Will you set up as new phone or restore from back-up for the iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by The Game 161, Sep 17, 2012.


Will you set up as new phone or restore from back-up?

  1. Set up as new phone

    20 vote(s)
  2. Restore from iCloud back-up

    24 vote(s)
  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  2. BlueGummiBear macrumors 6502a


    I will be restoring from a backup so that I don't lose all my photos, videos, app data, etc.
  3. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Hmmm, let me think, do I want to lose all the information I've accumulated over the past 2+ years or do I want to keep it? Lemme think about that one.
  4. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

    Jun 26, 2008
    Denver, CO
  5. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  6. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    set up as new in order to avoid battery problems. Nearly all of my data is in the cloud anyways so those apps will put it back down.
  7. 96whitels macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2009
  8. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
  9. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Surprised there's no option for it... Setting up from an iTunes backup! iCloud will probably take waaaaaaaaaaayyy too long.
  10. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Set up as new. But I'm not superstitious though!
  11. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    I'm not sure! I kind of want to do a mix of sorts.

    I've been restoring all my iOS devices from backup for every single iOS update and device I've had. Since my 2nd gen iPod touch from 2.2.1 to 3.0 to my iPhone 4 on iOS 6. So basically my backup is about four years old! This time around I think I want to setup my iPhone 5 as a new device. There's just so much stuff on it and old jailbreak data. I've probably jailbroken a good four times at least and I'm sure there's old plist files and maybe even more beyond that. Hell, under location services there's even a weird option without an icon that says "AssistantServices.fra..."

    ANYWAY, to the point of this, is there anyway I could do a partial backup of sorts? I want to be able to keep all my text messages, photos in camera roll, and contacts. I heard that Photo Stream will help me with my pictures problem? But won't the pictures be in a folder titled "Photo Stream" and be deleted from my iPhone 5 once they're deleted from my iPhone 4 (in this case once my iPhone is restored and sold)? And onto the contacts, are they all stored in iCloud so if I setup as new I'd pull them all once I signed into my iCloud account?

    Please give your advice or any first hand experience or ideas. I don't even have anything to go on for the texts. Dx
  12. Mos Jeff macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2011
    I have a couple questions that I really hope someone can help me with and I apologize if they've been asked before. First, I've read that if I setup as new, I can then login to iCloud on my new phone and sync my contacts. I just want to be sure that this method works as I don't want to risk losing my contacts. Also, as far as redownlading apps. Do I need to redownload each app individually or can I sync with the current apps I have in my iTunes library? I'm not sure how this works, or of those apps in my library will even still be there once I setup as new. I appreciate any help. Thanks.

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