How To Backup And Restore Your Jailbreak Apps, Settings, and Preferences
If there’s one area of jailbreaking that continues to be a source of confusion, it’s backing up all of your jailbreak apps and tweaks by pkgbackup
Fortunately there is one surefire way to backup your iPhone, and all of your jailbreak settings each and every time by means of a handy little jailbreak app called PKGBackup…
But if this tool is so good, why are so many people still confused about how to backup their jailbreak apps, tweaks, and settings on their iPhone?
The main problem with PKGBackup is its learning curve. Due to its many settings, and its not so intuitive UI, it can be quite confusing.
Add that to the steep overall initial investment — the app rings up at $7.99 on the Cydia store — and you have the perfect recipe of cost + confusion; just enough to keep would be PKGBackup-ers away.
Let me be the first to admit that indeed, PKGBackup can be confusing. The good news is that if you follow this guide step-by-step, you’ll be on your way to backing up and restoring your iPhone’s jailbreak data with confidence.
Before we get started
Before backing up and restoring your jailbreak settings, I highly suggest that you become familiar with iTunes‘ built in backup feature for all of your App Store apps, SMS messages, email settings, and things like that.
There is a so-called “Apple Default Apps” setting in PKGBackup, but I recommend that you keep the two backup functions separate. Let iTunes do the heavy lifting for all of your official stuff, and let PKGBackup handle all of your jailbreak data.
Keeping these two duties separated will ensure that things remain simple and concise; that’s important when it comes to backing up and restoring your precious data.
Purchase and Download PKGBackup
This part is simple enough. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, head over to Cydia, and do a search for PKGBackup.
Once you find the package, you will have to purchase it for $7.99. That’s admittedly very pricey, but you’ll have to decide if the convenience factor is worth the up front investment.
After installing PKGBackup, open up the app from your springboard.
You may be asked to provide location information. This information is used to display wherePKGBackup is being used throughout the world using this map. Feel free to decline this, as it won’t impact your ability to use PKGBackup.