SOLUTION: iPhone 2.0’s annoying Backup on Sync

I have solved my slow backup problems (prior post), however I’m not 100% certain of the cause. Here are the two things that transpired to correct the issue. 

  1. I restored my iPhone using the iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw – I originally updated my iPhone using the leaked iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw before it was released via iTunes. There’s been some debate over wether or not there’s any difference in the two builds. I’m not going to debate that here. 
  2. As a result of restore, my iPhone was forced to use one of my backups after reloading. I believe it then recreated a new backup folder. If the act of rebuilding my backup folder alone, is the solution then you could simply rename the folder in /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup to something else. I’m certain iTunes will recreate a fresh Backup, this may take sometime, but subsequent backups should be incremental and much faster (mine are). Obviously if you run into problems you still have your original backup available. 

If number 2 alone doesn’t solve the problem, then a system restore may be necessary. Warning, please proceed at your own risk. Always maintain backups. Your milage may vary. No warranties expressed, implied, or given. Leave a comment with your experiences. 

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8 thoughts on “SOLUTION: iPhone 2.0’s annoying Backup on Sync

  1. Mine is also very slow – compared to 1.4. I have seen the 20 minute update thing initially, but now it’s more in the range of 4-6 minutes. Still very fustrating, compared to the 45 seconds or so from before.

  2. Even easier: reset your sync history! Launch iSync, open preferences, click reset sync history.

  3. I don’t really understand the point of backing up the iphone. Everything that’s on there should be on your computer?

  4. @Ron backing up your iPhone will protect the other data that is not synced. Things like SMS messages, Notes, Call History, Favorite Phone #, and I’m assuming application data, like my total winnings in Texas Hold’em. Now that’s important!

  5. @Bill I’m not sure that resetting the history will fix the backup speed. I wouldn’t expect that to wipe out the backup. Alternatively you can go into iTunes preferences and remove the backups. I prefer however, to move them myself, so I can keep a copy.

  6. I have my old iPhone and I will never change to 3 G cos it isn’t worth to change.

    I hate those Apps they always updateing,then I must sort the icons again and again.

    I start hating the Sync coz of the annoying back up, that takes time only when want Snc my iPhone with one Song.

    I hate that my phone stops with the Soaftware since 1 updated to 2.0..

    I dislike I can’t block calls (Numbers Caller ID)
    I dislike I can’t block emails
    I dislike when I write mails and I always get word sugesstions no T9 disable
    I hate cannot connet to Safari
    I hate the unstable WiFi
    I hate no Flash
    I hate no Video

    I so on the iPhone getting worst more and more