Instead of thinking about restoring from an iCloud backup, think instead about sharing iCloud data.
Presumably your iPhone 5 and iPad 2 are using the same Apple ID and password. So as soon as you go to Settings > iCloud on your iPhone and turn on Contacts (assuming your iCloud account is properly set up on your iPhone), voila, your contacts will appear! Regarding photos, the same logic applies to Photo Stream.
Mail would be the same if you're using iCloud mail. Otherwise, it would be more difficult.
That is the mystery. ICould is set up exactly the same on both devices. I've checked numerous times. I compared the settings with my husbands iPhone and iPad. His works fine... Like it is supposed to... Mine is syncing nothing! No Mail, no Messages, no iCal, no Contacts, etc.
I know it is supposed to work with iCloud but I dunno in this case. The iPad is a year old, the iPhone is a day old.
Thanks for your answer, sberman. Any other ideas!
You say you compared settings to your husband's, and that your iPhone is a day old. When you got your iPhone, was it set up as a brand new device, or might it have had some history using someone else's Apple ID? Is your Apple ID different from your husband's? I recommend keeping them different.
Anyway, if the iPhone has some history with someone else's Apple ID, and you're too far along into the process to start over by erasing the iPhone, check the Apple ID here:
Settings > iCloud (you did this already, I believe)
Settngs > iTunes & App Stores
Settings > FaceTime
Settings > Messages
Unrelated, but also check the phone number at Settings > Phone > My Number
Sure. Set it up as a new device, make sure it has your personal information in the early parts of setup (Apple ID), and then you could consider restoring from backup if you need things like songs, apps, etc. (although if they're in someone else's Apple ID you'll have to deal with that by authorizing the computer).
Anyway, if you're not too concerned about that and more interested in contacts and photos (and the photos are in Photo Stream), then try erasing doing these three things:
- Check Settings > FaceTime and set the correct Apple ID
- Check Settings > Messages and set the correct Apple ID
- Do Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings
In truth, the new iPhone is for my husband who finally decided to give up his Blackberry. He has had an iPad for over a year and is very tech challenged. He uses several email addresses on Microsoft's Exchange mail and the addresses have several servers. None are iCloud. I'm an "Apple Addict" using nothing but Macs since 1984 and I've never heard of Exchange. Neither had my husband since he relies on his IT guy who is not an Apple fan.
Anyway, that was the problem. Exchange. Microsoft again! Once the Genius entered the correct email addresses, etc. the sync was immediate.
Always a good day when I learn something new!