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11-20-2008, 01:01 PM #1
Restoring a Jailbroken iPhone made Painless (relatively)
One of the most sure-fire ways to fix a myriad of problems with an Iphone is to restore the firmware in iTunes. One of the most dreadded tasks apparently is the need to restore a modded and jailbroken iPhone. I have come up with a process that is realitvely simple and painless. Many people want to restore from backup- but this generally only causes problems in the long run from carrying forward corrupted data so always restore as "new".
This process assumes a jailbroken, modded iPhone with both Cydia and AppStore apps installed, 2G or 3G on 2.x firmware.
1. If you do not already have installed, install AppBackup and Chronus from Cydia. Note on these apps, if you installed apps after installing Chronus, you may want to reinstall so that the new apps show up in the list. AppBackup will not reliably restore app data in 3.1.2 so you should back everythign up using CHronus. It now works well for both jailbreak apps and AppStore apps.
1a. Purchase and install PkgBackup form Cydia. It is well worth the cost as a time saver in reinstalling Cydia apps. Backup your packages and then dont forget to sync in iTunes before you restore.
2. Use those apps to backup whatever apps you want data saved for.
3. Using SSH (WinSCP, for XP/Vista or Fugu or Cyberduck on OS X) copy the following to your computer:
a. /var/Stash/Themes<random characters>
c. /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mobilephone.speeddial.plist (if you have favorites saved in your phone app)
e. /var/mobile/Library/YouTube (if you have bookmarks saved- Chronus does not copy the VideoCache)
f. /var/mobile/Library/MxTube (if you have that app and have downloaded videos saved- Chronus does not save the VideoLibrary.plist).
g. if you want to backup sms history, call history, cache, bookmarks and contacts (besides using itunes) then copy the folders of the same name in User/Library folder
Note: If you have a Mac, you can simply SSH the Themes folder , skip steps b-f and then SSH the entire var/mobile/Library folder to your desktop.
4. Sync iPhone in iTunes.
5. Restore firmware in itunes - restore iPhone as NEW.
6. After new firmware is installed and phone is activated, uncheck the box that says automatically sync iPhone when connected
7. Jailbreak with your preferred jailbreak method.
8. Open Cydia, do all the upgrades
9. Install Open SSH from Cydia (always good to have when installing apps in case something goes wrong)
9a. Install PkgBackup from Cydia. You will NOT have to repurchase it.
10. Reboot phone
11. Resync iPhone, This next part is crucial, If you sync contact, email, bookmarks and calendars before you click sync, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the Info screen and check off the box that says replace info on iPhone this sync only" (not exact wording) I believe many people lose their info this way, since the iphone at this point is blank, if you do not do this step your sync will erase your data on the computer. Reboot iPhone.
12. Once all your apps both Cydia and AppStore ones are installed, install Chronus and AppBackup from Cydia.
Note: If you theme with Winterboard, or use Categories folders, you may install those apps but do not do anything with them yet
13. SSH all the files and folders you previously saved to your computer back to their appropriate locations on your iPhone.
13a. You will probably have to fix file wonership on teh AppBackup and TimeCapsule Library folders in order to restore the data you saved. Using Putty on Windows or Terminal on a Mac type the following commands hitting enter after each command:
chown -R mobile:mobile /var/mobile/Library/AppBackup/
chown -R mobile:mobile /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/TimeCapsule
13b. You may also need to change permissions on the com.apple.mobilephone.speeddial.plist to 600 to get the phone favorites to show up. This you can do with WinSCP (Windows) or Cyberduck or Fugu (Mac)
14. Open up Chronus and select the apps you want data restored from.
15. Open up AppBackup and restore app data for your selected apps.
16. Now you may apply your Winterboard theme and create your Categories folders.
17. Reboot iPhone for good measure.
This entire process takes no more than about an hour and I have about 60 apps installed. Most of that hour is spent restoring the firmware and resyncing. reinstalling Cydia apps is not a terrible process. I usually just scroll through the list of apps and methodically install as i come up on an app i use. However, using PkgBackup greatly reduces the time involved in reinstalling the Cydia apps. PkgBackup will not reinstall any of the apps that are not compatible with your firmware or hardware. I used it when I upgraded from a 3G to a 3GS and it worked flawlessly.
