How to: Restore an ios 7.1 backup to ios 7.0.4 device

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by ross1998, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    This thread is for all the people that updated to ios 7.1 beta 2 and aren't devs and can't get iTunes to restore their backup onto ios 7.0.4. (This includes me :) )

    1. Find the iTunes backup on your computer. ( on windows its located in C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup )

    2. Find the backup you want to restore. (It should be the one that has the latest modified)

    3. Download a free plist editor and go into the backup folder of the backup you wish to restore.

    4. Find the info.plist and open it with plist editor.

    5. Change the line "<key>Product Version</key>
    <key>Product Version</key>

    6. Save the plist file and do the same with the status.plist file

    7. successfully restore the ios 7.1 backup to a device running ios 6.1.4
  2. vangelisbrs macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2013
    Please help me

    What if my only backup is on icloud?
    i update to ios 7.1 beta 2 over the air, so now i can't restore to my last backup.
    i quess i need to pay for a developer acount!!!
  3. ross1998 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    sorry but don't know how to do it with icloud back up.
  4. Alonso Quijano, Dec 13, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013

    Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

    Alonso Quijano

    Jul 17, 2013
    If you have a computer, download iTunes

    You may have to put your device in DFU mode, follow the steps listed here to put it in DFU mode

    How to enter DFU mode

    With your iPhone connected to your computer via usb, iTunes will detect an iPhone in DFU mode and allow you to download iOS 7.0.4 and restore your phone

    Then, restore from iCloud backup on your newly restored phone :)

    But, this is just a guess and not from experience but it should work.
  5. oVerboost macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    DFU restore if it works after the failed OTA update will force download of 7.0.4
  6. vangelisbrs macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2013
  7. ross1998 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    I believe if you backed up with icloud while on ios 7.1 and you go back to 7.0.4 then iclouad won't let you restore. Its just gonna say ios 7.1 required to restore this backup. But lets hope it works for you and report back after you try.
  8. vangelisbrs macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2013
    Ross1998 you are right. i can't restore from an icloud backup created with ios 7.1
    Nevermind, i wish to have a backup at my office's pc.

    Thank you anyway
  9. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Is the restore stable? IIRC previous attempts to restore to a lower version were often glitchy.
  10. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  11. ross1998 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    I restored my ios 7.1 backup to my 5s running ios 7.0.4 with this method and I've had no crashes since I restored.(it's been 9 hours now) so everything seems stable and I think it's even more stable than it's ever been.
  12. rohanraut92 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2013
    I'm a non developer stuck at ios 7.1 beta 2 with activation error. I'm trying to get my UDID registered. But this is going to be useful method. Plz let us know if UDID registration will activate my phone or should I take it to apple care
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    UDID registration if actually done correctly (and not perhaps through some scam site or something) should take care of it (might need to restart shortly after the registration is submitted).
  14. rohanraut92 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2013
    Thanks. After lot if failed attempts to go back to 7.0.4 I guess that's a better option. Will get it done locally via someone reliable then.
  15. sbailey4, Dec 17, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013

    sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    iOS 7.1b2 will need a UDID registered to activate. AppleCare most likely wont/cant help.
  16. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
    Just done this. Worked like a charm.

    Thank you for posting this.
  17. rohanraut92 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2013
    Worked perfectly. Here are location for mac users.
    Where are iTunes backups stored on your computer
    The folder where your backup data is stored depends on the computer's operating system. Make sure the backup folder is included in your data-backup routine. iTunes places the backup files in the following places:

    Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
    The "~" represents your Home folder. If you don't see Library in your home folder, hold Option and click the Go menu.
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, and choose Run. Type %appdata% and click OK.
    Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press Return.
  18. rafal408 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2013
    what should i do with status.plist file, i don't see "<key>Product Version</key>
    <string>7.1</string>" in this file
  19. allan0116 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Thanks for the information! I just successfully restored the backup from 7.1!!


    It's actually the Manifest.plist file. You can find the Product Version in this file and please change it to 7.0.4
  20. laspecas macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
    What do I have to edit in the manifest.plist?
  21. vipermo macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2013
    Thanks so much

    Thanks a lot that really helped me to go back from beta 3 to 7.0.4 :)
  22. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008

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