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. I know we are all dreaming of the day when our Angry Birds progress automatically syncs across all devices we own, but that day isn’t quite here yet, so if you have more than one iOS device that you’d like to play on this article is for you.

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.

Note, as of writing this DOES work between the standard and HD versions (i.e. you can transfer progress back and forth between Angry Birds to Angry Birds HD). 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, Angry Birds and Angry Birds HD are considered the same version).
  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 iExplorer, DiskAid, or PhoneView (Mac only)

  1. Install iExplorer (Mac & PC), DiskAid (Mac & PC), or PhoneView (as of writing only Mac).  Since PhoneView is Mac only this article will focus on using iExplorer.

DiskAid users: DiskAid is now offering a free version of its program, or you can purchase the full version for only $24.90. The free version is sufficient for this process.

Once downloaded and installed configure these settings in DiskAid then follow the instructions in Step 3 below. In the menu bar go to “DiskAid” » “Preferences” » “Advanced” (tab) then check boxes for:

  1. “Display all Apps even if …”
  2. “Show root path for Apps”
  3. “Show hidden files and folders”

A BIG BIG thanks to Temba-Dog for finding this and providing the helpful tutorial on how to get set up.

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

  1. Open iExplorer / DiskAid.
  2. Now connect the device you want to transfer your progress FROM.  Once your device is connected iExplorer / DiskAid should recognize it and you’ll see two directory in the left hand pane (Apps & Media).
  3. Expand “Apps” and find the application directory that maps to the version of Angry Birds you’re looking to transfer / backup.  This can be a little challenging if you have a lot of apps or different versions of Angry Birds installed.  Just scan and if necessary expand the directory until you find the version you’re looking for.
  4. Once you’ve located the directory click on it. Now in the right hand pane double-click the “Documents” folder to open it.  If you get a “File or Directory not found.” error just close and reopen iExplorer. iExplorer can be a bit finicky, so you may have to do this from time to time. It does work though. DiskAid is a little less temperamental, if so desired.
  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
    • {date}.lua (Angry Birds Seasons only)
    • {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 onto 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 iExploer / 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. Reminder, 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 iExplorer / 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 iExplorer / 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 quick launch menu. Tap and hold any icon in the quick launch menu until the red close button appears. Now tap the red close button to completely close the app.
  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!

Thanks to Joseph for leaving a comment about iExplorer. Also, a big thanks to sasquatch519 for providing a write-up in the forum.

Below is a new video tutorial that FujiToast created that walks you through the entire process.  He’s on a Mac and is transferring Angry Birds progress from an iPhone to an iPad.  If you’re using a PC the method is similar and uses the same software.

This tutorial shows you how to transfer your progress from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your Mac version of Angry Birds.

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Comments (412)

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 http://www.iphonebackupextractor.com: 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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