iPhone 4s running iOS 9 - restore from backup to - iPhone 6 running iOS 10 - Possible?

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iPhone 4s running iOS 9 - restore from backup to - iPhone 6 running iOS 10

Is this possible? Can I do this through iTunes backup? Only iCloud backup? I prefer iTunes.

I thought this wasn't possible. This is for a friend that isn't tech savvy and isn't close to me. Providing support from afar.

Thanks!
 

C DM

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iPhone 4s running iOS 9 - restore from backup to - iPhone 6 running iOS 10

Is this possible? Can I do this through iTunes backup? Only iCloud backup? I prefer iTunes.

I thought this wasn't possible. This is for a friend that isn't tech savvy and isn't close to me. Providing support from afar.

Thanks!
So we are talking about putting a backup from a device running iOS 9 onto a device running iOS 10? If so, that should work, either through iTunes or iCloud, but iTunes would likely be the better way to go. (If we are talking about the reverse--putting an iOS 10 backup onto iOS 9--now that wouldn't really work.)
 
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So we are talking about putting a backup from a device running iOS 9 onto a device running iOS 10? If so, that should work, either through iTunes or iCloud, but iTunes would likely be the better way to go. (If we are talking about the reverse--putting an iOS 10 backup onto iOS 9, that wouldn't really work.)
Yes current device is running iOS 9 and new device is already on iOS 10. Thanks!
 

Mlrollin91

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It is possible, but I definitely would not recommend it. That big of a hardware jump + software could lead to corruption, battery life issues and more. YMMV.
 
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blindside217

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I have my iPhone 7 Plus running with my same backup all the way back to my iPhone 3G. I have just restored from backup from the previous device each year and everything has been fine. I have even jail broken and run betas at some points throughout the history of the backup. My text message history goes all the way back to 2008!
 
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