How to Downgrade iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1 and Prepare for Pangu Jailbreak

After a couple iteration of beta rollouts, Apple released iOS 10.3.2 to the public yesterday. As per the official release notes, the update contains bug fixes and improves the security of the iPhone and iPad.

While we always recommend users to update their iOS devices to the latest firmware, users who wish to jailbreak have to stay on their current firmware to have better chances of jailbreaking. The Pangu team recently demoed a jailbreak for iOS 10.3 – iOS 10.3.1, and there are chances that it will be released soon now that iOS 10.3.2 has been made available.

If you wish to jailbreak, but accidentally updated to iOS 10.3.2, then it’s still possible to downgrade back to iOS 10.3.1 and stay prepared for the upcoming jailbreak. As of this writing, Apple is still signing iOS 10.3.1, which means that you can easily downgrade to this firmware using iTunes. The signing window won’t remain open for long so if you’re considering to downgrade, then now’s the time to do it. To check the signing status, go to this link.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1 on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Here are some important points to consider before downgrading:

  • Ensure that you have updated iTunes to the latest version.
  • Downgrading to iOS 10.3.1 is possible only if Apple is signing the firmware. As of this writing, the signing window is open and you can downgrade. To check the signing status, go to this link.
  • You can downgrade to iOS 10.3.1 only, and not to older versions.
  • Please take a backup of your iOS device using iCloud or iTunes so that if anything happens, you can recover your data from the backup. If you need help, follow our guide:
  • Please note that the process involves wiping your device, and then restoring it from a compatible backup, so it can take some time depending on how much data needs to be recovered and your internet connection (if you’re restoring from an iCloud backup).

How to Downgrade iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1

Step 1: Download the iOS 10.3.1 IPSW file from our download page. Make sure that you download the correct firmware that corresponds to your device model.

Note: If you’re downloading the firmware file using Safari and have auto-unzip enabled, then make sure that you disable it. Alternatively, you can use Chrome or Firefox, or rename the .zip file as .ipsw and it should work.

Step 2: Now you need put your device into DFU mode. If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, then read this guide for entering DFU mode. Otherwise, if you own an older iPhone model or an iPad or iPod, read the steps below:

  • Plug your device into your computer.
  • Turn off your device by holding the Power button and then sliding to power off.
  • Next, press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds.
  • Then begin holding the Home button without releasing the 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 your device is in Recovery mode. If you don’t see the popup, try the process of holding the buttons again.
  • Click on the Ok button.
Downgrade iOS 8.4.1 - iTunes - Recovery mode

Step 3: Hold the Alt/Option key on Mac, or Shift key in Windows, and click on the Restore iPhone… (iPad/iPod touch…) button.

Downgrade iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 8.4 - Recovery mode

Step 4: The file browser popup appears. Browse and select the iOS 10.3.1 IPSW file that you downloaded earlier.

Step 5: A message appears for confirmation. Click on the Restore and Update button to continue.

Downgrade iOS 8.4 - Erase screen

Step 6: In the next screen, it will give you information about the iOS 10.3.1 firmware. Click on the Next button, followed by the Agree button to continue.

Step 7: iTunes will now verify the software and install it on your device. It should take around 10 minutes or less.

  • Notes: If you get the error message “This device isn’t eligible for the requested build”, then it might be because you’ve downloaded the wrong firmware file for your device.

Step 8: After it is successfully restored to iOS 10.3.1, you should see the white ‘Hello’ screen on your device. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. You can start afresh or restore your device from a compatible backup.

How to Prepare for the iOS 10.3.1 Pangu Jailbreak

Now that you’ve downgraded from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1, you have better chances of jailbreaking. The Pangu team recently demoed an iOS 10.3 – iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak and there are chances that the jailbreak will be released in the next couple of weeks now that iOS 10.3.2 has released.

For tips on how to prepare your device for the jailbreak, read the following article:

If you have any questions, leave a comment below and we’ll try to help.