iphone 3G/3GS to iPhone 4 Upgrade Procedure ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by IMZ14U2NV, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. IMZ14U2NV macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    I know that this is a probably a stupid question, but what happens when I receive my shinny new iPhone 4?

    I currently have the iPhone 3G and of course lots of apps, videos, music, contacts and so on.

    I pre-ordered the iPhone 4 for delivery, So, when the new phone arrives on June 24th, do I sync my old iPhone 3G and then plug in the new iPhone 4 and restore from the iPhone 3G backup?

    I am asking because I am excited but I don’t want to screw-up the new phone when I get it.
  2. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
  3. IMZ14U2NV thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    I was just thinking, something I should never do lol.

    Would it make more sense to upgrade my iPhone 3G to IOS 4 and then restore my iPhone 4 from the iPhone 3G backup??

    I get this funny feeling that I am over thinking this, please stop me lol.
  4. randomerratum macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    No- you don't want to restore from your 3G backup.
    Just plug it in to iTunes to activate it (it'll figure out how to xfer the phone number and accept info)

    then I suspect you're just going to have to spend some time selecting music, photos, apps etc. It may be a bit of a pain, but I'm actually looking forward to the whole process.

    I've had the 3G and this will be my first "upgrade" so I'm not sure... I just assume you don't want to "restore" all your old OS and settings... you probably want to start fresh.
  5. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I know what you mean...I do the same thing.
    As to updating to iOS 4 first, that is what I am planning to do!
    Depending on how much "STUFF" you have on your 3G you can either restore from backup or start new as also suggested, but for me, I have too much stuff and I will be restoring from backup.
    This will be my 4th iPhone and that's how I've always done it with no problems.
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    OP means restore the 3G user backup data, not the firmware. OP is correct. Once the iP4 is activated iTunes will search for iPhone user files and ask the user if he/she wants to restore one of those or just start off new. Select the former if you want your all your old apps, music, etc, same as your previous phone. Select new if you want to start off w/ a blank slate.
  7. mabazzaba macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wouldn't it be ridiculous if Apple didn't provide us with the answer (instructions) to your exact question when we receive our iphone 4s? I can see where you're coming from, but I wouldn't worry about it now.
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I've restored many a time and can assure you that's it's a simple process that iTunes will walk you through. The only painful part is waiting for the initial sync to complete if you have a lot of apps, music, etc. It takes me about 2 hours from restore (maybe 10-20 minutes) to complete sync on my 16GB 3G (10GB used). I'm kinda hoping the iPhone and new Macs 2 years out are capable of USB 3 or lightpeak.
  9. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I recently got an iPad, and I figure it will be similar to the iPhone.

    I didn't restore my backup, since I planned to keep both devices. Instead, I did it as a new device. It still synced all my apps and would have done all my music too if I desired. I didn't, since I have my phone.

    I plan to keep my old phone as a backup, so I won't restore from backup either.

    I assume there are the following disadvantages to my proposed scheme. If you had DRM music, an additional device counts as an extra computer, so you are using one more of your authorized devices. This probably applies to purchased apps too. You would also have to reconfigure apps like email.
  10. applemax macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2005
    Steve, is that you? :p

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