If your iPhone crashes and needs to be restored, what will happen to your third party Apps? Below are two programs that serve as great safety nets, should your iPhone go crazy and lose your stuff.
AppBackup from Scott Wallace lets you back up and restore Apps that you have purchased from the App Store.
- Back up saved data and settings for App Store Apps
- You can back up either a single App or all of your Apps at one time
- Great to have if an App you currently own is no longer available in the App Store (For example, if Pandora is banned from the App Store, you’ll want to make sure you backed it up!)
- Does not back up data for jailbroken Apps (see our review for AptBackup below)
- May take a few moments for program to start up
If you have Apps you’ve downloaded from Cydia, AptBackup by Chris Featherstone will make a list of all of your Cydia Apps then back that list up. When you restore your iPhone and iTunes, run AptBackup’s restore in order to find and reinstall all of your packages.
- Makes a list of every App you’ve downloaded from Cydia, then backs it up
- Will restore all packages in one step upon iPhone and iTunes restoration
- Will not back up the actual Apps, or their settings (In order to reconfigure those parameters, you’ll have to know how to access your iPhone, which we will demonstrate in an upcoming post)
- Your Springboard file placement will not be saved
- Can only restore backups right after your restore your iPhone and iTunes
You’ll never know what can happen with your iPhone; one day it may work perfectly fine, and the next day it may crash and burn. In the event of an iPhone crisis, it’s good to have an insurance plan in place, and AppBackup and AptBackup are the best insurance plans you can have for your Apps.
Jailbroken phones via Cydia (Go to Search and type in the App name)