Apple just pushed out its latest and much awaited iOS 10 update on Sept. 13, and a swarm of iOS fans hurried to download the novel firmware and tap into its potential.
As it is with the first public release of any OS, some bugs and unpolished features are to be expected, but luckily there is always the chance to roll back to iOS 9 (or iOS 9.3.5) if things get too sour.
Tech Times has already covered the panic of users who saw their device bricking during the first hours of the iOS 10 going public, but it seems the problems have subsided.
Users reported performance issues such as fast battery-drain, snail-like loading times for apps and even unresponsive iPhones. Those who still encounter such problematic scenarios might want to read the walkthrough below, where we show you the steps to revert to a previous, more stable variant of iOS.
How To Downgrade iOS 10 To iOS 9.x (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone)
Step 1: Make sure your Windows PC or Mac is running the most recent version of iTunes.
Step 2: Go to the links corresponding to each variant of iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. Once there, download iOS 9.3.5 IPSW file.
Step 3: Go to your device and turn off the Find My iPhone feature. Then enter Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone, and check if the option is indeed toggled off.
Step 4: Use a USB cable to link your iOS device to the Mac or PC and start iTunes.
Step 5: Press and hold the Touch ID/Home and Power buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds, so that the device starts in DFU mode. After letting go of the Power button, keep pressing the Touch ID/Home button until you see the device go into DFU mode. Keep an eye on iTunes, as it should notify you that your device entered in Recovery Mode.
Step 6: As soon as iTunes recognizes the device, press the SHIFT key on PC or the Option key on Mac. After that, click on the "Restore iPhone..." button.
Step 7: Browse to the location where you saved the iOS 9.3.5 firmware file from earlier and select it. Wait as iTunes is installing a clean variant of iOS 9.3.5 on your device.
Step 8: Keep the device connected to the computer for the whole duration of the installation process, until iTunes notifies you about the completion of the restoration process. You may see the device reboot to the welcome screen.
Step 9: You are now ready to restore your backup files for iOS 9.3.5 or older firmware. Keep in mind, though, that data backups you created in iOS 10 do not play nice with earlier versions of the OS.
As a rule of thumb, always make backups of your OS status before installing new (or old) ones.
Apple fans might want to resist the temptation to install iOS 10 right away and give developers a few days to fix the release. We are confident that the iOS community will report all important bugs and issues in the new firmware, leading to a stable and updated version of Apple's latest mobile OS.
What is your experience with iOS 10 so far? Let us know in the comments section below.