Transfer Game Data


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Jan 3, 2012
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I am getting ready to pass down my iPad to my son but would like to know if there is a way to transfer all his game data. He plays games like Minecraft and Terarria that require a lot if time to build worlds. Is there a way to transfer the game data from one iPad to a new iPad? There used to be a 3rd party utility that would do it but that broke with iOS9. Thanks in advance for your responses.


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Aug 14, 2015
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For most apps, the built-in iTunes backup service should work: just plug in your old device, sync it with iTunes, then plug in your new device, choose Restore, and restore it from the backup of your first device. This method, however, is not always reliable?and it isn't ideal if you only want to restore data for a few apps. Here's how to pull your save data out of an individual app and back them up on your computer.

How to Manually Backup and Restore App Data


Before you start, take note this works for any iOS device. So if you want to back up and transfer data for iPads, iPhones, or between the two, this works. To manually backup and transfer data, we're going to use the free Mac and Windows program iExplorer. You don't need to jailbreak your iPhone to use iExplorer and it's easy to pull data from your iPhone to transfer it to your new device. Here's how to do it.

  1. Download the app you want to transfer data to on your new iPad.
  2. Plug your iPhone into your computer.
  3. Start up iExplorer and wait for your device to show up in the file browser.
  4. Click the arrow next to your device name.
  5. Click the arrow next to Apps.
  6. Find the app you want to transfer data from and click the arrow.
  7. Inside the app's main folder is a folder called Documents. That's where your saved data and game saves are located. Copy it to your desktop.
  8. Disconnect your iPhone from your computer and plug in your iPad.
  9. In iExplorer, find the app you want to transfer data to on your iPad using the same steps from above.
  10. Locate the Documents folder and copy all the data you just copied to your desktop folder onto the iPad.

That's it, you're done.

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