Backup and restore app data, clear caches and more with Icon Tool

By , Apr 6, 2013

icon tool

What do you get when you take a jailbreak tweak that can clear an app’s notification badges, and cross it with one that can clear its cache, backup and restore its data, and more? Easy, Icon Tool.

Icon Tool is a new tweak by developer ioshack that offers up all of the above-mentioned options in one easy to access menu. Simply put your device into wiggle mode, and triple tap on an app icon…

Doing this will reveal a menu like the one you see above, with these options: open in iFile, clear badge, launch, delete, clear caches, backup data and restore data. It’s Icon Tool’s only UI component.

The ability to save and restore app data is pretty handy, as you can delete an app, re-download it, and return it to its previous state. And clearing app cache can free up hard drive space in a pinch.

But my favorite feature of the tweak has to be its ability to open an app in iFile. Selecting this option takes you right to the app’s folder—no browsing directories—so you can make edits on the fly.

That being said, I haven’t decided if this is for me yet. And I suspect you’ll have the same problem. At just $1 though, it’s probably worth checking out. You can find Icon Tool in the BigBoss repo.

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  • seyss

    where does it backup the appdata to?

    • Mehrzaad

      Var/mobile/icontool

  • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

    This is what I need. A tweak that clears up my cache on my apps.

  • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

    Is there another tweak that clears up your app cache?

    • http://twitter.com/retace retace

      iCleaner

  • Ben

    iCleaner

    • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

      I’ve had no success trying to configure the options in iCleaner so that “first use” prompts aren’t restored. Every time I use it, the next time I open the AppStore it asks me to download the Apple Apps. Other apps that download certain updates from a server instead of the updating the app in the AppStore I have to redownload it all. It’s obnoxious. Not sure if this would be much better.

  • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

    I miss Jeff’s videos

    • Melvco

      what do you mean, he just did one yesterday: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/04/05/auxo-1-4/

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000603361739 Osama Muhammed

        the old jeff we mean

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        It’s only one :(
        He used to post a lot of them

  • Rickm_jr

    is there a way to find out which installed deb files aren’t being used? for example I install a tweak with dependencies and uninstall the tweak but forgot what else was installed.

    • ha7ak3

      iCleaner removes unused dependencies ;)

    • http://twitter.com/retace retace

      MobileTerminal
      “apt-get autoremove”

      • blawbair

        Will try this later! CLI FTW! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

    Which one is better iCleaner or This tweak?

    • http://twitter.com/retace retace

      iCleaner = general, can do more then Icon Tool
      Icon Tool = specific

      both in combination is the best!

      • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

        Thxs
        I just used iCleaner and it cleaned up 2.3gb.

      • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

        Wow crazy

  • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

    Got this one right ahead because of the iFile option. I’d like to see a review to the new Tweak “Messages” from the developers of Bulletin :) Thx

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    I use iCleaner and PkgBackup. Though, I do like the quick backup of data incase I need to uninstall an app and reinstall it (done this several times with the Twitter app as every update on my old iPhone 4 caused freezing during runtime), would save me about 8 taps in the process.

  • Om Soni

    Didn’t Jeff do a video on this already?

  • 笑傲江湖

    非常好 不错

    • Om Soni

      Very Good Good indeed!

      • 笑傲江湖

        yes

      • 笑傲江湖

        每天都看见你,你哪里人

    • f1ght3r

      this isn’t the ichineseblog, please post in english.

      • 笑傲江湖

        why 凭什么

      • 笑傲江湖

        果然有会中文的。在中国博客里,有英语回复 ,但中国人是非常友好的对待,这就是中国五千年的包容与友好。 没想到的事作为欧美人权社会的国家还这么没有理由的干涉别人用什么文字回复,这就是你们国家的人权么。

      • wadjj

        Cut the crap and get the **** out.

