Jailbreak and then restore backup? OR Restore back up and then Jailbreak?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Cod3rror, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010

    I'm on 4.1 and want to update to 4.2.1 before 4.3 comes out.

    I'll delete all jailbreak apps and perform a backup.

    When I restore the phone and update it to 4.2.1, should I restore the backup first and then jailbreak it or should I jailbreak it first and then restore the backup I took?
  2. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    Why would you bother deleting all the jb apps? That's a waste of time.

    1. Use an app like pkgbkup to back up jb apps
    2. Back up phone
    3. Upgrade to 4.2.1
    4. jb
    5. Restore jb apps.
  3. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Neither. You should do a fresh install and sync only. You might lose your text messages, but you will save yourself a ton of headaches in the long run.
  4. p0rkch0p macrumors member

    May 4, 2010
    I had the same question. I have a 3GS jailbroken by jailbreakme.com. I'm on 4.0 now and want to upgrade to 4.2 using greenpoison. I'm new at rejailbreaking, so basically I just update the iOS in iTunes which erases my current jailbreak, then jailbreak with GP? This way I wouldn't lose my photos, texts, contacts etc? I'm trying to avoid restoring as new because that deletes everything and starts from scratch.
  5. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    1. Restore, with restore from backup
    2. Jailbreak
    3. Install Cydia applications

    There may have been headaches from Restore from Backup in 2.x, but I haven't experienced them in 3.x. I can't directly vouch for 4.x experience.
  6. matthew23 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    This time I did a fresh restore to 4.2.1, then restored from iTunes the jailbroke with green poison and restored my Cydia apps. Great experience doing it that way. Before I upgraded then jailbroke then restored everything from iTunes and a lot was broken.
  7. theanimaster macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2005
    Bumping this thread as I have heard there's been changes with the new iOS6.1 jailbreak.

    The instructions online say to jailbreak first, THEN restore with the backup.

    Looks like I will find out in a few minutes!!!
  8. theanimaster macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2005
    OK. Here's what I did:

    1. Backed up the iPhone

    2. Restored the iPhone (aka wiped the iPhone, start from scratch): when asked to set up as new iPhone or restore from backup, I ejected the iPhone from iTunes (in short: I chose NEITHER).

    3. Jailbreak'd

    4. Jailbreak tells me I have to tap an icon on the homescreen. Whoops. It wasn't set up yet -- so I proceeded to skip the iCloud phase on the phone and set up wifi only.

    5. I tap the icon, complete the Jailbreak process

    6. Cydia's there, so I go ahead and install Activator. It works. Perfectly.

    7. I open up iTunes AND RESTORE MY BACKUP.

    8. Everything is restored, Cydia still works, as does Activator.

    9. Yipee-kai-yay

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