1. djs71a's Avatar
    Hello, currently I have only one iOS device, an iPhone 6s plus. I back it up to iCloud and almost daily to iTunes on my Windows computer.

    I just purchased an iPad mini 4. When it comes in, I would like to restore it from my iPhone iTunes backup. There are some apps I will delete and only need on my phone, but figured it would be quicker than setting up as a new device and downloading lots of apps.

    Are there any draw backs I need to be aware of by resorting a phone backup to an iPad?
    01-31-2016 10:51 PM
  2. Smply_Rckless's Avatar
    None, you'll be all good.
    02-01-2016 04:00 AM
  3. robertk328's Avatar
    It will definitely be quicker to restore, particularly if you do it from iTunes. You might find the set up as new option gives you a chance to really trim back on apps, data, etc.
    If you want to keep iMessages, restoring from back up is the best way to do that. These aren't stored in iCloud so won't come back without a backup.
    02-01-2016 06:04 AM
  4. djs71a's Avatar
    Thanks everyone.
    02-01-2016 08:17 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thanks everyone.
    On behalf of those who responded, you're very welcome...
    02-01-2016 08:04 PM
  6. robertk328's Avatar
    Thanks everyone.
    Sure! Let us know how it goes
    02-02-2016 07:23 AM
  7. djs71a's Avatar
    I got the iPad today and restored from my iPhone backup. It seemed to work, but all the home screen icons are not like they are on my phone. I had lots of folders I had apps in. I was hoping not to have to rearrange my home screen, but I guess I will have to.
    02-03-2016 06:01 PM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I got the iPad today and restored from my iPhone backup. It seemed to work, but all the home screen icons are not like they are on my phone. I had lots of folders I had apps in. I was hoping not to have to rearrange my home screen, but I guess I will have to.
    Yeah, it doesn't set up folders. You have to do that.
    02-03-2016 06:46 PM
  9. djs71a's Avatar
    Yeah, it doesn't set up folders. You have to do that.
    Is it because I restored from iTunes instead of iCloud? According to Apple's documentation, the iCloud backup includes home screen setup (Home screen and app organization):

    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH12519?locale=en_US
    02-04-2016 08:38 AM

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