Question on restoring from a 4s to an old 3gs

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ls1dreams, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009

    I just sold my iPhone 4s in anticipation of the 5, and want to restore my data to my 3gs.

    However, I'm running into some difficult.

    This was my plan:
    1. Backup old iPhone 4s before selling (done)
    2. Wipe iPhone 4s
    3. Get SIM for 3gs
    4. Restore the 3gs using the 4s's backup file

    HOWEVER, now that I am trying to restore, I'm running into these two problems:

    1. The "restore from backup" option is not present when I select the properties of my phone in iTunes where it would normally be

    Why would this be?

    2. I thought it might be missing because the 3gs is running 4.3.3, while the 4s was running 5.1.1. However, when prompted to update my 3gs to 5.1.1, it warns that it will sync all of my contacts/etc with iCloud. This obviously seems dangerous because my current iCloud is up to date, and I don't want my old contacts from the 3gs overwriting the current ones.

    Any tips?
  2. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    How about turning off iCloud backup in favor of local backup (export a copy just in case). Then, finish your update and transfer. Lastly, return to iCloud use.
  3. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    If your 4S is backed-up (via iTunes or iCloud), just erase & update the 3GS to the latest iOS. Then restore it from the back-up.
  4. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
  5. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Solved - I just erased contents, setup as new, installed iOS 5.1.1, then restored.

    My guess is that if the phone is on 4.x it won't let you restore from a 5.x backup until you update the OS.

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