iPhone 4 fresh install / restore question

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by peterdallan, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. peterdallan macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    When I connected to iTunes for the first time I chose fresh install over restore, however I would like to retain my old text messages and phone favourites etc so to do this do I need to restore from my last backup on my 3g?

    Am I losing anything by doing this, or will it all be compatible save for some app updating to iOS4 compatible apps? I have some photos in Picture View which I would like back and when I had to do a restore in the past for a broken 3g it returned the photos fine. I don't mind syncing apps back again etc, and my mail, contacts etc are via mobile me.

    thanks

    Peter
     
  2. Satori macrumors 6502a

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    Restore from backup will work just fine, you won't lose anything and it will restore your data to the newest version of iOS apps.
     
  3. Diode macrumors 68020

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    I would recommend restoring from backup and then doing a "reset all settings."

    That will keep your text messages and app data, but reset all non-essential settings that could potentially cause problems in the new OS.
     
  4. peterdallan thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. peterdallan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok I cntl clicked my iPhone icon in iTunes to bring up the restore from backup menu and it gave me the following options.

    Bear in mind I did a complete sync of my iPhone 3G before I attached my iPhone 4.

    This came up

    iPhone
    iPhone 4
    iPhone
    iPhone - 3 Apr 2010 12:44
    iPhone - 4 Apr 2010 15.45

    Question: How on earth do I know which is the latest backup, or if either of the 2 solitary iPhone in the list are indeed the latest backups? The last 2 clearly have dates and times but the other 2 don't and the last backup/sync I did were late June.

    If I attach my 3G again is a sync likely to bring up a backup to choose from that has the time and date?

    I believe a restore from backup restores contacts and calendars amongst other things, how will this affect my .Mac contacts and calendars, could it potentially duplicate everything I have now when i come to restore?

    I have also just noticed that when Cntl click on the iPhone icon in iTunes there is an option to sync and one to backup. I have only ever synced my phone, never backed up to my knowledge. Are they effectively the same thing?

    Sorry for so many questions but I would like to restore stuff from my 3G without screwing things up like my contacts and calendars.

    thanks

    Peter
     

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