How to restore the most fresh and clean iOS while keeping iCloud data?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Kendo, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I have a ton of apps on my iPhone that I want to get rid of. I can manually delete each and every one but I wanted to do a fresh clean install while still maintaining things like my contacts. If starting from scratch and erasing all content and settings as a brand new phone is the cleanest you can get, how do I get the next cleanest with a fresh iPhone BUT still have my contacts and notes? I don't need messages saved or anything else, and all my photos are on iCloud Photo Library.
     
  2. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    If you sync contacts and notes with iCloud or another email service, then those contacts will return upon signing in to iCloud or that email.
     
  3. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    Everything that's checked in iCloud settings on your phone you will get back without restoring from a backup as mentioned above. Reminders, calendar, notes, contacts, safari etc.
     
  4. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Suppose I backed up my iPhone to my Mac a few weeks ago but I've been backing up on iCloud until now. If I need one single app that is on my Mac (since it is no longer available on the App Store), can I sync my iPhone to that backup and ONLY get the app? I don't want to restore my phone from a backup that is 3 weeks old.
     
  5. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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  6. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about if I sync the app from my backup to my iPhone, will it just add it?
     
  7. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

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    The app file is separate from the device backup. Doing a sync with itunes set to install the app will do just that, without any app data. You'd have to do a restore to get the app state to what it was previously, but that's all or nothing as noted above.
     

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