[How to] Set your iPhone as new without erasing App Store app data and Game saves!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TheSpaz, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    I've got an extra iPhone right here with bookmarks, apps and photos on it. I'm going to Reset all Settings and tell you what happens.

    Go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset all Settings

    I have selected "Reset all Settings" and Here are my findings. Enjoy!

    1. It reset my home screen icon positions
    2. It reset my network settings
    3. Did not remove my Safari bookmarks
    4. Mail settings stayed
    5. iPod settings are back to default
    6. Store sign-in settings reset. I am signed out.
    7. Backlight is back to 50%
    8. All General settings are back to default
    9. Wallpaper is still intact
    10. Sounds have been set to default.
    11. Notes are still intact
    12. Photos are still intact
    13. SMS message conversations unchanged
    14. Phone favorites unchanged
    15. Third party app settings remain untouched (I'm still logged into Twitterrific and all my settings are the same)

    *** Warning: Do not hit Erase all Content and Settings *** Guess what that does :D

    Any questions, post them here and I'll test it for you.
     
  2. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    One could simply assume reset all settings is referring to all system related settings, and all the 3rd party apps fall under "content".

    So your how-to is basically "one click" and telling us the result?
     
  3. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    Is this supposed to solve the battery issue? Has that method even been proven to help? My battery isn't that bad as it is.
     
  4. tctony macrumors 6502a

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    I did this and it completely erased my phone. Thanks a lot TheSpaz.
     
  5. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yup! A lot of people on here are confused about the process of "Setting up their iPhone as a new phone" because then all their games and third party apps are set back to default again and it's a pain for them to have to get back to where they were.

    So to get your iPhone to run as well as possible, restore to your usual backup, then "Reset all Settings".

    It's just a "I wanna help people" thread.

    Please tell me you didn't hit "Erase All Content and Settings"
     
  6. Pooshka macrumors 65816

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    One more thing: it resets Stocks, Weather and Clock, i.e., deleting custom world clocks, alarms, etc.
     
  7. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    You can of course still restore from an iTunes backup.
     
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Seems like even when thespaz tries to help, he gets negative comments. Anyway, the guide helps by telling what are the results of resetting all settings. The premise is that this helps those to setup a phone as a new phone w/o going through all the headaches. Thanks, thespaz.

    So, has anyone used this method with a 3GS and found it results in the same effects as restoring as a new phone (i. e., better battery life)?

    You did a "reset all settings?" Are you sure?
     
  9. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    No, he hit "Erase all Content and Settings" because "Reset all Settings" doesn't touch any media.
     
  10. tctony macrumors 6502a

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    I actually didn't do either. I was just giving TS a hard time. ;)
     
  11. treichert macrumors 6502

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    It is supposed to...
    I erased all settings yesterday and sofar nothing has improved, down to 83% with practically no usage...
     
  12. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    Well, you weren't helping other readers. People are going to read your post and think "Hey, maybe I shouldn't attempt this because it could be TheSpaz's evil way to get everyone to erase their iPhones".

    I have personally tested out my instructions and people have nothing to worry about. That's why I posted what it did.
     
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Well, put that little smiley at the end, since it looked like you were serious. :)

    Love the sig, BTW. I think we all miss iphonetoday and his wonderful posts. :rolleyes:

    Hmmm...I wonder what TheSpaz saw with his tests. Anyway, that's not good. Have you tried to do a restore as new? I know it'll be a pain, but if you still might have the same battery life after. If you have better battery life, then maybe TS's method isn't going to work.
     
  14. curly14 macrumors regular

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    Dude you need to :D more i thought it was funny lol... I would think most people who own a iPhone would use better judgment and not erase all content...but then again there is that 1% out there:)

    Anyone out there want to have some fun try *.* at the run command on a pc and be amazed at the results
     
  15. labman macrumors 604

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    *.* you mean list or scroll all your files on you hard drive? I guess that is fun if you like to see all the files you have! :rolleyes:
     
  16. curly14 macrumors regular

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    ooops my bad:eek: i meant at c prompt
     
  17. treichert macrumors 6502

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    Actually that isn't really worth it to me. My batter life is not that terrible and I'm still hoping that maybe 3.1 will fix it anyway...
     
  18. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Yeah, but we need guinea pigs! :)
     
  19. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    I do know this though. After upgrading to 3.1 from 2.2.1, my iPhone was going WICKED slow. Everything was stuttering and apps took forever to launch. It seemed like there was a major process constantly going in the background.

    When I did the "Reset all Settings" my iPhone became MUCH MUCH faster. I didn't have a problem with battery life (that I know of) because I only dealt with the sluggishness for a couple of minutes.
     
  20. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    The OP was done on a 3G, correct? Have you noticed better battery life? Or just more speed?
     
  21. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Not my idea of fun! :)
     
  22. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    iPhone 3G

    Like I said. When I upgraded to 3.1, it was VERY sluggish, so I Reset all Settings and it became fast again. I'm guessing that if I would have left it like that, the battery would have been terrible. It seemed like something was maxing out the CPU power and slowing everything down.
     
  23. labman macrumors 604

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    Be interesting to see the results

    on a Jailbroken phone. not me though I will let somebody else be the guinea pig. if they want too. :rolleyes:
     
  24. iannufc macrumors newbie

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    I have performed the 'Restore All Settings' and it worked fine for me.

    Thanks for the tip!
     
  25. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    What's the difference? Just because your iPhone is jailbroken doesn't mean resetting the settings will behave differently.

    You're welcome. Good to hear something positive about this.
     

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