iPhone Clean Reinstallation of iOS

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Wirenut, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Wirenut macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, I just had a new battery put in my iPhone 6S so it's ready to go for another year or more. But I would like to reset the entire operating system. I have been "Restoring" the iPhone each and every time I got a new one ever since my first 3G, which I think is causing some lagginess and possibly other issues. So I would like a fresh installation of the OS.

    I just wanted to confirm that going to: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings is the proper way? Will this give me a clean installation of the iOS? Or do I have to do something different thru iTunes or something?
     
  2. ToastedOSX macrumors newbie

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    clicking reset on your iPhone will reset the iPhone to factory defaults like doing the setup again etc.
     
  3. jr866gooner macrumors 65816

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    You could do it that way. You could also do it via iTunes which basically wipes and re-downloads iOS on to the device completely from scratch. To add to that you could set up as a new device entirely. This would be the cleanest of clean iOS lol
     
  4. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think re-downloading iOS sounds like the best option, instead of just resetting it back to factory defaults.

    When you say setup as a new device, that would be opposed to Restoring it? Because that is what I am trying to avoid since I have done that with every new iPhone I have bought since the beginning. I'd like a complete fresh installation.
     
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603

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    Make sure you save an archive of the last backup you make of your phone with iTunes, so if you find that some critical information was on your phone but not in iCloud, you can have a hope of getting it back.

    Full wipes aren't for the faint of heart. You're going to spend a lot of time fiddling around with your phone to get it like it was before. :)
     
  6. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's fine, I don't mind having to set everything. A good cleanse is therapeutic lol. I actually do way less on my phone now than I did in the past.
     
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  8. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. That looks to be exactly what I am looking for. A nice clean installation.
     
  9. davidmartindale macrumors regular

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    Reinstalling via iTunes will give you a completely clean install of iOS and is what is recommended.
     
  10. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did the DFU restore, everything is great. I finished most of the settings and now am downloading the apps I need. Thanks guys.

    I see that the voicemails and recent calls are all there but the iMessages and text messages are gone. I guess I lost those? I don't mind, just curious.
     
  11. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

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    Do you have a backup? If so you can restore it and get your messages back, iOS 11.3 which will be releasing soon will allow you to do a clean install and keep your messages.
     
  12. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have everything backed up from before the reset. Can I restore just the messages without all the other stuff?
     
  13. jr866gooner macrumors 65816

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    It’s all or nothing with iCloud backups.
     
  14. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

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    You can't do this until 11.3 comes out, what you can do now is restore the backup and wait for 11.3 release which it seems should be in the next few weeks (could even be a week from now).
     
  15. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    Everything worked out great. I just finished paying off this 6S and it's still like new. New battery, new OS. I'm happy the way it is, so I won't tinker with the text messages.
     
  16. Enjoylife1788 macrumors 6502a

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    I like how many time clean OS is used in this thread. Lol
     
  17. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm excited about my clean OS, don't poop in my Cheerios!!! :D

    My phone has been a pleasure to use all day, I should have done this years ago.
     
  18. jr866gooner macrumors 65816

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    I’m tempted to do nine even though it’s not needed lol
     
  19. Enjoylife1788 macrumors 6502a

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    Back in the days during iOS 4-8, I used to do it during every time new major came. I had more time and also I didn't mind losing the messages.
     
  20. kylew1212 macrumors regular

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    Once iOS 11.3 is released and I know that my messages are safe I am probably going to do this on my iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. I wish I could do this on the watch but I do not think it's possible.

    I've been holding off specifically because I do not want to loose my messages.
     
  21. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand losing your messages from the iPad, but why can't you do the MacBook now?
     
  22. kylew1212 macrumors regular

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    My MacBook has the overall message backup on it. I had to reset my iPad a few months ago, and I need the new iCloud Messages sync'ing to get my messages back aligned across iPhone, iPad, and my MacBook.

    I know that technically I could backup my MacBook messages reinstall then restore only the messages, but 11.3 is just around the corner so there's no need.
     
  23. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I see, makes sense.

    I don't sync Messages across my iPad and Mac. I believe the reason why I never started was because many of the people I message don't have iPhones so I would only have half the conversations on the iPad and computer, not the text messages.
     
  24. kylew1212 macrumors regular

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    A person is not required to have an iPhones for the syncing to work. There is a setting on your iPhone in Messages called text forwarding or something like that. This setting forwards out non iMessages to your iPad/Mac. It allows you to text from your computer anyone regardless if they have apple or not.

    Because of this setting I rarely use my iPhone at home. I literally pick up my iPad/Mac and can do the very same things I do on my phone. I can talk on the phone/ text anyone regardless if they have Apple stuff or not. This applies to sms text messages, mms, land line phone calls, android phone calls, etc. It's a nice feature.
     
  25. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow, that really is nice. Thanks for the info!
     

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