I have a 4s v7.0.4. I just bought a 5s and it was upgraded to 7.1.1, which I don't want. I did a manual backup of my 4s to itunes then deleted my 5s contents and settings and restored it using my 4s backup. It did restore all of my texts, photos, apps, etc. however, it still changed my 5s to v7.1.1 rather than keeping it at 7.0.4 which was the backup version I restored. I thought it would work. What did I do wrong or is there no way to restore the 5s to v.7.0.4 using my 4s backup?

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What happened was correct - the backup only contains your data (apps, contacts, messages, etc) not the operating system version. As your 5S had 7.1.1 installed, restoring your backup kept that iOS version but restored your data.

If you'd prefer to have iOS 7.0.4 on your 5S you'll need to install that version first (manually, using iTunes), then restore your 4S backup. You will then end up with a 5S running 7.0.4 with all your data.

  • This is correct, with exception that Apple doesn't allow downgrading non-beta iOS firmwares to previous versions. That means if the 5S already has 7.1.1 installed, Apple won't allow downgrading to 7.0.4. Commented May 8, 2014 at 13:17
  • Ah yes, good point - the downgrade may not work if Apple have stopped signing the SHSH blobs for 7.0.4 (not helped by the fact that the 5S possibly came from the factory with 7.1.1). I guess it's worth a try downgrading though...
    – mjturner
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 13:37

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