iPhone Fail…

iphone-failI’ve had my iPhone for quite awhile now, and I’ve been adding and removing apps as I needed them.  Before each removal, I synced the phone, and made a backup of the device, just to be sure.

Well apparently that’s not enough.  First, syncing the phone does not, by default, sync the apps that are on the phone.  Okay, that’s my bad.  I should have looked at all the other tabs in iTunes, and figured out what was going on.  Now that I have ‘sync apps’ checked, they still don’t sync since my Mac doesn’t have rights to the apps.  Great, thanks.

However, backup doesn’t actually backup the phone.

My phone had been getting slower and slower as time went on.  I did some research, and apparently a reset of the phone would fix the issue.  So I dutifully did a backup of the phone, did a full reset, and then a restore of the phone.  BLAM!  I lost almost everything.  The only thing that stayed was my email and calendar settings (oh, and my contacts list).  Everything else was gone.  Wiped out.  Not to be seen anywhere.  That included, of course, my handy dandy ‘Password Wallet’ that stored all of my passwords for the various systems I use and admin.

I’m not sure I have a copy of those passwords.

The iTunes App store keeps a list of the software I’ve downloaded, so I’ve restored all my purchased apps.  But c’mon.  Really?  A backup that doesn’t actually backup?  What the hell are you guys thinking?

Now some Apple dude (or dudette) is probably going to tell me what I did wrong, and why backup does what it does (my guess is something to do with DRM bullshit).  But that’s not going to bring back my lost data, or the lost time I spent getting my apps back (and I’ve only gotten back the paid apps so far).

All-in-all, I’m not a happy camper.

edit: But my iPhone is fast again!  LOL

3 thoughts on “iPhone Fail…”

  1. There are (at least) three different things that go on when you sync/backup an iphone.
    Syncing of music/videos/contacts/applish stuff.
    Syncing of apps (really part of the first line)
    ‘backup’
    As far as I can figure, backup is backing up your home dir in your iphone.
    This would get application data itself, but not the apps themselves.

    I’ve done a fair number of clean/restores of my iphone, being free of all those silly constraints apple puts on it.

    If you have a windows box anywhere in the house, ewallet is a great password program, I’ve been using it since the palm pilot days and it works quite nice on the iphone, syncs with a PC version. (and a hopefully soon to be mac version)

    So, my guess is that the lack of your mac’s itunes knowing about your apps probably did you in.
    And Trusting your password list to a single device?? Tsk tsk. 🙂
    ewallet is simple, a .wlt file you can spread far and wide, as long as you can remember the password to open that.

    Oh and hi BTW, long time no chat. 🙂

  2. There are (at least) three different things that go on when you sync/backup an iphone.
    Syncing of music/videos/contacts/applish stuff.
    Syncing of apps (really part of the first line)
    ‘backup’
    As far as I can figure, backup is backing up your home dir in your iphone.
    This would get application data itself, but not the apps themselves.

    I’ve done a fair number of clean/restores of my iphone, being free of all those silly constraints apple puts on it.

    If you have a windows box anywhere in the house, ewallet is a great password program, I’ve been using it since the palm pilot days and it works quite nice on the iphone, syncs with a PC version. (and a hopefully soon to be mac version)

    So, my guess is that the lack of your mac’s itunes knowing about your apps probably did you in.
    And Trusting your password list to a single device?? Tsk tsk. 🙂
    ewallet is simple, a .wlt file you can spread far and wide, as long as you can remember the password to open that.

    Oh and hi BTW, long time no chat. 🙂

    P.S. some of us are stuck behind proxys and can’t get out otherwise.

  3. Long time no chat, indeed!

    Once I told my Mac’s iTunes that my phone ‘belonged’ to it, all worked well. I’m still looking for a password app that syncs across Mac, iPhone, and Linux. Windows I don’t care too much about.

    As for trusting my passwords to a single device… well… yeah…

    You’d figure I’d have already learned that lesson, but no.

    I’d like to free myself of the ‘Apple constraints’, but haven’t had the nerve yet.

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