iCloud Restore on iPhone iOS – 48 hours later
Now – I had done this for my iPad 2, which I back up to my laptop’s iTunes, and that had taken around 5 minutes to restore, and another 30 for the 150-odd apps to re-sync afterwards.
My iPhone was backed up to iCloud, reportedly using 3.0GB, so I expected that might be a bit slower….
Boy, was I in for a surprise.
In the Bad Old Days of Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, we used to joke about the Microsoft Progress Bars… you know, the ones that turned out to have no connection to how long the task would really take. They’d race ahead, showing good progress, and then sit for minutes and minutes with the progress bar not moving at all.
This is nothing, compared to iCloud.
Firstly, it took at least 10 minutes for the iPhone to report any time estimate at all. When it did, it was “6 hours”. Not good. I was due to go out for the day, so I left my phone restoring over home wifi, and took my iPad to work.
When I got back, ten hours later, had it completed? Heck, no… it still said “2 hours”…
By the evening (4 hours later), it was down to “42 minutes remaining…”
By the time I went to bed, another six hours later, it was saying “under a minute remaining”. As it had been for the previous hour.
When I woke up, 6 hours later… it still reported “under a minute remaining”. That’s TWENTY-FOUR HOURS from start!
I gave up. I reset my phone and started from scratch. And then thought to check whether my laptop still had a backup from before I started using iCloud. It does – from 3 weeks ago. I’m currently restoring that, and it’s forecast to take 30 minutes.
In retrospect, I should have tested this before, rather than waiting until I actually needed it – as you always should for backups. Now – I have no idea why my restore was THAT slow – my internet connection isn’t great (10Mbps, usually), but 3.0GB isn’t that huge a size.
iCloud Backup? Never again. I’m keeping my backups where I have control of them.