Is restoring necessary on a new phone

Rhino1

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Quick thing, I recently had my phone replaced with a reconditioned one and it obviously comes with what I believe is a fresh install of iOS12 (all the steps first steps when switching the phone on). Is it advisable however to still do another restore to new condition again using iTunes or is the fresh install on the phone that came with it enough to get going without having to do an erase all settings or restore again.

I normally always set my phones up from new when upgrading iOS but I was wondering if I really need to restore this to new condition again even though its fresh out of the reconditioned box.

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DeltaMac

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Assuming you meant "refurbished, from Apple", (and not a used iPhone (reconditioned) that you purchased from somewhere else), then you should expect a refurbished iPhone from Apple to be like new, with the same fresh install that you would get from a brand-new, sealed-box iPhone bought in an Apple store. The only difference is that a replacement iPhone would come in a plain white box (at least, I think they still do the white box)
You can set that up as a new phone without any question.
On the other hand, there's nothing that prevents you from restoring using iTunes, if that's what you want to do.

I wouldn't do a restore on a new iPhone, but I WOULD erase and install on a new-in-the-box Mac - just something that I have always done (and will continue until Apple decides to make that a challenge (or impossible). I don't see the need on a brand new iPhone - but, it's your phone: If you want to make sure the install is completely fresh, do it yourself!
 
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Rhino1

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Assuming you meant "refurbished, from Apple", (and not a used iPhone (reconditioned) that you purchased from somewhere else), then you should expect a refurbished iPhone from Apple to be like new, with the same fresh install that you would get from a brand-new, sealed-box iPhone bought in an Apple store. The only difference is that a replacement iPhone would come in a plain white box (at least, I think they still do the white box)
You can set that up as a new phone without any question.
On the other hand, there's nothing that prevents you from restoring using iTunes, if that's what you want to do.

I wouldn't do a restore on a new iPhone, but I WOULD erase and install on a new-in-the-box Mac - just something that I have always done (and will continue until Apple decides to make that a challenge (or impossible). I don't see the need on a brand new iPhone - but, it's your phone: If you want to make sure the install is completely fresh, do it yourself!
My apologies, yep I mean a refurbished phone - and yep it was from a white box as my previous phone failed. Exactly as I thought as when I switched it on it seemed as a completely fresh install and required all the usual step by step questions. I'm just worried that restoring to new from itunes would cause all these battery issues that are cropping up with SE users. What do you recommended..? Use it like this and just hope this really is a clean install (which it probably is and I'm just being OCD) or restore from itunes and hope I get no issues? or maybe use the erase all content and settings from within the phone itself..?

I would definitely do an erase for my new mac just like you too but im really confused as to what to do in this case with this refurb iPhone? :/
 

Banglazed

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it's already a fresh install. I normally do try to kill 2 birds in 1 try so I would DFU restore the device to get the latest firmware or latest beta version on the device before I start to use it.
 

Rhino1

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it's already a fresh install. I normally do try to kill 2 birds in 1 try so I would DFU restore the device to get the latest firmware or latest beta version on the device before I start to use it.
Would you still do this if it is already running the latest iOS and firmware already? Thanks