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How to Downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 without iTunes [2 Methods]

iOS 17 was released this September in WWDC 2023, and many iPhone users can't wait to upgrade to enjoy new features. However, some users may encounter errors during iOS updates or iOS 17 not functioning well on their iPhone models.

Installed iOS 17 on your iPhone and now want to downgrade back to iOS 16? Normally, you can downgrade iOS 17 to the previous iOS version with iTunes. However, errors always occur when downgrading iOS with iTunes, and the process is complicated. So, is it possible to downgrade iOS 17 without iTunes? This guide will show you 2 easy ways to downgrade iOS without using iTunes. Keep reading to find out how!

Backup iPhone Before Downgrading iOS without iTunes

The most important thing you should consider is to back up the iPhone data before the downgrade process. As you know, all the data on the device will be wiped off when you install the old iOS version of our iPhone. You can back up the iPhone via iCloud and iTunes/Finder.

Back Up iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is a free tool for you. It offers free 5GB cloud storage for iOS users to back up their iPhone data to iCloud. Below are the steps to back up your iPhone with iCloud.

  • First, ensure your iPhone is connected to a stable WiFi network.
  • Open the Settings app, click your name, and select "iCloud" options.
  • Select "iCloud Backup" and click "Back Up Now," then all of the iPhone data will be backed up to the iCloud.

back up iphone with icloud

Back Up iPhone with iTunes/Finder

  • Run iTunes/Finder and connect the iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.
  • When "Trust This Computer" pops up on your iPhone, just click on "Trust."
  • Click the device icon on iTunes and tap "Back Up Now."
  • You will find the backup folder on your computer when the backup process is done, .

backup iphone with itunes

How to Downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 without iTunes

Though Apple officials say it is almost impossible to downgrade iOS without using iTunes, there are still chances of doing that. Let's check out.

Method 1. Downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 via FoneGeek

As an alternative to iTunes, FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is always a great program to upgrade, downgrade, or restore iOS systems for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Besides, what makes it better than iTunes is that it can not only restore or downgrade the iOS version, but also act as a repair tool to fix iPhone or iPad issues.

Many iOS-related problems can be resolved in one click, including iPhone won't turn on, iPhone stuck in boot loop, iPhone stuck in black screen, Apple logo, recovery/DFU mode, iPhone is frozen or disabled, etc. This tool is fully compatible with the newest iOS 17 and iPhone 15/14.


It allows you to downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 without iTunes in a safe way; just follow the steps below:

Step 1. After downloading and installing the FoneGeek iOS repair tool on your Windows or Mac computer, run the program and choose "Standard Mode."

choose repair mode

Step 2. Now, using a good quality USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer, click on "Next" and the repair program will detect the device automatically.

connect ios device

If your iPhone is not detected by the program, you can follow the on-screen instructions to put the device into Recovery or DFU mode.

put iphone into recovery mode

Step 3. Different iOS firmware packages will be displayed. Since you are trying to downgrade iOS 17 to lower iOS versions, you can choose an older iOS version and click the "Download" button.

download firmware

Step 4. When the download is complete, you can click on "Fix Now" to begin the downgrade process.


That's it! The old iOS firmware package will be installed on your iPhone.


  • Using FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is simpler than other methods. With just a few clicks, you can complete the downgrade.
  • Your data is 100% secured; no data will get erased or lost during or after the downgrade process.
  • This method allows you to downgrade iOS without jailbreaking.


  • FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is a paid software, so you'll have to pay to use it.

Method 2. Downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 with TinyUmbrella

The 2nd way is to jailbreak your iPhone to downgrade iOS. However, there is one issue: your iPhone warranty will be of no avail after jailbreaking the device. And the whole process is very complicated. Here are the steps to downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 without iTunes using TinyUmbrella.

Step 1. Copy the URL http://www.ijailbreak.com/ijailbreak-downloads-section/ to download Tiny Umbrella first.

Step 2. Run this tool and get the device connected to the PC. The device will be automatically connected.

Step 3. Tap on the "Save SHSH" and "Start TSS Server" options to proceed.

start tinyumbrella

Step 4. Right-click on your device button and select the "Exit Recovery" option.

exit recovery

Step 5. Click on the "Advanced" option and uncheck the Set Hosts to Cydia on the "Exit" option. Click on "Save SHSH" and the downgrade process will get started.


  • This tool is designed to downgrade the iOS version and is free to use.


  • As mentioned above, the main risk with this method is jailbreaking. Jailbreaking your iPhone can void the warranty, prevent future software updates, and potentially lead to security issues.

FAQs about Downgrading from iOS 17 to iOS 16

Q1. How do I restore my iPhone from backup after downgrading iOS?

If you have backed up your iPhone with iCloud before, you can restore your iPhone from iCloud backup after downgrading iOS.

  • Go to iCloud.com on the browser and sign in with the iCloud account & password.
  • On the home interface of the iCloud backup, if you want to restore photos, you can click on "Photos" first, choose the target photo and click on "Download" to download them to your computer.

sign into icloud

Q2. Can you downgrade iOS without a computer?

No, it’s impossible to downgrade iOS without a computer. Whether you use iTunes or the tools introduced above to carry out the iOS downgrade, you will need a computer.

Q3. What to do if the iOS downgrade gets stuck?

What will you do if you are trying to downgrade iOS 17 with iTunes and finally encounter the stuck issue? To handle this kind of stuck issue, we recommend you read the tips in this article to solve this problem. To avoid this problem from the root, FoneGeek iOS System Recovery can be used to downgrade iOS without iTunes or fix all iOS issues.

Wrap Ups

You should have a clear idea of how to downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 without iTunes after going through the methods provided in this article. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is a simple and amazing program that allows you to downgrade iOS without any data loss. And it will only take a short time for the downgrade process to complete.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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