Back in March, we announced that a “Cloud Sync System” was making its way into the Angry Birds world. (If you don’t remember, click here for our post.) Angry Birds v3.2.0 has just been released and it appears that the system is ready to go! Thus far, the system has popped up on iOS and Android via Google Play, as these are the only platforms for which v3.2.0 is available. As the update lands elsewhere, we will keep our eyes peeled for Rovio Accounts there as well.
Over the past few months, Rovio has been slowly rolling out the Cloud System regionally, starting in the Scandinavian region of Europe (biased much, Rovio?) and then extending through some of eastern Europe. Presumably, Rovio wanted to do some quasi-live bug testing without rolling out the system to millions of people in the larger market regions, such as North America.
Update: Rovio announced on 19 July that Rovio Accounts is now available for the original Angry Birds for iOS and Android worldwide. Their next step is to expand the feature to more titles, and likely more platforms.
Below sort of repeats a lot of what was said in our original post, but it is worthwhile to mention again.
First and foremost, we have to tip our hat to Rovio for creating what we thought would be a utopian system that bordered on impracticality. Rovio Accounts uses a level-by-level sync! What exactly does this mean? It means that each time you upload your scores to your Rovio Account, the system will check your score on each individual level. If the server has a score that’s better than your device, your device will be overwritten on that level. If your device’s score beats the server, the overwrite will go the other way. Basically, this is an ideal system for users who fling on multiple devices.
Of course, no Cloud system is perfect, so proceed with typical caution (I’ll talk more about this below).
We greatly look forward to seeing if/when the system lands on other platforms and how it works between different operating systems. We outlined a few of our preliminary concerns in the previous post and hope to answer some of them soon.
Step 1: Register or sign in to your Rovio Account. If you made an account during the “gamma release” of this system, or in “The Croods”, you should be able to use it here as well. Registration is super straightforward: Give your email, set a password, fill in your birthday, and be done with it. When signing in, if either your email address or password is wrong, the system will tell you.
Oh, one thing I should add. Don’t try to fool Rovio by providing a fake email. You have to confirm your email address within 48-hours of registering.
Step 2: To the Cloud! Once you’re logged in, you will be prompted “Add scores, stars, and feathers from this device to your account?” If this is your first time logging in, we recommend you start with your primary device so you can push that data up into the Cloud. One of our major concerns has been squashed: You will also be asked whether you want to upload your progress to the cloud.
Step 3: Dissendium! Open Angry Birds on another device and log in. Any progress in the Cloud should be pulled onto your device! (Note: You may need to logout and log back in to trigger the download. A small price to pay.)
Be Safe: Manually Backup!
Disclaimer: The below information is based on very preliminary tests on iOS only. Proceed at your own risk. Always backup via iTunes first! We will try to firm up the details over the next few days with direct input from Rovio’s gurus.
Sync systems, especially new sync systems built in the Cloud, are not perfect. So we highly encourage you, before you proceed, to consult our Ultimate Backup Tutorial. Some platforms are easier than others to backup manually, but it’s worth a few minutes to save your hours of work!
Even after your use the Cloud, you can still backup manually to a degree — at least on iOS, which is all we’ve had the chance to test. After you pull data from the Cloud, you will have two additional “highscores” and “settings” LUA files. These new LUA files contain a hashed string of characters (e.g. ‘highscores_<hash>.lua’ and ‘settings_<hash>.lua’). The “hash” is a long hexadecimal number, most likely unique to your Rovio Account.
I don’t have a Rovio Account yet
Proceed as in our tutorial. You can backup, transfer, and restore as you always have.
I have a Rovio Account and already synced
To backup: Open DiskAid and backup highscores.lua, settings.lua, highscores_<hash>.lua, and settings_<hash>.lua.
To transfer and/or restore: Logout of your Rovio Account and completely close the game via the Multitasking Bar. Open DiskAid and copy the four above files to your new device. Open Angry Birds on your new device and login. Your new progress should be there, and you can move it up to the Cloud if you want.
Oh no! I downloaded progress from the Cloud but didn’t want to!
Hopefully, you haven’t done anything more since downloading the progress and freaking out. Your old progress may be salvageable if you haven’t opened any levels. Logout of your Rovio Account and completely close the game via the Multitasking Bar. Open DiskAid and delete the two <hash> LUA files. Open Angry Birds and your old progress should be back.
We are still sorting out a few details about this release, and we still have a few questions outstanding. But as the system rolls out for other platforms, we should be able to iron them out.
I just registered with Rovio acc and my scores have been transferred to my new samsung galaxy note on original angry birds apps only.
The scores on all other apps such as angry bird season, rio and space remain zero. How to transfer the scores to these apps too?
I couldn’t find button for logging in on angry bird season, rio and space.
