Editing iTunes backup files?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rinehaja, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. rinehaja macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011
    Hi there,

    I hope someone can help and I hope this is the right place to ask for it...

    Long story short, when the alarm clock problem wasn't fixed on Jan 3rd, I downloaded a 3rd party alarm clock, set the alarm, locked my phone and went to bed. At 5am when the alarm went off, the phone was stuck - flashing the snooze button on and off, but it won't let me push snooze, nor will it let me open the phone. I've tried everything... I had not sync'd the phone so that the new alarm clock app appears in my apps list in iTunes. The ONLY thing I can do to get the alarm clock to quit is to restore to factory settings. After that, if I restore from my latest backup, it restores to the same place where the alarm is going off and the phone is stuck - so to fix the alarm I lose all of my data from my backup...

    My question is: can the backup files that are created and stored on my mac be edited to remove that app from the backup? sort of like editing the registry on a PC? if so, how would I do it?

    Thanks so much.
  2. nunes013, Jan 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011

    nunes013 macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2010
    i dont know if you can edit. why dont you just restore like a new iphone then put everything back on without a backup. even if the alarm app isnt in itunes you can redownload for free. the only hassle is putting everything back if you have a lot of apps

    EDIT: sorry, i reread your post. you r trying not to lose your data

    EDIT 2: i did some research and came across this. i cant use it because for some reason my iphones backups are not showing in finder in the itunes folder. reading from the site it looks like it should work. It only works with windows though so you would a pc. If you can please post back results


    EDIT 3: sorry for all edits. heres one for Mac. Again i would test it for you but cant locate my backup files.

  3. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    That's... weird.. Can't you just hold the HOME and POWER button until the phone turns off? That's basically like pulling the power on the phone. Once it gets to a black screen, just tap the power button to turn it back on.

    Even if you were jailbroken, I don't know a lot of apps that automatically start with the phone (and certainly not any official ones), and it's not like the iPhone can hibernate.
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    What you describe doesn't seem possible on a non-jailbroken phone. Are you jailbroke?
  5. rinehaja thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011
    Editing iTunes backup files?

    @-aggie- - no, i'm not jail-broke... what's even weirder is that this happened on my iphone 3 (that I had installed the 4 software on). I ended up physically breaking the phone (different story all together) and had to buy a new phone so I bought the iphone 4. when i restored the backup onto my brand new out-of-the-box iphone 4, the alarm started going off in the same way and the phone was stuck... ugh!

    @ulbador - yes, i can hold down both buttons and get the phone to go off, but when i turn it back on it's in the same place with the alarm going off. yes, very weird problem!!

    @nunes013 - thanks for the links. i'll try it and let you all know how it goes.

    thanks everybody.

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