New Phone-Create As New
It's not bad at all, in my opinion, but it can be time-consuming.
Okay, I hope someone can answer this. It seems that I have always had the fear of when I got a new phone, always restoring from a back-up instead of setting up as new. I did not want to lose everything. Now I realize, it's not that bad. Correct me if I am wrong:
Are your contacts associated with an email service like iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, etcetera? If so, all you have to do is configure your new device with the email account and then enable the sync button next to Contacts. They will then automatically sync to your device.
Most importantly contacts, I should be able to send them from an old, deactivated iPhone 5 that I am replacing as an i-Message, correct?
You will still be able to sync and download apps, etcetera as long as you have some sort of internet access.
Even if I don't have cellular service, it will still work as wi-fi on a deactivated phone, correct?
I've never sent an entire contact list via iMessage so I can't say if it'll work or not, but I have sent individual contacts and know that they work. Still, and as stated above, if the contacts are associated with an email account, just configure the account on the device.
That was always my reason not to set up as new, because I did not want to type them in however sending the contact via text is easy.
Yeah, you can either enable photostream or upload them to a cloud storage site like Dropbox and then download them onto the new device using the associated service's app.
Pictures, well I have a few but can get them off of the phone, so no issue.
I agree. You'll be surprised at some of the settings you come across. Personally, I go through each and every one of them several times a month.
Settings. Well, I will have to tweak them all. I don't care, fun way to learn your phone and ios8, correct?
Apps. yes, I will have to re-download them and set each up with passwords and all that jazz. So what, then I will have a sping cleaning and see which ones I really want to reinstall.
Are you the type that saves iMessages? If so, you need to make a screenshot of them and offload them somewhere. Also, if you have custom backgrounds, make sure you offload them as well.
So, what am I missing? Is there something critical I could be losing or may miss here? I figure setting up as new gets all the cobwebs that have carried over since my 1st i-Phone a few years back.