Transfer Clash of Clans from old iOS devices to a new one

Clash of Clans doesn’t support all devices which are running iOS 6, iOS 5 and iOS 4 officialy from last year. You still can play Clash of Clans on these devices, but you can’t transfer it to anywhere. It means that you have to play it on your old iOS devices forever.

You can easily fix this problem by upgrading your iDevices from old iOS versions to iOS 7 or 8. BUT there are some devices which are not supported by iOS 7 and 8 like iPad 1, iPod Touch 4,…

My brother was using an iPod Touch 4 with iOS 6.1.3 and he wanted to backup and move it to his new iOS 8 device. But unfortunately the device didn’t allow him to do that. After some tries, I have found a new method that works perfectly

transfer Clash of Clans from old iOS devices

Transfer Clash of Clans from old iOS devices to a new one

  1. Download then install iExplore on your computer or Mac.
  2. Connect your old iOS device to your computer.
  3. On iExplore window, browse toΒ /private/var/mobile/Application then copy the Clash of Clans folder to your computer.
  4. Disconnect your old iOS device then connect the destination device to your computer.
  5. On iExplore window, Paste the Clash of Clans which have been saved on your computer to /private/var/mobile/Application folder of the new device
    Note: If your new device is running iOS 8, you have to paste it to /var/mobile/Containers/Bundle/Containers.
  6. Open Game Center on new device then log in with associated account which you use on your old device.
  7. It will ask you to confirm to replace the new Clash of Clans account. Just press CONFIRM.

Enjoy!

If you have any questions or problems while moving your Clash of Clans account from old IOS devices, please comment then I will help you!

271 COMMENTS

  1. ive tried this and i cant find the /private/var/mobile/Containers thing. do i need to jailbreak my both devices? pls help me, im using iphone 4s ios 7.1 and i want to transfer it to my ipad1 which is running on ios5.

  2. Hi when i use iExplorer i cant find containers under mobile. I am currently trying to move my game from an iPad 1 to an iPhone 5s. The iPad has been jailbroken but my iPhone device hasnt.

  3. I want to bring my base connected with a gamecenter on my iPod 4G, but can’t transfer it to it, because I Need IOS 7. Problem: I don’t have my old device anymore, because I lost it. Do you know, how can I bring the base to my iPod 4G?

    • hmmm I am so sorry, you need to borrow an iOS device from your friend and follow my tutorial above.
      Clash of Clans doesn’t allow you connect your account to Game Center on old iOS devices!

      • i have some idea you need to download bluestacks on pc then download coc on play store too bad you need to sign in your gmail to your coc to backup it cuz when u restore you can recover your coc using gmail then go to options click link on a device then on bluestacks click this is the old device then click send to other device and in new device u need to click this is the new device then enter the code on the android device have fun. πŸ™‚

  4. Dude, this is a nice breakthrough. But I have a question, since I don’t have 2 iDevices, would it be possible to
    1. clean restore to iOS 8.4
    2. jailbreak it
    3. do your instructions without the end part of point no. 5
    4. downgrade from iOS 8.4 to 6.1.3
    5. do the rest of your instruction
    ??

    Thanks for your concern

      • Hi Will, I have this same problem. I have 3 devices…an iPod touch, 4th gen, an iPad mini and an iPad Air 2. I’ve been running my lvl 9 base on my mini but I’m now running it on the iPad Air 2. I have been running my level six bass on the iPod touch, but it is growing too big for that tiny screen. So, I want to move the level six bass from the iPod touch to the iPad mini. The iPod touch is running iOS 6.1.6 and the iPad mini is running iOS 8.4. I purchased I explorer and loaded it on my laptop. I copied the folder from the iPod touch, but I can’t find where to install it onto my iPad mini. That path that you listed just doesn’t seem to be available to me… Am I supposed to jailbreak the iPad mini? I’ve never jailbroken anything before

  5. I need help! I have to do this but the problem is that I dont have acces to my GameCenter account which is on the old device. It is linked to an old email. So I dont have acces to that Gamecenter. All I wanted to do is tranfer my old village on my old iphone to my new ipod and a new GameCenter account but apple doesnt let you.

    Would this work anyways? Will it let me download my old account on my ipod? I domt care if its not neccesarily saved on GameCenter. But what I want is to play it and since I have it saved on my computer I have it saved.

