this link. Save that file on the desktop of your computer.
  3. Now go to your iOS device, navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and disable the feature. Also disable Touch ID/Passcode from Settings.
  4. Plug in your iOS device to the computer via USB and launch iTunes. Do make sure that iTunes is updated to the latest version to avoid any problems.
  5. Inside iTunes, press the alt/option key (on Mac) or SHIFT key (on Windows) and click on “Check for an Update”.
  6. A new window will open up. Go to the folder where you saved the IPSW file and open it.
  7. You will get an update message. Just click on “Update”.
  8. iTunes will start installing iOS 9.2.1 on your iOS device now. Until the restore is complete, do not turn off your computer or iOS device and do not unplug the device from the computer.

In a few minutes, iOS 9.2.1 will be running on your iOS device successfully. If you want to upgrade to iOS 9.3 again, you can follow the same process while using the latest iOS 9.3 IPSW firmware file for your specific model.

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