What does Restoring to New Phone keep and what does it remove

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by hasanahmad, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    Does restoring phone to new with your iCloud account keep contacts etc? what is removed? only the Apps and settings or pictures as well?
  2. yyzspotter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    Restoring to a new phone keeps nothing until you complete the setup.

    Then you are presented with restoring from a backup or re downloading via icloud.

    When I restore as a new phone I do just that - I re add my apps and music and data through iTunes and then re log into iCloud.

    Seems to work well for me.
  3. hasanahmad thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    but if I restore to a new phone do I only need to readd my apps and music or also the contacts and pictures etc
  4. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    If you restore as a new phone, you can log back in to your iCloud account which will add your contacts. However, it will not bring over your photos, apps, messages, etc. You would need to restore from a backup for those.
  5. hasanahmad thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009

    Is there a proven benefit to restoring to new?
  6. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Every mayor release, I do a complete restore through iTunes and set up as new phone and DON'T restore with an iCloud or iTunes backup (they carry all the crap that was on the previous iOS version). Then I turn on iCloud which has my contacts, my bookmarks, my reminders and my notes.

    My music is already on iTunes in the Cloud so I just go to iTunes Store > Purchased and download everything again. Same thing for my apps.

    In the end, I have a flawless experience #
  7. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    With a crap ton more work! I agree however, this is the best way to do it.
  8. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    I have never done a new restore and I have been restoring from iPhone 3G. Never had a weird issue or occurrence. :D

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