New iPhone 4S from iPhone 4 (iOS 4.x), help.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kaenon, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Kaenon macrumors regular

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    I am still relatively very new the the Apple/Mac world and I want to be sure that I'm doing the right things while setting up my new 4S tomorrow.

    Situation:
    I have an iMac and iPhone 4 (CDMA model) not running iOS5.
    I am buying the 4S tomorrow.

    Question:
    Do I just plug the 4S into my iMac and let iTunes sync with all that I had before?
    I don't care about saving texts, or anything like that...just the media and apps stored on iTunes.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kaenon thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    It should just work like all the others. Plug it up, it will have an option to set up as a new phone or use a backup from an existing phone number. Select that and away you go.
     
  4. verwon macrumors 68030

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    The phone should be on iOS 5 to make sure the restore works and is compatible with the iPhone 4S
     
  5. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that would be a good idea as well!
     
  6. snook911 macrumors 6502a

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    So before I sold my iPhone 4 running 4.0.1 I backed it up in tunes thinking that when I got my 4s I would just restore from this backup. Is this not possible. I have heard people have lost Siri by doing this. Any truth in this? Thanks.
     
  7. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    upgrade to iOS5 on your iPHone4 first. its free and should only take a few mins total (10-20 depending on internet)
     
  8. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't care about texts, phone settings, call history, etc, then yeah iTunes will sync over your music and apps (as long as your current iPhone 4 has the "sync my music" and "Sync my apps" settings turned on).

    If you do want the device settings, etc, then my recommendation is to update your iphone 4 to iOS 5 and then back it up. When setting up your 4S, restore from that iOS 5 backup, and it should be seamless.

    Word of warning though: When 4.0 came out, I had my 3GS replaced. Unfortunately, the replacement 3GS was running 4.0, and I had backed up from a 3.x.x device. The restoration was only partially successful and many of my photos were not restored. (Thank God I saved them separately on my laptop!)
     

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