How to Transfer Angry Birds Progress Between iOS Devices

Did you know that with a little legwork and a free application you can easily transfer your Angry Birds progress across an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac? This is great if you happen to have more than one iOS device (i.e. an iPhone and an iPad) or recently upgraded. This is also a great way to backup your Angry Birds progress in the event something goes awry.

Update: We have created a more-comprehensive guide, including many more platforms and some specific file paths. The iOS directions circle back here, but if you are looking for a different device, check out our Ultimate Backup Tutorial for all Platforms.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible if something goes wrong while performing the steps below.

Step 1: Before We Begin Lets Take Some Precautions

  1. Be sure you have the same version of Angry Birds installed on both devices (exception, SD and HD versions of the same app are OK).
  2. Be sure you’re copying the files off your device and not removing them.
  3. Before you overwrite any .lua file on your device create a backup copy first.
  4. Sync ALL devices with iTunes first.  This way if something happens you can always restore.

Step 2: Install DiskAid

  • Direct Link Change! DiskAid has become a product called iMazing. Our personal preference is still for DiskAid in terms of user-interface and cost. The direct link in (1) below has been updated to reflect the change, which can be a little tough to find. Let us know if you have any questions.
  1. Install DiskAid, which is available for both PC & Mac. While a paid version is available and can do a whole lot of cool stuff, the free version will work perfectly fine for this guide.
  2. Configure DiskAid. In the Menu Bar, click DiskAid > Preferences > Storage. Enable all three options: “Show all Apps even if…”, “Show root path for Apps”, and “Show hidden files and folders”.

Step 3: Copying the Angry Birds .lua Files Off Your iOS Device

  1. Open DiskAid.
  2. Connect the device you want to transfer your progress FROM.  Once your device is connected, DiskAid should recognize it.
  3. Click “Apps”. Look through the app icons to find the application directory that you’re looking to transfer / backup.
  4. Click to open the desired app folder, then open the “Documents” folder.
  5. In the “Documents” folder you’ll see a few .lua files. You will want to copy over any of the following .lua files that you see:
    • highscores.lua
    • settings.lua
    • {purchases}.lua (if applicable, such as Space and Star Wars)
    • highscores_<hash>.lua and settings_<hash>.lua (if applicable via Rovio Accounts; learn more!)

    Select them all and drag them into a folder on your PC / Mac. Once all these .lua files are copied over you effectively have a backup copy.

Step 4: Copying the Saved .lua Files onto Another iOS Device

  1. Connect the iOS device you want to transfer your progress TO and sync it with iTunes (if you already did you can skip this step). This way if something goes wrong you can restore.
  2. After the sync with iTunes is complete disconnect the device, launch DiskAid, then reconnect the same device again.
  3. Now repeat steps 3 and 4 above in order to navigate to the version of Angry Birds you’re looking to copy your data too. Remember, if copying from an iPhone or iPod Touch to an iPad you can go from non-HD to HD versions (the directory on the iPad includes “HD” in the name).
  4. Once you have the “Documents” folder open in DiskAid copy or drag the respective .lua files you previously saved on your computer onto your device (in other words, drag them from you computer into DiskAid, which will in turn copy them to your device — overwriting what was previously there).
  5. Once this is done you’ve effectively transferred your progress from one device to another, but in order to see the progress on the new device you need to completely close and reopen Angry Birds.

Step 5: Completely Restarting Angry Birds

  1. If you’re running a next generation iOS device you don’t have to restart to completely close Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, etc. Rather, double-tap the home key. That will open the multitasking menu. Swipe the windows upward to close the programs.
  2. For those running older devices, such an older iPod Touch, just old down the power key and restart your device.
  3. Finally, reopen Angry Birds and you should see your progress correlates with what was on your other device.
  4. Rejoice!
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Comments (425)

By Manuel Conde

Just to give you more options.

If you DELETED the Angry App BEFORE doing the backup of the files BUT you have an iTunes backup (which is encripted) you can recover ALL your Angry games data.

I do it just right now (26-Sep-213) to recover Angry Star Wars. Steps:

1. Download iphonebackupextractor from the trial lets you to extrac up to 4 files (I only needed 2).
2. Use extractor: it will detect all your iTunes backups and let you to choose which to restore.
3. Choose the files to extract from the game you want (remember they are highscores.lua and settings.lua).
4. Push extract: will ask you were to save it.
5. Now you need to follow the steps 2 and 3 of this manual.
6. I just overwrite the original .lua files with DiskAid (free version), started the game (from the scratch, was not in memory) and… TADAAA.

Hope this helps someone.

And thanks Angry Birds Nest. You are the best Angry page ever.

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By Club17 (@club17)

Thank you!

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By Annem302 (@annem302)

Thank you all! I followed the instructions, but my Space scores wouldn’t copy. I looked back through the comments, reinstalled the app, and it worked perfectly! I am so grateful.

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

@amslimfordy I am going to buy new iPad next week. I understand instructions completely and have successfully done transfering bad Piggies datas from my iPad to daughter iPod. My question is would this work with all IPA files, I want to transfer datas form my Where’s my*? and CTR games to new device.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

@cosmo2503 I’m not sure how those games store data. Using DiskAid, I would probably backup the entire Documents folder at least.

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

Thank you very much, I will try on daughter’s ipod for experiment. It would be really bad to lose CTR datas after playing so hars to obtain all 3 stars on all leveles.

