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Restore icon organization when restoring an iPhone iOS devices
When restoring iPhone from a backup, icons are not restored as they were at the time of the backup. This is due to the fact that the applications are restored after the settings, and the system does not check where an application was located from a previous installation.

There's a simple fix for that, though: do a second restore from backup. It will be fast, because no data needs to be transferred, so just the settings will be applied, including the position information for existing applications.

[robg adds: I just restored from a backup on my replacement iPhone 3G, and the icons are all in the right spots. I honestly don't recall if I did the restore twice or not, but I may very well have -- I know I had some issues after the first restore, so it's quite possible I did it again. If anyone can confirm if two restore cycles are needed to restore app positions, please comment.]
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Restore icon organization when restoring an iPhone
Authored by: HobbesDoo on Aug 12, '09 08:01:50AM

I only had this issue before iPhone OS 3. Now every time I restore (once) the icons are all in the correct places.



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Restore icon organization when restoring an iPhone
Authored by: comboprime on Aug 12, '09 08:26:47AM

Agree. . . . Restoring under 2.2.1 lost icon placement, but my one restore under 3.0 had them all in the right place.



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Zap the PRAM
Authored by: gabester on Aug 12, '09 08:10:09AM

Is this why in the olden days we had to zap the PRAM three times? :-p



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Restore icon organization when restoring an iPhone
Authored by: critcol on Aug 12, '09 09:00:24AM

I can confirm this on the iPhone 3G with 2.2, iPhone 3GS with 3.0 and iPod Touch 2G with 3.0.

My method is to sync only the apps over after a restore and then do a backup restore.



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Restore icon organization when restoring an iPhone
Authored by: hzc on Aug 12, '09 09:44:42AM

Upgrading from an iPhone 3G with OS 3.0 to an iPhone 3G s, I only needed to restore once. I was agape when I saw all the icons in their correct places.



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