Is it possible to restore an iPhone 6 from a backup that isn't the most recent?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mozzatron, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. mozzatron macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2014
    Hi there

    I accidentally deleted a thread of text messages which contained important info that i need to retrieve.

    I then connected the phone to my iMac so i could try and restore it via iTunes from a back up to get the messages back, but it automatically backed the phone up (after i had deleted the messages).

    I then went into iTunes and chose to restore the phone from a backup (thinking it would give me the option to chose a backup prior to deleting the text messages), but sadly not. It automatically started backing up from the most recent backup which is obviously not going to get my messages back.

    Is there a way to chose an older back up so i can retrieve the messages?

    Thanks in advance.


    iPhone 6, iOS 8.1.1
  2. Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2010
    Is it possible to restore an iPhone 6 from a backup that isn't the most recent?

    A user can restore an iPhone with a backup made with an older version of iOS with no problem.

    A user can not restore an iPhone from a backup made from a newer version IOS -the user would need to install the latest iOS on the iPhone first.
  3. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    Go to Preferences in the main iTunes options across the top of the screen then click on Device and you'll see a list of all the backups performed through iTunes. Delete the backup that your handset (unwittingly) did when you plugged it in earlier on, then click your iPhone in the top left corner and "restore backup" and it should restore the backup from BEFORE you plugged it in today.

    Alternatively, you can restore from iCloud if it's backed up and that will give you the choice of which backup to select.
  4. nox5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2013
    Erase the iPhone than during set up it asks you to restore over wifi from your iCloud account and it gives you options of older backups to choose from.

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