Jailbreaks, restores and a few very cool Cydia Apps

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by macfan09, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. macfan09 macrumors member

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    Sorry for the long post...Lots of good stuff I promise! :D
    I used to hate having to restore my phone (heavy Cydia user)

    I used to lose all my themes and other apps and would have to start reinstalling everything from scratch (3+hrs.) :confused::eek::( ...
    Until I discovered a package in Cydia called APTBackup... this is an AWESOME app as it creates a backup text file that backs up to itunes when you backup/sync. All you have to do is launch the app and hit the 'backup' button.

    Once you have created a 'backup of your backup;' (backed up your Cydia backup to iTunes) it really doesn't matter if you need to restore your phone for whatever reason, you re-jailbreak first and THEN you restore your iTunes backup.

    Finally, you launch Cydia and all you install is APTBackup.

    Because your itunes backup contains the APTBackup data, you are able to hit the 'restore' button within the APTBackup app and like magic (it will take several minutes though ) all your Cydia apps, themes and other installs will restore/reinstall themselves without you having to manually reinstall/configure ANYTHING!

    As for AppStore Apps you will have to re-sync to reinstall them to your phone as the iTunes back-up no longer backs them up. (I will take that 100 times over waiting 1hr + for backups to both be made as well as be restored after a 'restore.')

    Couple more cool Cydia apps


    Cydia has a pkg called QuickGold.
    This app launches when you push the home button once, while on SpringBoard, and it brings up a pretty cool launcher/search engine.

    In the search field you can type in anything from app's names to contacts on your phone to music on your ipod...you get the idea. As you type in the word you're searching for, multiple icons will display on your screen which are possible matches to your search.

    Quick Gold has 'recents' in it too, so if there's an app you use a lot (yes even appstore apps) just look it up from QuickGold one time and a shortcut gets added to QuickGold so that next time you launch into it the app shortcut is there (as opposed to flicking through several screens to try to find your app.)

    The last app I am reviewing is 'Categories' which allows you to create folders to put your apps in. Games, Apps, Tools, Multimedia, Toys, etc. and then you can neatly 'stash' your apps in different folders and VOILLA! :D You don't have to flick through endless screens (assuming you have a lot of apps) to look for the app you want to launch.

    Categories is an AWESOME, yet DANGEROUS app for the 'unlearned' :p so handle with care! LOL
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  2. notintheleast macrumors 6502

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    Wow.

    Thanks for that.... :rolleyes:

    I know you're new, but both of these apps have been around for months now...
     
  3. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    Not everybody spends all their time on these forums. The apps have been around but maybe he hasn't. Don't be such a jerk.

    Nice reviews OP.
     
  4. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

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    AptBackup didn't work for me, but then again, I noticed an update a few days ago, so perhaps whatever compatibility was broken by 2.2 has been repaired.
     
  5. notintheleast macrumors 6502

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    Come on... I wasn't that mean. :D

    But, upon a second review, I didn't really find too much info about either of these apps anywhere else around here. For that reason I apologize.
     
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    My absolute favorite is the Status Notifier. It's integrated so well. I don't know why it's not a default feature of the iPhone. I can't even imagine not being able to check if I have new emails without unlocking my phone!
     
  7. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Maybe because it eats up valuable RAM (which is why Apple doesn't allow background processes in the first place - the iPhone is WOEFULLY short on RAM) ... ;)

    I agree that Status Notifier is cool. But it's one of the first things I got rid of when I started noticing system-wide slowdowns after my 2.2 JB. Basically anything that depends on MobileSubstrate (and mobilesubstrate itself, of course) will slow your iPhone down just because it uses memory, which the iPhone does not enough of to begin with.
     
  8. Mikey B macrumors 65816

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    I've found that after the 2.2 update, I haven't had hardly any problems with lag from MobileSubstrate apps. Before 2.2, it was unbearable. I do keep it at a minimum, but I have Backgrounder and Notifier rocking and my iPhone is quick and nimble.

    I do stay away from Winterboard, though. Granted, that's more because I don't care about theming too much, but I did have it installed for a minute or two and noticed that it tok a heavy toll on my RAM.
     
  9. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Does winterboard really run anything in the background? I don't use a full theme, I just made a few icon replacements. They should be the only things running right?

    As far as background apps go, I just ran 'top' from an ssh terminal to see all the processes running on my phone. It's surprising some of the things I found. The biggest drains on ram (>1M) are top, bash, MobileSafari (12M), MobileMail, MobilePhone, locationd, FindMyID (I forgot it was still installed), BTServer, CommCenter, Springboard (21M), configd, iapd, mediaserve, and lockdownd.

    In comparison, notification I'm assuming status notifier) is only 592k. PdaNet (not even used since reboot) is using 844k. sshd is using 580k and bash is using 788k. So it's really minimal compared to much of the things running on the phone. If something is being slowed down, it's doubtful it's due to notifier.

    I think I'll post another thread about this though. Something to do with freeing ram. :D I don't want to get too offtopic.
     
  10. amemoryoncelost macrumors 6502

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    aptbackup has never worked for me, kind of a waste of time considering...
     
  11. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    and it does not back up cydia apps
     
  12. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G (white): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    @ViViDboarder:

    I'd be interested I'm hearing more about RAM usage. I know Safari is a freakin' hog (which is why I always force-quit it before playing games, etc) but I'd love to know about some of the Cydia apps too - Winterboard, SBSettings, etc ... :)
     
  13. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Done!
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=613846
     
  14. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    How is it dangerous?
     
  15. meatlocker macrumors newbie

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    Huh. PdaNet uses more RAM than I thought...

    I don't see anything too out of whack.
     

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  16. macfan09 thread starter macrumors member

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    RE: How is it dangerous?

    Once you've put items away in a folder, always make sure you delete your folders if you ever need to restore.

    Otherwise once you restore your itunes' iphone backup all the apps you may have had installed into folders will continue to be invisible and you may have to try one of many "more advanced" procedures to get all your icons back.

    So unless you know what you're doing I advise you stay away from Categories. :D
    If you on the other hand are familiar with those issues and how to solve/fix them, I think Categories is an awesome app!
     
  17. macfan09 thread starter macrumors member

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    aptbackup DOES work

    That's because this has to be done in a specific order. I've already restored 2 or 3 times (fw updates among other reasons,) and was able to use aptbackup and it saved me a LOT of time.

    Use the following procedure and it should work:

    1-) Once you've installed apt backup, make sure you have all the apps/settings you want to backup; access aptbackup and hit the backup button.

    2-) You MUST now go into iTunes and "backup" your phone. (rightclick your iphone icon along the left-side panel and choose "backup."

    3-) Restore @ your leisure... Once the phone is restored, re-JB FIRST (BEFORE you tell iTunes to restore your backup - The one that says something about "this iphone has been synced to this library before, etc.") to get Cydia installed. Then install APTBackup as your only package.

    4-) Now go back into iTunes and tell it to restore your backup.

    5-) When that finishes, launch aptbackup and tap RESTORE...has worked EVERY TIME for me!
     
  18. m5devil macrumors newbie

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    Backgrounder issue on 2.2

    Hello guys,

    Maybe you can help me out here. I recently updated to 2.2 and everything runs great. I added backgrounder and it's not doing what it suppose to.

    I loaed BeeJiveIM hold Home button... app exits immediately, but backgrounder enabled popup does appear. I load BeeJiveIM again.... it just load it as if I exited the app in the first instance... basically Backgrounder is not functioning...

    Please help.
    Thanks
     

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