Do clean installs really help?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ultra AleM, May 9, 2015.

  1. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

    Ultra AleM

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    Hello guys. I am an iPhone 5 owner.
    My first iPhone was a 3GS (2009).

    I've used the same backup since 2009. iOS 8.3 runs great on my iPhone 5.

    I just notice it has worse battery life compared to iOS 6, but I guess that's sadly normal.

    I always read about clean installs (DFU restore setting the phone as new) to improve things. Would it improve my situation as well, even if I do not notice problems (but there may be...?)?

    And, what would I definitively loose? Messages? App data? Gallery metadata? It would be boring to download everything again... thanks.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Some here swear to "clean installs" like a religion. I have also used my backups from many, many iPhones ago and never had a problem.

    It can separate hardware from software problems but most the time it reminds of computer makers first thing out of their mouth and that is to reinstall your OS.
     
  3. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I have done it both ways and it seems a fresh installs do help. I set up a new iPhone as new because I do some cleaning also. So many useless apps that done need to be on my phone don't get put back on.
     
  4. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

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    Having used Android phones and several Apple phones (4s, 5, iPad 3, iPad Mini 2, iPhone 6+) --- I can say both worlds benefit greatly from a fresh install - especially after a major OS upgrade. I've seen too many of my family get a major iOS update (x.# were the X changes) that had problems until I had them do a fresh install. They dislike it at first but then they are happy after it fixes whatever problem they had. Android suffers from this far worse than iOS imo. I wouldn't think twice before telling an Android user to make sure to fresh install - my experience (Droid 1, HTC Thunderbolt, Moto X, Note 3, Nexus 7) shows a very noticeable difference when fresh installing.

    Now I admit I'm not always right but ... I'd definitely recommend it. On Apple I noticed I can usually make it through 1-2 major iOS updates without needing to do a fresh install. But when I do one, I notice better standby and free space is better.

    To each his or her own tho. Love to hear people's experiences.
     
  5. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Question: is there any difference between a clean install (DFU restore) and a clean install without loading the backup?
     
  6. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

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    I don't believe so but someone here with more knowledge than I will hopefully reply too.
     

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