How many times have you restored your iPhone from backup?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AppleFan360, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I know there are a lot of threads asking the question about whether or not to start your phone as new or restore from backup.

    Is there anyone else here that has been restoring your phone from backup ever since you got your first iPhone? I've had every iPhone since the iPhone 1 and have been restoring from backup every time. Over the years I've had no issues when doing it that way. I've always believed that starting with a fresh iPhone each time defeats the purpose of having backup and restore. I personally don't relish the idea of spending an entire day reloading all of my apps and entering passwords.

    From what I understand, when you restore from backup, you are only loading your data, settings and camera roll. Everything else, especially the OS, is a fresh install. I don't see harm in simply re-loading personal data from backup unless, of course, its corrupt.
  2. foxconn Suspended

    Sep 6, 2016
    Agree with you. I think only one year I didn't and that's because I actually wanted a fresh start.
  3. stueymacd macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2016
    North East, UK
    Usually every time but this year I decided on a fresh start in an attempt to try and slim down the amount of apps I actually use. Also I had been some strange symptoms where some apps would interfere with Twitter notifications, so I thought if I added apps over a period of time I'd be able to 'catch' the one responsible.
    So other than this year, from back up every time as that what's there for and saves a load of hassle re-installing stuff.
  4. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    Restored from backup.......never!....always setup as new.
  5. Morpheo, Sep 29, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016

    Morpheo macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2014
    Everytime I get a new one, and that's it. I exchanged my 7+ yesterday so set up as new at the Apple Store and restored when I got home. Always a good timesaver imo.
  6. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    Restored from backup since iPhone 4 for both me and my wife. Never had an issue
  7. krishmk macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    Always restored from backup. Never wanted to lose the history of text messages, calls and whatnot.
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Restored from backup every year when I get a new iPhone. Nine times so far. Never a problem.
  9. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Restored from backup with every iPhone since the 3G (I've had every iPhone but the 2G and the 6S). Never had a problem.

    Matter of fact, I imported everything from my Palm Treo to my iPhone 3G back in 2008. I have info dating back through from my very first Palm Pilot in this iPhone 7, >20 years of my life. :)

    I understand why others like to start fresh, but I'm happier with continuity.
  10. andreamaym macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2016
    Toronto, ON
    I always restore from backup... it has never occurred to me to set an iPhone up as new, to be honest.
  11. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I've had some weird and nasty bugs in the past form restoring from a backup. Last time I did that was iOS 7/iPhone 5s. Since then, new every year.
  12. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    I've been doing restores for years, can't remember ever doing a new install. Why would you? I hate going through and redoing app settings and stuff...
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Used an iTunes back up every time for years now. Has always worked perfectly for me. Make sure it is encrypted and all your passwords and health data move onto your new device and you are ready to move on.
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Last year, with the 6S, was the first time I have encounter bugs so always start fresh now. If you use iCloud services and don't have a lot of apps it's actually not that bad. Takes minutes.
  15. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Yes, I learned that the hard way once. Kept having to put in all my passwords and found it very time consuming. Then I learned about "encrypted" backups and have been good since. I actually do an iTunes and an iCloud backup before changing devices just to be sure. I also actually do multiple iTunes backups just to be sure. I tend to try the new ios betas so I make a bunch of backups in case I need to revert to a prior version.
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You plan sounds like mine. I do use the iCloud back up thing but every Friday I back up to my office computer via iTunes encrypted and do the same that weekend on the home computer.

    Too big of a hassle for me to start over again. A restore from iTunes only takes like 5 minutes and you are ready to go.
  17. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    Never ever used a backup, always start fresh, I couldn't care less for my text message history.
  18. GooMan macrumors regular


    May 8, 2006
  19. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I've restored with every iPhone. I have some text messages going back to the original.
  20. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I've done both with the only difference being the restore from new was a lot more work (redownloading apps, etc).

    I've restored as new for it to never ever any problems which is a annoying waste of time.

    Someone mentioned above about starting as new to slim down the amount of unused apps which is a pretty good idea.

    I think moving forward I'm going to be restoring from a back up. Why have it if I never use it?
  21. enzo thecat macrumors 6502

    enzo thecat

    Apr 7, 2010
    Midwest USA
    I've always set it up as a new phone. It never did any good. I still had all the annoying bugs and crashes and locked screens. This time I gave up and just restored from a backup. No difference. Apple is just the best of the worst at this point.
  22. Dopestar macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2012
    I usually backup/restore from my MacBook but this time I used iCloud back up. I got my 7+ today and boy did that iCloud restore took an hour to complete the process. What is the benefit of using iCloud vs iTunes backup/restore? I would prefer to use iTunes since it only takes 5 minutes versus cloud.
  23. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    That's exactly why I prefer iTunes over iCloud, simply faster. I do like knowing I have a backup though in case I'm not at my computer for some reason or other. I've also learned how to go into my "mobilesync\backups" folder on my computer to see the backup folders iTunes will create for each device. For instance, I backed up my 6s Plus on iOS 10, then appended to the end of the folder name "- 6s Plus iOS10" Then when I upgraded it to 10.1, did another backup and appended "-6s Plus beta 10.1". Then did one more backup with the standard folder name. So I basically have 3 backups. That way if I don't like 10.1, I can revert back, or if I do, I can easily upgrade to the 7 Plus (which is currently restoring). I do that for my iPad as well. It's extremely helpful if you want to try betas but have a rollback option if it doesn't work out. When I'm done playing around it's easy enough to delete the extra folders...
  24. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
  25. MikeDee macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013
    I backed up my old phone to iTunes to my computer and iCloud (thank God). I restored my 7 from the iCloud backup. I didn't get my apps! Restored from iTunes. Good, but some apps still missing, some logins/passwords had to be reentered. Apple needs to work on this to make this process more seamless and reliable.

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