Last edited by bhz1; 10-31-2009 at 05:43 PM. Reason: new edits in blue- updated for PkgBackup and 3.0; edits in purple - updated for 3.1.2
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11-20-2008, 01:50 PM #2
11-20-2008, 01:55 PM #3
ill be saving this post to my favorites. as i will soon be needed to do this again and have been using the SSH method.The beatings will continue until morale improves.
11-21-2008, 06:47 AM #4
11-21-2008, 07:38 AM #5
see the problem with the daunting task isn't the back up of your files, for me atleast, nor keeping my theme (all that's backed up already as part of my normal back up process) its getting all my things like caterogies set up again how i have it and other things that take days to set just right. all those apps from cydia to reinstall and stuff. that's the REAL problem with restoring the phone for me.
idk about u guys with XP but my on macbook i had no trouble coping the WHOLE libary folder and its VERY quick, but so is the back up process in itunes on my macbook too. takes like 5min if that, unlike almost 2hrs on my XP machine, but maybe that has been solved with 2.1 and 8.0.1
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11-21-2008, 10:41 AM #6
My curiosity aroused, I decided to try copying the Library folder from the iPhone to my Macbook.
YES!!! It is much faster to copy on OS X than on Windows. Not only was it slower on Windows, it would crash with error messages about not being able to copy certain files. In retrospect, perhaps there are some OS X files that are not readable in Windows? In very new to the Mac platform (other than iPhones) so I'm learning as well.
11-23-2008, 09:30 AM #7
Nice tutorial. Using it to upgrade to 2.2
11-23-2008, 01:18 PM #8
Depending on what I decide to do, this is a really good reference on how to restore after jailbroken. Hmmm ...
What to do ...
11-23-2008, 02:10 PM #9
Just about done my re-modding after upgrade. SO far so good. What took the longest was downloading the BigBoss repo apps since that server is apparently overwhelmed today.
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11-24-2008, 09:19 AM #10
11-24-2008, 03:35 PM #11
11-24-2008, 05:58 PM #12
11-30-2008, 11:48 AM #13
Thank you for the excellent tutorial! Is there ANY way to keep all the apps in their respective Categories folders when I do a restore? That is probably the most time consuming part of setting up a restore for me. Also, maybe someone knows of a better app to use instead of Categories to keep all my apps (62) categorized?
11-30-2008, 05:48 PM #14
12-03-2008, 06:48 PM #15
dude is there any way for me to go back to the original set as mine i s jailbroken on the first day i bought the phone and people told me that now suport and warranty is void please help with this is there any way make it the original packaging set?
12-06-2008, 07:30 AM #16
12-07-2008, 06:23 PM #17
I have saved roms games will those get deleted ?
12-07-2008, 08:53 PM #18
You can SSH thefolder with your roms to your computer as well then move them back after u restore, jailbreak and install apps. The folder should be in mobile/Library or mobile/Media
12-25-2008, 06:30 PM #19
Okay, I have tried this process several times now and it all goes fine until I get to the part of resyncing after setting up the iphone as a new phone.
I set it up as a new phone and then it comes up to that screen that asks me to autosync contacts, etc... and autosync apps. I have told it not to do either and I have told it to sync contacts. No matter what way I seem to do it, it auto-syncs and over-writes the itunes stored settings with the now blank ones.
Any help on this step. I can restore the backup and that gets all of my information back so that I can try it again, but it has been like 5 times now and I just can't figure out how to get around this part. Thanks.
12-29-2008, 11:45 PM #20
ok one problem. is there a step i missed. i got my fully jail broken. i got a 3g 8 gig. 2.1- but it wont' read my at&t sim. it doesn't detect service? any suggestions.