TECH What is an iPhone restore supposed to do?

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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I was under the impression that a restore would make the iphone setup exactly like it was when it was backed up. So, I figured it would restore all of my apps and keep the settings for those apps. I've never really been able to get that to work. If I did a restore or an update, I end up losing my app settings. I also end up having to install one app on the phone before it even lets me sync apps over.

Anyway, am I expecting the wrong thing? It is always a pain to lose my progress in games and the like.
 

Pepe

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i always find it humorous to listen to people complain about itunes not working right. it is not that hard at all, and 99% of the time it is users being fucking retarded. not saying the OP is, but just had to put that out there.


also, steve jobs is still a douche
 
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trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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i'm not complaining, i'm just trying to understand what i need to expect. i'm doing backups and the phone isn't jailbroken. i had a problem with the phone so i did the typical troubleshooting steps. i rebooted, then did a hard reboot, then came time to do a backup and restore. when i did that, i got back most of the settings like WiFi and the like, but no apps other than the default ones. at the genius guy's suggestion, i even tried fully uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes following some document on Apple's site. same thing.

i may very well be at fault for this. maybe i'm missing a step. maybe i need to sync one more time after restoring or something. i don't know. i have another phone that i wanted to update to 4.2.1, but i've been avoiding it due to the fact that i tend to lose a lot of stuff.
 

oakie

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Nov 20, 2001
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i'm not complaining, i'm just trying to understand what i need to expect. i'm doing backups and the phone isn't jailbroken. i had a problem with the phone so i did the typical troubleshooting steps. i rebooted, then did a hard reboot, then came time to do a backup and restore. when i did that, i got back most of the settings like WiFi and the like, but no apps other than the default ones. at the genius guy's suggestion, i even tried fully uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes following some document on Apple's site. same thing.

i may very well be at fault for this. maybe i'm missing a step. maybe i need to sync one more time after restoring or something. i don't know. i have another phone that i wanted to update to 4.2.1, but i've been avoiding it due to the fact that i tend to lose a lot of stuff.

there are two types of restores... if you just click on restore, it'll wipe the device then reinstall the latest version of iOS, thus a factory restore.

if you hold option + click on restore, it'll restore the device to a previous backup of your choice.
 
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trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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have you backed up the device before doing a backup+restore?

just the normal sync process where it is copying all of my apps to the computer and any new apps on the computer to the phone. i also chose restore from backup and it gave me a few backups to choose from.
 

omgwtfbbqryan

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