If I’m not mistaken, Rovio Accounts currently works only with AB-original. Supposedly, they will add support for the rest of the AB series in the future…
Rovio Accounts have not yet been rolled out for other apps. If you want to transfer manually, see our complete guide.
i waited for this long time, but in this form not working form me :(
if i’am wrong correct me:
when i play offline my progress will be saved on device – it is clear,
but when i go online and sing up to the Rovio Cloud my progress
will be saved only on the cloud, not cloud AND device – and when i go offline
i lost every progress made when i’am online and logged in…
it not make sense for me, prefect situation would be when saves will
be stored in cloud and device at the same time, and i would choose what
sunc i need from device to the cloud or vice versa
what do you think ?
We are working with Rovio to improve the Cloud system. One idea we have pitched is two buttons: “Upload from device to Cloud” and “Download from Cloud to device”.
thank You for info and fast reply,
two separately buttons ? it sounds very good for me :)
Seems the best option to me. :) It would give you more control of your cloud data while blowing away the fear to lose your savefile. Also, many games are already using the two-buttons system as described and I feel very comfortable with that.
Does anyone know how to get your files once you have used cloud backup with Android?
I’m trying to get mine, but they aren’t on the divice any more since I used it for the first time.
I used to just be able to go into them with file explorer, and save them to my computer, but as soon as I tried the cloud backup, my progress is no longer on my phone.
If I have cloud backup off, or no internet connection, then all my progress is gone.
I can no longer get my latest files.
Hi! I’m from Poland and excuse me if my English is too weak, I do my best ;)
As you already know, offline and online version of AB saves two different achievements’ sets. Is that, for now, any possibility to combine that two “scores” or upload my offline score instead of current online score?
I am not always able to use Wi-Fi and i’d like to play offline and save my progress online later.
Not yet, but we’re working with Rovio to make such a feature possible.
Even though I registered on a MAC to receive AngryBirds newsletter, while trying to register “GO” it will not recognize my email.
@Lion44 These are separate services. You will have to register separately for Cloud Sync.
I’m unable to find where to sign in? In AB Star Wars II, it continually tells me, “You are signed in as: Guest”.
Please read the post…
I did. I’ve yet to see the register or sign in pop up anywhere. The only thing new I’ve seen since the update is the constant notification that I’m signed in as guest. I’ve tried hunting the couple of menu options, but nothing.
This post is about ABo. The linked post in my last comment is about SW2.
Oh! I missed that. Thank you!
I’ve been playing Angry Birds Go on my SGS2 with my Rovio account and now I realized I can play also on my Nexus 7 by downloading it from the Amazon App Shop (it’s still not available for tablets on Google Play).
I logged in and it asked me if I wanted to push my savegame to the cloud; of course I said no since the cloud already has my current savegame from the SGS2. Though, it didn’t download my savegame to my Nexus 7.
I played just 2 races while logged in on the tablet, then I deleted all the data and cache and reopened it. When I logged back, I found out it has been syncing my Nexus 7 savegame to a *separate* cloud, since it downloaded the savegame I had before clearing data. I logged out from the Rovio account and it was back to a fresh game with no data.
What is even odder is the Nexus 7 has been pushing my savefile to the cloud (another one, it seems) even if I said not to.
The game on the SGS2 didn’t notice anything, and keeps on using my savegame and pushing it to the cloud.
Why can’t I use the same save file between Play Store and Amazon App Shop?
My son was playing game and after exit game he lost all progress.
We have cloud account with 0 progress (never asked to upload progress?!), we dont have any backup. Is there any chance to retrive our progress?
Try signing out of the account. Then backup your progress using our guide.
This only works for my angrybirds starwars games,orig game& race game.my deasons,rio&space ALL are back to zero(although when i look in my gamecenter,i can c my total scores, very frustrating for you spent a lot of time and money building their scores up. Only half the games even have the rovio account option and the other hald nope.the stupid thing is,SOMEHOW i HAD THEM SYNCED until i had to do backups to restart the devices cus my ipad had an issue twice(same issue two diff devices).i have ipad,iphone&ipod.please help find an easier way!
Is there a list of which games and platforms this feature is currently working on? I see it on my Andriod for ABO and SWII, but nothing else.
Do we have any idea if/when the other games/platforms will be completed?
@rubeeinthesky with diamonds: We don’t maintain a formal list, but the R.A. tag is a decent reference.
So far, it’s only mobile devices and only ABo+SW2. No word on if/when others will receive, but it believe Rovio intends for all apps and all platforms to have it eventually.
What about AB Go?
@chriss True, and Epic and a few other non-classic apps. It sounded like the question was referencing the classic flinging-style apps :)
Oh I see
I think I did it wrong. My phone shut off and when I went back into the game it asked if I wanted to play from device which was 0 percent or cloud which was 52 percent . I clicked cloud n poof there was nonthing I had to start over n I have been searching over an hour how to get the option to change. I want my progress n gems back. Heeeelllllpppp
Sorry to hear that!
