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I accidentally deleted a lot of text messages on my iPhone 5 and would like to restore from iCloud by choosing "Erase all content and settings" and then restoring from a backup made last night. However, my iPhone is running iOS 6 and I would not like to update to iOS 8. If I restore my phone from the iCloud backup using "Erase all content and settings" will iOS 8 be installed or will it restore the iPhone with iOS 6 as it was last night? I would try it out, but I would prefer to find out before rather than after...

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No. Erase all content and settings keeps your current iOS. As long as you don't use an iCloud backup from a device with a newer iOS version you will be fine.

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    That is great news! Are you sure that the upgrade is not forced? My one hesitation is that this support page: support.apple.com/kb/ts4036 seems to suggest that you need the latest iOS version to restore from an iCloud backup (“making sure that your device is using the latest version of iOS”). I just want to make sure that the upgrade won't be forced. – Alekxos Nov 1 '14 at 4:00
  • The only forced upgrade is when you are in recovery mode and iTunes doesn't have the version of iOS downloaded to match what you have. iTunes will offer an upgrade but you are free to decline it in that case. Only if you have a stuck device and no download are you forced to upgrade – bmike Nov 1 '14 at 15:27

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