Confused whether to backup from iTunes or iCloud

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shawnwich, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. shawnwich macrumors 6502

    shawnwich

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    I have a 4S, and I'm going to be getting my 5 on Friday.

    My question is... am I supposed to backup to my 5 from iCloud, or from iTunes?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Either or.

    If you sync with iTunes, then you'll have the back up on your computer. I personally go with iTunes, but for no particular reason, other then that's what I've done in the past.
     
  3. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Backup to iTunes for now. Restoring from iCloud on Friday might be problematic since bunches of other people will be doing the same thing.
     
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    This.

    iCloud is usually just fine but I'd avoid it this week.
     
  5. shawnwich thread starter macrumors 6502

    shawnwich

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    I guess my reasoning for this post mainly comes from the fact that one of my friends once told me back a back up from iCloud is only for a specific device… Meaning you shouldn't use an iCloud backup from a 4S on a 5?

    Is this true? I definitely did this last year, and he told me thats why I had some problems (stock apps freezing etc)?
     
  6. staccato83 macrumors 6502a

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    Use both.

    I keep iCloud backup turned on so when I get home and put my phone in the dock it will automatically backup. Every once in a while I will open iTunes and manually backup by right-clicking on my phone.

    This might seem a little excessive, but they serve different purposes. If I ever have to restore my phone and I am away from my computer, I can just restore from iCloud. However, if I am at home I can just restore from iTunes.

    Remember that restoring from iCloud backups can take a long time if you do not have a fast wireless connection.
     
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    As slow as iTunes is, doing the reinstall via iCloud will be even slower because of the congestion. Also, you only get 5GB of free data.

    Personally I use iTunes. I like to maintain my own data and I don't really see the benefit of wireless syncing right now based on current speed and cost.
     
  8. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    No, it's not true. Restoring a backup from 4S to an iPhone 5 will work just fine. Some people like to start from scratch and setup the phone as new but that means you will need to redo all of your settings. Personally, I have never done that. As a matter of fact, I'm still running a backup dating back to the original iPhone 1 and have not had any issues at all.
     
  9. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816

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    This. I insist on having both. It's very seldom I use the iCloud backup, as it's slower to install apps (I have A LOT) even over our fast WIFI connection... It's a good rule of thumb to have both, at least in my eyes.
     
  10. shawnwich thread starter macrumors 6502

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