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Restore from Icloud with IOS 8.3

by greenlot / April 22, 2015 1:02 PM PDT


I have an Iphone 5s with the latest IOS 8.3
Yesterday I got a new Iphone 6. Before doing anything I backup the 5s to iCloud.

I started my new phone and select restore from iCloud. Impossible to do it because the new phone was shipped to the shop with IOS 8.1 or something and all my backups are done after 8.1

There is a warning that the backup cannot be done because the IOS are not the same.
No written anywhere that restore from iClould only works

if new iPhone have the same IOS of the backups
What I did I just downloaded the IOS 8.3 to the new phone and because was of 552mb took long time.
Now I have a new phone with IOS 8.3 and all backups with IOS 8.3
I was thinking of: getting into reset Iphone setting and select: erase all content and setting, then do the set up again and select restore from iCloud.

Will it work?
If I do this will reset the IOS to 8.1 or to the latest 8.3 downloaded by me??

I really try to avoid downloading all my application one by one
If there is any other way to do it please let me know


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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2015 1:06 PM PDT

Apps can be version dependent so it's never a sure thing when changing iOS. And to rely on icloud alone for your files/data is crazy. It may be good but where is YOUR BACKUP?

As to what will happen, my bet is data will restore but apps won't for very good reasons.

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Where to backup
by greenlot / April 22, 2015 1:34 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with no.


((And to rely on icloud alone for your files/data is crazy))

So where else to backup if icloud is not safe?

My backup in on icloud...everything listed there, done it yesterday

My main question was if the IOS 8.3 will be there after erase all content and setting because if yes I don't see any reason for not working but if goes back to 8.1 it will NOT work for sure


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Why not upgrade the iPhone to 8.3
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 22, 2015 9:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Where to backup

and then do the restore.

Meanwhile, DO NOT backup up anything to the iCloud from the new iPhone.

Once the new phone is on 8.3, you "should" be able to Restore from the Old backup.

At least that is the way I understand it


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by greenlot / April 23, 2015 11:45 AM PDT


i already done the upgrade to 8.3 immediately and will do the restore on Sunday, hope all OK..
what is unbelievable is that not even apple mention this problem anywhere


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I didn't write it wasn't safe.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2015 12:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Where to backup

I will write it's not a sure thing. As to the other backup there is iTunes and in the Itunes store other backup apps.

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by greenlot / April 23, 2015 11:46 AM PDT

thanks i will look into it for future backups


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2015 11:55 AM PDT
In reply to: backups

I meant "offer other backup apps."

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by greenlot / April 25, 2015 12:52 PM PDT
In reply to: TYPO.



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by greenlot / April 25, 2015 5:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Backups

i did the restore from iTunes and no problems but i bet it would have worked even from icloud since the IOS are all 8.3


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Clarification on what happens when you restore from iCloud
by Pepe7 / April 26, 2015 2:10 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with no.


Just wanted to let you know what happens when you restore from iCloud, since what you write above seems you indicate you might not yet have had to deal with it.

The apps that do not ship with the device end up being re-downloaded from the app store when you restore from an iCloud backup. They do this to help reduce the size of the backups. This is really only an issue when you deal with really old apps that simply never get updated, or with something that for some odd reason ends up being removed from the app store. During the latter, having the *.ipa files somewhere on the HDD in an iTunes backup can come in handy, but not always if future iOS updates remove the ability to install a previously approved app, etc.

It's sort of a mixed issue regarding files, since often they truly reside somewhere else in the cloud, a la Dropbox, as email attachments, etc., so not having them present in an iCloud backup doesn't honestly always mean much. Backups/dealing with large photo libraries and music are still possibly Apple's biggest Achilles heel, although what you can *do* with those types of media on iOS devices is pretty amazing IMNSHO.

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This happened.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2015 3:54 PM PDT

A client had an app that was not ready for the latest iOS and so it didn't restore it. They had to wait till the author caught up.

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move your settings and app
by zodiac-123 / April 23, 2015 9:16 PM PDT

Plug in iphone 5s to computer back up evrything to computer using itunes

Remove and plug iphone 6 do the initial setup and update to latest version

Select the back and restor option from itunes select the iphone 5s as the restore option from list

Go on with all restore

All done

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by greenlot / April 25, 2015 12:53 PM PDT

Yes i think better this way


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