7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2013 3:25 AM by Ros
Ros Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

I posted this on another forum but haven't had any replies so thought I'd try here.

 

I had to restore my 2nd Gen iPod touch and have lost a lot of apps. I tried to update .ipa files individually without success. I'm wondering if there is a way to restore the whole iPod from an earlier version on my Time Machine Backup? I've lost all my favourite apps and the current ones require a newer OS. Photos and music are easy to restore, it's the apps I'm concerned about. Facebook, Bluefire, LinkedIn. Where are the iPod actual backup files located? At the same time, I don't want to mess up the apps on my iPad which is running iOS6. If only I could go back to Jan 2012 and restore I should have everything.

 

I have tried to restore Facebook .ipa from my Time Machine backup. Version 4110 installed but I got an error code -1202. This isn't even on on the Facebook error code list. Then I tried 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.3 and 5.4. I could install them into iTunes but none of them installed onto the iPod. I don't understand this, as Facebook was working perfectly well before I was forced to restore the iPod.

 

Please help.

  • 1. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,070 points)

    Googling shows that version 4.0.1 is compatible with the 2G iPod.

    You said you got error -1202. What where did you get the error? What were you doing?

    You also asked "Where are the iPod actual backup files located?"?

    What do you mean? The iPod backup that iTunes makes does not included synced media like apps and music.

    App are included in your iTunes Media Library. Since you were able to find some app (.ipa files0 you seem to have found where they are located)

  • 2. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    Ros Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    The error came at FB log in, after entering my username and password.

    I'm wondering if there's an actual folder somewhere deeper in the OS where I can browse through older backups of my iPod, to restore from. Although when syncing it says "backing up", there are no backups in iTunes except a couple that I have done manually, since reading through a few threads here. I thought it automatically backed up.

     

    If iTunes doesn't backup synced media like apps and music then what does it back up? I mean, a back up is a copy, right? That's why we backup.

     

    I've found all the .ipa files backed up from the last 12 months, but they won't reinstall, making my $500 iPod virtually useless for my needs.

  • 3. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,070 points)

    - For what is in the iPod backup that iTunes makes see:

    iTunes: About iOS backups

    - You asked "I'm wondering if there's an actual folder somewhere deeper in the OS where I can browse through older backups of my iPod, to restore from." No there is not, the backup does not include app. Also, unless your restore from a backup, iTunes only retains one backup. It updates the previous backup when your subsequently back up.

    - I would contact the FB app developers concerning the error.

  • 4. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    Ros Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    Thanks very much. What a useless sort of back up! Imagine if when we backed up our computers we didn't get the software too...I mean to say! And no "Time Machine" like backups within iTunes...come on Apple...

    Interestingly, there is no Mobile Sync Folder on my computer as shown in iTunes: About iOS backups

     

    "Also, unless your restore from a backup, iTunes only retains one backup."

    So if I want to restore from a backup, where is it?

     

    I will try and contact FB Developers, although they'll probably tell me they no longer offer supprt for older versions and I should buy a new iPod.

  • 5. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,070 points)

    The backup is:

    iTunes places the backup files in the following places:

    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

    However, if you have Mountain Lion, it is very hard to find it since to help avoid usrs from modify many files, Apple in Mountain Lion hides it (in this case the gneral Library foldermobilesync.

     

    For how to restore from backup see:

    iOS: How to back up

  • 6. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    Ros Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    As I said there is no MobileSync Folder in Application Support.

  • 7. Re: Restore older Facebook onto older iPod
    Ros Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    You're not going to believe this, but I reinstalled again the older versions of Facebook, LinkedIn etc and it worked! No more error messages. I never got around to contacting FB app Developers. How bizarre!