Some readers wondered whether we can have our iPhone applications, installed via Cydia, backup and restore after iPhone firmware upgrade. You may be one of the readers. Everyone (I think) loves Cydia and Apple’s official AppStore. For me, I have installed over 30 applications on my iPhone via both Cydia and AppStore. Probably you have even more applications on your iPhone. As the number of applications installed grows, you may find it more difficult to persuade yourself to upgrade to newer firmware version. You’ll lose all the applications. Or you’ll have to re-install all the iPhone applications again. Consider the time and effort to search and install the applications again on iPhone, you’ll probably give up the idea of upgrade. But there are always solutions – iTunes & AptBackup – to backup & restore your iPhone application for firmware upgrade.
Backup AppStore-installed applications via iTunes
You should probably know, for application installed through AppStore, you can have them backup by synchronizing iPhone with iTunes. iTunes silently backup your iPhone applications and keep it on your computer. After upgrade, you can then sync them back to iPhone again.
Backup Cydia-installed applications using AptBackup
So, how about Cydia-installed application? iTunes doesn’t take care this kind of iPhone applications. However, AptBackup from Sleepers comes to rescue. AptBackup is a backup & restore solution for Cydia installed applications. What AptBackup does is to make a list of Cydia-installed applications, backup the list via iTunes and restore the list back to your iPhone. AptBackup can then refer to the list and install all the applications automatically.
You can find AptBackup on Cydia under System section (BigBoss source). The interface of AptBackup is very simple. You can only find two buttons after launching AptBackup – Backup or Restore. Say, you’re planning for a iPhone upgrade:
- You should first click “Backup” to backup the list of Cydia-installed applications.
- Then sync your iPhone with iTunes to backup the list to your computer.
- Next, upgrade & jailbreak your iPhone.
- Once upgraded, install AptBackup via Cydia.
- Sync your iPhone with iTunes to restore the list of Cydia-installed application.
- Launch AptBackup and click “Restore” to reinstall all the applications
Note: As AptBackup actually re-install all the applications again, the settings in the applications cannot be kept.