ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to backup iPhone games and game saves

Updated on July 29, 2014

Backup iPhone games and scores with iCloud

Apart from syncing iPhone data such as contacts and calendars, iCloud also serves as a handy automatic iPhone backup for apps and games.


When enabled, iCloud creates, regular backups of the iPhone when you have it connected to both the power plug and to the Internet via WiFi.

To keep your your iPhone game data safe, be sure to enable iCloud backup by navigating to the iPhone Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > iCloud Backup > ON.

iCloud backup options on iPhone
iCloud backup options on iPhone
Backup selected apps and games to iCloud
Backup selected apps and games to iCloud

Selecting specific games to backup to iCloud

iCloud backup gives you the possibility to select the games whose progress data you wish to save and to turn off backup for others.

For this option, navigate to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage and tap on your iPhone.

Under the Backup Options section, you have the possibility to turn ON and OFF backup of game data for each of your iPhone games.

NOTE: Backing up specific apps, games and app data does not mean that you won't need to reset the entire iPhone to a previous state upon restore.

iCloud Backup provides no silver bullet when it comes to backing up iPhone games and game progress. Here's why.

Apart from iPhone settings, text messages and Camera Roll photos, iCloud backup contains your app and game' data. However, iCloud only backs up the app data (i.e. in the case of games - only the game data) and NOT the actual apps and games themselves.

The apps are automatically downloaded from the App Store upon restore of the iCloud backup to your other iPhone or iPad. If your iCloud backup contains app data from a previous version of the game or a game like Flappy Bird which was removed from the Store you may be out of luck.

In the latter case, the game along with its game save will not be available at all upon restore while in the prior, the game is automatically downloaded from the App Store but the game saves from the previous version may be incompatible with the new version and hence, would not be restored.

To avoid either of these situations, you can back up the iPhone IPA game files in advance with iTunes.


Back up iOS games independent of iCloud

Use the free Beta version of CopyTrans Apps if you are looking to save selected games and game scores from your iPhone to a PC for later restore or transfer to another iOS device. This is a third-party application which is designed to back up and transfer iOS apps from one iPhone to another iPhone or iPad:


1. To back up iOS games, run the program on your computer and connect the iPhone or iPad. Your iOS apps list in the main program window.

iPad apps loading on PC screen in the free CopyTrans Apps
iPad apps loading on PC screen in the free CopyTrans Apps

2. Select the apps and games you wish to back up and click on the Backup App button.

Selected iPad apps from computer. Ready to back up
Selected iPad apps from computer. Ready to back up

3. Confirm the app backup by clicking on OK. The program will now begin saving the selected iPhone or iPad apps and their data to your computer.

Once the backup completes, the IPA files of your iOS apps appear on the PC. These IPA files contain the game installation files as well as game-save data such and preferences.


You can use the IPA files on your computer to later restore individual or multiple games and app-related data to your iPhone or to another iOS device of your choice.

Restore iOS apps to iPad via drag-drop
Restore iOS apps to iPad via drag-drop

Watch the video below to see this method of iPhone game backup in action.

Backing up iPhone games via iTunes

iTunes provides an alternative method to backup iPhone games. However, iTunes does NOT back up game data but only the IPA files (i.e. the installation files) of your games. So far we know that:

1. iCloud backs up iPhone game data but not the game IPA files

2. iTunes backs up the IPA files but not game data

Therefore, using both iCloud and iTunes to back up your iPhone games and game saves is a pretty neat combination.

To back up your iPhone game IPA files, run iTunes and connect the iPhone. Once it appears in iTunes, right-click on the device and select "Transfer purchases".



This will back up all your iPhone apps and games IPA files to the Mobile Applications folder on your computer found within the iTunes Media location.

Erase all content and settings on iPhone and restore from iCloud backup
Erase all content and settings on iPhone and restore from iCloud backup

Restoring iPhone games and game data

Once you backed up the iPhone with both iCloud and iTunes, you can easily restore the backup to the same iPhone (if needed) or to another iPhone or iPad.

NOTE: Restoring iTunes or iCloud backup is definite and will restore the entire iPhone to a previous state.

To restore from an iCloud backup, on the second iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

If any of the games were already removed from the App Store, you can always install the IPA file back to the iPhone via iTunes. To do so:

1. Run iTunes, connect the iPhone and navigate to the "Apps" tab.

2. Next, from the list of games and apps on the left click on the "Install" button next to each game you wish installed.

3. Finally, click on the "Sync" button to add this game to the iPhone. As its game data is already present on the iPhone, you will have access to both the game and the game progress as you left them on the original iPhone.

This is how to back up iPhone games along with game-save data and to restore them to another iOS device.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • imake profile imageAUTHOR

      imake 

      4 years ago

      Marko, true that! iCloud is not a solution to transfer games and game saves from one device to the next, rather it is intended to back up and restore them. I'll look at the method you suggested and may include it as an alternative.

    • MarkoMil profile image

      MarkoMil 

      4 years ago

      Backing up with iTunes is pure pain while restoring from iCloud backup is not viable if only want to get a specific game and its scores - which is what most people want. I use copytrans apps and in the past iexplorer to back up the apps and and games. Here's how: http://www.copytrans.net/support/how-to-backup-iph...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)