New iPad Set Up

Sparky2012

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Hi everyone

I'm currently waiting on my new iPad Pro 9.7" to be delivered but have been debating when I receive it whether I set it up as new or restore from the backup of my current original Air which has actually been used since my iPad 2, through to iPad 3rd Gen, and now my Air. Maybe it's time to get rid of possible clutter which has built up through the years.

What do you do/going to do when you receive your new iPad:

- Set Up as New
- Restore From Backup

Any input would be appreciated!
 

Ghost31

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Well for ever since I can remember I've restored from iCloud backup, but there is a coolness to starting totally clean. It's just down to if you want to re download the apps you like manually or not. And change all the settings on your iPad. To the way you want. For me, I like everything on my pad a certain way and just going through the settings to customize it to my needs would be an annoying pain in the butt, so it's iCloud backup for me
 

Chupa Chupa

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Once I have your iPad like I want it, with the settings and apps in folders and location of the folders it's not something I want to waste time doing again. PITA. Admittedly I collect a lot of crap apps between iPads and I'm not always good about deleting in a timely manner. But when I'm getting ready for a new iDevice I take the opportunity tidy things up -- delete all the crap apps, unneeded PDFs, magazines, etc. Then I sync and restore to the new one. When it's done I'm good to go. Seems to be the easiest transition method. I can't think of a good reason to restore as new unless you hate your current set up or are "inheriting" a used one.
 

Sparky2012

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I can't think of a good reason to restore as new unless you hate your current set up or are "inheriting" a used one.
I'm thinking because of clutter from many OS updates, app installs, etc may build up. Plus I believe that app caches grow over time and so a Set Up as New would mean that apps are their normal sizes. I know that the app cache thing is easily fixed by deleting and reinstalling the app but you are right in saying its a PITA redoing all settings, etc if you Set Up as New.
 

Ghost31

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I'm thinking because of clutter from many OS updates, app installs, etc may build up. Plus I believe that app caches grow over time and so a Set Up as New would mean that apps are their normal sizes. I know that the app cache thing is easily fixed by deleting and reinstalling the app but you are right in saying its a PITA redoing all settings, etc if you Set Up as New.
Well on a scale of 1-10 how much do you care about keeping your settings and folder arrangements and stuff?
 

Sparky2012

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Well on a scale of 1-10 how much do you care about keeping your settings and folder arrangements and stuff?
Well I have a lot of apps which I don't really use and so might want to get rid of. As well as that, I have a few games I want to keep the data of so I don't have to start again on those. Also some photos I want to keep but can easily transfer to another device and put them back on the iPad. Settings is the main thing though. I'd say a 7.
 

Ghost31

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Well I have a lot of apps which I don't really use and so might want to get rid of. As well as that, I have a few games I want to keep the data of so I don't have to start again on those. Also some photos I want to keep but can easily transfer to another device and put them back on the iPad. Settings is the main thing though. I'd say a 7.
I can see why you might be concerned about app caching and what not, but let me just ease your fears. This won't be a problem if you restore from backup. This entire system is designed with longevity in mind and i've used the same backups after backups which built on top of each other over time for years and haven't encountered any trouble what so ever.

I say...restore from iCloud backup and enjoy it as is. If there are any problems and you think you want to start as new ya know what? Factory resetting is super easy.

So there ya go. I advised you to basically do both. Where's my gold star for awesome advice?
 
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Sparky2012

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I say...restore from iCloud backup and enjoy it as is. If there are any problems and you think you want to start as new ya know what? Factory resetting is super easy.

So there ya go. I advised you to basically do both. Where's my gold star for awesome advice?
I honestly never thought of it that way but your 100% correct there. That's probably the best way to do it.

Here ya go! ⭐
 
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What do you do/going to do when you receive your new iPad:

- Set Up as New
- Restore From Backup

Any input would be appreciated!
Because of multiple accounts I no longer sync my devices nor do I use the Cloud. I would like to a start anew with the new iPad Pro but I need to restore from back-up to preserve the Calendar and iBooks notes. I haven't transferred purchases during back-up because of the multiple accounts but hopefully I have a way to make sure I get all my books on the new 9.7" iPP, even the ones that are no longer available in the iBooks Store - Thursday could be a long day or not.
 
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Chupa Chupa

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I'm thinking because of clutter from many OS updates, app installs, etc may build up. Plus I believe that app caches grow over time and so a Set Up as New would mean that apps are their normal sizes. I know that the app cache thing is easily fixed by deleting and reinstalling the app but you are right in saying its a PITA redoing all settings, etc if you Set Up as New.
Honestly, I think you are trying to approach this like it was OS X. If you have an app that is acting up then nuke that specific app and reinstall. You are not going to gain anything nuking the entire system but will lose time you'll never get back.

A typical app cache size is minimal (literally KBs) and most of it is your personal data and settings info, not previous version left overs. The ones with larger MB caches are the ones storing documents, videos, books, all of which you can delete when no longer needed. If you really have to squeeze out the last drop from storage then you are buying too small.
 

rui no onna

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Honestly, another reason I can't make the switch from iOS to Android is because it's just so convenient being able to restore all my apps and settings and have my new device working just like the old one (except faster) with little to no downtime.
 
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