I assume you are referring to AB Epic?
I suggest you contact Rovio directly. They might be able to retrieve your progress from the cloud.
Try signing out of your account and see if your progress returns.
This is not available for Windows Phone 8.1. My kid played Angry Birds Epic and I will have to reset the phone. Any idea on how to backup his work?
You should contact Rovio, but there aren’t many good options for Windows Phone.
Hi I have a big question, I was playing for about a week angry birds epic without creating an account, had some purchase and i reset my phone, so now that I installed the game again I had to start all over again, is there any chances for me to get back my previous guest progress and purchases?
Rogello, if you backed up your iPhone (I’m assuming you have an Apple phone here), you could restore your progress following this tutorial: https://www.angrybirdsnest.com/how-to-restore-your-iphone-and-your-angry-birds-progress/
Otherwise, I’m afraid your progress is lost.
You could contact Rovio at rovio/support for a credit.
Is there any word at all about this being available for Seasons and Rio yet? Anything at all?
Not at this time.
I got a new tablet just before Christmas and I want to get Rio, Space, Star Wars and Seasons off my old tablet and on to my new one, so I’ve only just found out about this ‘new’ cloud system that Rovio is implementing. I can’t believe that this has been going on for almost 2 years now and we still can’t use it to transfer these 4 games to our new devices :-O. It was very simple and easy to get the original Angry Birds off my old tablet and onto my new one, I managed to do it completely on my own without the help of anyone or Google or anything, very user-friendly and intuitive, but I need to get these other 4 onto my new tablet as well. The android guide doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me and my husband spent 3 hours at the weekend trying to do it for me with no luck :-(. So it would be nice if Rovio could speed this up a bit :-).
@wolfwoman I agree it would be much easier if Rovio implemented the Cloud system on all devices, but I think they are still trying to iron out the details as I have been hearing bugs from time to time. As for transferring from one iDevice to another, maybe this thread How to transfer Angry Birds progress between ios devices will help. I know it looks daunting, but when you master this process you will always be able to make a manual backup of your progress and imo that is still the safest way to make sure you will never lose your entire process. Please feel free to PM me if you need assistance or have questions!
@e-star Thanks :-). Neither of my tablets are Apple but I’ll show that video to my husband to see if he thinks we could use that method on android :-). If not I will definitely take you up on your kind offer of help :-). I did notice the other day that pig days levels are stored in the cloud (playing on my old tablet) so I wondered if I could just get that episode on my new tablet. I downloaded Seasons to my new tablet but unfortunately Pig Days was empty :-(. I don’t understand how it’s stored on the cloud if it doesn’t even connect to my Rovio account :-O. How does it know? :-O.
Ah, my bad, I just assumed that you had iPads, since the Android tutorials didn’t work. I have to warn you though… my door is always open, but my knowledge of the Android side of things is pretty slim to none. I am an Apple girl all the way. But I am always willing to give it a shot or help you look for the answer.
As for the Cloud and Pig Days, eh yeah I wondered that too, but never asked the question out loud. Maybe they just store the levels (and not the scores) in the “cloud ” and one can only access the Pig Days levels when connected to the internet and therefore a time check can be done using the internet as well??? not sure though…
OK, I’ve not been well today so I’ve not had chance to show hubby that video :-(. I was wondering, though, could I put it onto an SD card and transfer it to my new tablet that way? It sounds too simple, lol ;-).
So… how do I get RID of this cloud save thing? My 4yo son has his own tablet which I use my existing Gmail account with for downloading apps and stuff for him. Now, all of a sudden, all the levels we’ve beat (AB Seasons) separately on our individual tablets are telling me that I have to download them from the clouds and won’t let me reset the game so it can be played from the beginning again.. am I missing something, or have you really turned the game into a single-use thing?
hi Tessa wish I could help out, but I don’t have the cloud for AB seasons on my iPad, didn’t even know they implemented it in seasons, maybe you are talking about a different kind of cloud, maybe a google cloud, where the app + scores are saved… Sorry i am no expert on the devices other than the iDevices from apple, but maybe on of the other @admins can chime in
Anyway, if you simply want to have a clean game again, you need to delete the .lua files on the device. How to find (and maybe back up) these files is described in the top post.
I have had a Rovio account forever and my son has gotten so far on angry birds go along with me purchacing carts. I put the app on his device due to his breaking and nothing is there anymore. What can be done? I’m so disappointed and he is heartbroken.
Lisa So sorry to hear about this, I myself am not sure what you should do, but it would be helpful to know which device your Son was playing. Maybe there is a manual retrieval possible. Maybe other @admins might be able to help or send Rovio a support request on their home page.