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How to Restore iOS 7 Backup to iOS 6

How can I restore the iOS 7 backup to my iOS 6 iPhone?

I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7, but didn't like it. Then I downgraded it to iOS 6. Before doing it, I backed my iPhone with iTunes, but now iTunes doesn't allow me to restore it to my downgraded iPhone. What should I do now? Can I get back my data?

If you've ever downgraded your iOS device, you must know that iTunes doesn't help to restore the backup you made before downgrading to your downgraded device. Well, this only says that you can't directly restore iOS 7 backup with iTunes to your downgraded iOS 6 device. Why not try another way? With a proper third-party tool, like Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone Data Recovery for Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone Data Recovery for Win), you still can get all data back from your iOS 7 backup file.

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS can help you extract all contents from the iTunes backup, such as contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, call logs, voicemails, etc. Before you get them out, you can preview them in detail, and decide whether you really want them or not. It brings back your data without any damage or modification.

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Restore your iOS 7 backup in steps

Next, let's try restoring data from iOS 7 backup with the Windows version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. It's a quick and easy work. If you want to use the Mac version, the steps are similar.

Step 1. Run the program and scan your iTunes backup

Notice: Before you run Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS on your computer, please exit iTunes first.

On the main window of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, click Recover from iTunes Backup File, and you'll see the window below. All iTunes backup files on your computer will be shown there. Choose the one that you made recently from your iOS 7 device and click Start Scan to extract all contents in it.

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Step 2. Preview and recover what you want from the backup

The scan can be completed in a few seconds. After it, you can check the content in detail by clicking the categories on the left side of the program's window. Ticking what you want and clicking the Recover button, you can save them to your computer immediately.

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The contacts you saved on your computer is a .vcf file, which can be directly imported to your iPhone through Address Book and iTunes. As to the messages, there is an .xml file for it, which is available to your iPhone. Or you can use Wondershare TunesGo to get the data back to your iPhone, if you just want a simple and quick way.

Download the trial version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS for free below.

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Further Reading

Recover iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover deleted photos on iPhone: This article shows you how to recover deleted photos on iPhone in different ways.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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