Downgrade iOS 10.2
Get your iOS 10 device ready to jailbreak. It’s coming soon… You must first downgrade iOS 10 if you have updated to the latest one iOS 10.2. Apple has stopped signing iOS 10.1.1 so downgrading isn’t possible through Apple. We are hoping a tool will be released called Prometheus which allows us to downgrade or upgrade using saved shsh2 blobs.
Apple released the final version of iOS 10.2 to the public around the first week of December 2016. It brings a great deal much wanted new features to the iOS platform. However, just a few days after its released the jailbreak community blew up with al this news of a possible iOS 10 jailbreak hitting Cydia in the very near features. Needless to say this was all wanted news but what we didn’t expect to hear was if you want to jailbreak iOS 10 you best chance for a jailbreak will be on iOS 10.1.1.
That brings us to the dilemma of downgrading. Now for the most part downgrading isn’t a huge issue. However, it does come with its problems and errors. So we are here to share our expert knowledge on the topic. One thing for certain if you need help with it and its iOS related you can get it here on our site.
For our example we will be sharing how to downgrade iOS 10.2 to 10.1.1. This is the process for downgrading in general though. It will work using any other firmwares for iOS.
There are a few things you want to cover before you go hooking up and downgrading. I can’t stress this enough. Be certain Apple is still signing the iOS 10.1.1 software before you attempt to downgrade your iOS device. That’s one sure way to run into a whole host of problems and risk losing photos, messages, and any other data you have saved on your iOS devices. That brings me to the next checkpoint. You need to backup your device before attempting to downgrade. I prefer doing so in iTunes on my computer and iCloud both.
iOS Downgrading Tips
- Make certain Apple is still signing the software you are downgrading to. Check this site to see if Apple is still signing the firmware you wish to downgrade to.
Check Apple Signing Status Anytime Here
- Backup your device in iTunes and or iCloud
- You have the firmware iPSW file for the firmware downloaded you wish to downgrade back to.
How to Downgrade iOS 10.2 to 10.1.1
- Download the firmware iPSW file for your device. You will need to know which kind of device you have GSM or Global. Be sure to hit up our iPSW downloads page here.
- Connect your device to your computer with USB cable
- Be sure you are using the latest up to date version of iTunes. You can check for update under the iTunes in top left of screen scroll down to About. If you aren’t running the most up to date version you should update. You can update iTunes by choosing ‘iTunes’ in top left of screen scroll down to ‘check for update’. If it needs updated just follow the on screen instructions it will walk you through step by step. Once your updated you may pick back up here.
- Power off the device
- You will need to put your iOS device into DFU mode. We have a great tutorial here for helping you put your iOS device into DFU mode.
How to Enter Recovery or DFU Mode
- Power off Device
- Hold power( 3 seconds or so) and continue holding power and hold down home button at the same time
- release the power button and continue holding home button additional ten seconds. You will hear iTunes make a noise letting you know your device has been detected in Recovery or DFU mode and iTunes will also give you a pop up saying it’s detected a device in recovery you must restore before iTunes can use it. No worries 🙂
- Click ‘ok’ in iTunes
Once the device has entered into Recovery and iTunes has recognized its in recovery its crucial you get this next part exact. You must click restore and ‘alt/option’ key on keyboard of the Mac or ‘shift’ on Windows PC while holding down these keys. Once you have done this you will get a pop up here you must choose the iPSW file you downloaded earlier.
Once you get the pop up you should choose the iPSW file you downloaded earlier and click enter or ok, whichever you see. This will start the downgrade process. You Will see a popup like the one above.
Keep in mind this will take several minutes depending on your PC/Mac speed. If it’s been over 20 minutes most likely there’s an issue. You can watch the progress bar on your iOS device as it installs the firmware. The device will shut off and on as the completes so don’t be alarmed. If for any reason there’s an interruption or disconnection during this it will need to be restarted from beginning. Today is December 20, 2016 if you haven’t completed the downgrade yet and you want to jailbreak iOS 10.1.1 I strongly suggest you follow this guide today. I followed this process to the letter with no issues.
Next just follow the on screen instructions and agree to anything it may need in iTunes.
You will have to set up as new iPhone if you haven’t had this firmware on your iOS device before.
Once the device completes the downgrade which may take several minutes yay will see a ‘Hola’ screen. This lets you know it’s now safe to use the device.
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