SOLUTION: Upgrade jailbroken iPhone without losing any App or Setting

This is, at this time, the only method available to recover all your installed cracked Apps and their settings automatically at the first iTunes sync once you upgrade your jailbroken iPhone.

This should work with any device iPod / iPhone / iPad and future iDevices while they are compatible with Pwnage Tool

Read full guide before proceeding

Ok so we open latest Pwnage Tool -> Expert Mode -> Select Device -> Select Firmware -> Cydia Settings

Pwnage Tool is great, but if you tried before to add custom packages to your custom firmware, only seemed possible to add "official" ones.

Pwnage Tool expects that repository URL will contain a dists directory. However we can override this problem with a little trick, by renaming our repository URL like in the pic. Remember to place full URL plus Package at the end. This is the definitive solution to add custom sources and custom packages to your custom firmware in Pwnage Tool.

Then click refresh...

Select the latest AppSync version compatible with your iOS firmware

You will be able to add any package from any cydia repository available.

I'll add AppSync, Installous and latest Cydia from Saurik repository to my custom firmware.

If you need more storage space just increase a bit root partition size

Build the custom firmware and upgrade with iTunes as usual (Shift + Restore in Windows). This time all unauthorized (cracked / Installous) Apps in iTunes will be loaded to your device like paid ones.

To deal with Cydia Apps, you should use a backup app like AptBackup (free) before and after the upgrade.

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  • iMojito

    After two weeks I can safely say this method worked like a charm. On iPhone 3GS my battery life increased quite a bit, all my apps were synced when upgrading firmware and baseband was preserved.

  • Anónimo

    hah! what a cheeky trick using fake directory (/dists) then jumping back up the dir tree (../). Nice outside the box thinking :-) I would never have thought of that. Works a treat thank you!

  • iMojito

    You can update iOs with latest redsn0w and without losing apps too. You’ll restore firmware with redsn0w (not iTunes), then jailbreak then as soon as you can install AppSync and Installous. This includes installing those while syncing with iTunes

  • iMojito

    If you did evasi0n jailbreak, you can install AppSync for 5.0+ from Cydia and then sync with iTunes your Installous apps