Restore iPhone from iPod touch backup

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TuffLuffJimmy, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

    TuffLuffJimmy

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    I'm getting an iPhone soon (once the white ones are back in stock) and I currently own an iPod touch. I would like my notes, settings, apps, youtube bookmarks, etc on my new iPhone. Is it possible to restore a new iPhone from a backup of my iPod touch?


    Apologies if this has already been discussed, I couldn't find any info anywhere else.
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy thread starter macrumors G3

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    This is a pretty easy question for those who have gone from iPod touch to iPhone. Anyone care to answer it?
     
  3. pismodude2 macrumors 6502a

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    I know that when I restored my iPod Touch from my old (jailbroken )iPhone backup it worked great!

    The only difference was that in the corner where it is supposed to say 'iPod' it said 'iPhone' which is what I had changed my iPhone's carrier logo to with a jailbreak app. :rolleyes:
     
  4. istinkles macrumors member

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    Can someone give a definite answer to this. I'm getting an iPhone in a month (because the stupid plan won't let me get one any earlier) and I don't want to lose the things that TuffLuffJimmy mentions or my game saves. or could someone post a tutorial on restoring a new iphone from an iPod touch backup and jailbreaking it, while losing as little data as possible. Would much appreciate it.
     
  5. LeoNobilis macrumors regular

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    I believe - I'm almost entirely positive - it is possible (and easy) as I've done the reverse - restored an iPod Touch from an iPhone backup. I'll presume that the iPhone (your subscription, SIM card) has been activated prior to following my instructions (that's a piece of cake, really - the reason why I've skipped the preliminary steps).

    Here it goes:

    1. Tether the new apparatus to the computer.

    2. Open iTunes (if it doesn't automatically open).

    4. Select the new device (in your case, the iPhone) under iTunes.

    5. Under the "Summary" tab, Option-click "Restore" (that is, click on restore, while holding down the "Alt-"/""Option" (a key immediately left to the "Command" key), and choose your iPod Touch Backup name.

    Confirm and proceed to the end. Voilà - the iPhone will be restored to your iPod Touch backup.
     
  6. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    Has anyone actually done this to any level of success. I doubt you could brick an iPhone doing this, but I'd hate to be the first person to do so. It makes a lot more sense to be able to backup an iPhone to an iPod touch than the other way around because the iPhone has extra junk the touch would ignore. I'm afraid that if I do this I'll be missing stuff from my iPhone... like the phone app!

    Can anyone confirm a successful instance of this to alleviate my fears?
     
  7. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to try the method listed here and see what happens: http://philpham.com/blog/?p=131

    Wish me luck. I'll report in when I find out how it went.
     
  8. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    Well I didn't even have to re-backup from the iPhone backup like it said in the FAQ and it worked wonderfully.

    So, long story short: you CAN restore iPod touch data to an iPhone without any ill consequences noticed so far. Phone, SMS, etc are still there and work fine. I don't know why I had so much trouble finding out if this could be done or not, but for anyone else looking, it can be done!
     
  9. aendaman macrumors member

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    worked flawlessly for me

    I just activated my new iPhone 3G S and then iTunes offered to either set it up as a new iPohne or to restore it from my iPod Touch backup which I did. No problems so far...

    :apple: rulez!
     
  10. zahadum macrumors newbie

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    export ipod settings: merge with iphone? import into the simulator? Or import to mac?

    0) 2) thanx for your promising info about your special case of data portability for ipod — but what the general case?

    1) i had a quick chance to sell my itouch but my laptop died so i was forced to perform a backup to my desktop

    (so i am not sure how much system data actually made it via itunes running an a machine that hadnt yet been 'authorized' to sync with that ipod — if data size is any indication, i know that my iphone baks are HUGE but the ipod bak was so small ... just couple of dozen very small binary-type files & maybe 5 plists).

    2) how can the ipod settings be merged with existing iphone settings (eg safari history, bookmarks, and ESPECIALLY COOKIES! ... or the email settings esp LOGIN credentials?)

    3) if a merge is not possible then how about importing the ipod files into the iphone simulator?!

    4) and if that is also not feasible, then how about importing to a mac desktop's Safari/Mail/AddressBook binary/plists? (ie a freshly created user account would be setup just to be the permanent instance of this ipod data).


    thanx in advance for your feedback!
     
  11. Candy5869 macrumors newbie

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    I have successfully put my iPod backup onto my iPhone but now my iPhone has iPod software, for example it doesn't show the battery in % is there another way to put all my stuff on my iPhone without the iPod software??? Please help!!!
     
  12. Troneas macrumors 65816

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    I think you are just complicating your life just to save yourselves a few minutes.

    Just set as new, sync your apps with itunes and let icloud do its thing sending all your data to the iphone incl safari bookmarks and what not.

    Adjusting the settings and organising your apps will take 5 mins.
     

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