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I am almost positive that this game doesn't auto backup to anywhere online, but if I happen to wipe or switch phones, can I perform a manual backup of my game state prior? If so, how ? I am playing this on an iPhone 4s running 5.0.1.

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I want to know this too. I don't have iCloud set up; I just iTunes to back up my iPhone. What if I get a different iPhone? – KatieK Mar 2 '12 at 20:37
@KatieK I edited my answer to include that information. :) – Ashley Nunn Mar 2 '12 at 21:32
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The game actually does backup - it backs up to Game Center.

From the app description - "Game Center integration to let you see your friends towers, back up your game and earn awards."

I have used the Game Center backup myself - I deleted the app for a while when I got bored of playing it, and then I reinstalled it after a couple of months. When you restart the game and sign in to Game Center, a message will pop up alerting you to a saved copy of the game (if there is one) that you can choose to use instead of starting over.

You can use iCloud/iTunes as well to backup your game. A post on the GetSatisfaction forum from Dani Rudolph, a Nimblebit employee, suggests following this Apple guide that helps you through the backing up and restoring process.

If you use iCloud/iTunes to back up, you can then use this Apple guide to transferring the information from one iPhone to another.

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hmmm I guess I am looking for some proof if it backed up to game center or not. – Zero Stack Mar 2 '12 at 16:16
@Foxtrot Edited my answer. Hope it is more helpful! :) – Ashley Nunn Mar 2 '12 at 21:30
Thank you! I didn't want to lose my progress if I happen to get a new phone +1 and ✔ – Zero Stack Mar 2 '12 at 21:41

You can check on your iCloud menu if Tiny Tower save some data. But I think that simply sync your iPhone with a computer can do it too

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Tiny Tower backs up your game to Game Center but does not sync between devices unless you're starting fresh with no data on your device. Compared to NimbleBit's Pocket Planes, which does have iCloud support and lets you play between devices, Tiny Tower's backup is only useful if you lose your save or get a new device.

(NimbleBit, if you're reading this, please add iCloud support to Tiny Tower.)

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If you want to backup iPhone to iCloud, do the following with iPhone Data Recovery:

Go to Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content & Settings Go through the setup assistant again as you did when your phone was new. During this process you will be given the option to Restore from iCloud Backup (see image below). Select this. Connect your phone to your wall charger and make sure it is connected to wi-fi and let it restore. Be patient as sometimes restoring from an iCloud backup can take hours to complete.

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He's asking how to back up Tiny Tower games, not the entire phone. – Shadur Mar 5 '14 at 5:31

Before a sync or restore, I believe that iTunes will create a backup of your phone's contents (unless you manually cancel this backup). The backup will contain the photos and videos that were on the phone.

You can check if a backup was created by doing the following:

Launch iTunes

iTunes > Preferences > Devices

See if there is an entry with the date of the restore.

If a backup exists, you can restore data on iPhone with one of two methods:

Restore your phone using that backup; or

Use an application such as iPhone backup extractor to extract the data out of the backup file.

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