Selectively Restore Backup

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by shotta287, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. shotta287 macrumors member

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    Hi all,
    I have an encrypted iOS 9 backup from which I would only like to restore certain things onto my iPhone 7. I know this isn't possible on iTunes (or is it?!). Can anyone recommend any 3rd party software?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    It's not possible to do what you want with iTunes, or even iCloud.

    It's either all or nothing and one of the things I hate about Apple forcing you to use iTunes to sync content, apps and data.

    It may be possible to extract something with third party software and then using other third party software browse the limited file system access and drop in the content. I've done this in the past to force video into the video app as well as force my photo database to restore.

    Not sure if you can access parts like for voicemail or text messages though.

    I'd just do a Google search. There are a number of third party applications for Mac/PC that allow access to the file system and backups out there.
     
  3. chscag macrumors 68000

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    What I use is iMazing. There is also iExplorer. Both apps will do what you want.
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Agree 100%.

    iTunes IMO has become a lumbering piece of garbage and not fleet footed enough to cope with being the general factotum of the iOS eco system.

    But since the hook to the "Store" is the big thing, I doubt we'll see Apple soon (ever?) loosen the bond.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

    eyoungren

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    I'd be ok with having to use iTunes if we could work our iDevices like older iPods. That is, being able to drag and drop photos, videos, ringtones, music, etc.

    In fact I'd be ok with still having to sync to get apps.

    But what we have right now is just so 2007. It's ridiculous to not be granted some level of control.
     

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