Other Set up as new or restore?

AeroUK

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I always set up a new iPhone from scratch but this year I restored from an iCloud backup. Is this as good? The reason I’m asking is that I don’t feel my Max battery life is too great.
 

kp98077

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Yes same exact issue here. If you don’t restore from iCloud how do you get your pics, music etc? The fun!!
 
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Devyn89

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Restoring takes battery, give it a few days and battery should return to normal. If not do a settings reset.
 
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AeroUK

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I may be expecting too much. Just wondered what your experiences are. I’ll give it a week and set up as new if I don’t feel it’s improved.
 

joeblow7777

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I always set up a new iPhone from scratch but this year I restored from an iCloud backup. Is this as good? The reason I’m asking is that I don’t feel my Max battery life is too great.
I’ve restored every iPhone I’ve had from the backup of the last since I had a 3GS. I’ve never had a problem. There’s no reason why you should. Having to set up everything from scratch each time makes no sense to me when there’s such an easy process to have my new phone set up just the way I want practically right out of the box.
 

big samm

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Set As new, specially now that imsg is saved in the cloud... For me there’s no reason to start from a sometimes buggy backup.
 

mikzn

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I have tried both and prefer a restore from back up - fresh install requires all the different passwords and is missing data from many apps etc. Also services like mail, messages, drop box, icloud drive, printer drivers, Photos and Music Playlists are all installed in one shot.

Never had any issues with a restore, but have had to spend a lot of time on a new "Fresh" install getting things set up with all settings and data updated.

Personally don't see any benefit to a Fresh Install
 
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iPhonefreak79

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I may be expecting too much. Just wondered what your experiences are. I’ll give it a week and set up as new if I don’t feel it’s improved.
Weather you restored as new or not, new batteries need to go through a few cycles before it performs at its best. If you see that it doesn’t improve in a week, I’d restore as new.
 

LaynieGorilla

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I started as new. I to just synced my phone to my computer for music. My previous pictures are staying on the computer.
 

BigMcGuire

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I usually only set up as new with a new phone. I'm noticing less than average battery life with iOS 12. But that's normal with a new iOS. Subsequent versions .x usually perfect this as time goes on.
 

MacCheeseLai

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I restored and the battery is fine, at exactly the same as my 8+....14Gb. I got the 64gb because I stream vids/music on the phone. I don’t download. The one thing it didn’t automatically do was restore my vpn, so I did that manually.
 

Mr$tone

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I’ve restored every iPhone I’ve had from the backup of the last since I had a 3GS. I’ve never had a problem. There’s no reason why you should. Having to set up everything from scratch each time makes no sense to me when there’s such an easy process to have my new phone set up just the way I want practically right out of the box.
I totally agree. However, this time iTunes failed me badly. Plugged in my new iPhone XS Max into iTunes, followed instructions to update, and restored from latest password protected backup (to have as much info as possible). Phone frooze when finnished and I had to do a hard reset. Happened three times in a row. Gave up and went for iCloud (less info stored though). It worked. However, something is weird now with iTunes because my phone has no icon in iTunes.

First failure/problem restoring new phone since 3GS.
 

gsucyclist

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I usually setup as new, but restored backup this time because I didn't want to go through the hassle. No issues so far
 

Scratch4

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Set As new, specially now that imsg is saved in the cloud... For me there’s no reason to start from a sometimes buggy backup.
Were you able to transfer over all your iMessages after setting up as new? I wasn’t able to find a way.. would love to know!
 

stabile007

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So I have always more or less restored from a backup year over year. But since I was downgrading in storage size this year I set it up as New. Its kinda nice getting a fresh install. Although I did make sure my texts were backed up to the cloud first.
 

Ben Harley

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I have always restored from my existing phone via iTunes encrypted backup and never had any problems. You are up and running in 15 minutes with passwords and everything. I not want to take the time to enter and set up again!

Same. Restore all the data of my previous iPhone to new one. Brings back all the previous changes that I made there. Its more secured and yeah like it has been said.. it takes less time.
 
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