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

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Thu Mar 10 20:50:40 UTC 2016

	If she wants a full backup, I don't have any other answer than iTunes. 
Unfortunately the best tool for the job, I say.

	There _may_ be other solutions...

On 03/10/2016 03:08 PM, MR ZenWiz wrote:
> She just wants to be able to backup her phone on her computer without
> having to deal with iTunes.
> I'm still trying to talk her into an Android...
> :-)
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 9:41 AM, Dave Woyciesjes
> <woyciesjes at> wrote:
>>          Of course, I'm still curious as to what exactly MR ZenWiz's friend
>> wants to accomplish, what is the end game....
>> On 03/10/2016 12:39 PM, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>> 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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