THE iOS 12 has been released and you are looking forward to installing it. But then you stop and think that, I don’t know how many years, you have been installing system over system and that the iPhone or iPad is already behaving in a strange way because of these overwritten codes.
You may be feeling that the device has become slower, that the battery is lasting less than it should, that a particular application is behaving strangely, among other things. This may be happening because, along with your information, the backup also takes files from the system in general. And these files may have a problem (corrupted, for example); or, who knows, you’ve been doing this process for years and there really are a lot of files there that just shouldn’t exist anymore.
How about, then, take advantage of the arrival of this new version of iOS to give that internal cleaning to your device, leaving only what matters?
What do I get by doing a clean install?
In addition to getting rid of those system files that no longer matter and may be in trouble (corrupted), this is a great way for you to force yourself and really see what apps you use, doing a general cleaning also on what you have installed on the iPhone / iPad and how you organize it all on the device.
That is, in addition to gaining a faster operating system, you will probably reorganize everything. And the best part is that very important information (like emails, contacts, calendars, etc.) you can put on the device without much effort – more on that later.
What do I lose by doing a clean install?
The first thing you miss is the ease and comfort of installing a new version of iOS at the touch of a button. In addition, you will have to reinstall all the applications you use manually. And if an app doesn’t save data to iCloud or its own server, you will lose that information.
For this reason, it is very important that you make sure that all the content you do not consider losing (your photos, messages on WhatsApp and Messages, that stage you reached in a certain game, etc.) is properly saved on iCloud or on the cloud. service itself.
Below, I will give you some important tips so that you can keep precious information on the device and get rid of everything else. Come on?
Step 1: backup!
It can’t be different. Will you do the installation clean and quickly regret it? It would be nice to have a full backup of everything to have all those apps and information available the way you are used to, isn’t it?
To back up via iCloud via your iPad / iPhone / iPod touch, go to Settings ” [seu nome] »ICloud» iCloud Backup, activate the “iCloud Backup” option and tap the “Backup Now” button. Obviously, you need to have space available in your iCloud account for this; if your plan is free, 5GB, let me tell you that you hardly have enough space and that you will probably have to migrate to a bigger one.
If you prefer to backup to your own computer instead of saving everything to the cloud, connect your gadget to your Mac / PC via the device’s USB cable and open iTunes. In it, click on the device icon, choose the option “Summary” and click “Backup Now”.
Step 2: saving important information
If you have an Apple ID and use the iCloud service, be aware that many important information in your account is automatically saved in the cloud, even if you do not have the backup option enabled. Obviously, everything depends on whether you have chosen to activate and store this data in the cloud or not.
Here is the list of items that you can save to iCloud in a very simple way (in Settings ” [seu nome] »ICloud):
- Sticky notes
- Safari (information like bookmarks, browsing history, etc.)
- Home (your devices and settings)
- Health (all data stored in the app)
- Wallet (Apple Pay registered cards, tickets, etc.)
- Game Center
- Keys (passwords you use in Safari)
That is, even if you erase your entire iPhone / iPad and do a clean installation without pulling a backup, you will already have this information on the device without any problem.
In addition, many applications can use Apple’s service to store their data in the cloud. Going Settings ” [seu nome] »ICloud and by sliding the screen down, you can see a list of the current apps that store the data on iCloud (like, for example, WhatsApp – as long as you enter WhatsApp’s own settings and enable the option to backup messages on iCloud) . This means that by erasing the contents of your iPhone and doing a clean installation, if you choose to install one of these applications again, you will have its data readily available again. ?
Other apps, like Telegram, save information on their own server. When you install the app and log in to it, it will automatically pull all of your message history. Some games also save your progress on the developer’s own network, simply create an account (login / password) so that everything is properly saved.
The truth is that each application or service saves data in a different way, according to the company or developer policy behind the app. So, before embarking on this clean installation journey, it is good to make sure that the app that you consider indispensable works so that you do not lose its data.
Doing clean installation on Mac / PC
Before you start, make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes:
- macOS High Sierra or earlier: open the Mac App Store and click on the “Updates” tab;
- macOS Mojave or higher: go to System Preferences »Software Update.
That done, connect your device to your Mac or PC using the cable. Then open iTunes and click on the phone icon.
Now, click on “Summary” and then on “Restore iPhone …”.
Doing this, iTunes will ask you if you are sure you really want to restore your device to factory settings.
If you already want to make sure to restore directly to iOS 12.0, download the IPSW file corresponding to your device from the links below:
Then, when clicking on “Restore iPhone…”, do so by holding the ⌥ key, and then select the downloaded IPSW.
Follow the instructions on the screen until the device has the new system installed. When entering your Apple ID information, you can activate all those options that I mentioned above (photos, emails, contacts, calendars, etc.) and, in a few minutes, have all this information available back on the device.
However, unlike iCloud backup, this option does not bring back the applications and the various settings you may have made (font size, set alarms, configured keyboards, among many other things). Then, you will now have to enter the App Store and download all the applications that interest you again.
Installing cleanly via iPhone or iPad
First, install iOS 12 normally by the device itself, by going to Settings »General» Software Update. With the new system properly installed, you need to go to Settings »General» Reset »Delete Content and Settings so that your device returns to the factory settings.
From there, just follow the initial settings shown on the screen, log in with your iCloud account and retrieve the important information mentioned above. Then, with that done, you must enter the App Store and download the applications that interest you.
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Good (re) installation! ?