Set up as new iPad or restore from back up?

nataliamck

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Jun 22, 2010
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Lisburn, Northern Ireland
I have a quick question. I did a search but couldn't find an answer.

I did backed up my iPad 2 before selling it and I will be getting the new iPad on Friday.

The only thing I want from my previous iPad are my Pages documents and contacts. All apps/photos/other things I don't need on my new iPad.

So, can I set up as a new iPad and back up only documents and contacts. Or can I back up from a previous iPad but choose what I do and do not want?

Hope this makes sense :-/
 

nikhsub1

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Jun 19, 2007
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mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
It is my opinion not to restore. I use exchange to sync contacts and calendars so that is not an issue - Cant you just email your pages docs to yourself? AFAIK you can not pick and chose what to restore, it's an all or nothing deal. I suppose you could restore and see how it goes and if it acts weird just restore and setup as new. Typically I don't like to restore to different hardware but that is just me.
 

powerbook911

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Mar 15, 2005
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You lose so much app data and whatnot if you don't restore.

Honestly, I have kept my iPad pretty controlled. It is my iPhone that has a lot of old stuff. My iPad not so much.

Therefore, I'm going to do a restore and save headaches.
 

FamiliaPhoto

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Jul 24, 2009
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In my experience it is best to start fresh and not restore. That is what I do for my iPhones as well. The new device seems to perform better when not restored.