Owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch all over the world, should be aware that Apple has released the latest version of iOS, version 9.3.2, which is an update for compatible devices. With the worldwide developer conference justa few weeks away, this new version of iOS represents the latest in the development in the iOS operating system, ahead of the release of what people hope will be the release of iOS 10. But, just because this is the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS that does not mean it will work efficiently will all iOS devices. Especially with older iPhones and iPads. So in this article, I’m going to tell you how to downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to 9.3.1.
Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1
Before I tell you how to downgrade, this article is for you if you have upgraded to iOS 9.3.2 by mistake or willingly and have noticed some performance issues with your iPhone or iPad after updating.
Good news! Here’s where I am going to share with you how to roll-back the update to iOS 9.3.1. As Apple is always improving the performance of iOS with updates, part of that focus is trying to attain efficiency and perforce on older devices. However, this is not always the case and if you are affected with performance issues here’s how to downgrade iOS 9.3.2.
iOS Downgrade Limitations
To start with, I must tell you that you will not be able to downgrade iOS any farther than 9.3.1, this is because Apple has become efficient when it comes to no longer signing older versions of its operating system. This means that iOS 9.3.1 is now the only version that is digitally authenticated by Apple’s servers.
It is also worth me mentioning that iOS 9.3.1 has a limited shelf life too, so if you wish to downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to the earlier version you should do that as soon as possible.
Also, if you have the need to jailbreak an iOS device, you should possibly rethink this because there is currently is no supported jailbreak for iOS 9.2 all the way upto 9.3.2. This means that downgrading iOS to 9.3.1 will not enable you to jailbreak. So before we begin the downgrade of iOS, make sure to back up your device, do this locally.
How to Downgrade iOS 9.3.2
At this point, it is worth me pointing out that you should follow each step to the letter, do not deviate at all!
1. You will need to get the iOS 9.2.1 IPSW file that corresponds with you device.
2. Next before you start to restore, there is some work to do on your device. Go to settings on the iPhone or iPad and find iCloud. Go to find my iPhone and disable the find my iPhone features.
3. Now connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC using the relevant sync cable for the device.
4. Now launch the latest version of iTunes and make sure your device is selected. Next select the summary tab, this will display lots of information about the connected device.
5. Now that you have finished this part and done some housekeeping on your phone or tablet, it is time to move forward and go through the restore process. If you’re using a computer running Windows, hold down the “Shift Key” and click on the restore iPhone button in iTunes.
Mac users should hold down the “Option/Alt key” at the same time as pressing the restore iPhone button in iTunes.
6. Next make sure you select the correct iOS 9.2.1 IPSW file for your device, remember you downloaded it in step 1, select it when prompted to do so. Next iTunes will now slowly walk you through a few different prompts, which form part part of the restore process.
iTunes will now take you through the process of downgrading iOS to iOS 9.3.1, and when complete, you will have a clean install of the older iOS. I hope this tutorial /guide was helpful to you. If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences please comment below.