[SOLVED] Restore iPhone backup data after using iLEX Rat or SemiRestore

iTunes has always been a pain in the ass. Everyone knows it and will agree to this. Being on a jailbroken iPhone, every user will literally have sweat rolling down their brow when it comes to messing with their iPhone. I feel no differently.

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My iPhone 4S had been sluggish for quite a while where Camera.app used to take about 12-15 seconds to launch (If I was lucky in case it did not crash first), Messages.app took anywhere between 12-15 seconds again.

I decided to finally restore my iPhone and it was a decision whether to do a SemiRestore or iLEX RAT. Both had their fair shares of raves and rants on Reddit and other forums. Even on YouTube, equal number of people kept recommending both of these softwares.  For the ease of use, iLEX Rat seemed to be the better option of the two and I decided to take the plunge

I backed up my iPhone on iCloud and on iTunes multiple times (you can never have enough backups) and I was sure that iTunes is going to screw me over.

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I installed iLEX Rat via the Cydia repo http://cydia.myrepospace.com/iLEXiNFO/ and I was in for a slight surprise. I got a UI based interaction instead of the CLI based installer. I went for the CLI based steps anyway

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The famous option 12 was what I chose and it did it’s magic and asked me to reboot to go back to ‘stock’, which again, did not fail me.

This is where the pain started. After rebooting, I got the Set Up Your iPhone screen and I went through the steps. On the last step, it asked me whether I’d like to set it up as a new iPhone, Restore from iTunes or Restore from iCloud. Realizing that my backup was ~10GB, I selected iTunes. I connected my iPhone and the process started.

Halfway in the restoration process, the progress bar seemed to be stuck and it was such for at least an hour. Tried changing USB cords, ports, rebooting, updating iTunes, etc. Nothing helped.

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Finally, the last option was to restore from iCloud. So once I was in the phone in the above steps, I turned off Photostream (which takes the maximum amount of time for your iPhone to be restored) from Settings.app.

iLEX Rat’d once again and restored from iCloud and after about 2 hours, I was back up and running.

iLEX Rat does what it says: Bring you back to Jailbroken Stock mode. However, you will still feel the pain that iTunes causes and you are better off with restoring from iCloud. This is how you restore iTunes backup on to your jailbroken iPhone or iPod

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tl;dr

1. iLEX Rat Restore your phone (Restore option in UI or option 12 in CLI mode)

2. Set up iPhone initially

3. Restore from iCloud

4. Get inside your phone

5. [Optional] Use OpenBackup to restore your repos, packages and settings

iPhone IMEI permanent unlock service review

Disclaimer: Before you start reading this, please understand that I am in NO way associated with UnlockaniPhone.org. This is merely a review of the services I have received from them

 

I have been using a 16GB iPhone 4S locked to AT&T and using my Vodafone Mumbai SIM card using the Gevey chip. Post that, the infamous SAM unlock was leaked. I purchased a brand new SIM card from Vodafone Mumbai and quickly used the SAM unlock to unlock my iPhone with the new SIM.

Gevey was good, but had some issues in terms of power consumption. Other than that, there was really nothing else wrong with it. It was not intrusive and did the job. Got it for about $50 when the Gevey Ultra S was announced. All this while, since the SAM unlock was announced, my Gevey has been sitting idle in the corner of the desk drawer.

I’ve always preferred a stock unlocked phone. My Sony Ericsson K700i, Nokia E71, Google Nexus One were all stock unlocked. I always wanted to permanently unlock my phone since if in case anything goes wrong with the iPhone, I will have to arrange for an AT&T SIM card to activate the phone. Remember, iPhone 4S is not hactivate-able.

A ton of websites claiming they do IMEI unlocks ranging anywhere between $85 to $150, but they all had mixed reviews. A new service called UnlockAniPhone.org was the new boy in town and decided to take a shot. They do IMEI unlocks and sell authentic Gevey SIMs as well. UnlockAniPhone.org lets you unlock phones from various carriers in the world like AT&T USA, O2, Orange, 3 from the UK, quite a few carriers from Europe, Australia and South America.

My concerns were:

1. Will my phone really be unlocked?

2. Will the unlock stay?

3. Will I need an AT&T SIM for activation?

 

After 4 days, I got a confirmation that the iPhone 4S has been unlocked and I tried frantically for websites that let you check lock status of your phone and they all gave me a mixed set of results – most of them saying the device is locked and pay them to unlock it. Sneaky!

Plugged in my 5.0.1 iPhone 4S  (BB 1.0.13) to iTunes and sync’d it. Did a Shift + restore to 5.1.1 and that’s it!

 

After the software got installed, I was surprised NOT to see the Activation screen and I was so relieved at seeing the iPhone finally being permanently unlocked. Tried out a different SIM and it did work.

A final wrap up:

Again, I am in no way associated with UnlockAniPhone.org and I am merely one of their customers. This is a legitimate and a genuine iPhone unlock service  and you will not be scammed off your money.

So if you would like to unlock iPhone 3GS, or unlock your iPhone 4 (4.08.11 and above) or unlock you iPhone 4S (5.0.1 or 5.1.1), look no further.