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How to downgrade to iOS 9 from iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad

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So iOS 10 is out. And while we do think Apple’s “biggest release ever” is great and works as advertised on newer devices, the software update might not be to your liking, or it simply doesn’t run well on your iPhone or iPad. Which leaves you with one option: downgrade to the previous version of iOS.

Reverting to iOS 9 isn’t complicated and the process itself should only take minutes to complete. But you should do it sooner than later, as there’s only a small window of opportunity before Apple stops signing (read: approving) the last iOS build before a software upgrade. In due time (perhaps when the next update rolls out), downgrading won’t be possible, and you’ll be stuck with your least favorite iOS version.

But before we walk you through the roll-back process, make sure to backup your device first, either via iCloud or iTunes on a Mac or Windows computer. You won’t be able to use the backup on iOS 9 or older, but it’s better to have a fall-back option just in case things don’t go down so well. Your computer should be using the latest version of iTunes as well.

Oh, and one more thing: The downgrade process will install a fresh version of iOS 9.3.5 onto your device. If you don’t have an iOS 9 backup on iCloud or your computer, you’ll be left with a blank device with a few pre-installed applications.

So here’s how to revert to iOS 9 from iOS 10.

1. Download the appropriate iOS 9.3.5 file (ending in .ipsw) for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod model.

2. While the download is in progress, turn off the “Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod” feature on your phone (head to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod).

3. Connect your device to your Mac or Windows machine using a Lightning cable.

4. Launch iTunes,

5. Put your iOS device into DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode. To do that, hold down both the home and power buttons for at least 10 seconds. When you see the Apple logo, let go of the power button but continue holding down the home button until the device enters DFU mode. iTunes will notify you when it is in recovery mode.

6. Select the device icon in the upper-left side of the iTunes window, then click on the “Summary” tab in the left column.

7. In the iTunes window, hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Shift key on a Windows computer, and choose the “Restore iPhone…” option.

8. A navigation window will appear, prompting you to select the file you downloaded earlier. Navigate to the folder where you saved the file, then select it.

9. iTunes will proceed to install iOS 9.3.5. Do not unplug your device for any reason until it reboots to the “Hello” screen.

10. At this point, you can restore an iOS 9.3.5 or older backup to get all your data and settings back. Again, you can’t use a backup made using iOS 10.

Were you able to roll back to a previous installation? Sound off in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you.

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How to hide from Instragram’s new Activity Status feature

It’s on by default!

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Instagram silently rolled out a new feature of its app. If you don’t like your friends to know that you’re online (and also protect your privacy), you might want to take action. Why? Because it’s automatically turned on.

If you have the latest app, you probably noticed something new inside the Direct Messages section. This new feature dubbed “Activity Status” lets your Instagram buddies know if you’re online. If you happen to be scrolling through your timeline moments ago, the status will show that you’ve been available earlier.

This is switched on by default but the data is only shared with users that you follow and those you message privately. There’s no need to panic if you think a stalker will know that you’re online — unless you follow them, too.

How to turn it off?

You can easily switch it off inside the app. Just go to your profile page and tap the top-right icon for Options.

Next, scroll down until you see “Show Activity Status” and switch the toggle button beside.

That’s it! Now that it’s off on your end, your status will not show up to your buddies. Although, you won’t be able to see the status of other accounts as well.

Since the new feature was smoothly included in the recent updates from the Play Store or App Store, it’s not clear when Instagram introduced the function. Some might not have it yet, which could mean it’s still an experimental approach with a limited number of users.

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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