Set up as new or restore from iCloud

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by swwack91, Sep 6, 2016.


How do you set up a new device?

  1. Set up as new

  2. Restore from iCloud

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  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    On the eve of the next iPhone, I want to pose an age-old question.

    When you get a new iDevice, do you restore from an iCloud backup or set up as a new iPhone?

    I used to prefer setting up as a new iPhone. Many of my apps and services are cloud-based, so simply signing into a few things bring down my important data anyway. I used to think of iDevices like Macs or PCs — duplicating an old computer will bring with it the clutter and sludge of an old, slow computer.

    Recently, my iPhone 5s broke and I decided to temporarily use an iPhone 5 until the 7 is released. I did a quick restore from iCloud to save some time and everything seems to be working beautifully.

    Do you see any downsides to using the Restore from iCloud feature?
  2. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Always restore. Plenty of my data are not cloud based and thus impossible to be restored by just signing in.
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    There are many threads about this. If you'll do a forum search for "set up as new," there are many threads and replies that could prove helpful.
  5. Sketchr, Sep 6, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2016

    Sketchr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    Always restore. I have too many running text messages that are almost classified as novels. Oh, and the 256 GB in the 7 will help too.
  6. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    Restore from backup. If I wanted to spend hours setting up my new phone, I'd be using android.

    That's not meant to be a put down on android. I feel like iCloud backup is the most unsung awesome feature the iPhone offers. It's one of the few things that has brought me back each time I've tried an android device.

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