Downgrading to iOS 9, how do I copy texts and contacts?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by dorsofila, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. dorsofila macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2016
    I have a 6s+ and upgraded to 10.0.2 a week ago. There's a noticeable performance decline, and battery life is terrible I want to switch back to 9.3.5; the problem is that I only have a 9.x backup that's a year old. My most recent backup in iTunes is for 10.0.2.

    If I do a fresh install of iOS 9.3.5, how can I copy over my texts, contacts, and pictures? I don't mind reinstalling apps. My iTunes and iCloud backups are all 10.0.2, so I can't use those apparently.
  2. VSMacOne, Oct 11, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016

    VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    There's no way to get the texts back. Everything else can sync over iCloud and iCloud Photo Library.

    If I were you, rather than go through all this, just wait for 10.1. Maybe it'll fix your issues.

    Edit: I stand corrected. There is a method (although complicated).
  3. DomC macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010
  4. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    I believe Apple has stopped signing 9.3.5. I think it's to late to go back. Not sure why you're having a performance problem with a 6s +. 10.0 ran fine on my 6 other than a few bugs that are on everyone's device running 10. At this point just wait for 10.1 or do a Erase All and resync your phone. You maybe having residual issues from 9.3.5 like the wifi networking bug.
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    What makes you believe that about iOS 9.3.5?
  6. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    Usually Apple stops signing the previous version of iOS two weeks after the launch of the new one.
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    That is certainly something that happens often enough, although there are certainly times when it happens earlier and times when it happens later (especially after a major new version is released). So far it seems that iOS 9.3.5 is still being signed (given that things like that can be checked, for example via sites like
  8. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010

    One way to do it is to downgrade to iOS 9.3.5, and create a blank backup.

    Use a program like iBackupBot and you can recover the SMS.db and Attachment folders from the 10.x backup to put back into their proper places in the blank backup. Same thing for Contacts and Photos, as long as they were stored in a local backup somewhere. The only requirement is that iBackupBot needs to be able to read iOS 10 backups. If it can't, I'm sure there are other programs that can scan those backups. As long as you can grab the necessary .db files, you will always be able to do this to recover your texts and contacts, among other information.

    dorsofila, use the steps DomC provided. I've performed those on iOS 9.3.3, and they work just fine.
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    iBackupbot does not work with iOS 10 backups. Therefore you cannot get the files/folder to copy over.
  10. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010
    There are probably other programs that can access them.

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