"Restoring" iPhone 5 backup to iPhone 4

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  1. MotionMan

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    We recently upgraded from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5. We now have the 5's set up exactly how we want them.

    Does any one know if there would be any issues if I "restored" the iPhone 5 backup to the iPhone 4 (making it a copy of the iPhone 5 setup), or is that backup incompatible with the 4?

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  2. sygyzy

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    I think that is a terrible idea.
     
  3. MotionMan

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    Why do you say that, Samir?

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  4. GWestphal

    GWestphal Golden Member

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    That should be fine. The iTunes backups are just the data, so it should sync to any iDevice.
     
  5. radioouman

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    I recently bought an iphone5, restored the backup from my 4 but didn't like the 5. I tried to restore the 5's backup to a 4S and iTunes didn't give me the option to do it.
     
  6. MotionMan

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    Mac or PC?

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  7. slurpee7

    slurpee7 Junior Member

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    I have the same issue as radioouman. Trying to restore from an iPhone 5 backup to a iPhone 4 and it's greyed out (tombstoned). This is on a windows machine. Any ideas? Any other suggested ways to restore?

    Thanks!
     
  8. MotionMan

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    Sorry for the lack of update: I was able to complete the "restore" to the iPhone 4 without any apparent issues.

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  9. secretanchitman

    secretanchitman Diamond Member

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    both should be running the same firmware the backup was saved on! example - if the iphone 5 was on 6.0/6.0.1 when the backup was made, the iphone 4 should also be running 6.0/6.0.1 as well!
     
  10. bigrash

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    Yup should have been a piece of cake.