How to Save Your iOS Game Progress Before a Restore [Jailbreak Required]
As you know, there are many excited iOS games to play on the iPhone with multiple levels and achievements to unlock. Hence, you wouldn’t want to break your game progress and achievements in that particular time when you have to restore your iPhone. But, those iOS users who rely on jailbreaking, they have necessarily required to back up data. And hence to upgrade to a new iOS version, a jailbroken iPhone is completely wiped and updated to the default setup for the next iOS release. Then, again a new jailbreak is to be applied, and need to reload all the personal data, such as, media, contacts, jailbreak apps etc. Now, you need not to worry for the above ! This is because through the magic of SSH, now you can save your iOS game data on your computer in the event that you have to restore. Just head on below for the step by step guidelines.
How to Save iOS Game Progress Before a Restore
NOTE : Before going to the step by step procedure, just be sure that your have a jailbroken iOS device. If you haven’t already, then you can follow our step by step guidelines to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 4.1 using either GreenPois0n here or limera1n here and on iOS 4.2.1 using Redsn0w here.
Step – 1 : Download AppLinks freely from Cydia.
Step – 2 : Install AppLinks
Step – 3 : Click on the circular arrow in order to have AppLinks scan your directory of installed apps.
NOTE : AppLinks will create a list of recently installed apps in the blank window. This creates an easily-viewable method of viewing your app’s data when at the time of using SSH to access your game info.
Step – 4 : Hook your iPhone up to your computer and open your SSH client. Well, for this, you can use either Cyberduck, WinSCP or iPhone Explorer.
Step – 5 : Navigate to “var/mobile/AppLinks” in your iPhone’s file directory. At this place, you’ll see a list of all your installed apps and their data on your iPhone.
Step – 6 : Open the folder that corresponds to the game you want to backup.
Step – 7 : After opening the folder, you will see many files and folders. Now, copy all these files and folders to your computer.
Well, you can use this method for any iOS game that you don’t want to break your progress. After you have completed the above steps successfully, then comfortably wipe and restore your iPhone clean. Also, after you re-jailbreak and re-sync all of your apps back into your iPhone through iTunes, you can copy these data back into each game’s respective folder through your SSH client.
NOTE : Normally, the progress and achievement data is stored under “Documents” in each game’s folder, but sometimes these data can also be saved under Library/Preferences. If that happens, then you’ll have to copy all of the “Preferences” folder (except for the com.apple.PeoplePicker.plist file), then drag that content back onto the iPhone again once the device has been restored.
NOTE : Also, sometimes, the “Preferences” folder will only have the com.apple.PeoplePicker.plist file i.e. the game has its files saved in a different path. If you’re in that case, then all you have to do is that look at the names of the files and figure out that contains the game’s save information.
Well, if you’ll find any difficulty while going through the above steps, then don’t hesitate, just write to us in our comment section below. If you’re successful, then also share your experience with us. As usual, stay tuned with us for more recent updates.