TIP: New iPad users restoring from iCloud

JUiCEJamie

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Mar 22, 2011
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App downloads, app downloads, app downloads.
Okay, iCloud is great for restoring your device to exactly how it was. Especially because I've just bought the new iPad.

BUT, most of the Apple Inc. apps, amongst many others have recent been updated to support the retine display.

Please, do yourself a favour and don't let your iPad download these apps from your backup. Just delete them, and re download them directly from the app store.

The chances are, your last backup may if only downloaded the old apps. It's downloading once more, then having to download them once again to support the retina updates.

Just a word of warning (and to save time) for anyone with a similar case.
 

apunkrockmonk

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When you restore from an iCloud backup on an iPhone or an iPad it's already downloading the apps from the app store.

It wouldn't make any sense for Apple to store individual apps in individual backups millions of times over. That's a lot of wasted space.
 

M87

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iCloud backs up user data, not apps. The apps come from the store, so if they're updated between the time you backup and restore you will get the latest version.
 

The Tuck

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iCloud backs up user data, not apps. The apps come from the store, so if they're updated between the time you backup and restore you will get the latest version.
Sometimes that's the case, but I just did an iCloud restore on my iPhone recently and it said that it would try to restore from the same version that you had installed, but sometimes it will just download the most current version of the app. They didn't seem to offer any word on why this was the case.

I'm assuming it's the same for an iPad.

Tuck
 

JUiCEJamie

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iCloud backs up user data, not apps. The apps come from the store, so if they're updated between the time you backup and restore you will get the latest version.
That's not true. My last back up was the 2nd March (because I sold my iPad2).
So when I restored my new iPad to that back up, it downloaded Infinity Blade, Apple Inc apps, Real Racing etcetc from the 2nd March..

Meaning I had to download around 6GB of apps all over again.

That's why I posted this thread.
 

Night Spring

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That's not true. My last back up was the 2nd March (because I sold my iPad2).
So when I restored my new iPad to that back up, it downloaded Infinity Blade, Apple Inc apps, Real Racing etcetc from the 2nd March..

Meaning I had to download around 6GB of apps all over again.

That's why I posted this thread.
Yes, you had to redownload all those apps, but if those apps were recently updated, then the apps that redownload should be the latest version. I know because I have an app that I'm trying to keep at an older version, but every time I restore, I get the new version, and have to go through a convoluted process to get back to the old version.
 

NEBaghead

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Oct 21, 2009
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I updated all my apps last night and did a back up just for this reason. I've had the same thing happen when I got my iPhone 4s.
 

monkeylui

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According to the iCloud help on the support site it will download the most recent. Besides I recommend doing a manual back up just a couple hours before you get the iPad & are ready to set that one up. That's what I'm doing.
 

n1c076

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Mar 29, 2012
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trick

just open my new iPad and faced tragedy of restore from iCloud.. 9 GB of apps… mmm my sweet apple, here in italy (and I think in many other parts of this world) sadly we don't have us cables for internet… ;)
after a bit of brainstorming (brain?? ;) this is what I did:

reset ipad
initial configuration
selected restore from iCloud
when the restore of the settings finish and start restoring apps switch off wifi
insert connector and backup in itunes
reset ipad (settings and contents)
restore from iTunes

et voila'! :)

sorry for my terrible english.. :)
 

DeuxIt

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if you restore from icloud you will lose all apps that have been pulled from the appstore for whatever reason. once an app has been pulled from apples app store for whatever reason (copyright infringement for one app i have) it is also gone from the icloud restore function, though i'm not sure what happens with its backed up data, just know you can't restore the app. i think in that case you can later install from itunes, but it's a pain to have to remember all such apps and individually restore them.