Can I iTunes-restore to a different iPhone? Or swap sims?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by zain, May 22, 2009.

  1. zain macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    My iPhone (first-gen) died on me. I'm borrowing a friend's old iPhone (also first-gen) until the new one is out next month.

    My question is... can I perform an iTunes restore and set up his phone with a backup of my phone? That way, I can keep my number and everything.

    If not, can I swap the sim cards of the phones and do an iTunes restore that way? I don't mind jailbreaking.

  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    You have to swap the sim card to use your phone regardless, and you can restore from a previous backup too.
  3. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Your phone number is attached to your SIM card, not the phone. So you will have to swap SIM cards. I think you can restore his phone from a backup as your phone... I've never tried, but I think it should be possible. You might run into a problem though if they were running completely different software versions...
  4. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    I would restore the phone first then put your sim in, then restore from a back-up

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