How often do you redo your iPad

max2

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Like the title says how often do you format and reinstall everything on your iPad ?
 

barkomatic

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Only if there is a problem with my iPad and I suspect it may be software related. It's a pain to setup my iPad as new and then put everything back on--takes hours. Yet, 9 times out of 10 the genius at the Apple store requires it no matter what the issue is so I just restore and setup as new before I even go.
 

ardchoille50

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I've owned several iOS devices since 2012 and have never done this. I don't really see the point in doing a full restore without a good reason.
 

ericwn

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Like the title says how often do you format and reinstall everything on your iPad ?
Really not often. On my current iPad Air 2, not even once. Only set it up, iOS devices run pretty solid. A reboot every now and then is recommended. :)
 

Jeff R

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I do a fresh install of the new iOS on all my devices every year. Same with OS X on my Mac. All my files & documents are stored in my external hard drive. Contacts, calendar, notes... are all on iCloud.
 

tonyp145

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I used to refresh my Windows PCs about every 18 months or so to get them back to their previous performance level, but I haven't done that since I switched to Mac and iPad. It never even occurred to me to wipe and reinstall everything on my iPad, what is the advantage?
 

ardchoille50

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I used to refresh my Windows PCs about every 18 months or so to get them back to their previous performance level, but I haven't done that since I switched to Mac and iPad. It never even occurred to me to wipe and reinstall everything on my iPad, what is the advantage?
From what I understand, there aren't any advantages unless the system is somehow broken. Many people switch over from a Microsoft Windows system and assume that, since the iOS device is a computer, they need to migrate old PC habits during the switch.
 

Prozak0820

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You reformat and reinstall every couple of months? Whyever for? Strange lad.
I usually get bored or it's because I download a backup from one account jjst for a certain item like I restored Saturday so I could get pictures of me and my mother. Or I may restore to use an old back up of mine for a while then I'll restore to do a fresh install. Or it's because I'm selling the device.
 

spesifikbrush

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My brother has an iPad 2. Before that it was my fathers that got it at 2012 I believe. He didn't restore it when giving it to my brother, but I'm unsure if he restored it before. We were on the edge of restoring it because of the forgotten passcode, but at the last minute we remembered it. This means, it has not been restored for like 3 years. Still works like a charm, he is able to play games like Vainglory with no crash. Idk how it works like that, really.

PS.: it has iOS 8.3 I believe
 
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