Can we replace a backup of an app to another device?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Howard Brazee, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Is there a way to use the backup of a configured app (say it has
    documents, scores, or passwords), from my iPad and move it to the
    backup of my iPhone and then restore it?

    Two issues here:
    Can I restore a single app?
    Are apps backed up from one device compatible for the other device?

    I'm assuming I install it on the other device first, which may or may
    not be necessary. The installed app won't have the settings - but
    will exist in the backup.
     
    Howard Brazee, Jan 13, 2012
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  2. Howard Brazee

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Howard Brazee
    <> wrote:

    > Is there a way to use the backup of a configured app (say it has
    > documents, scores, or passwords), from my iPad and move it to the
    > backup of my iPhone and then restore it?
    >
    > Two issues here:
    > Can I restore a single app?
    > Are apps backed up from one device compatible for the other device?
    >
    > I'm assuming I install it on the other device first, which may or may
    > not be necessary. The installed app won't have the settings - but
    > will exist in the backup.


    basically, no, although it can be done with a lot of effort.

    some apps might have a way to back stuff up on their own, such as
    syncing to dropbox or they access an online account, but those tend to
    be the minority. the itunes backup/restore is all or nothing.

    this is one of the biggest annoyances with the current app management.
    you can't restore a single app with its data unless you restore
    everything *and* the app was there before the backup was made and
    included in the backup. adding an app starts it fresh, which is
    sometimes useful but usually not.

    one way around this is jailbreak it so you can get access to the app's
    sandbox. you can get the app's data files from the backup using one of
    the backup extraction tools that runs on mac/windows. the files should
    be the same, but it's possible an app does something different on
    different devices and will reject the files. once you have the
    necessary data files, copy them to app's data folder on the jailbroken
    device.

    what might work is if you extract the files from one backup and add
    them to a backup of a different device and then restore everything.
    i've not tried that method, mainly because it's a major pain in the
    ass, but it should avoid the need to jailbreak.
     
    nospam, Jan 13, 2012
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  3. nospam <> wrote:

    > what might work is if you extract the files from one backup and add
    > them to a backup of a different device and then restore everything.
    > i've not tried that method, mainly because it's a major pain in the
    > ass, but it should avoid the need to jailbreak.


    Is there a way to access single files of a iOS device backup?


    Gerhard


    --
    "Ich habe ja nichts zu verbergen".
    Nunja:
    <http://daten-speicherung.de/wiki/index.php/
    Fälle_von_Datenmissbrauch_und_-irrtümern>
     
    Gerhard Torges, Jan 13, 2012
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  4. Howard Brazee

    nospam Guest

    In article <1kdtzs9.112qfipzeljr4N%>, Gerhard
    Torges <> wrote:

    > > what might work is if you extract the files from one backup and add
    > > them to a backup of a different device and then restore everything.
    > > i've not tried that method, mainly because it's a major pain in the
    > > ass, but it should avoid the need to jailbreak.

    >
    > Is there a way to access single files of a iOS device backup?


    google iphone backup extractor. there are many options. here's a few:
    <http://addpod.com/juicephone>
    <http://supercrazyawesome.com/>
    <http://www.iphonebackupextractor.com/>
     
    nospam, Jan 13, 2012
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  5. On Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:01:56 -0600, Jolly Roger <>
    wrote:

    >> Is there a way to access single files of a iOS device backup?

    >
    >That depends on your definition of "access", I suppose. : )
    >
    >They are stored here on your computer:
    >
    >~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/


    Be able to actually *use* that file. Restore one app out of many.

    --
    "In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found,
    than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace
    to the legislature, and not to the executive department."

    - James Madison
     
    Howard Brazee, Jan 14, 2012
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