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OK, last night I bit the bullet and upgraded my iPhone 4 to 4.3.1, jailbroken. I think I have finally discovered the correct order to do things in order not to have to redo a lot of setup work.

  1. Make a list of all your packages in Cydia. Sort it by repository. (Excel works well for this)
  2. Do a full sync and backup in iTunes.
  3. If you had done any modifications directly on the filesystem (example, I added some icons to a winterboard theme) use winscp or similar tool and make sure you grab a copy of them somewhere.
  4. Build and install ipsw with Pwnage or sn0wbreeze.
  5. Let it activate (if appropriate).
  6. Connect to your local wifi if available.
  7. Launch Cydia. Let it upgrade and reboot.
  8. Launch Cydia again.
  9. Add any custom repositories.
  10. Install the packages from each repository. You don't have to get them all on the first try but by all means get anything that is hard to setup again from scratch (i.e. ScrollingBoard and SBRotator). This can go pretty fast, you already have the list in the right order, just select a package, tap Install, tap Continue Queuing and repeat; confirm once in a while and take a break.
  11. Reboot again, be sure everything is working. Ignore lost customizations for now.
  12. At this point, and not before, connect it to iTunes and let it restore your backup.
  13. Relax while your apps and media copy, confident that most of the work is already done.
  14. Apply any filesystem modifications you saved earlier.

Following this order saved me a lot of time redoing Winterboard customizations and folder groups.

asked 05 Apr '11, 14:05

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Pepper ♦

edited 05 Apr '11, 14:07

4.3.2 went just as easily because I followed this procedure again.

(20 Apr '11, 01:18) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image

I'd just add if you're not preserving baseband then no need to use Pwnage/Sn0wbreeze......and I never done it in that order either,so it's not a necessity to do so, but it may of made it easier for you.


answered 05 Apr '11, 14:11

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edited 05 Apr '11, 14:15

i didnt read your long list, but here is the way i should have done it.

1)Backup phone in iTunes

2)Phone was originally on 4.2.1 -> "Restore" phone in iTunes, it will upgrade the firmware to 4.3.1 (don't worry about this, just do it)

3)Once the phone has been upgraded to 4.3.1, restore all of your programs from the backup you just made

4) Once restore is compelete, run redsnow to jailbreak the phone.

***as the OP stated, make a list of all of your Cydia apps, as they will not be restored. I easily re-downloaded mywi and infiniboard using my Google account. I did not have to repurchase any Cydia apps.


answered 05 Apr '11, 15:24

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edited 05 Apr '11, 15:24

The main reason for the long list was, as you no doubt experienced, having to setup everything from scratch again. By waiting until after installing the Cydia stuff before restoring the iTunes backup, most everything was already the way I had customized it.

(05 Apr '11, 15:37) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image
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