As you can see from the screen shots below I like my folders on my iDevices…
The last time I needed to reset my iPad and iPhone back to factory settings it took me forever to move all my apps back into the folder that I want them in. Recently I needed to reset my iDevices again I decided there had to be a quicker and easier way to keep my folders. After a bit of advice from a number of sites (see related articles below) I kind of pieced together how this could be done.
This is my version which I found worked for my devices…
- Create the original backup through iTunes (name it something really obvious).
- In General Settings, go into Reset and tap “Erase all content and settings”. The iDevice will then ask you if you really want to do this twice.
- Connect the iDevice to iTunes.
- Click on the device in iTunes. Do NOT leave the Summary Page. Leaving the Summary Page is what causes the folders not to copy across.
- Restore from the backup you created earlier. Do NOT leave the Summary Page.
If something goes wrong and the folders don’t copy. Don’t panic. If you stay connected to iTunes…
- Right click the name of the device.
- Click “Restore from backup”
- Click “Restore” again. DO NOT LEAVE THE SUMMARY PAGE.