iPhone backup and protection during iOS 5 upgrade
May 18, 2012 8:56 AM Subscribe
Augggh. I'm being forced to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 5 (critical app requires it). Questions inside -- most importantly, can I completely opt out
posted by lorimer to Technology (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
1. I have zero interest in cloud storage for this device. If I can't globally opt out of iCloud during the upgrade, how can I avoid the severe sync problems my friends have had with iCloud (like everything in a category of data disappearing and backups being erased along with the disappearance -- or losing all 3rd party apps)?
2. Currently I have Sync Apps de-selected in iTunes. If I select it, this dialog comes up: "Are you sure you want to sync apps? All existing apps and their data on the iPhone will be replaced with apps from this iTunes library." I click cancel because that's the opposite of what I want -- I want to keep my apps and especially their data intact as they are on the phone. What should I do here? I assume I should answer this question before upgrading to iOS 5?
3. I have an sms trail that's of enormous sentimental value, especially all the pictures sent back and forth in it. I don't see how to do backups to guarantee I won't lose this trail during an upgrade (no 3rd-party sms backup utility appears to back up images along with texts, and there are hundreds of images / thousands of text messages in this trail, so manually saving them is out of the question).
I'm currently running iOS 4.3.5 on an iPhone 4, non-jailbroken. Thank you for your help.