The mere thought of losing all your Cydia tweaks, apps, themes and system extensions on your iPhone can be very terrifying. Rightfully so. There are of course those apps that you have become emotionally attached to over time. Not to mention that you had to pay for some of them. Compound this with the fact that you now have to start from scratch, downloading each one afresh, and this makes upgrading to a new iOS version (and re-jailbreaking) potentially inconveniencing. Luckily, there are ways in which you can backup all your beloved apps with or without iTunes.
1: Using Cydia
This is the simplest way to backup your apps and is made possible by the fact that the app store keeps a record of everything that you have purchased with your account. On re-jailbreaking, log in via the ‘manage accounts’ tab and go to ‘installable purchases’. Here, you will see a list of all your previously purchased Cydia apps which you can redownload for free.
– The downside is that this only works for purchased apps and tweaks. Free ones do not usually appear on the list. But you can always search for them on Cydia.
– If the developer withdraws the app or tweak from Cydia, then getting it back will be impossible.
– If somehow you lose your account information, you won’t be able to access this list of installable purchases.
2: Using apps. There are several apps on Cydia that you can use to backup your data. Have you downloaded Cydia yet? If not, check out – download Cydia free
1. Open Backup
This app is available for free download on the Cydia app store and is very easy to use. It works by backing up your jailbreak apps and tweaks on your iOS device (iPhone file system), iTunes or iCloud (if enabled). Once you upgrade to a newer version of iOS and re-jailbreak, download Open Backup again from Cydia and go to ‘restore’. You will now be able to access both free and purchased apps and packages. You could also choose to save a copy of the backup on your computer just to be sure because this app stores a local copy (which you can find at private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/OpenBackupFiles)
This app has been touted as the best when it comes to backing up your stuff. It contains the most features compared to other apps of its kind and offers the most variety. It stores all your apps, preference files, sources and packages that you have installed from Cydia and helps in their re-installation. Once you re-jailbreak, go to the ‘installable purchases’ tab and reinstall PKGBackup, restore your backup and you will find all your stuff here.
The app also has a sync option which directly syncs all your jailbreak Cydia apps on iTunes or iCloud. All these features do not come cheaply though, PKGBackup carries a price tag of $7.99 which is pretty pricey for an app. But most seasoned jailbreakers will swear by it.
Going for $1.50, it is a way cheaper alternative than the other two. However it is basically a hybrid of PKGBackup and Open Backup. A distinguishing feature of this app is that it allows us to save and restore our application settings for individual apps and even the icon layout.
PKGBackup is a more wholesome solution for your backup needs. You are less likely to lose any settings or purchases. Open Backup is a great alternative if you aren’t willing to spend plus it pretty much has everything you might need when jailbreaking. xBackup is another great alternative if you’re on a budget.
Feel free to continue stocking up on your favorite apps, tweaks, themes etc without a worry in the world!