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Data transfers from old iPhones to new, may be done through iTunes, or through iCloud.
(Which method have you tried, and found to fail? if it failed, also, what was the full and exact error message that showed up, please? these are important details.)
The message about software being too old, may have appeared if you have an old version of, I don't know, editor or text messager or email on your old iPhone, and the data files that go with that old software aren't compatible with the newer types of that software on the new iPhone. It depends upon the exact error message, and the full context e.g. of what data you are trying to move, when the error showed up, how much data got moved, and so forth.
(Note: check whether *some* data, at least, got moved to the new iPhone. If so, which data.)
So where did the 'old software' reference or message come from?
Data files are data files, aside from the limitation I mentioned above. What data file types are you trying to move (aside from universal commonplaces like
- picture files
- text files / Notepad files / that sort of thing
which are universally readable by any software .... ?
OK. How did you do the backup to your computer? (That is a first step in some data transfer methods from iPhone old to iPhone newer.) Was it to iTunes perhaps?
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I just replied. At 1:03 local time zone, 6 minutes ago.
Did you back up your old iPhone via iTunes on your computer, please? that's all I need to know.
Thanks. How was the backup made?
I mean... I think I'll give up on this, for my approach is getting nowhere.
I'll stand by my former statement: you can back up via iTunes, and then restore to the newer iPhone from iTunes. Or to iCloud, then from iCloud.
I have Opted Out, with apologies for not making further progress in all this time. I hope the next Expert to take this case makes more progress with it, soon.
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We can backup the old iPhone to your computer using iTunes and then restore that backup to your new iPhone.
On your old iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update and do all updates.
Now open iTunes on your computer, then onnect the old iPhone to your computer. iTunes will recognize it. Then select your iPhone icon at the upper left, next to Musics, Movies etc icons (or in left side)
This will bring the Summary screen of iPhone. Now, click Backup Now button and make sure "To This Computer" is selected there. This will backup the entire iPhone to your computer.
Then disconnect the old iPhone. Then on your new iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Do all software updates. This is very important. If you have not already setup the new iPhone 6, then do it. Then connect the new iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Select your iPhone at top left. Click Update button and do all updates. After that, click Restore Backup button and from the list of backups, select the backup of your old iPhone from the drop down menu. Click Restore.
Please let me know if that didn't work, so we can continue troubleshooting.
You don't need to update your iPhone 5, but you must update your iPhone 6.
You mean you can't see your iPhone 5 in iTunes on your Mac ?
That's strange. Can you restart both your iPhone and Mac and check again ?
Also connect the iPhone to different USB port.
Make sure you have latest iTunes installed. Download and install latest itunes on your computer from here --> http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
On the new iPhone 6, go to Settings > General > Software Updates and do all the updates.
If you already backed up your old iPhone 5 to your Mac, then lets restore that backup to your new iPhone 6.
On your new iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Do all software updates. This is very important.
Then connect the new iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Select your iPhone at top left. Click Update button under Summary and do all updates if any availble. After that, click Restore Backup button under Summary and from the list of backups, select the backup of your old iPhone 5 from the drop down menu. Click Restore.
Apple ID would be your email address registered with your iPhone. Why you need Apple ID ? You don't need APple ID to restore backup
Did you restore the backup of iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 ?
On your iPhone 5, go to Settings > iTunes & AppStore and you will see your Apple ID there. It'd be your email address.
You must update the iPhone 6 to latest iOS from Settings > General > Software Update first. Then only you may be able to restore the backup other wise you will get this error " cannot be restored to this iPhone because the software on the iPhone is too old.To restore this iPhone from this backup, you must first set up the iPhone as new and restore the software to the latest version. "
Did you find your Apple ID ?
You need the Apple ID to download update. You can find your Apple ID from the old iPhone 5 from Settings > iTunes & App Store. It should be your email address.
Apple ID/iCloud ID would be your email address you registered with your device. If you don't remember your Apple ID, then you can find it from
here --> https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid#!§ion=appleid
If you don't remember the password, then you have to reset the password. You can reset it from here (goto this website from your computer) --> https://iforgot.apple.com/
Go to the above website. Use the "Get an Email" method to reset the Apple ID. Apple will send the reset instructions to the recovery email you setup with your Apple ID. It would be your email registered with Apple, like Gmail, Yahoo etc. Open your email and you will see the email from Apple. Open it and follow the instructions to reset the password.
If that didn't work, then go tothis site again --> https://iforgot.apple.com/
This time use the "Answer Security Questions" and answer the security questions there to reset your password.Then use it to update your iPhone.
You need to reset the password ***** the Apple ID is locked, so it will be locked. Follow my previous answer to reset the password ***** Apple ID. Once reset it will be unlocked.
How is it going ?
The instructions I sent you are 100% correct. You can find the same instructions in here, on official Apple page --> https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201269
I'm not sure if you are following the instructions correctly or missing any step. The Apple ID part is something I have no control over. You have to reset the password ***** the instructions I sent you to get it unlock.