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By docin5 (@docin5)

Does anyone know how to restore Angry Birds GO? I had it connected to my Rovio account, but my “friends” thought it would be funny to delete my account. Fortunately, the night before I backed up all my document files from GO using Disk Aid, but when I try to copy them over and restore they are lost when my iPad syncs with Rovio. If I turn off wifi all of the data will be there, but I don’t know how to “force” GO to then sync that info to my Rovio account after I turn wifi back on.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You should bring this up with Rovio.

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By docin5 (@docin5)

Finally received a reply almost 2 weeks later. All is lost, so if you login manual backup is pointless, at least on GO.

By Tom Boak

Made a wrong move in setting up ROVIO accounts – Lost everything in ABSW2.

I backed stuff up using DiskAid on 1/18/14, and successfully transferred my iPad scores over to my iPhone. Last week, I saw that if I signed in with my Rovio Account, I would get 400 points to buy character swaps. I started that process and apparently gave it one wrong answer, and suddenly all of my progress is gone and I am back at world 1.

I have tried removing the APP and reinstalling and then copying in the 1/18 lua files, but still no progress. It had remembered the Rovio account, so I decided to delete the Rovio account, and continue with reinstalling and copying the 1/18 lua files. That didn’t work. Any ideas?

By Tom Boak

Also, the miscue cleared the iphone’s scores also.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sign out of Rovio Account. Hard-close the app via the multitasking bar (or by restarting your device). Copy your 1/18 data files over.

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By Joey (@joeyba)

How can we make difference between the app itself and the free version of it in the Documents?

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By Joey (@joeyba)

@amslimfordy, I dragged all the .lua documents for all AB games from Iphone 5 to my desktop.
Then I copied them to another Iphone 4.
The scores seem fine to all apps.
Just AB Original was missing scores I got after creating my Rovio account (Birdday last chapter – red’s mighty and Short fuse). It’s weird because this is the same problem I had after the last update of ABO but I played the levels again and scores are there on Iphone 5 but did not transfer on Iphone 4…

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

@joeyba This is a guide for iOS-to-iOS transfers. On our complete guide, we specifically say that transferring between different platforms is not recommended.

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By Joey (@joeyba)

Iphone4 and 5 are both IOS!! It’s the same platform, no? @amslimfordy

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry I misread.

With Rovio Accounts, you should probably sign out of your account before transferring. Did you move highscores_<hash> and settings_<hash> as well?

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By Joey (@joeyba)

nop, those do not appear. Just
– crystal
– bi_dat
– highscores
– settings

By TheWillis33

Can anyone confirm if this will work between AB Star Wars (iPhone 5S) and AB Star Wars HD (iPad Air)? Are they considered the same game?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Data can be transferred between iOS devices just fine.

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

I tried this with iExplorer because I already had it. For some reason, the Space Documents folder appeared empty, despite my adjusting settings to show all files of all kinds. I gave up on it and installed DiskAid. MUCH easier interface and now I can see the Space lua files. Thank you @AMslimfordy for the very clear instructions and video!

Um, yes it took me two years to backup my AB data, other than with iCloud ;)

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By bonneypattycat (@bonneypattycat)

Note: I could see the lua files for all apps except for Space.

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By Muriel Areno

Great article, but it looks like Disk Aid has morphed into iMazing, and there is no free version of iMazing… I don’t know if I want to shell out $30 for doing this…

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By Kelani (@kelani)

If you scroll below the iMazing download, you can expand Diskaid and still download the old program.

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By Barsad (@barsad)

I’m happy to report that iMazing fixed the problem for me. It’s not the easiest process, but you just need to copy two files (settings.lua and highscores.lua) to keep your progress on a newly installed AB Seasons. iMazing does have a 15-day free trial, so it can be done for free (though I like having access to my iPhone’s file system, so the license might be worth it for me). I recommend everyone try this, I don’t see Rovio fixing it on their own soon.

By Meg

I lost every item in my cart. How can I retrieve the purchases made?

By Adrian Harvey

I’m happy to report that SynciOS also works successfully for this process, and has a free version available at

I have successfully used it to fix the crash-on-startup problem with Angry Birds Seasons by backing up the lua files, deleting and re-installing the app, then restoring the files to restore progress. One slight wrinkle was needing to repeat the restore after going into the Pig Days section as it does not pull those levels down from the cloud until you go in, by which point the app seems to have rejected the scores for levels it doesn’t have.

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By DG47 (@dg47)

DiskAid is now called IMazing.
Upon downloading a 14 day free trial and opening you are asked to connect your device. It is assumed you know how to do this as the “help” available for this program is minimal to say the very least-almost useless- and does not cover this.
Consequently iMazing is a non starter for me, as not having any experience of anything else other than Windows-not even a mobile phone- and only relatively recently having bought an Pad mini for other purposes that most certainly did not involve transferring Window files.
I thought I would have a go at transferring my Windows AB files as Rovio has dumped Windows games, but the whole thing is more trouble than it is worth to me now-I am not going to search around on the internet to find out how to connect my iPad because iMazing does not see fit to install some real help.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

@DG47 DiskAid is still available through DigiDNA. I prefer DiskAid still.

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By DG47 (@dg47)

Thank you for that-I will make one final effort and investigate that.

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By DG47 (@dg47)

Can’t find a download of Disk Aid any where-certainly not on DigiDNA- searched via Google also -only iMazing available -14 day free trial then $29.95-which I can not be bothered to figure out how to use as the DigiDNA can not be bothered to give any decent help files-something I have told them!
Thanks again for your help once again but it seems a lost cause to me.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)
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By DG47 (@dg47)

Thanks again-your help is appreciated-did not see it on the page as it was so small and so far down! Have downloaded it-it looks good- and will give it a go as soon as i can get enough time.

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