Will we ever see selective restore?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CAWjr, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. CAWjr macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    With a lot of people getting new devices in the next few weeks, the "start new or restore" threads have been popping up. I have always done a restore because I don't want to lose certain data like my text messages (both iMessage & SMS texts) or data in certain non-cloud based apps. The problem is that you have to do an all or nothing restore. I also feel like there are probably certain settings that I have set up on my phone over the years & across different versions of iOS that may be preventing something cool in iOS 10 from working the way it was intended. I have no direct evidence of that, but I feel like somewhere along the way I probably turned something off because it sucked in an old version, but is awesome in a new version, but that "off" setting just carries over in a restore.

    It would be nice if Apple had a list of categories, apps, or data that you could select to download on a new install. I know all about the iCloud backup settings, but I'm talking about a more robust selection where you can pick & choose things you want like they were & things you want to be wiped clean & start fresh. Like being able to say, "I want to start fresh, but restore my text messages, photos, email/contacts/calendar settings, and these 5 apps."
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I agree! Something similar to Migration Assistant on OS X (but an iOS version for the cloud) would be really useful.

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