How to resatore Iphone 4 from an old back up

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HIGHTOWER16, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. HIGHTOWER16 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I havew an iphone 4 it was upgraded to Ios5 on a friends computer but not backed up, i then plugged it into my computer and it automaicly back up. I need to restore it to a older back up any ideas? Thanks
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Top two links from putting "iphone restore from backup" into Google are:

    iTunes: Backing up, updating, and restoring iOS software
    iOS: How to back up

    On the second link, click "How to restore from a backup" and it says:
  3. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
  4. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Unless you have Time Machine or used some other way to save the old backup, the new backup would have over wrote it.

    If you have time machine, then you can restore the old backup.
  5. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    No it should be easy to restore from a previous Firmware version iPhone backup that was on the OP's Mac or PC.

    If you do multiple backups at the same Firmware level then, yes the data is overwritten.

    iPhone Backup Location for Mac OS X
    in Mac OS X your iPhone files are backed up at the following location:

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

    The (~) symbol signifies your home directory, which is the same place all your other personal documents are stored.

    iPhone Backup Location for Windows 7, XP, and Vista
    Windows XP stores all of your iPhone backup files in this location:

    C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    Windows Vista and Windows 7 backs up the iPhone files to here:

    C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    Obviously if your main drive is not C: then you’ll have to change that, same goes for ‘user’

  6. bg777a macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Ok, i Backed up my phone before update, and i can see backup is there.
    I updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 and iTunes didn't let me chose what restore i want, it just set it up as new phone.
    I also dont have option of restore form backup when i right click on it.

    Can anyone help me ?
  7. Freezorro macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2012
    I have the same problem. I backed up my old iPhone 3gs, and my new iPhone 4 does not have option "Restore from Backup" when I right click on the Device.

    The backup is shown in iTunes Prefferences->Devices

    I am on Mac. Please help

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