iOS9 New iPhone or Restore from Backup

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Stuey3D, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Stuey3D macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    When iOS 9 is released to the public in autumn is it recommended that I set my iPhone up as new or Restore from Backup?

    To give you some back story I am currently running iOS9B2 with no real major issues other than those related to Apple Music as expected, but I'm just wondering if it's a good idea when iOS 9 is finally released to set my phone up as new.

    My backup harks back to the good old days of the original iPhone all the way back in 2007, every iPhone I've owned has always been restored from this backup with no major issues and it's the same backup I'm running on iOS9B2.

    Now that all my photos are in the cloud and all my music is part of iTunes Match I really don't have anything to loose other than a few texts and maybe some game save data which to be honest I've not played any games in ages.

    If I setup as a new iPhone when the final version of iOS9 is released would I notice any speed/battery improvements or is it not really worth bothering with and just continue as I am?

    As I've said before this backup has served me since 2007 when I had a jail broken American iPhone original to be used in Britain, the backup has also survived multiple beta runs from iOS7 beta2 onwards. How much crap is this backup likely to have acquired over he years?

    Any advice would be cool :)
  2. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    It really doesn't matter. If you're not experiencing any issues restoring from your backup, there's no reason to do anything any differently.

    If you think you've accumulated a bunch of crap over the years, then it might be a good idea to Restore and start fresh since your stuff is already backed up in the Cloud and whatnot. But then there's the hassle of setting everything back up again.

    But again, unless you are experiencing issues, I don't see a reason why you need to stop doing what you've been doing for years. It's clearly working for you.
  3. Stuey3D thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    Yeah I'm in 2 minds whether to set up as new or not.

    On the one hand I am not having any serious issues, but the back up would be 9 major O/S incarnations old and probably full of crap hidden I don't know about.

    The main reason I am thinking of clearing and starting afresh is because whilst my battery life isn't bad it doesn't seem to be quite as good as others and there are lots of threads where the first thing people do is suggest that people start afresh by setting it up as a new device.

    I mean most of my settings are default so shouldn't take me too long to set up as new and as all my music, photos, and videos are in the cloud that was the main thing I was worried about loosing.
  4. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    I would say try the backup first, and only do the "set up as new" if you feel it's necessary later.

    I have been using backups for my past 3 phones. It's just so much easier. I really hate reconfiguring and downloading and setting up, etc. I like when I get a new phone, and click a button, and everything returns exactly the way I had it on my previous phone, except now it's faster.

    I haven't tried iOS 9 yet, but I did install the iOS 7 and 8 betas while those were going on.
  5. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    just upgrade normally or restore from backup..this whole "set up as new or else!!11 etc" is crap & theres too many myths around it thinking it "solves everything" or its the "right way to upgrade"..
  6. Stuey3D thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    Well I got bored and restored and set up my iPhone as new.


    I dunno why I didn't do it before, the phone feels completely different, much faster and the battery seems better already.

    Thankfully with iCloud I didn't loose my music/photos/videos and with keychain all my passwords have some back over as normal.

    The most surprising thing though is that cellular data seems much better as I was having major problems with it slowing right down at lunch times in non 4G enabled towns to the point it was unusable, well today I'm just round the corner from an area which suffers notoriously with this issue and the data is not only useable it even allows FaceTime calls, this could just be coincidence though and more testing needed to make sure these are not just an unusually good day.

    So for all of you unsure I can say for me setting up as new really worked, your mileage may vary though.

    The only thing I am a little worried about is that because I set up as a new device during a beta period if I will end up hoarding some gremlins from the beta into the final version however I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

    All in all setting iOS 9 Beta 3 up as a new device after a restore has been a very good choice.

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