3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 12:33 PM by Demo
HandyMac Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

Does anyone know if there's a way to restore selected Settings (Contacts, Email accounts, Safari bookmarks) from an old backup without going through the whole Restore process (deleting software, checking with Apple, etc.)? I tried checking Sync Contacts, ...Mail Accounts, and ...Safari Bookmarks in the Info pane in iTunes, but that copied everything from my Mac, which I don't need. I just need the bookmarks, contacts, etc. I had before I went through a bunch of contortions (which included upgrading to iOS 6) trying to get the iPad to connect to WiFi again. Apparently backups are kept in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup, but it's a bunch of generic-icon files with incomprehensible names, so no way I can get anything out of there.


And is there a way to delete old backups that I know I'll have no use for? iTunes seems to keep them all, like Time Machine (which I don't use). Once I get this iPad set up properly, I'll just need the most recent backup.

iPad 2, iOS 6, 16GB
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,165 points)

    To remove old backups .... Launch iTunes on the Mac and go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices. All of your backups will appear in that window. Click on the backup that you want to delete and then click on Delete.


    When you restore from a backup - you restore everything that is contained in that backup including all of the device settings, app data, Safari History - and everything that iTunes backs up.


    However, restoring from a backup does NOT restore the iOS software. It is not a start from scratch type of thing. In your situation  - You want to restore from a backup, not restore the iOS on the device....but remember that you are restoring everything that is in that backup - onto the iPad again.



    How to backup and restore from a backup


  • HandyMac Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    Thanks, you answered both my questions. I was using the "Restore" button under "Version" in the "Summary" pane of the iPad window in iTunes, which goes through a whole routine, including upgrading to iOS 6 the first time I did it. Now I've got my old Safari bookmarks, etc., back. Thanks again.

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,165 points)

    You welcome. I'm glad that you got it all sorted out!