Sold iPhone 4. Can't restore from Backup to iPhone 3G. Need help! ["OS too old"]

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  1. Skaterbasist macrumors member

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    I sold my iPhone 4. It was backed up when it was on 5.0.1 or 5.1. Now that I tried restoring my backup to my old iPhone 3G, it says the software on the 3G is too old to be backed up from my iPhone 4 backup.

    Any help! I lost everything. :(
     
  2. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    You can't restore a backup to an older firmware or an older device.
     
  3. Skaterbasist thread starter macrumors member

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    So there's no way to save my texts or contacts?
     
  4. LaWally macrumors 6502a

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    If your iPhone is a 3GS, you can update it to iOS 5.1 or iOS 5.0.1 (whichever your iPhone 4 had) and then try a restore.

    This will not work on an iPhone 3G as the minimum requirement for iOS 5.x.x is the 3GS.
     
  5. DroidRules macrumors 65816

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    Update your 3g and it shouldn't be a problem. If this isn't possible then you may be screwed.
     
  6. TannerH macrumors regular

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    You have to upgrade to iOS 5 in order to restore from an iOS 5 backup.
     
  7. Skaterbasist thread starter macrumors member

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  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You need to get a 3GS or i4 or 4S then.
    What firmware version was you i4 backup created on?
    You cant use a 5.0.1 backup for example and restore that to an iphone 3G on 4.2.1
    The iphone has to be on the same firmware or higher firmware than the backup file.
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Unfortunately you're out of luck. The only thing you may have lost is any pictures and settings as everything else can easily be synced (pictures too if you imported them into a photo manager).
     
  10. enygmagyrl, Apr 10, 2012
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