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Thread: iTunes no Backup Option
07-03-2009, 12:10 PM #1iTunes no Backup Option
I wanted to make a backup of my phone before I did any jailbreaking.
For some reason my iTunes does not show a backup option.
If I right click my phone while connected it is missing the options (Backup and Restore from Backup). I connected my phone to another computer also running Vista with latest iTunes and it shows this option.
Also, my backup list in "preferences-->devices is empty, so my iTunes is not making an auto-backup during each sync as it should be doing. I completely uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes and nothing has changed.
07-19-2009, 04:07 AM #2i have same issue
I am facing same issue, any idea on how to resolve it ?
08-08-2009, 05:47 PM #3
i have a suspicion that this has something to do with the modifications made to itunes awhile back when our iphones would lock up during syncing. i can't remember at all what to search for. if anyone knows what i'm talking about, that might be the answer to fixing that problem.
it was something you had to edit in itunes so that when syncing our jailbroken iphones to itunes, it would not lock up.
08-08-2009, 05:52 PM #4
When you sync iTunes will also make a back up.
08-09-2009, 07:35 AM #5
Nope. That is the problem we are having. There is no backup whatsoever. In preferences/devices/backup data it's blank. No backups and no option to back up.
C: \Usersusername\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes
C: \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple ComputeriTunes or
C: \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes
You want to edit the iTunesPrefs.XML file with an XML editor (I used notepad ++). Make sure you make a backup of the file before editing just in case you accidently delete something important.
In the file, search for "backup" it will come to a section that displays:
<key>DeviceBackupsDisabled</key> <data> dHJ1ZQ== </data>
That information was tough to find, so I figured I'd post it here since it's the second result on google if you search "itunes no backup option".
Now time to go swap out my defective 3GS.
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01-05-2011, 06:34 PM #6
I solved my issue alot easier then the advice given above, the problem was I had already rejail broken my iphone despite I knew I didn't have the latest backup (screwed myself)
anyhoo I am still glad I found out how to fix the problem
Just download a free software that turns it 'on AND off'
I got a free one called "BACKOFF" it turned my itunes "backup" back on, its useful then hacking itunes like the guy above.
you can turn it off again to speed some syncing. ON again if you're desperate to make a backup point i.e if you're rejailing breaking.
01-18-2011, 01:59 PM #7
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(These are for Mac instructions!)
o Close iTunes.
o Open Terminal and type the following commands in:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false
defaults write com.apple.iTunes AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false
01-25-2011, 12:59 AM #8
my instructinos were alot user friendly and works on both mac and pc
p.s mac users are dumb
01-25-2011, 06:50 AM #9
02-13-2011, 05:25 PM #10
04-27-2011, 09:41 PM #11
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05-11-2011, 03:59 PM #12
06-24-2011, 12:09 PM #13
Big help, thanks all!
07-17-2011, 05:26 AM #14
Thanks Yoneh, do you know why this happened in the first place?
08-14-2011, 11:31 AM #15
11-05-2011, 03:50 PM #16
Thanks. Did a FULL uninstall, cleanup and reinstall of itunes thinking it was something wrong and the restored the problem with the library.
I also figured out it was probably WifiSync that made the change when i ticked "disable backups over wifi" in my case.
Thanks for the fix
01-03-2012, 07:45 PM #17
03-06-2013, 09:46 PM #18sorry for the bump...
I need to know the instructions on how to do this on the new windows 7 because my phone is doing the same thing but doesn't have those folders listed in WIN7 thanks