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I am trying to restore a set of my iPhone5C backups I made in iTunes to my iPhone4S. My iPhone4S is still running on iOS 7.0.4. I don't want to upgrade it because iOS8 on iPhone4S will almost be unusable (the current iOS7 is bad enough on iPhone4S).

I have tried doing this directly in iTunes using its restore function, but when I do so, iTunes forces me to update my iOS to 8.3. If I refuse to upgrade, the restore function will abort and I cannot continue with my restore from there.

How can I perform the restore in iTunes without having to upgrade my iOS?

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You can't.

Restoring from another device's backup will update to the latest iOS the restored device can use.

The only way would be to restore from a backup initially made from that same device, using that iOS.

  • Really, I have to upgrade to iOS8 before I can do any sort of restore on my iPhone4S? I wish I could upgrade but that iOS8 will render my iPhone4S unusable. :( – xenon May 23 '15 at 11:14
  • You can restore it to its own backup, but not that of another device – Tetsujin May 23 '15 at 11:28

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