fixed : transfer game progress in iOS (without Game Center)

Question :

I want to transfer the game progress from our iPhone to our iPad, but since it’s our children’s iPad I don’t want to activate Game Center (and some games don’t even support Game Center).

I can’t find a way to do so in iTunes, since iTunes doesn’t seem to back-up game progress…

…is there any way to do this without jailbreaking my iOS-devices ?

Answer :

Yes !

Even though Apple’s Game Center app (and service) is a probably the easiest way to sync your game progress (and in-app purchases) among your iPhones and iPad, there may be various reasons why Game Center is no option for you (e.g. since not all iOS-games have Game Center-support).

The second-easiest way to transfer your game progress from one iPhone/iPad to another is via your Mac (or PC), using either iExplorer or DiskAid. Using either of both works nearly the same, and both can be used in FREE-mode, so here’s an explanation for using DiskAid only :

1- download and install DiskAid from this link (or iExplorer from this link)

2- make sure that every game that you want to transfer game progress file for is installed on both iDevices

3- startup DiskAid on your Mac (or PC) and connect both your iPhone and your iPad (or other iDevices) to your Mac (or PC) using the USB-cable

4- in DiskAid, select the iDevice you want the game progress you want to copy from (from the list on the left), click “Storage”, then “Apps”, then the app you want to copy the game progress from [note : even though all apps are listed alphabetically, the naming might be slightly different from the regular name, so you might not immediately find what you’re looking for where you would expect it…)

5- when the app’s folder opens, select all files displayed, then click the “Copy to Mac” button in the menu bar

6- in the pulldown screen that opens, click the “New Folder”-button to create a folder (for instance on your Desktop) where you want the game progress files to be ‘back-upped’, and call the folder something like “iOS game progress files”, then inside that folder, create another new folder (by clicking “New Folder” again) and give it the app’s name

7- repeat this process until you have folders with game progress back-ups for all games you need

8- then select the iDevice you want to copy the game progress files to (from the list on the left), click on “Apps”, then on the app you want to transfer the game progress files to, and then click the “Copy to Device”-button from the menu bar

9- in the pull-down window that opens, browse to the location where you have the game progress files on your Mac and select all of them, then click “Select”

10- then, check if the game progress files a now visible on your iPhone/iPad from DiskAid ; if not, right-click (or CTRL-click) on the app’s folder in DiskAid and select “Refresh” from the pulldown-menu (you might even have to do this a few times before they will appear)

…that’s it !

enjoy !

note : personally, I like the concept of the ‘both iDevices side-by-side’-layout, and the fact that the transfer is not going through a folder on your Mac, that can be found in the specialised AppTrans (and AnyTrans) app, but I think their pricing is extreme, even with their ‘regular’ discount of about 60%… and I found that they don’t include sales-taxes in their advertised price, so they will charge you about 20% above their price-quote (which I do not regard very transparent, nor consumer-friendly)

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fixed : duplicate an existing world in Minecraft PE on iOS

Question :

My children have a shared iPad. They love playing Minecraft, but are always fighting because they are messing up eachother’s buildings, tools and treasures. I found the option to create a new world, but that’s an empty one… is there any way to duplicate the existing world ?

Answer :

Yes !

If you want to duplicate an existing world in Minecraft PE, you can’t do that on your iPad or iPhone. You will need a Mac or PC to do that.

On your Mac (or PC) you will need a iOS-device exploring app also. DiskAid is a good option, but to get all features you need to buy it. DiskAid can be downloaded here :

DiskAid for Mac or PC

Any software with similar features may work, but I haven’t found any free option, and I did not test any others.

Here’s how to if you have a Mac :

– connect your iPad to your Mac using the USB cable

– open DiskAid on your Mac

– in the DiskAid window, click on your iPad’s name & icon on the left

– then click on Storage –> Apps –> Minecraft PE –> games –> com.mojang –> minecraftWorlds

– then select the folder with the name or the Minecraft world you would like to duplicate and drag it to your desktop (that will make a copy)

– then, on your iPad, open the Minecraft PE game and click “Start Game”

– then check the type of the Minecraft world you want to copy (does it say “Creative” or “Survival” ?)

– then click “Create new” (the button top-right)

– in the window that opens type the name you want to give to the duplicate Minecraft world

– then choose the same type (“Creative” or “Survival”) as the original by clicking on the “Creative” button

– then click “Start!” and wait for Minecraft to generate the world and build the terrain

– don’t be bothered by anything you see in the Minecraft window that opens, just click on the small “Pause” button top right and select “Quit to title”

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world

– now, on your Desktop, open the folder with the copy of the Minecraft world you want to duplicate, and drag it’s entire content (4 files named “chunks.dat”, “entities.dat”, “level.dat” and “level.dat_old”) to the open folder in DiskAid

– DiskAid then asks you if you want to replace the files on your iPad, click “Replace” for each of the 4 files

– then, on your iPad, in Minecraft PE, click “Start Game”

– then swipe through the worlds available, and if you look closely, you will see a new one ; that one will have the name of the original world in white, and the chosen name of the duplicate world in grey

– then click the “Create new” button top-right

– in the page that opens, type the chosen name of the duplicate world, choose “Creative” or “Survival” according to the type of the original world

– now do one extra step : touch the brownish background next to the “Creative”/”Survival”-button to make the on-screen keyboard disappear

– then, select the open area below “Seed for the WorldGenerator” and the on-screen keyboard will pop-up again

– now you will have to type blindly, as the page will not scroll…

– type the chosen name for the duplicate world and click “Start!”

– again… wait for the new world to be generated and don’t be bothered by anything you see when the Minecraft game window opens

– again… exit by using the small “Pause”-button top-right, click “Quit to title”

– then, click the “Start Game” button and scroll though the available worlds ; you will now see another new world entitled with your chosen name for the duplicate in white and that same name in grey, but with the addition of a minus-sign…

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world AND the minus-sign

– select the name again and you’ll be able to alter it… now, add a plus-sign to it and press the RETURN-key on your keyboard… you will swiftly see a message “Renaming…” and then the name will be adjusted

– then select the other folder with the same name, but without the minus-sign, and add a minus-sign and press RETURN also

– then re-select the other folder that you had just altered the name of and delete both the minus- and the plus-sign of it’s name and press RETURN…

– in doing so, you will have switched the names of both folders, while Minecraft PE was open on your iPad

– then, on your iPad, in Minecraft PE, in the “Select world” screen, startup the world that has the chosen name in white and the chosen name with an added minus-sign in grey

– when it opens, you will see that it now is a duplicate of your original Minecraft world

– now… exit (by clicking the small “Pause”-button) and clean up the left-overs…

– in the “Select world”-screen, swipe to the world that has exactly the same chosen name in white and in grey ; select it and click on the X-button below it

– on the next screen, click the “Delete”-button, and this world will disappear

– then click the “Back”-button to go to the Minecraft PE entrance screen

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world AND the minus-sign (the one without the minus-sign will now have disappeared)

– select that folder, select the name again to alter it, delete the minus-sign and press the RETURN-key on your keyboard

– now quit DiskAid on your Mac and disconnect the USB-cable from your Mac and your iPad

– then, on your iPad, in the Minecraft PE entrance screen, click “Start Game” and see that you will be able to choose the original Minecraft world or the duplicate

(note : it’s not really needed, but ‘just to be sure’, you might want to completely exit Minecraft PE on your iPad or even reboot your iPad at this stage)

That’s it !

Enjoy !

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