restore as new

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  1. bigdaddy223, Apr 17, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015

    bigdaddy223 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2014
    Who restores as new after an update... are do your restore from back up?
  2. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012
    If it's. A big update like ios 8.3 I all ways hock the phone up to itune and do the update from there don't do ota upgrade I olny do small ota update if it like ios 8.3.1 but do it from iTunes and restore it has new not from a back up
  3. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

    I maybe misinformed but I don't think there's any difference between either method, except for maybe a placebo effect.
  4. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    I always restore as new with any major interval iOS update. I primarily do this to purge the garbage data from the "Other" directory (some of this junk data won't go away until you restore the device as new).

    Once I verify the install, then I restore the apps and data from a backup. Always using iTunes, never OTA.


    The OTA update is a delta file that only swaps out the change files. The iTunes iOS update is a full installation that replaces the entire system directory.

    As a rule of thumb, I prefer the iTunes update because it just seems to create fewer issues. Recall that the iOS 8.0.1 fiasco only affected the OTA updates, because the installation package specified some incorrect files to keep/replace.

    Also, the OTA iOS updates require a huge amount of free storage space on the device. For lower capacity devices operating close to the limit, it's just easier to use iTunes and not worry about how to clear out 5+ GB of storage space for the OS update.
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Or just upgrade via OTA and keep going. :apple:
  6. bigdaddy223 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2014
    Files get corrupt on ota update. restore as new.
  7. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

    Ultra AleM

    Jun 22, 2012
    I always update OTA and I never had any problems. Just update OTA ;-)
  8. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I hook up to iTunes and do my updates. Guess I have been lucky and never any issues.
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    On some occasions for a few people here and there something like that can potentially happen (as can lots of other things even with a restore as new could go wrong). Overall, OTA functions just fine for most people.
  10. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    Or it can happen on the installation package itself, as was the case with the botched iOS 8.0.1 update. Recall that the full iOS installation via iTunes worked fine, but not so with the OTA update.
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Yup, certainly some isolated incidents out there, just as they could really be the other way around as well.

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