Selectively restoring contents from an old backup in iTunes?

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  1. Faize macrumors member

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    After spending the last 2 years in the Android world, I am back in the iPhone camp with a brand new iPhone 7.

    There's just 1 problem - Move from Android did not work, which means that the next best option is to restore from my old iPhone 5's backup. That said, I don't particularly want to waste space by restoring 2 year old photos/videos, the calendar is probably obsolete, every app will need to be updated anyway, etc. etc.

    Has Apple added a way to pick and choose what to restore? Or is the old double restoration procedure (restore the entire backup, sync data from phone to computer, factory reset the phone and set it up as a new/standalone phone, sync data from computer to phone) still needed for selective restorations?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    There is still no way to make manual selections for a restore from backup. All or nothing.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Apple care nothing about such scenario so you will still need your old school method and choose how to sync your data.
    Or modify backup and delete stuff you don’t want to sync.
     
  4. youinc macrumors newbie

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    As far as I know, Apple didn't offer a tool to do the task, you can give this tool a try. Hopefully it can solve your problem.
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Data restore? Well, looks super nice. Too good to be true.
     
  6. youinc macrumors newbie

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    If it works for you, please let me know. Have a nice day.
     
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    Elenatalo macrumors newbie

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    Yep, you can use a tool to restore selected data from iTunes backup to your new iPhone. BTW, Restore iPhone from Old Backup tools are mostly paid wares.
     
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  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    You can absolutely do this for your camera roll and messages at a minimum.

    Which items do you want to restore?
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Im surprised Apple still hasn't provided such solution to restore select items from backup.
    It shouldn't be all or nothing IMO.
     
  11. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    It's not.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Please elaborate on how to.
     
  13. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Like I said above Apple hasnt provided that functionality.
    And using 3rd party apps such as ibackupbot and jumping through 100 hoops is not an option to many. Also this is a tutorial on how to restore just imessages. I dont want to transfer imessages at all, I'd like to restore just contacts, camera roll and app data for example. Or others might need certain things and not other options.
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    This was one of my first issues when moving from Windows Mobile to iOS.

    I still find it difficult to believe that a 2008 WinMo phone could selectively restore down to to individual files - yet the iPhone could not.

    Unfortunately during those years of 2008-2012 I was laughing at iPhone owners a lot.
     

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