backup jailbreak appsWhen jailbreaking your iPhone, you always take the chance of messing up with the settings and losing all your Cydia apps. If you “experiment” a lot with your iPhone, I’m sure you’ve had to restore your iPhone on many occasions.

The problem when restoring your iPhone is that you have to resintall all your Cydia apps, which can take quite some time, depending on howm many you have.

Thankfully, there are a few options available out there that will allow you to easily backup and restore your Cydia applications.

Backup & Restore Jailbreak Apps with PkgBackup

PkgBackup is a $3.49 application but I think it has to be the best out there thanks to its great UI and ease of use. In top of backing up and restoring your jailbreak apps, PkgBackup will also preserve the way your icons are arranged on your springboard.

iClarified has a great tutorial on how to use PkgBackup. Check it out here.

Backup & Restore Cydia Apps with AptBackup

AptBackup supposedly works the same way as PkgBackup except it doesn’t save your icons arrangement. Personally, I was never able to get it to work, and it actually got me in serious  troubles before.

You might be luckier than I am though. I know a few people who use AptBackup and never had any problem with it.

Manually Backup and Restore Your Cydia Applications

If you feel like messing around your iPhone folders and don’t mind taking risks, there is a way to manually backup your jailbreak apps. I haven’t done that myself, and to be honest, I probably never will, but I want to share this option with you.

Simon wrote an interesting tutorial on his blog on how to manually backup your jailbreak apps. Read it if you’re interested.

My favorite way to backup jailbreak apps is still PkgBackup. Sure it costs a few bucks, but to me, it is from far the most reliable and easiest option.

Do you ever backup your jailbreak apps? If so, how do you usually go about it?

  • Juan

    PkgBackup is an excellent solution. Been using it for several months now.

  • Ash Ridley

    Doesn’t AppSync take care of this for you or am I missing something?

  • Eddie

    The Rock app keeps a list of what apps you install through both cydia and rock, allowing you to easily reinstall them after updating. Free

  • great news! (: Thanks a lot

  • Colten

    I’ve never had any problem of me not getting my jailbroken apps after restoring my iPhone and then jailbreaking it again they have always been there and in the same order even my movies in d tunes. But anyway sebastien I have a serious question or to anyone out there. I have a friend who had verzion and wants the iPhone. If he bought one and jailbroke it and unlocked it will it work with verzion carrier??

  • @Colten Verizon uses the CDMA network. The iPhone uses GSM. Verizon has no SIM card so even if you unlocked your iPhone there is absolutely no way you would ever be able to use it with Verizon.

  • Colten

    Thank you!

  • slowhand


    I’ve been using Rock, too!
    As a matter of fact I had to restore my iPhone a couple of times and it worked like a charm!
    (OK, it does not save the way the icons are arranged… But, hey…)

  • Meharuddin

    Missing cycorder

  • Pinotr

    I test it DOSE NOT WORK SO IT SAY WARNING YOUR CONNECTION BRA BRA BRA I CAN’T REMEMBER SO but it can’t restore all cydia app but apt working better I try already for sure APT BACKUP JUST hit backup in apt backup then plug in to computer and backup next restore you just restore from backup then install aptbackup hit restore Wait until reboot will turn back to your divice

  • Thanks for this. I was always wonder if it was possible to backup my apps on my jailbroken iPhone 4

  • Sam

    Can i used 2 different backup apps just in case one failed to restore my cydia apps? as for Appstore, is itunes enough to restore all apps? or I need also a backup app?