Restoring iPod touch onto iPhone
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I’ve been an iPod touch user for two years and am planning make the jump to the iPhone 4. I know all my apps and media will transfer easily, but is it possible to transfer all my device’s settings as well, such as saved Wi-Fi networks, e-mail accounts, bookmarks, app folders, and so forth? It’s not a huge deal, but it would be really helpful if I didn’t have to configure all that again.
A: Absolutely, and it’s actually very easy to do. As you may know, iTunes normally makes a backup of your iPod touch settings and data each time you sync. Transferring your settings to your new iPhone 4 is basically as simple as restoring this backup; iTunes will provide you with the option to do this when you first set up your iPhone.
You can confirm that iTunes has a current backup of your iPod touch by going into your iTunes Preferences and choosing the Devices tab. This shows a list of all of the backups stored by iTunes and the date and time of the last backup.
You can restore a backup from any iOS device onto any other iOS device, regardless of model—iPod touch, iPhone and iPad backups are all interchangeable across devices. The only restriction is that the device you’re restoring onto must be running the same or newer version of iOS as the backup—backups of devices with newer iOS versions than the current device will simply not appear on the list.
This won’t likely be a problem when going to the iPhone 4 unless you’ve already upgraded your iPod touch to iOS 4.0.2. In that case you will probably need to update your new iPhone 4 to 4.0.2 as well before you can restore the backup—many of the shipping iPhone 4 units will still have 4.0 or 4.0.1 on them out of the box. In this case you can set the device up as a new iPhone in order to update it to iOS 4.0.2, which can be done through the normal “Check for Updates” button found on the “Summary” in iTunes. Once you’ve updated the device, you can manually restore your backup by simply right-clicking on the iPhone in the iTunes Devices list and choosing the Restore from Backup… option on the context menu that appears.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report: Some third-party repairs ‘bricking’ iPhones with iOS 9
- Report: Apple to bid on NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights
- Apple to begin taking broken iPhones for trade-in, offer in-store screen protector installation
- Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX in patent case
- Apple Pay reaches 2 million retail locations
- Apple acquires security company LegbaCore
- Zagg to acquire Mophie for $100 million
- Report: iPhone 7 to include flush camera lens, drop rear antenna bands
- Report: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 set for March 15 unveil
- Alleged iPad Air 3 drawing shows Smart Connector, four speakers, camera flash
- Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case for iPad Pro
- Edifier MP700 Rave Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Just Mobile HoverDock for Apple Watch + HoverDock for iPhone
- VRS Design Dandy Layered Case for iPad Pro
- Just Mobile TENC for iPad Pro
- Native Union DOCK Lightning
- Native Union DOCK for Apple Watch
- Hitcase Pro+ Action Pack and Snap for iPhone 6/6s
- Urban Armor Gear Trooper for iPhone 6/6s
- NEBO CaseBrite for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music
- CE Week 2015: IK Multimedia, Monowear’s Apple Watch bands + More
- Live From CE Week 2015: Brand New iPad, iPhone + Mac Accessories!