Updating to iOS 10.3.2 — and Downgrading Again — While Waiting for Pangu’s Jailbreak

You want to give the newly released iOS 10.3.2 a try and see what it brings, but you also want your phone to be ready for jailbreaking when Pangu rolls out its much-awaited tool for iOS 10.3.1.

What do you do?

Well, you can do what many iOS users have done before: update to the latest version of the firmware, have a look-see, then downgrade to the older version that’s due for jailbreaking. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually quite simple if you know what to do. We’ve listed the steps you should take below:

Preparing for Updating

Apple usually continues to sign an older firmware version for about a week after a newer version is released. Since iOS 10.3.2 was released on May 15, we can expect Apple to stop signing iOS 10.3.1 on May 22. So, as of this writing, it’s still possible to officially downgrade your device to iOS 10.3.1 from 10.3.2.

Still, it’s advisable to save the SHSH2 blobs for iOS 10.3.1 before you update your device. This way, even if you stay on iOS 10.3.2 beyond May 2, you can still downgrade whenever you want to. Don’t forget to create a backup of your files on iCloud just to be sure.

Updating Your Device

To update to iOS 10.3.2, go to your device’s Settings, tap on “General” and then on “Software Update”. Tap on the “Download and Install” section, then enter your passcode when prompted. Read the terms and conditions, then tap on the “Agree” button (tap it again to confirm). The download and installation process should happen automatically.

Downgrading to iOS 10.3.1

If you decide to downgrade to iOS 10.3.1 before Apple stops signing it, take the following steps:

  1. Download the iOS 10.3.1 IPSW (make sure to choose the file that corresponds to your device).
  1. Connect your device to your computer and put it into DFU mode.
  1. Hold down the Shift key (if you’re using a PC) or the Alt/Option key (if you’re using a Mac), then click on the “Restore (name of device)” button.
  1. Select the iOS 10.3.1 IPSW you’ve downloaded earlier from the popup that would appear.
  1. Click on “Restore and Update”.
  1. Click “Next” then “Agree” on the following screens.
  1. Wait for iTunes to verify and install iOS 10.3.1 in your device.

And that’s it! You’ve seen what iOS 10.3.2 has to offer, and you’re now back to iOS 10.3.1, ready to take on the Pangu jailbreaking tool. Of course, there’s a chance that the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak will be compatible with iOS 10.3.2, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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