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October 8, 2011 1:26 PM   Subscribe

How do I copy the contents of my unlocked and jailbroken iPhone 3G to my new iPhone 4S?

Apologies if the answer to this question is blindingly obvious, but I haven't found any of my Google searches useful.

I've been using an unlocked and jailbroken iPhone 3G on T-Mobile for the past couple of years. My boyfriend and I are making the jump to Verizon for the 4S, which means not only am I getting a sweet, sweet upgrade, but I'll also finally be legit. Yay! The only problem is- how do I get all of my apps and settings off of my old phone and onto the new one? I know how to restore a phone from a backup, but I'm afraid that restoring the unlocked/jailbroken phone on the new phone (which I do not need or want to be unlocked/jailbroken) might mess things up. What should I do?
posted by MiaWallace to Technology (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
All you have to do is sync the 3GS with your computer. To be absolutely sure your data is backed up, right-click your phone in iTunes and click Backup. After connecting your 4S to your computer for the first time you'll have the option to restore from the backup.

Of course you'll lose any Cydia or jailbroken apps you may have downloaded.
posted by yodangson at 3:49 PM on October 8, 2011


Here's a comment I made that will tell you how to transfer data from one phone to your computer. Once the data lives on your computer, you can then sync it to your new phone.

You can restore from backup, but I wouldn't recommend it, at least not with skipping from a 3G all the way up to a 4S. Instead, get the data there by syncing. Also, if you lose your phone, your data is available on your computer in a format that's easily readable by you, and not just stored in an iPhone backup file (which is more like a container file, and can't be easily picked apart to get phone numbers, pictures, etc).

Let me know if you have any specific questions about how to do that.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:50 PM on October 8, 2011


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