What is the best way to restore to factory settings, but keep all your data?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Firesign3394, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Firesign3394 macrumors regular

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    I have a battery drain problem that pops up on my iPhone 5 every 2 months, and the only way to get rid of it is to do a factory restore of the phone and set it up as a new phone.

    I can restore contacts, notes and other things via iCloud, but not app data, the order the apps are in, or settings.

    I have tried PKGbackup in the past, but it failed me. I don't want to even try it again.

    Is there a way I can manually back up the files onto my mac, and once I restore, then put them back on the newly restored phone? Or would anyone know of a better way to accomplish what I am trying to do?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Well you can't have your cake and eat it too...If I'm understanding you correctly, you can plug your phone into your computer, do a backup, restore to original settings, then restore from the backup but that would negate the middle step. If you're talking about moving one backup item at a time over there I'm not sure that's possible w/out jailbreak.
     
  3. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    If you backup your phone then restore from the backup you should be fine. But if you are wanting to keep all your jailbreak data I'm not sure how you would do that.
     
  4. Firesign3394 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Jail breaking is not a problem for me, so if there is a method I can use with jail breaking that's fine. My iphone is already jail broken.

    I can't simply restore from backup because the battery drain does not go away if I do it that way. I have to actually set it up as a new phone.
     
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Backup to iCloud, restore via iTunes and then restore from backup via iCloud. I could be wrong, but I've been told by doing an iCloud backup over an iTunes backup keeps settings and app data, but does not mirror your entire device. Makes sense if it is correct because my iTunes backups are roughly 1GB but my iCloud backups are closer to 600MB.
     
  6. midnightMachine macrumors member

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    If you do a factory restore on your phone, won't iTunes make you do it with the latest software..?
     
  7. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Yes it will update to latest software.

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    What you are trying to do will not work. If you are wanting to restore and start over clean but keep app data it's not possible.
     

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