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    Default Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    I backed up my 4S to my computer, so I was going to restore that data onto my iPhone 5. But every time I do so, only like 3 of my apps show up but all of my bookmarks and open tabs show up.

    What do I do from here?

    Does it matter that my iPhone 5 isn't activated yet?
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Quote Originally Posted by Star-Lord View Post
    Does it matter that my iPhone 5 isn't activated yet?
    No. Try syncing a couple times and check your iTunes settings.
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    You will have to activate your iPhone 5 first. Then you can restore. Did you back up to iCloud or iTunes?
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Restoring from current device to a new device

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2109
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    I'll give that a try. I'm backing up through iTunes since it takes too long to do through icloud.
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    I have primarily used the cloud as sometimes I need to restore from a backup with being near a computer it might take sometime but its well worth it in the long run
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Make sure that the apps you want to sync are check-marked in the apps tab
    when your phone is connected to iTunes. If you haven't already.
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Quote Originally Posted by Alli View Post
    You will have to activate your iPhone 5 first. Then you can restore. Did you back up to iCloud or iTunes?
    So you do have to activate it first? I went through all the steps up except that one and it still does not restore from backup.
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Quote Originally Posted by Star-Lord View Post
    So you do have to activate it first? I went through all the steps up except that one and it still does not restore from backup.
    ​What happens when you try to restore?
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    It goes through the normal process but after its done, only a few of my apps are showing.

    Is there anything the Apple Store can do?
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Activation should not be required. Did you try syncing several times like I suggested?
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    I would try restoring and then just do a regular sync to your computer.
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    Default Re: Restoring iPhone 5 from Backup

    Apps are not contained in the iTunes backup, only the app data is (game scores, progress, bookmarks, etc.). You should find your apps in iTunes, in the "Purchased" section, you need to download them again to your phone.

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