Restore a backup from a 3GS on iOS5 to a new 5S on iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by clueless78, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. clueless78 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2013
    I currently have an iPhone 3GS which is on iOS 5. My new iPhone 5S should be here any day, my plan was to restore a back up from the old phone straight onto the new phone but can I do this considering they are on different iOS versions?

    I did try a search but nothing similar came up so apologies if this is a repeat question.
  2. TheSchmuck macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Did you have any luck?

    I'm about to go through a similar excerise myself (iPhone 4 running iOS5 has had the screen die and my phone contract runs out this month, so I can choose to get an iPhone 5s).

    Did your text messages and other personal data restore ok on to your new phone? (text messages are the only ones I'm really worried about - everything else I could sync in from some other source if I needed to).


  3. daxiel22 macrumors member


    Jul 23, 2013
    Yes, I did the same thing without any problem.
  4. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    You shouldn't run into any problems, but then again you are using an iOS version that it out of date.
  5. TheSchmuck macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Hi Daxiel ... so you jumped straight from an iOS 5 backup to an iOS 7 phone? (just to be sure on the specifics). (i.e. your iPhone 4 wasn't running iOS 6 or iOS 7 ?)

    Indeed - that's what I'm concerned about - and specifically that iOS 5 is *two* versions behind iOS 7. I would expect an iOS 6 backup to restore fine onto iOS 7 (since as I understand it, that's how an upgrade works).

    Still, I guess there's a good chance that the reason Google doesn't turn up much info about restoring older backups onto newer versions of iOS is that it just works without problems :)
  6. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    It'll work just fine. Even iOS3/4 restores to 7 should work, in theory. Haven't seen that yet, but it should. If anyone has an old iPod or iPhone with iOS 3, it'd be nice to test that and restore to an iOS 7 device.

    It's the same idea as migrating from Leopard to Mavericks. It works.

  7. TheSchmuck macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Great, thanks "koolaid". Well, off to buy a new phone tomorrow I s'pose. RIP iPhone 4.
  8. clauzzz203 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    What could be possibly that important to you in that backup to force you tu use it on a new phone and os? enjoy your problems and sluggishness.
  9. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I've been using the same configuration (never doing a fresh restore) since iOS 4, on my iOS 7 iPhone 5, and there's no problems.

    Sluggishness and problems can usually be traced to specific apps.
  10. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    You can do it without any problems .. Just go ahead and do it :)
  11. daxiel22 macrumors member


    Jul 23, 2013
    Sorry, i didn't read the iOS 5 thing...
    My 3GS had iOS 6 installed. An iOS 5 backup should also work, but you can always update it...
  12. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    When I did this from iphone 4 ios 6 to iphone 5 ios 7, itunes said the backup was corrupted. The way I fixed this was to delete all old backups and do a single fresh backup of the old phone. Might be a good idea before you reset your old phone.
  13. TheSchmuck macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Thanks all for your replies / tips.

    For anyone else wondering the same thing as me (can you buy a new iPhone and carry over your settings and messages from a phone running a version of iOS two - or maybe more - versions older) then I can confirm that you can.

    Updated iTunes (was still using an older version which didn't properly recognise the iPhone 5s), plugged the new phone in and restored my last iPhone 4/iOS 5 backup onto it and everything transferred over to the new iPhone 5s/iOS 7: Notes, Text Messages, Contacts, choice of Ring-Tone / Home and Lock screen backgrounds etc ... all completely hassle free.

    Apps didn't come over immediately with the restore (even though the position of the built-in apps on the home screens did), but after updating to iOS 7.0.6 (which I gather performed a regular synchronisation in the process) all my apps came across too.

    Cheers all.

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