Best way to backup before update & JB

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by StuMcBill, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. StuMcBill macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    (I am aware that this has probably been asked a million times - but couldn't find a reliable answer via search)


    I'm currently on 8.2 Jailbroken with Taig.

    This is my first iOS device, and I am now looking to update to 8.4 and re-jailbreak with the upcoming Taig jailbreak.

    I guess I can just do a standard backup on iTunes, then is there a way I can backup all my sideloaded Cydia apps, then update to 8.4, Jailbreak, then restore everything?

  2. mjz147 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2009
    Also interested in this. Although I am jailbroken on iOS 8.3 I am wondering if I should update and reinstall jailbreak tweaks/apps.
    I have read that it is best to backup device, wipe, jailbreak and restore. I have also read that it is NOT smart to OTA update and re jailbreak. If I were to uninstall/delete all cydia tweaks, upgrade OTA and then rejailbreak and reinstall the tweaks I have, should I be OK?
    Like I said I have heard users say that it MAY cause problems when installing tweaks/apps but I am not sure how severe the concern is.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Back up via iTunes, restore as "new" via iTunes, jailbreak, restore from backup via iTunes.

    I just did this on a Windows 7 machine but the confusing part for me this time was...after doing all that my apps didn't get installed. iTunes was asking me to either "set up as new" or "restore from backup". I selected "set up as new" then my phone synced and all the apps came over.
  4. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    What I do is like above back up in iTunes, restore my device and update, then restore from back up. This will get all your stock stuff back.

    For Cydia installed packages and sources I do them manually. I usually just screenshot my sources while open in Cydia as well as my installed packages. Then after I've updated and jailbroken I'll just go to my pictures and re-install everything that was screenshotted.
  5. Chukwe macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Install "AppInfo" from Cydia and email yourself and the list of Cydia sources and Apps.

    Use this list to manually install all your Cydia sources and Apps
  6. HasoMujo macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2013
  7. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    i go and write each of my sources and tweaks, and the settings. really only have to do it once, doesnt change that much.
  8. ivandr macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    I've done this a few times recently (JB 2x on 8.3 after Taig was updated and then again last night on 8.4 w/ TaiG 2.2)... my backup process brought back everything automatically (except cydia sources and tweaks)

    1) Run a backup in iTunes (If you want your health data to be backed up, make sure you encrypt the backup with a password otherwise that data isn't stored)

    2) Screenshot your sources and tweaks in cydia

    3) Import and backup photos using your preferred method

    4) (Required since you're JB) Put your phone in DFU mode [google if you don't know how... basically when your device is connected to the computer, hold power and home for 10 seconds and then release power while still holding home. After a few seconds iTunes will tell you that there is a phone in recovery mode connected)

    5) Restore phone to 8.4 by clicking restore.

    6) Once the restore completes and iTunes gives you the message that the restore is complete and your phone is restarting, disconnect the phone from the computer & close iTunes

    7) Go through the initial setup screens (choose 'setup as new phone', no need to setup passcode or icloud yet, just skip those steps) and once you're on the home screen plug the phone back into the computer.

    8) Ensure the following: passcode is off, set auto-lock to never, airplane mode is on & find my iphone is off (should be off already since you didn't setup icloud above)

    9) Open TaiG JB (2.20 as of last night) and run the program, your phone restarts a few times in the process, I slid to unlock the phone each time after the restart and left it running on the home screen

    10) Once the JB process is done, open Cydia and allow it to prepare filesystem

    11) Connect your phone and open iTunes, select restore from backup and select the backup you made in step 1

    12) Once thats finished, use the pictures above to re-add sources and tweaks via cydia

    13) ????

    14) Profit.
  9. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    So for best results I should restore from back up /after/ performing the jailbreak, right? Not immediately after restoring and before jailbreaking, correct?
    Don't tell me not to restore from backup, I'm going to.
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I restored and have the last several JBs I've done.

    This is the first time I'd used an old Windows 7 laptop for the entire process and that could be the reason the restore process took at least three hours!

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