How to Downgrade from iOS 9.3 Back to iOS 9.2.1

A couple of days ago Apple released iOS 9.3, one of the biggest updates for iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch. The new iOS 9.3 contains many great features and improvements like Night Shift, secured Touch ID notes and more..

In case you've updated your iPhone to iOS 9.3 and for some reasons you wish to downgrade back to iOS 9.2.1, hopefully you still can downgrade.

Important points
  • You will be able to downgrade back only to iOS 9.2.1.
  • You will be able to downgrade as long as Apple continues to sign iOS 9.2.1 firmware file.
  • It is important to take a backup of your iOS device to iCloud or using iTunes so you can restore from the backup if something goes wrong.
  • Apple doesn’t recommend downgrading so please proceed at your own risk.
Check real-time signing status
To find out if Apple is still signing the firmware file, check this website. Green rows with a tick means that Apple is still signing the firmware file, and you can downgrade from iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1.

Okay, let's start: 

Method 1:
This method is recommended, but it is more time-consuming as it involves restoring data from backup. It is also important to note that you will be able to only restore from the last iOS 9.2.1 compatible backup, and will lose the data since upgrading to iOS 9.3.
  • Download the iOS 9.2.1 firmware file for your device. The iOS 9.2.1 firmware file for iPhone 6 Plus, model number A1524 (which can be found at the back of your device) is iPhone7,1_9.2.1_13D20_Restore.ipsw. Accordingly, download the appropriate firmware file from our iOS firmware file download page for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Download links: 

iPhone: 
iPad:  iPod Touch:  After downloading the firmware file you'll have to do this: 

You now need to put your device in DFU mode: 

1-Plug your device into your computer
2-Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Wake or Power button and swiping it off
3-Hold the power button for 3 seconds
4-Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds
5-Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that your device is recognized as being in recovery mode.
  • Plug your device into your computer.
  • Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Wake or Power button and swiping it off.
  • Hold the power button for 3 seconds.
  • Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds.
  • Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that it has detected that your device is in Recovery mode.
  • Click "OK"
  • Hold the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift key in Windows on your keyboard and click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button. Note: If you directly click on the Restore iPhone button without holding the Alt/Option key on the Mac or Shift key in Windows will result in restoring your device back to iOS 9.2.1.

  • Then click 'restore and update' and browse the iOS 9.3.ipsw file that you downloaded earlier. 
That's it ! Have you downgraded your iPhone from iOS 9.3 back to iOS 9.2.1 ?

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