"Right" way to set up new iPhone6 plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by drnscr, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. drnscr macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    All, I'm a newbie... forgive me...

    What is the "right" way to set up my new iPhone 6 plus? Should I restore from the last back up of my iPhone 5 or set up as new? If I set up as new, how do I get all of my content (apps, photos, music, etc) to the new phone?

    Again, I beg your tolerance for an obviously stupid question.
  2. flastar23 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2014
    back up 5 to cloud

    start 6+

    download from cloud


  3. RyanG macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    there isn't a "right" way, just the way that works for you. you can restore your iphone5 backup if you update to ios8 on it and perform a backup. my preference is to restore from icloud.
  4. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Well it depends..

    Personally I like to set up new iPhones as new because I don't want them to get any broken .plist files my old backup might have or anything like that. Its also my experience that when you set up as new things are just more smooth overall.
  5. MegLuvsMacs macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2014
    West Virginia
    The only right way is the way you wanna do it. You can use a backup if you want all your camera roll pics on it, or you can set it up as a new phone. Either way you're a winner. Its all about personal preference :)
  6. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    Back up to iTunes imo.

    Restore from back up. GL
  7. cymolia macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    Orange County, FL
  8. Makala macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    Usually whenever I get a new Apple product I sync it up to my computer to sync my music & then download all the apps from the purchased area & then sort out folders for categories. Old fashioned, but it works for me. :eek:
  9. theMaccer macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    they say you can do it 1 handed.
  10. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Restoring from backup definitely works, but I always choose to set up as new. I want my phone running as smoothly as possible, and almost everything I have on my phone now is on the cloud:

    Contacts & Calendar - Synced with Google, so I can switch between iOS and Android as my leisure.

    Photos - Backed up to Google Photos, which can be auto-enabled on iOS and Android as well. Probably will also use iCloud sharing for family/friends.

    Apps - Most of my apps are cloud-based such as Facebook, Google+, Dropbox, Feedly, Pocket Casts, etc. I don't really do a lot of gaming on my phone, but I suppose that's the area that has the most frustration when setting up as new. I don't think Apple has a way yet to restore app data from specific applications yet, right? I wish they would do this, so that you could just restore game app data, for example, instead of an entire iCloud backup.

    Other than that, it's not too difficult re-entering in your Apple ID passwords, WIFI, etc. I think in the long run, setting up as new makes your phone run smoother for a longer period of time. But I've also restored from backups before and it works just fine (much better than Android).
  11. Fant macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    What are the list of things you would NOT get if you set up as new and sync items back.

    1) text message history
    2) call history
    3) camera roll (unless you synced them all to iPhoto first?)
    4) app settings / game progress ?

    Do I have this right?
  12. andrewxie macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2014
    If you want whats in your current iPhone to the new iPhone, the best way to do it is backup your phone via iTunes, then plug in the new iPhone, select backup from your previous device.
    If you want a "fresh" start, you can back up your contacts and messages, photo through iCloud, then just backup from iCloud on the new iPhone.iCloud only has a limited 5G I believe, so you can't sync everything.
    Basically if you want to transfer only whats important. use iCloud, but if you want everything to your new phone, you would have to use iTunes.
  13. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    if your scheduled to get it on launch day back up your previous to itunes "on this computer" and restore from that. icloud is going to be hammered on friday and it will take forever. thats how I always do it on launch day.
  14. barrett14 macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    So when you set up as new you have to re-download all of your apps and everything else manually? What do you do about all of your contacts?
  15. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I don;t believe this is a prerequisite any longer. Should just be able to restore from the iOS 7 backup just fine.


    You would have to do that manually. Contacts you can either store sepparately in iCloud (I use Google since it's better for cross platform).
  16. RyanG macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    woops, yeah, it's not backward compatible.
  17. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Yes you can re-download manually or if you have them in iTunes just sync them over to the phone.

    Contacts are store in the cloud and download automatically.

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