Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 5:06 PM (in response to anonmousdude)
Restore is all or nothing.
Restore will put the device back to the exact state it was in when that specific backup was created, meaning all pics, texts, apps, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 5:12 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
Thank you for the reply! I am still confused. If I click the backup on iCloud will that work? So is there a way to restore and keep things?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 5:44 PM (in response to anonmousdude)
This is not difficult.
Restore as "new" puts the device back to the clean factory state.
Restore from backup puts the device back to the exact condition it was in when that backup was created. Anything done on the device since the backup was created is lost.
Restores are all or nothing. There is no way to restore just text messages, or just call history, or just whatever.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 6:05 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
How do you restore from backup? And just making sure, this will not delete pictures.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2011 5:24 AM (in response to anonmousdude)
If you plug your iPhone back into your pc.
Right click on your iPhone icon in iTunes and it should come up with a list of options
one of them being 'restore iPhone from back up' -or something similar to that.
Hope that helps.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to anonmousdude)
If you've taken a back up of your iPhone in Itunes there are applications available that allow you to retreive your text messages from that back up, it does not put them back on the phone it allows you to export them to excel, PDF, HTML, etc. You can try restoring your phone from iCloud and everything should restore assuming you have Photo Stream turned on (which only does 30 days)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
If I Do A Clean Restore On My iPhone The First Time And Dont Back It Up But Then Do Another Restore And I Do Back Up My Phone To The Exact State , Would It Work ?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to 7helire)
Yes, but why would you do that? There is no point to restoring as new then restoring from a backup. Do one or the other.
If the issue with the device is the result of a corruption iOS or setting on the device, restoring from backup will simply put that corruption back. It does not matter if you restore as new first.
Now, on the other hand if you restore as new and the issue does not go away, a hardware issue exists. That would be the only reason I could see for wanting to restore from a backup after restoring as new.
Finally... before you do anything, copy your pictures to your computer. iDevices have never been intended as permanent storage for pictures taken with the device. Restoring as new will remove all user content from the device. Even a restore from backup is not 100% guaranteed to salvage everything, but it works 99.9% of the time. Do not take a chance at being that .1%, copy your pictures to your computer.