I have both an iPod touch and an iPhone (yes, redundant, I have my reasons), none of them are jailbroken. Some apps I own are installed on both devices, I would like to copy an app's save from one device onto the other. I know that there are apps for jailbroken devices to backup saves but I was wondering if there's a method that doesn't involve jalbreaking (by a third party PC/Mac tool, for example).

(Side note: I know that restoring one device's backup on the other device will transfer all the apps states but that will mean wiping the device completely)

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As long as you have a wifi / internet connection, most games should perform syncing with the 'cloud'.

Otherwise, you would need to access where the files are located, usually by some service like: iExplorer and PhoneDisk. If you cannot write to where the game files are stored, then yes, you will need to jailbreak the phone to gain write privileges.

  • "most games should perform syncing with the 'cloud'" I would be very surprised if this is true. Reference? Mar 23, 2012 at 10:26
  • Why would you be surprised if this was true? A bunch of games on ios sync with Gamecenter. The game or application just needs to explicably say that it performs backups to the iCloud (EX Tiny Tower: getsatisfaction.com/nimblebit/topics/ios_game_center_backup )
    – Zero
    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:02
  • i would be surprised because making them is my job. A bunch of games is different to most games. Mar 23, 2012 at 21:04
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    I ended up using PhoneDisk which is rather handy, I followed this guide tuaw.com/2011/03/22/…
    – JohnoBoy
    Mar 27, 2012 at 15:25

Yes. If you have a backup you can use the iPhone Backup Extractor to retrieve your app data and then import it to your device.

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