    Let me know

      • Hello. Thanks. I was able to remember my email and was able to reset a password and keep the GameCenter account. But now that I have the account I tried linking a device and it said whenever I opened my new device.

        “This village belongs to Chief Gabriel village. This village is available to play but you will need to upgrade to ios 7 or above. Please upgrade to an ios 7 or above to play this village”

        It said something like that. Which I dont understand why. But I tried the above method anyways and it didnt work. I got a transfer code and it said the same message.

        What can I do now?

  6. Question:

    I have lost my village, and I have sent a message in game giving all then details necessary, th lvl, village, clan, when I got the game, etc.

    Now, Supercell replied back that I need to show my 1st Gem Purchase Receipt, which I am unable to access. I lost the password to both the Apple ID, and the email, and I have tried changing the password of the email through a little process. However, I need to be in the location where I USUALLY used it, which was all then ay in my old home (I moved to a completely different continent).

    So I explained this to Supercell, saying how I can answer everything BUT that, I even showed extra like my old village images.

    No matter what thought, Supercell won’t give back my account until I send the 1ST receipt.. Any idea how I can get around this?

    With iExplorer, why is Gamecenter necessary, if it directly saves the old coc files?

    • That happened to me. Honestly, you will have to talk to apple about it. Not supercell. Supercell cant do anything about your GameCenter account for they dont own GameCenter. Apple does. So they cant do anything about the GameCenter.

      An option would be to tell them to give you a transfer code to another device. In other words, if you have another device, phone, iPad, or any other device Android or ios that supports CoC then tell them what happened and ask them for a transfer code. You will have to do this before the next update. That’s IF you have access to the account for now. Just borrow a friends phone or something.

      Other than that you will have to talk to Apple to change your password. You needed to do some security questions for your email and Apple ID, so there are ways to get it back. All you need is to change the password for your Apple ID. You can use iForgot for that.

      Good luck bro.

      • Smart idea, I will try asking Supercell for a transfer code, and I will try screenshotting it.

        However, I don’t know if they will buy it, you know how Supercell is with security :/

        I will keep you updated on them information towards that.

        May I ask tho, y do u need gamecenter if iExplorer saves all the data?

        • Alright, as predicted, Supercell refused.

          They still ask me for the FIRST gem purchase receipt, which I am unable to access since that first purchase is on an account I can no longer access.

          Well, guess Im contacting Google, keeping my fingers crossed.

          Any responses towards why iExplorer wouldn’t work without Gamecenter though? Still dont understand that at.

  7. I have this same problem. I have 3 devices…an iPod touch, 4th gen, an iPad mini and an iPad Air 2. I’ve been running my lvl 9 base on my mini but I’m now running it on the iPad Air 2. I have been running my level six bass on the iPod touch, but it is growing too big for that tiny screen. So, I want to move the level six bass from the iPod touch to the iPad mini. The iPod touch is running iOS 6.1.6 and the iPad mini is running iOS 8.4. I purchased I explorer and loaded it on my laptop. I copied the folder from the iPod touch, but I can’t find where to install it onto my iPad mini. That path that you listed just doesn’t seem to be available to me… Am I supposed to jailbreak the iPad mini? I’ve never jailbroken anything before

  8. Upfront I am trying to restore my account on a gen1 ipad from my iphone 5 which is running ios 8.3 I have iExplorer but I cannot find the files noted above during my search. I am trying to follow the instructions above (just in reverse) but cant seem to be successful.. any suggestions?

  9. Will i’m playing my COC account in my itouch 5th gen updated software and i,m planning to transfer it to my ip6, my question is do i need to follow the step by step guide that is listed above? i already login on my ip6 using the same apple id that i’m using in my old device. waiting for your reply. thanks

      • Hello Will, my son has the same problem. He just got his iphone 6 and has spent the last 2 days trying to transfer his clash of clans account from ipod 5th generation. It is not coming over when he logs on to game center. The iphone 6 is asking for a code when he tries to link the device but the ipod 5 is not giving him a code to enter into his new iphone 6. He is frustrated beyond belief. Any help would be appreciated.

          • Will thanks for your response. What he is telling me now is that he has a level 9 on his iPod but under the same Apple ID he started a new clan on iPad which is level 7. Now when he logs on to the new iPhone 6 it gives him the option to bring in his level 7 from the iPad. He actually wants to bring in his level 9 from the iPod. So how can he do that?

