I have an iPad6 (running iOS 17.4.1) which just appears to have died (the battery has been running out in a few hours but appears it is not charging - or very slowly). I had planned to get a new iPad, but planned to wait until the new model is released later this year.

My wife has an iPad Air 2 Gold 128 GB (running iOS 15.8.2) which I had just wiped, planning to give away.

My question is it possible to restore from my iPad6 to the older model iPad2?

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You cannot restore a backup from a later iOS to an earlier one. Since the Air2 is not compatible with iOS 17.x, you cannot restore to it.


Find an iPhone or iPad that can run the same OS or newer than the backup and you’ll be good to go for restoring this data.

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