“I have an iPhone 5. I want to do a factory reset. How do I do this while keeping a copy of my contacts, notes, messages so I can re-sync after the reset? I do not want to re-sync the system settings as my backup is playing up and want to do a clean install of the main settings. Any advice appreciated.”
I can understand that this iPhone 5 user do not want a re-sync of all the content and settings after the factory reset which is time consuming. Instead, he wants a relatively clean install and just wants to restore the contacts, notes and messages only.
This is not as hard as you might expect, as long as you have an iTunes backup for your iPhone. So, firstly you need to create a backup for what you currently have on your iPhone through iTunes. If you hate iTunes, you can head to download a free third party iPhone backing up application named iFoneBackup which can back up your iPhone just with one single click.
You can refer to previous post about how to back up iPhone with different methods and I am not going to talk about the details.
After you have created a backup file for your iPhone, now you can factory reset your iPhone which may erase all the content and settings if you have tapped the rest option of “Erase all the content and settings”. To restore contacts, notes and messages selectively from iTunes backup, you need a third party iPhone data recovery software iFonebox to extract the data you want selectively from iTunes backup.
Here is how.
> Install and run iFonebox on your computer.
Note: Choose the right version to download and install because iFonebox is available for both Windows and Mac.
> Choose the recovery mode of “Recover from iTunes Backup” from the main interface.
> Select an iTunes backup file from which you want to extract the data you want.
Note: If you choose to use the backup you have created with iFoneBackup, you need to copy the backup file to the folder where iTunes backup file is supposed to be located.
> Choose the data like Contacts, Notes or Messages to scan selectively from the interface listing all the supported data categories.
Note: You can only choose one data type to scan at a time.
> Wait until the data scanning and analyzing process completes.
> Preview the exported data and select whatever you want to recover to your iPhone by hitting the button of “Recover to Device”.