How are you guys restoring new iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by OCGirlie, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. OCGirlie macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2015
    Have you guys started backing up stuff and getting ready to restore to the new iPhone? :D

    I've always restored through iCloud but am thinking of going through the iTunes route this time around bc I just have way too much stuff. iCloud takes forever.

    Just wondering will going through iTunes route restore all the songs in my phone? (I have no songs in iTunes bc its a new laptop)
  2. jtrue28 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lexington, KY
    No. This is the worst part about changing phones, adding back my massive music/video library.

    Although I guess it depends on your iTunes settings. I manage music and video manually so I have to manually move stuff to the new phone.

    iCloud restore sucks.
  3. Taylor-C macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2011
    I always back-up to iTunes anyways. So when I get my new phone, I'll back up the old one. Put it's SIM card in the new one and then restore the back-up I just created onto the new phone. :)
  4. ewils19 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    I currently back up to iCloud. Trying to decide if I will restore or set up as new.
  5. spooky23 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2013

    Got to agree with this. 30Gb worth of music. I'm going to use itunes to back up and then restore. I back everything on icloud also, but it's more about having a copy elsewhere just in case of hard drive failure.

    I hate this part of the process also although I'm sure it won't be that painful considering I'll be staring at a 128Gb Plus.
  6. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    I always have a current backup in iCloud but I think for time's sake I will be backing my 6 Plus up to iTunes first and then restoring that to the 6s Plus. iTunes will probably be much faster now that I have my photos in iCloud Photo Library.
  7. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    does anyone know exactly what icloud restore does? i mean aside from the things you choose to backup.

    email accounts?
    device settings?
    passwords and login in apps?
    app data?

  8. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I'll be using an iTunes encrypted backup to restore. All should go smoothly, and if it doesn't then at least I will know sooner because iCloud takes much longer.
  9. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    It should be everything in the same fashion that an iTunes restore would do.
  10. jamespa66 macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2007
    Kenosha, WI
    This is the best way to backup / restore as it gets all your apps music and the bonus of all your passwords, this hasn't failed me yet since my first upgrade after the original iPhone.
  11. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    i am pretty sure that is not the case. itunes restore takes an exact image copy of your old phone. icloud i am not sure
  12. April Knight Suspended

    Jul 24, 2011
    Olympia, WA
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Not necessarily. Health/activity data (such as acquired from wearing the Apple Watch) will be preserved only when you perform an encrypted backup in iTunes (you check the box to enable encrypted backup in iTunes when you back up your old iPhone). iCloud backup is already encrypted. Encrypted backup also preserves wifi passwords so you don't have to enter them again.
  14. karmamule macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2008
    Waltham, MA
    Me too. I take new phones as an opportunity to reassess what apps get installed, what settings/notifications they have, what music I want to store locally, etc. It's a little more work, but helps me clean out the 'dead weight' like music I rarely/never listen to when offline or apps I never really use.
  15. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012

    i never retore from back up in fact that is the worse thing you can do after a IOS upgrade its all ways best too set the phone up has new after a big IOS upgrade like IOS 9
  16. anarche macrumors member


    Sep 11, 2014
    I've forgotten my restrictions password, what would be the best way of setting up my new iPhone 6s so I get a good install and still get all my contacts, etc.? Music will sync automatically so that's not an issue.
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That is factually false. Too many members are perpetrating this FUD. The vast majority of iDevices perform just fine when restoring from a backup. It becomes an issue only if the backup becomes corrupted and this can happen anytime, not just after a major iOS update.
  18. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    yeah lotta people here always cite this as an issue when people complain about battery life. that restoring from itunes was the issue. I honestly dont know what to beleive
  19. Decimotox macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2013
    I'm guessing I'll set up as new phone.

    I'll be getting the 128 GB version, so I'm not too worried about space (though I've used 99 GB of the current 128 GB 6 I have...)

    I'm not sure...I may just backup my 6 and restore from backup.

    Needless to say, I can't wait for this weekend. I'm just sad I won't be in town on Friday. Have to wait until Sunday to play with my new toy! :D
  20. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Many of them are confusing the cause-effect (as there are many culprits), but there are indeed cases when a corrupted backup actually affects the battery life. However, this is rare.

    Both my wife and I are using backups going all the way back to the original iPhone.
  21. OCGirlie thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2015
    iCloud restore has never failed me. Photos, apps, contents, music, passwords, all restored nicely. It just takes forever.

    Can I just confirm that iTunes restore will NOT restore songs? even though they are all purchased from Apple? I've read conflicting reports on this. It will take too much time to manually add them back in...

    I guess worst comes to worst, if iTunes restore fails, I will reset and do an iCloud restore :rolleyes:
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I have been using iCloud backups for a few years and have never had a problem.
  23. OCGirlie thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2015
    Wow, you've used 99GB already! Mostly music?

    I'm constantly deleting stuff from my iPhone 5 32GB, hoping I don't go crazy on the 128GB!
  24. phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    When I get a new device, I always set it up as a new device.

    I love that fresh, clean feeling of new, and I start out by downloading only the apps that I need or expect to need.

    All my photos/videos on the previous device are backed up to my computer for reference.

    But a new phone gets a clean slate, in my hands!
  25. Decimotox macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2013
    I just checked my usage lol. 99.9 GB used, 14 GB available.

    It breaks down to 2,592 songs (many classical pieces since I was a music/violin major), 85 videos - mostly full-length movies, 2,525 photos and only 67 apps.

    You made the right choice to go to 128 GB. :) Might as well future-proof, right? hehe

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