          • Hi Jay B. That means he has linked the level 7 account to this Apple ID. Now he needs to create a new Apple ID to link it with his level 9 account.

  10. Hi is this tutorial can be done on ios 8.4.1 to ios 6.1.3 just downgrade it .

    Looks like ios 8.4 have little bit different path compared to os 8.1.2

    And I wonder if we can copy from os 8.4 or 8.4.1

    Which path for ios 8.4

    Also if I am in ios 8.4.1 and don’t have jailbreak it can’t be done?

  11. I have two coc account.. one on my ipod touch 4th gen and one on my android device.. is it possible to change my coc account from gamecenter to google? So that i can play my ios coc to my android? I cant use the ‘link device’ since i cant open the coc app on my ipod anymore.. help πŸ™

  12. Hi will , how could i transfer my coc account to my new phone which is samsung A5 if it is attach to other game center account and i forgot username and password of it its very frustrating because i have a max th 8

  13. So I’m a bit confused, can I use this to transfer my account from my 3g iPod Touch 5.1.1 to my 4g iPod touch 6.1.6? Or is it just to go from an older iOS to a new iOS? Also should I already have CoC on the iPod and overwrite everything in the app file? Or transfer it as a whole new file? Or what? I’ve tried it both ways, as well as several other ways that were obviously wrong, and can’t seem to figure it out. At first I had CoC already on it and tried adding my old file but it still kept loading the new game, you know that TH2 thing you have at the end of the tutorial, instead of my TH7 account. So I deleted the old file(which was the new game file, the TH2 account) and just left the new file(my old game file, the TH7 account that I transferred) but now when I try to start the game it just opens for a split second then closes again. I know this is kind of old but if anyone sees this and can help me I’d really appreciate it.

      • hi will,

        i opened my game center account which im using on my mini on my air but the progress i have on the mini is not downloading on the air, instead, from my mini it is asking if i want to load my village from my air. i want the other way around. please help.

        thanks!

  14. i have a big problem bro my coc was on my ip5 then i linked it to my comp….my problem was i buy a new ip6 i want to tranfers my coc to my new phone how?not using the apple id bcoz its not my personal apple id

  15. hi! I was just wondering.
    I started playing my new account on Bluestack because i could not sign-in to on my ip4s it doesn’t load … so i’ve been playing for awhile on bluestack but i want to play on iOS also..I deleted and reinstall CoC on my iOS so I am able to sign-in now but it starts over again at TH1…
    My question is if i link the device would I be able to play CoC on any iOS? or just the ip4s that I linked it to…I’m just not sure about it so I didn’t want to link my device yet. Thanks!

  16. Hey, I started Clash many years ago on my iPod 4th Gen, I used the ‘Link Your Device’ to my old Android Phone. A few days before reading this post, my iPod stopped working, would there be a possible way to get my village from my Android Phone to my current iPhone? Thanks πŸ™‚

  17. Hi Seth, i use an ipad 1 with coc and i am very invested in the game and i have been playing for a while. When i do as you say and recommend above in the list i first cant find my private folder and i read a few comments and no my device is not jailbroken. Please help I feel the ipad is taking it’s last few breaths.

  18. I just downloaded the free version of iexplore. I’m trying to follow the directions on how to Transfer Clash of Clans from old iOS devices to a new one
    I do not see where I can browse to find the folder you have listed below.

    On iExplore window, browse to /private/var/mobile/Application then copy the Clash of Clans folder to your computer.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.

  19. I have a question mate. I want to transfer an account from my Iphone5s (not jailbroken) to iPad 1 (Jailbroken)? How do I locate the private/var/mobile.. on iphone5s without doing jailbreak? is it possible? and also is it possible if I copy folders from android instead of IOS?

  20. i did everything as shown but when it came to opening coc on my new device and signing in to game centre, nothing changed. when i went to my old device (ipad 1) it gave me the option of loading the village from my new device. I dont know what to do now

  21. I have linked my clash of clans account from my android mobile to my friends iPad for testing. My problem is that how can I transfer clash of clans account from my friends Game Center account to my new iPad Game Center account of different ID?
    Please solve this.
    Regards
    Lakshman

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