iOS 9.3.4 Released as Important Security Update [IPSW Download Links]

Aug 4, 2016 - 32 Comments

iOS 9.3.4

Apple has released a small but important security update versioned as iOS 9.3.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The iOS 9.3.4 update “provides an important security update” and is recommended by Apple for all users to install on their device running a version of iOS 9. Presumably users who are running iOS 10 betas are not impacted by whatever security issue exists in iOS 9.3.3 or earlier, and therefore don’t need to worry about any particular security patch beyond installing regular updates as they become available.

Multiple reports indicate that iOS 9.3.4 patches the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3, thereby preventing a device on iOS 9.3.4 from being jailbroken by that utility. It’s unclear if that is the primary security update included in the iOS 9.3.4 release.

Updating to iOS 9.3.4

The easiest way to download and install iOS 9.3.4 is through the Over-the-Air update mechanism on an iPhone or iPad running an earlier version of iOS system software.

  1. Back up the device before installing any software update, either to iCloud or iTunes
  2. Open the “Settings” app and go to “General” and then to “Software Update”
  3. Choose “Download and Install”

iOS 9.3.4

The OTA update is quite small weighing around 20mb to 50mb, depending on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch model, and should therefore update fairly quickly for most devices.

iOS updates usually go without a hitch, but it’s good practice to backup beforehand anyway. There are limited reports of the initial process being stuck on “Verifying update” which can be fixed easily. Additionally some users trying to install iOS 9.3.4 may encounter an “This Device isn’t Eligible for the Requested Build” error message, which is generally remedied by simply waiting a while and trying to reinstall again later, or by using iTunes to install the software update.

iOS 9.3.4 IPSW Firmware Download Links

Users who would rather install iOS 9.3.4 via firmware can download IPSW for their devices directly from Apple using the links below:

Any questions, issues, or comments about iOS 9.3.4? Let us know in the comments below.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Phred says:

    9.3.5 fixed my camera. Do not ask me how, but it did.

  2. Phred says:

    9.3.4 is so lame! I was using my iPaf. I clicked on a phone number. It popped up a window that said, “Call x-xxx-xxx-xxxx”. Of course that is useless on the iPad. It failed to dial.

  3. Phred says:

    I am only asking (above) because my phone is hosed since 9.3.4

  4. Phred says:

    I boot my MacBook into Linux and have not used OS-X in quite a while. It is far behind on updates. I am not interested in updating it. The partition is small.

    I have never plugged my iPhone into it.

    If I boot OS-X, resize the oration, and use iTunes to back up my phone, and wipe it 100%, can I recover it using the iTunes backup? Will I get all my game saves back?

  5. Marren says:

    I just updated to this iOS and now I can’t activate my Touch ID. I’ve tried everything from restoring settings, restarting; basically any tips they had on line. Everytime I try it has a FAILED try again later screen without me even trying to put my print it. What should I do? Thanks!

    • Robert D. says:

      Reset your settings rather than restoring. This worked for me with the keyboard issue. If this does not work, contact Apple Support via their chat option at Apple Support. They were more helpful than I expected.

  6. Robert D. says:

    I just updated my iPad Mini (2?) from iOS 9.2.1 to 9.3.4. Now I no longer get a visual confirmation when I type a letter on the keyboard. There is no setting for this that I am aware of. Has anyone else experienced this “bug” and found a solution?

  7. Phred says:

    My iPhone 6+ “bricked” after the update and required a hard reset. The camera no longer functions except in WhatsApp or Viber. I tried all the “tricks” on YouTube. Nothing brings back the camera.

    I called Apple support. They say I am ellegable for a camera replacement. They insist that replacing the camera will fix the problem. I want to know why the alleged camera hardware problem did not show until the update to 9.3.4 and subsequent “bricking”.

    Anyone else see this happen?

    I re-enrolled in Touch ID, but for some reason I have to use both my print and my password to check my bank account.


    • Paul says:

      Try resetting the iPhone and setting it up as new. It may work. It’s also possible the iPhone Camera is faulty and needs repair, but yes that would be an interesting coincidence with iOS update timing.

  8. Arivazhagan says:

    Yet to accustomed
    Will comment later

  9. Phred says:

    The camera app fails to work outside of WhatsApp or Viber once you upgrade to 9.3.4

  10. Phred says:

    My iPhone6+ bricked. I had to reset, and restore from backup.

    Now it is rinning ios9.3.4….

    ios10 does not offer anything I need.

  11. Ronin says:

    Still haven’t installed 9.3.3. Do I need to do it, in order to be able to install 9.3.4 when it shows up on my device?

  12. Hamza Sheikh says:

    The important security fix can be the cure to jailbreak exploit which is shared recently, If am not wrong?

  13. NickO says:

    Updated my iPhone and iPad – fast and no problems.

  14. Ralph says:

    I totally agree. I find out about the upgrades via OS X Daily before any other source and before I get around to checking for updates, which is actually quite often. Excellent job and source of valuable information.

  15. Wharf Xanadu says:

    I am still using an earlier version I will wait for iOS 10

  16. junebeetle says:

    I can always trust you guys to notify me of any updates or beta releases. Thanks very much.

  17. Juan says:

    You Guys from OSXDaily have been doing a very good job,


  18. Luiz says:

    Updated to 9.3.3 some weeks ago and found that it drains battery as hell, compared to 9.3.2. So I downgraded to the previous version.

    Wonder if 9.3.4 sucks at battery life too…

    • anony says:

      My feeling was 9.3.2 drains battery as hell compared to 9.3.1.
      Battery performance: 9.3.1 > 9.3.3 >> 9.3.2
      So, not so will to update 9.3.4 in my iPhone6…

  19. David says:

    Updated to iOS 9.3.4 by the Settings app, iPhone 6S.

  20. anonymous says:

    I’m getting the not eligible message, when installing via itunes. I have tried numerous times, but I am now in a state where my ipad is bricked until something happens – the update is partially installed, but it is not completed.

    • Paul says:

      Try updating iOS 9.3.4 again in a few minutes, it seems like there was an issue with Apple signing the IPSW firmware for a while but it should work now. That is probably caused a lot of the “not eligible” messages with iOS 9.3.4 update.

      You can also try direct IPSW or a Recovery Mode update if things really go sour.

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