      • seyss

        I just translated your comment.. you are right but nobody is complaining that YOU ARE chinese… they are complaining that you write in chinese in an english blog! ty

      • f1ght3r

        No one cares if you’re Chinese, American, Arabic, or whatever. The fact of the matter is it’s ignorant and disrespectful to the blog its the readers to post whatever in Chinese. You obviously know and understand english when you read the articles, stop don’t be a douche and comment in Chinese. Simple.

      • Jeffrey Yeo

        理由?the reason is u post something that not nearly half of the people here can understand. People tell u nicely to post in english and u arrogantly replied “why 凭什么”… what if i go to your chinese博客 and post in thai? i’m sure that your people will tell me the same to post in Chinese. its common sense.

      • messy

        nicely?抱歉,我没看出来.欢迎你来中国的博客看看

      • Jeffrey Yeo

        if u feel that the people here have mistreated u then i shall not argue with u any further becos it is totally pointless to talk sense to someone who has none. u may continue and go ahead post in mandarin if it makes u happy. thanks for your invite but i am not interested in your china blog. if u think your china blog is so great and mighty why dont u stay there and u can post in your native language all u want and nobody is gonna say a damn thing about it.

      • gerald young

        他们的要求没错,这位兄台不用这么激动,是你想多了

    • SimonReidy

      去你的

  • http://www.facebook.com/riza.sps Riza Sps

    Hello there,
    is there any apps to/for
    – Get rid of News stand
    – better clipboard
    – another keyboard row with numbers

    Thanks.

    • SimonReidy

      1. ‘NoNewisGoodNews’ or ‘Springtomize 2′ has that option.

      2. Action Menu Plus – Full clipboard history, plus a favourites option to add custom entries.

      3. There used to be a tweak called “5 row keyboard” but I’m not sure if its been updated for iOS6. I’m sure someone else here can help with that one.

      • wadjj

        ikeywi is the thing, keep in mind every key would be smaller though. I keep it on ipad but give up on iphone, they are already so freaking tiny

      • http://www.facebook.com/riza.sps Riza Sps

        Thanks

  • SimonReidy

    I’m amazed no has thought of the “open in iFile” option before. Such a good idea. Having the option to rename icons is also a bonus.

    Great tweak allround. Only addition I’d like to see is an option to backup app data to Dropbox (or at least know where the app is backing up data to, so I can manually back it up to DropBox using iFile).

    • Rasec46

      Yup, i would love that to. For now i’ll use the tweak datadeposit to backup my app save games to the dropbox.

    • blawbair

      Saw a new package in Cydia earlier today called “IconTool App”. It’s a simple way to view the backups made in IconTool, anyway, Dropbox-support was on the todo-list for the developer so you might want to check that out. :)

      Oh yeah, and I’m using DataDeposit and AppBackup for app-backups which works fine. DataDeposit auto-uploads to Dropbox. Both are free.

      • SimonReidy

        Thanks blawbair. Have installed the IconTool addon. Very handy.

  • http://twitter.com/atoyikaganubon nobunaga kiyota

    Would have been great if it saved to dropbox

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Amazing tweak IMO. I wish I could clear the cache of apps in iOS without the need for JB. Some apps can really eat a lot of space with time, especially problematic on 16 GB iDevices.

  • Jeffrey Yeo

    maybe is just me, after installing this tweak my phone crash a few times… after that i uninstall it and everything is back to normal… felt bad that i spent on something that is not working for me.. =(

  • leart za jmi

    it is safe?
    i am not sure that the system will be not affected

    since there is not a way to restore, is not a good idea to play with tweaks that works on ios system

  • leart za jmi

    but it is safe??
    Since there’s no way to restore A5+ , i am not sure that is a good idea to use tweaks that access files in ios system..

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    If this works with games, then: :D

  • http://www.iphone-manager.com/ copeland lee

    Great with this article. Moreover, here is another way to clear iPhone cache files, cookies and more. View my Profile for the way or search for YouTube channel “iPhone Manager”.