Starting over: Setting up as New

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  1. decafjava macrumors 68000

    decafjava

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    Ok I'd like to set up my phone as new (iPhone 6 bought in November 2014). Basically had some battery weirdness (larger than normal percentage jumps mainly and the impression of less usage). Just came back from the Apple store for the 2nd time in as many months. They said my diagnostics check out - battery is fine - as is the hardware. Think it might be a good idea to clean things up and "start over" so what do I need to do?


    This is my plan to prepare:

    1)Took screenshots of every page and ever folder's page - hough I'll likely rearrange and not reinstall some apps anyway.

    2)I backup all my contacts to outlook on my PC should be easy to restore.

    3) Messaging apps. Will iMessage be restored? What about others like Telegram or Whatsapp? I presume it depends on the app?

    3)Settings and passwords will need to be entered again - that's ok - I assume I'll have to setup touch ID again?

    4)Photos, all backed up on my computer by habit (no iCloud thanks). Anyway to put them back on my phone after restoring as new?

    5) Music. No worries about my ripped and iTunes or elsewhere purchased and downloaded music, I backup my iTunes library anyway and it will be simple, if time consuming to put it back. I wonder about my Apple Music preferences would I need to redo them or are they linked to my account?

    6) Apps: well I’ll have to sign-in to some apps again etc. Some apps use iCloud or their own cloud backup so no problem. I don’t understand why apps can’t be backed up on the Mac or PC but anyway.


    Anything else I should be aware of?
     
  2. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    3 - WhatsApp has a backup to iCloud function in Settings. And then you can restore it with new phone setup.
     
  3. 960design macrumors 68000

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    I use an MDM to manage my devices. Wiping / restoring my test devices automatically reinstalls all the apps / documents that I use / need.
     
  4. mantan macrumors 68000

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    I got the same advice for a malfunctioning battery and GPS. I bit the bullet and did it. The good news is it fixed the battery issue. The bad news is the GPS still doesn't work correctly.....

    I took at lot of the steps you did before....feedback below

    It took a couple of hours and was kind of a pain. Mostly just getting reclogged into every app and getting the settings back like they were.

     
  5. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    Make sure that it isn't one of your third party apps draining your battery. If you see a stock app going crazy then reinstall, if it's a third party app you might just delete it, remove it's settings from your phone and re-download it, it will save you a lot of time.
     
  6. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    #3 - Would all your old texts be moved over?

    I don't see any way to save texts to iCloud, so unless you were using an app to do this...the answer would be no.

    But I'm a novice in this dept...
     
  7. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    Texts would not be moved over, you would need to look at iFunBox or iExplorer to get those moved over. Unless the data is stored in a cloud somewhere, it's gone. You will also lose voicemails and your favorites list on your phone.
     
  8. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for confirming that.
     
  9. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    No problem, been saving up my texts for a while, never know when someone might say, "I never said that" and you can just be like "Boom, yeah ya did."
     
  10. decafjava thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the advice all. How can I get an MDM btw? This is a personal phone not a work one...I understood iFunBox and iExplorer don't work with ios 9??
     
  11. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    Last I knew iExplorer did with iOS 9.1.x but I haven't tested it recently. They update it often enough so I'd think it would support the latest and greatest by the end of the week.
     
  12. 960design macrumors 68000

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    Build it, buy it, or free it. The free choices are are a bit more limited. Just starting out, and for home use only, I would recommend a cloud based MDM. There are many that have 'free' accounts that let you setup a limited number of devices, typically more than a single home would use, but less than a business. Try a bunch of them. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never physically manage your IOS devices again.

    Try the google for something like: MDM ios free
    A couple that come to the top of the list: SimpleMDM, Meraki, Cellebus
     
  13. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    To add to 960design's comment, MDM is mostly used as an Enterprise solution and may have a bit of a learning curve to it, I haven't looked at all MDM solutions but if you are just doing a single device it might be a bit tough, especially if you don't have any computer management experience. (not saying this is the case but other people may come here looking for a solution)
     
  14. decafjava thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, I think using MDM might be a bit overkill at this point for a single personal device. I think I'll take the opportunity to set up a lot of things as new.
     
  15. PowerbookG31991 macrumors member

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    MDM is overkill for you, but certainly something to try out. Meraki has their's free for 100 devices
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Seems like a lot of trouble to go through for "battery weirdness"
     
  17. Armen macrumors 604

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    Contacts are stored indepedantly of backups. . They are just there and can be accessed at anytime by going to icloud.com
     
  18. decafjava thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The very large jumps in battery percentage like the battery dying early and suddenly jumping to 40% when plugged in was not "weirdness" I was just following Apple's suggestion.
    Yes, or in Outlook which was my case. Still doesn't hurt to make a fresh copy.

    Anyway, after all that my battery was still acting up so I ended up getting a replacement phone. All tip top.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Sorry was just quoting you on the "battery weirdness" thing.
     
  20. aces99 macrumors 6502

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    A couple things. First think is for your text messages, you can send a copy of all the text messages to yourself and then you will have a copy of them once you set up your new phone. All you do is click and hold on one of the text messages, then click on more. Then put a check mark on all the text messages that you want to keep. Then click on the little arrow on the bottom right hand corner. Then a new message will come up. Then put in your phone number or email address and then click send.

    The second things is you can back up the apps to your computer using iTunes. Then you can load them back to your phone once you have set it up as new.
     
  21. decafjava thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, I already did that for the apps - I'll keep that in mind as an alternative for the text messages but ibackupnot already took care of that.
     

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