Restoring an iPhone 6s from an iPhone 6 backup

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  1. Wackery macrumors 6502a

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    hello,

    So I regularly backup my iPhone 6 on my computer, will I be able to use that back up on my new iphone 6s when when it arrives so i can keep all my settings and apps/app configurations?

    Has anyone recently upgraded from a 5s to a 6 been able to do that for example?

    If i can do that going from 6 to 6s that would be convenient.
     
  2. perkedel macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering the same thing since now I have the watch. I want the workout data to carry over; encrypted iTunes backup here.
     
  3. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    You shouldn't have any issues restoring from a backup.
     
  4. treichert macrumors 6502

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    Of course, that's exactly what it's there for.
     
  5. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I restore every year from a back up of my previous iPhone and iPad and have never had any issues. Granted this is the first time there is another device, the Apple watch, in the equation but as far as I'm aware all the data should be stored in your iTunes back up so it should continue as normal.
     
  6. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816

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    Yes you can restore from a backup to a newer device, Apple will not tell you this but the general opinion of most tech people is to set your new phone up as new as your are then starting fresh. Restoring from backup can always bring forward any existing problems or cause new problems.

    I always setup as new no matter what and have found it only takes about an hour to re download all apps and setup everything the way it was prior.
     
  7. RosOne macrumors regular

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    Same here, pretty curious what exactly to do. Picking up an 6S+ and not 100% sure how to handle backup.

    Backup (iCloud) 6+ => unpair Apple Watch => restore on 6S+ => pair Apple Watch? Is that the procedure?
     
  8. RosOne macrumors regular

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    Having Health data doesn't allow you to set up as new anymore
     
  9. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816

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    Yes and that Apples own fault, i would rather setup as new and lose all health data than have a crippled phone. Apple will need to change this pretty quickly. What happens 2 or 3 iphones from now? You will have remnants from 4 different iOS versions in your backup you are restoring from. There health kit system is great, but the saving data is flawed. The ability to store health kit encrypted as a separate file then load it back into a new iOS is the right way.
     
  10. RosOne macrumors regular

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    I agree, it always sits in the back of my head. Having a phone restored from every from iOS 8 to iOS 9.1 including all beta versions. It feels so wrong, but I try to tell myself that it only stores the settings, nothing else. I use every iCloud option, so it's not on the iPhone anyway. I don't care about any app at all, so I delete them all before the "final backup".

    Apple should add a separate iCloud Health Data Backup feature. So you can setup as new everytime and then choose to sync only Health data to your iPhone.
     
  11. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I've never ever had any issues due to restoring from a back up and I've been doing it every time since the beginning.
     
  12. perkedel macrumors 6502a

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    your method won't work for everyone, specially those with apple watch and would like to keep the activity data.
    I like to set up as new for everything, when I get a new pc, when MSFT release a new version, and when Apple release a new major OS X. But I've got Apple watch data now.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    LOL!!!

    I am not laughing at your process. It's actually the correct thing to do. I'm just kind of chuckling because the data I have on my iPhone 6+ right now started life as a backup on my iPhone 3GS. I've never restored as new, just restored from the backup of my 3GS to my 5 and then to my 6+.

    Never had any issues.

    Again, not that I am disagreeing with you or saying that people should not do what you do.
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    For those worried about pairing with the Apple watch, someone the other day mentioned that if you do an encrypted backup via iTunes this will preserve any of that stuff you need to keep intact.
     
  15. PedCrossing macrumors 6502

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    If you want to preserve your health data, either restore from iCloud or have your backups encrypted on iTunes.
     
  16. fieldsphotos macrumors 6502

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    If you do a setup as new, you also lose all your messaging data as well. So it isn't only your Health data that doesn't come through.
     

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