4s replaced by vendor at ios7, my backup was 7.1.2 - go to 8.1? best steps help? (FIR

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by cwinte, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. cwinte macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    So I have 4s with working wifi thanks to my ebay supplier swapping out a wifi failure. But I had my old 4s at 7.1.2 with 150 apps and loads of settings - I'd like to get all that back.
    So before sending for replace/repair I backed up over cable to iTunes.
    New unit arrives back 10 days later (post...) ios 7.0

    Waited a bit to see if 8.1 sounds good idea, maybe yes (agree?)

    So what are the steps to get a good restore and update done.
    Ideally I'd like to keep recent texts received since the "new" unit arrived and merge with previous texts, but maybe I have to choose old or current?
    Or is it old only?
    I am up for a bit of extraction from the backup files on my Mac if needs be, crank up terminal again...

    I guess same applies to call log though not too worried to end up with old on that.

    >FIRST POST< so...
    HI, thanks in advance for the guidance which is to come (hoping)
  2. cwinte thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    a bit more info (no iCloud backup etc)

    Should have said that I do not use iCloud syncing or backup...

    Can I just apply 8.1 update and then do a restore of my 7.1.2 backup?
    Does that give me 8.1 with 7.1.2 apps, settings, data or what?

    What happens about texts (old messages in backup and new messages received since I got the replacement phone back)?
    To get these iterrim texts am I best to make another backup of this phone right before applying 8.1?

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