Does a back up via itunes effectively make a copy of phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macgrl, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    Hello all,

    does doing a back up of the iphone via itunes back everything up - messages, settings, apps it an exact copy of the phone at that given time and so can be used to set up a new phone exactly like the old one?
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Yes, that's the end result.

    In practice, it's not all saved in the backup. During a restore the apps themselves will come from either your computer or the app store. Your media will come from your computer. (So don't erase your songs!)

    So the backup itself will be smaller than what's on your phone right now. But when you restore, yes, everything should be identical.
  3. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    Cool, thanks for your reply..

    so if / when i get a new phone...plug it in hit restore and everything will be a it was on my old phone..same messages, ringtones, volume settings etc ?:)
  4. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    It should work just like that, yep. It has never failed for me so I hope you see the same result.
  5. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    That is wonderful to know....obviously I don't have to do it much but it takes a while for me to get the right settings etc set up on a new phone so this is great for when i do get a new one:)
  6. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Sometimes you have to mess around with some of the settings in iTunes to get your other stuff back - such as music or videos. Also, if you don't encrypt your backup, you will have to re-enter all of your passwords. But camera roll photos, background images, text messages, and all of your settings should be there since they are included in the backup files.
  7. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    cool..i have never had music or vids on my iphone so i should be day i might get around to using that function lol
  8. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    If you tick encrypt back up it should save all your passwords and such.

    Or so it says.

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