How to downgrade from iOS 11 back to iOS 10.3.3

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Apple has begun rolling out iOS 11 update to all iPhone and iPad owners worldwide following months of beta testing. Apple’s new version of mobile operating system includes a lot of new features and changes, like customizable Control Center, a persistent Dock, a redesigned App Switcher, and a Files app.

It’s been one day since Apple launched iOS 11 worldwide, but we have already started to hear some of the problems iPhone and iPad owners are facing with Apple’s newest version of iOS, like unresponsive 3D Touch, Wi-Fi issues, or poor battery life.

If you no longer bear with the annoying issues in iOS 11, you can downgrade back to a more stable version, iOS 10.3.3. Downgrading back to iOS 10.3.3 is pretty simple, but it may be a little bit confusing to many newcomers.

In this step-by-step guide, we will go through the steps to downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3. Before we begin, note that you will only be able to go back to iOS 10.3.3, as Apple has stopped signing the older firmware files. Make sure you have created a backup of your device using iCloud or iTunes.

How to downgrade from iOS 11 back to iOS 10.3.3

Step one: First off, you need to download the iOS 10.3.3 firmware. You can head over to this link to get the firmware (make sure you download the correct firmware on your device)

Step two: Once you are done, put your device into DFU mode. If you now own an iPhone 7 ow newer, the method used to put your device into DFU mode is slightly different. To do this, you can check out the steps below:

  • Connect your iPhone to a Mac or a Window PC and then turn off your device. After that, press and hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds to proceed
  • Press and hold the Volume button while keeping the On/Off button pressed. Keep holding both buttons. Release the On/Off button (make sure you are still holding the Volume button). If your iPhone’s screen remains black, you are good to go.

Step three: iTunes will detect an iPhone in recovery mode and you now can proceed with clicking on the OK button

Step four: On your Mac, simply hold the Alt/Option key and hit the Restore iPhone button. After that, select the iOS 10.3.3 firmware you downloaded earlier and hit the Restore and Update button from the popup menu

Step five: Click on the Next button and hit Agree. iTunes will then verify the software and start installing it on your iPhone (the process may take a while).

Step six: Once done, follow the instructions to set up your device.

Also read: How to unpair an Apple Watch from iPhone

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