Restore iphone 6 backup to an iphone 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jrm27, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hi all,

    My iphone 6 has crapped out. My cell antennae/radio just doesn't work anymore. So, I've got an old iphone 5s in the drawer. How do I migrate back to that sucker? Just pop my sim card in and restore from a previous iphone 6 backup? is that doable?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    It's doable if you are roughly on the same version of iOS.

    For instance if your iPhone 6 is on iOS 9 and your 5s is on iOS 9 or 10 you can do this.

    But if your iPhone 6 was on iOS 10 say and your iPhone 5s was on iOS 7 then you could not restore from the backup. You would have to update your 5s to a version equal or higher to what you have on the 6.

    In other words you cannot restore from a backup that is of a higher version than what is on the device you are restoring to.
  3. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008

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