Is this even possible?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by djole, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. djole macrumors newbie

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    Here is the challenge I am expecting I'll face soon: I gave away my iPhone 5 the other day, and I had made a backup. Now when I get a 6, which runs on iOS 8, I won't be able to restore my old settings and iMessages etc. Am I right?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Richardgm, Sep 11, 2014
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    You will be able to restore with the new iPhone. No problem.
     
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    You just restore the backup onto your 6. It will work fine.
     
  4. xero9 macrumors 6502a

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    This was my thought too.. You can restore older backup on new device, but not the other way.

    I gave my mom my iPhone 4 a few years ago and she restored it from her 3G backup.
     
  5. djole thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've done the same, but the issue here is not restoring backup to a newer device that runs the same OS as the old one. It is restoring an iOS 7 backup to a (new model) phone that runs iOS 8.
     
  6. saudor macrumors 6502

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    This is fine. I did it with ios6 backup over a 7. SAme with ios7 backup on a ios8 gm
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It's fine. The version of the OS doesn't matter so long as the device you're installing it on has an equal-to-or-newer version.

    You're not installing the OS onto the phone from the backup, just the content and settings.
     
  8. djole thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you gentlemen. You've made my day. Cheers!
     
  9. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    Incorrect. You can restore an iOS 7 backup to iOS 8
     
  10. Richardgm macrumors 6502a

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    I guess my succinct answer was ironically confusing.
     
  11. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    I've always been able to go up without issue, but never down a version.
     
  12. MinEderPlayz macrumors 6502a

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    Of course you can do that. Just restore the iPhone 6 from backup, iTunes will take care of the rest. ;)
     
  13. nerdAFK macrumors regular

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    It's Apple.
    It all just works!
     

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