why do we have to re download a iphoen update if sharing the same itunes i cloud account?

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  1. mia-rafael, May 21, 2016
    Last edited: May 21, 2016

    mia-rafael macrumors member


    May 21, 2016
    I just got a second iphone, i figured i could restore from my first iphone back up in itunes so
    1 i downloaded ios 9.3 via iTunes unto my computer, updated and backed up my first iphone.
    2 but when i went to restore my first back up to my new iphone im asked to re download ios 9.3 update again al over again.

    is this normal and is there a way to find the download to update without having to use my 3g network to download it again since its almost 2GB

  2. randomgeeza macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2014
    United Kingdom
    If your iPhones are different models then the files needed to update will differ based upon the model of the iPhone. Urgo, yes... you will need to download the ISPW again.
  3. mia-rafael thread starter macrumors member


    May 21, 2016
    same exact phone models, iPhone 5s 16 GB same everything
    but i think i was trying to update the second one in a second itunes folder, i have one on the internal drive and one on the external drive...thanks though
  4. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    yes.... i've done it to an ipad of exactly same model and capacity.... once downloaded, u can update multiple...

    It must be on the same iTunes library though, as u found out.

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