Erase and Start Fresh... without losing data.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by LePigeonBleu, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. LePigeonBleu macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Diego

    I'm wondering if someone can help me figure out if there is a way to erase all content on my iPhone and start as new, but load the saved game data and app data without losing any data for anything on my iPhone.

    Any and all information would be helpful.


  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You can create a backup (via iTunes or
    iCloud) and then restore that backup after you clean everything out.
  3. LePigeonBleu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Well, some issues my phone is having leads me to believe there is something in the backup that's causing these issues. I would like to erase everything, start as new, and reload games and apps back on, but without losing the data from them. So, no lost game saves, notes, documents, etc. Is that possible?

    Thanks again,

  4. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    If you wipe the phone, by definition, everything gets deleted. The Apple/iOS restore process is an all or nothing experience. You could make sure you have a good back up, wipe the phone and start fresh for a day or so to see if that resolved your issues, and then have the option to restore - but for every hour that goes by, the backup becomes more and more "stale" - messages, etc.

    There are some third party apps that will extract parts of the backup, with the possibility of restoring them, but I have no experience with them.

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