New iPhone 6S...setup as new, or restore from back-up?

sohanangal

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Sep 24, 2012
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Hi,

I will be getting my new iPhone 6S 64GB White/Silver tomorrow. I have read a few posts regarding the pros and cons of setting it up as a new phone, and those of restoring it from back-up.

Which would be the best option to prevent issues? I am upgrading from the iPhone 5, if that is of any help.

Thanks!
 

mundo01

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I restored from backup. Went from 5s to 6s... No issues. I didn't have to download or set anything up again, it was all there like it was on the 5s
 
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sunking101

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I used a 6+ backup on my 6S+ and experienced problems. My alert tones were muffled and on both occasions that I did a 'reset all settings' I got stuck in a bootloop at the Apple logo, requiring a DFU restore. In the end I just set up as new.
 

Nolander07

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I have restored from a backup since iPhone 4. I haven't had any problems yet that I am aware of. 5 phones and 5 operating systems (including betas) later and everything seems fine.
 

doboy

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I've always restored from backups, orig iPhone->3GS->4 then iPad Air (since I stopped using iPhone for few years)->iPhone 6->iPhone 6s+. Also no issues going from orig iPad->iPad 2->iPad 3->iPad Air->Air 2.
 

markhort

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I set up as a new device. Which I do every couple of years. Only lost my iMessage's and settings. Everything else was in the cloud. Only issue I had was my contacts did not sync, but a quick toggle off and on again, sorted that.
 

wchigo

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I set up from new on my 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Since I have an Apple Watch now I didn't want to lose all the activity data I had so my only option was to restore from an encrypted backup.

I updated my 6s Plus to 9.0.2 out of the box prior to doing anything else, then went through the restore process and so far haven't noticed any major issues.
 

dojoman

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I had restored from backup but I was having some notifications issue afterward, and set it up as new again and it's fine. I had to do it such a way to preserve all my photos and video by uploading to Apple iCloud. That was the most tedious part.
 

Zetaprime

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I was unable to restore my backup from iCloud when I got my 6s+, but was able to get it done via iTunes instead. That worked fine. For some reason even though there was an iCloud backup from my old phone it did not show up as being available.
 

Qbnkelt

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I've always restored from backup. I've never had any issues.
I guess I'm too impatient to set it all up again and also having to download all the apps....ugh...
 

Septembersrain

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I've always restored from backup. I've never had any issues.
I guess I'm too impatient to set it all up again and also having to download all the apps....ugh...
I'm such the opposite! Haha.

I prefer setting up as new because my taste in apps sometimes changes. For me it's fun to set things up and start out fresh. It gives me that new device rush.

Going through each setting, rummaging through my app list, and I'm having a blast. =)
 

andyw715

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This was the first time I setup as new (well besides the new-to-iPhone 3g).
I did because over the years I tend to install apps and never use them, but to lazy to thin the heard.

I didn't feel like doing that on 6 Plus, so I just setup 6S Plus as new and have been cherry picking apps that I'll use.
 

sohanangal

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Sep 24, 2012
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Thanks for the info, guys.

I did a restore, and haven't any issue yet. At least the ones people had posted on a few threads. Let's see how it goes. It has been just 4 hours, though! :p
 

blcfla

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I always restore from backup, did it on my 4S, 5, 5S, 6, and now 6S.

No issues at all.
 

dwfaust

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I prefer to restore from backup - it's fast, easy and almost always works without any surprises. I will start over if necessary, but so far, I'm good. Been running this way since iPhone 3GS and only started over once that I can recall.
 

rwilliams

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I set my 6S+ up as new, and just recently restored my iPad Mini to new as well. Sure, it takes time to put music back on the devices and set up the apps again, but I like knowing that there's no crap left behind from multiple OS upgrades, beta versions, etc. I'd love to wipe my MacBook Air and reinstall El Capitan fresh, but I don't have all of the installation discs/files for my software, and I have a LOT more stuff to reinstall on my laptop than I do my iOS devices.
 

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I set up my new iPhone 6S from an iPhone 5S and have had an App crash problem. The app crash works like this. If an app has not been used for over 6 hours it initially opens then the screen goes black. When I push the home button, the app initially appears but disappears to the home screen. A second launch of the app works fine. All apps are affected, even the Apple apps.

I have been working with Apple and have done the following: 1) Hard reset of phone and 2) Restore the phone again from a back-up. Both of these actions failed within a couple of days as the app crash problem returned. Currently, Apple has asked be to reset the settings on the phone. Not certain if this will work and will require a couple of more days to see if the app crash problem returns.

Can not tell at this point if the issue is hardware related or restoring from an iPhone 5S back-up.

Donald Barar
 

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