Restore from backup: Computer vs iCloud?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by DaGrandMastah, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2011
    Is there any difference? I have 3 gb of "other" data that I want to get rid of.

    Does it matter if I restore from backup from the computer or iCloud? I was really hoping to restore from backup on the computer since I have a ton of comic's synced to my comic book app that I would have to add back to the iPad individually.

    Is there a benefit to restoring from the full backup on the computer and the iCloud?
  2. FotoDirk macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    If you backup to the computer than the app is copied to your computer. So restoring will install the exact same app. Further this sync is using the cable or your wifi. So this is not using your internet connection (might be important if you have lower speed or limited volume).

    If you bakcup to iCloud then only the references towards the apps are stored in iCloud. When restoring these apps are installed from the app store. Meaning you will install the last version of the app and if the app is not longer supported in the app store then it will not be installed. It will use the internet connection for all these downloads.

    The other data is data used by apps. For instance the standard mail app will store the synced mails in this other data. This data is normally also stored in the backup as this is your working data for that app. It will be restored as well.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    To me the big advantage of restoring from a backup on the computer is you can check the box to encrypt those backups, and by doing so it saves the passwords for all your iOS apps. When you restore you won't need to spend hours going into each app to reenter user names and passwords.
  4. Mikes2pads macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    That's a pro and a half
  5. kalt macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2011
    it's probably a lot faster to restore from a computer backup. I did it today for my new ipad mini ret. I've always done it via computer backup. As long as you update your apps and sync with itunes regularly, you'll have the latest versions of all apps. You'll also have all your passwords and app data files (some are stored in the cloud some are not) restored. Going over USB has to be faster than going over wifi.

    Why doesn't apple support USB 3.0? that would make it even faster.

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