I lost all my Angry Birds (www.rovio.com) saved game data on my iPad. My girlfriend’s iPad has just about the same number of three-star levels and golden eggs. Is there any way I can copy her achievements from her iPad to mine?
Will Colvin

Yes. What you need to do is move a copy of the highscores.lua file from her iPad to your Mac and then replace the copy of this same file on your iPad with her copy. If both iPads are jailbroken, you can find this file by going to private/var/mobile/Applications/theAngryBirdsfolder/Documents. The bit about theAngryBirdsfolder is placeholder text for a folder that’s actually named something along the lines of ‘0CEE22AC-1234-4C54-21E3-66AB51F25F68’.

You can then access the iPad via SSH and copy the file via the usual methods (by using, say, an FTP client or by dragging files on your desktop if you’ve installed something like Netatalk after enabling SSH). Luckily you can also manage this file transfer without jailbreaking either iPad, by using Ecamm Network’s $19.95 (£12) PhoneView (www.ecamm.com).

With PhoneView, you can copy saved game data from Angry Birds to other devices, such as the iPad

To transfer the file, connect your Mac to the iPad that has the saved game data. Launch PhoneView and select Apps in PhoneView’s Data pane. Enable the Show All Apps option, select Angry Birds in the list of apps, and then select its Documents entry (see right). Drag highscores.lua to your Mac’s desktop to make a copy of it. Then, unplug the first iPad and jack in the second.

Using PhoneView, navigate to this same location on the other – your – iPad, select the highscores.lua file that you copied to the desktop, and drag it to the Angry Birds/Documents directory in PhoneView. Select the option to replace the highscores.lua file that currently resides on the iPad. When you next launch Angry Birds on your iPad, you’ll find that you have the same stars and eggs that your girlfriend’s iPad does.

This works with all iOS devices. If you’d like your iPhone or iPod touch to also be in sync with your Angry Birds progress on your iPad, follow this same procedure and replace the highscores.lua file on those devices. You can also do this with the version of Angry Birds at the Mac App Store. Once you’ve moved the highscores.lua file from your iOS device, move it to this location on your Mac: youruserfolder/Library/Application Support/Rovio/Angry Birds (first remove the existing highscores.lua file). When you next start Angry Birds on your Mac, all your completed levels, star ratings, and golden eggs will be in place.