exactly what does itunes backup?

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  1. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Does anyone know if the standard itunes backup saves all 3rd party application data? I've heard rumors in the past that it does not, but have never tested it. I found the following KB article that states this:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766
    Application settings, preferences, and data

    I'm just not sure if this refers to 3rd party apps and data or if it just refers to apple apps and data. When I upgraded from 2.0 to 3.0 firmware, everything (including 3rd party data) was restored, so perhaps that answers my question. Anybody know for sure?

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  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    3rd party app data, photos, SMS, recordings, etc. All that good stuff. :)
     
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    +1. Don't worry, be happy. You'll get it all.
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    It is quite an impressive back-up IMO. Much better then Time Machine. I am not sure what it does not back up.
     
  5. HighLife420 macrumors 6502a

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    i dont think its backs up 3rd party apps, just the data for save games etc etc.

    Unless the app is from the app store...all the apps from cydia and what not will not be backed up. You need Pkgbackup and Appbackup for that i believe.

    does it actually copy SMS conversations? hmm i didnt know that...
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Yes, it backs up SMS.

    It doesn't back up things that you can get by syncing (music, photos, etc.).
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    It doesn't back-up the apps, because those are stored in iTunes to begin with.
     

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