Best way to backup an iphone to icloud on Linux (that works)

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Thu Mar 10 17:39:48 UTC 2016

On 03/10/2016 09:26 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:17 -0500, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>> and seemingly such a backup doesn't really backup the binaries, I
>>> guess just the purchases and data gets stored..
>> 	If I'm understanding you correctly.... iTunes does backup the
>> 	binaries of the applications you have on your device.
> This was my thought too, but seemingly iTunes Windows/Vbox only stores
> the binaries of applications that were downloaded by iTunes
> Windows/Vbox. The binaries of apps that were downloaded by Wifi by the
> iPad or by another Windows/Vbox are not backuped, just the
> purchase information is backuped.

	What you need to do there then, once the iOS device is connected, in 
the File menu (might be Edit) you should see Devices. In the sub-menu of 
that, you should see an option to Transfer Purchases. This should copy 
the downloaded apps to the computer.

> First I used XP in Vbox and since I didn't own a router, I downloaded
> the apps with iTunes XP/Vbox and synced with the iPad, for in-app
> purchase I needed to visit a hot spot. I also updated iOS this way, it
> this only worked with old versions of Vbox and failed when using newer
> versions of VBox.
> When Apple dropped XP support I set up Win 7 in VBox and by a sync the
> purchase information was synced, but definitively no binaries were
> transmitted and stored. I have a router now and usually purchase by
> Wifi.
> A "backup" seems not to be a complete backup as we know it when we
> backup a complete Linux install.

	Hmm, with all the backup/restores I've done with my iPhones, it's 
always been pretty much a full restore, aside form text messages. I also 
do have the option to encrypt the backup as well.

> Regarding the other issue, that USB is a PITA when using Virtualbox, if
> there wouldn't be an Apple protocol, we simply could mount the iPad and
> copy using a terminal or file manger, but we need iTunes and the
> version of iOS must fit to the version of the iOS on the iPhone/iPad.
> I suspect assumed you've got the purchase information of an app that
> isn't available by iStore anymore and you want to sync with a new iOS
> device, you are lost. If the app still is available, it will be
> downloaded again, but assumed the app was updated, you would get the
> current version and not necessarily the old version you used with your
> old Apple device. Restoring without Internetaccess likely won't work,
> if the app wasn't purchased by iTunes Windows/Vbox.

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