Here’s how to downgrade iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.3.2 or 10.3.3 on a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device using iTunes and iCloud backup to restore.
iOS 11 is the only existing beta upgrade for iPhone and iPad that you can try right away. While there is lots of stuff in new iOS 11 firmware, as things have changed doesn’t mean they’re better. In any case, you really want to go back to the previous official version of iOS 10.x, you can do so.
Fortunately, the first iOS 11 beta is now available to download, and since its really in early stages, many have already installed developer beta without a registered Developer account or UDID. Now that, it’s also easy to downgrade iOS 11 beta back down to iOS 10.3.2 or 10.3.3 on a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
All you need is a Mac or Windows PC, and the process to revert to iOS 10.3.x process only takes a few minutes of work. Even better, you should be able to preserve all of your apps and data, so let’s go ahead and get started.
Note: It is also possible to downgrade from that initial beta of iOS 11 back to iOS 3.3.3 beta 4. As the iOS download version has released a few day ago for developer and few hours back for public testers.
You can immediately downgrade to iOS 10.3.x using iTunes, but it’s important to note that once you go back to iOS 10.3.x from the iOS 11 beta you won’t be able to restore any iCloud or iTunes backup to that device which was originally using the device with iOS 11 beta on. But nevertheless, the only option given or either restoring from backup captured on iOS 10.x, or setting the device up as an entirely new phone. With that in mind we jump straight into the tutorial.
Step 1: First of all you are going to need to make sure that you are running on the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC. If not, download and install it with immediate effect.
Step 2: This guide will outline two methods (restoring an IPSW firmware file using iTunes) and restoring from an iCloud backup (only if you have huge bugs).
Step 3: You will also need to have the relevant file for the device that you own. You can download the right iOS 10.3.2 IPSW file for your specific device from here: Download iOS 10.3.2 Final Version IPSW Links For iPhone And iPad.
Step 4: On the device, you will now need to turn off the Find My iPhone feature completely. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone switch to the Off position and authenticate with the iCloud password when prompted.
Step 5: Use the provided USB cable to connect your device to the computer of choice and ensure that iTunes launches. Now, you’re going to put the connected device into DFU mode. iPhone 7 users have a different option to put the phone in DFU mode. Non-iPhone 7 users should hold down the Power and Home button for 10 seconds, then release the Power button but ensuring that Home button is still pressed. The device will jump into DFU mode and iTunes will provide an alert saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode.
Step 6: In iTunes, press and hold the Option key (Mac), or SHIFT key (Windows), and select Restore iPhone… option in the main device window. Select the iOS 10.3.X IPSW file from your computer that you want to downgrade to.
Step 7: iTunes will instantly go about its business and restore the iOS 10.3.x firmware file to the device.
When it’s finished, it will present you with the standard Hello! screen of iOS 10 allowing you to set the device up as per your requirements.
However, iOS 11 backups cannot be restored on iOS 10.3.x, which actually presents problems. The only thing to restore all of your data if you have an archived iOS 10.3.x or older backup that was made prior to downgrading iOS 11 with Method 1. You should have iTunes backup when first installing iOS 11. You could try backing up after using Method 1, but again some of the issues could still persist. Follow these steps:
- Open up iTunes.
- Head to the “Device” menu.
- Select the “Summary” tab.
- Hold the Option key (Mac) or left Shift key (Windows).
- Click on “Restore iPhone” (or “iPad” or “iPod”).
- Open the IPSW file.
- Confirm by clicking the “Restore” button.
This way you can restore data from iCloud. Select “Set Up as New” if you want a fresh start, or “Restore from iCloud Backup” if you want to get all your apps and data back. Sign in with your Apple ID, select the most recent iOS 10.3.x backup, and your apps/data will be restored. You can also choose “Restore from iTunes Backup” instead your archived iOS 10.3.x before installing iOS 11.
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