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Question: Downgrade iPad Mini 2 to iOS 10.3

When iOS 11 was released I had to downgrade back to iOS 10.3 due to poor performance on my iPad mini 2. After continually being annoyed by reminder messages for months to upgrade my device and told that iOS 11.3 had solved the performance issues with the A7 devices, I was disappointed after the upgrade to 11.3 to still be dealing with jumpy graphic transitions, poor responsiveness and random freezing. The problems only occur in iOS and apps such as Safari. All my other apps run well.


This seems to be a common issue for other owners of the iPad mini 2. I want to downgrade back to iOS 10.3.3. Where can I register my device so I can have an older iOS image signed by apple or whatever I need to do in order to downgrade my device?

iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 11.3

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Apple only makes older versions available for hardware that doesn't support the newest version. Your device doesn't fall into that category.


What troubleshooting steps have you taken? Have you restored from a back up? Restored as new? Had your battery tested?

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Apr 22, 2018 3:22 PM in response to IdrisSeabright In response to IdrisSeabright

They sign for older devices. In theory, it should be possible for someone to register their device id to be allowed to downgrade. I know Apple doesn’t want you to downgrade but they can’t make your device glitchy and then say “sorry you have to buy a new ipad”. I would think there would be some recourse.

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Apr 22, 2018 3:24 PM in response to FSUKevin83 In response to FSUKevin83

Apple only makes older versions available for hardware that doesn't support the newest version. Your device doesn't fall into that category.


What troubleshooting steps have you taken? Have you restored from a back up? Restored as new? Had your battery tested?

Apr 22, 2018 3:24 PM

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Question: Downgrade iPad Mini 2 to iOS 10.3