5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 5:44 PM by fordmandy
MPARA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've been syncing my iPad with my iMac for the past twelve months, however now want to sync it with my macbookair. How can I do this without losing apps, data and books etc. both macs are running on osX Lion, iPad on iOS 5.1.1. All are running on the same iTunes account.


iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1, OSX Lion, iCloud
  • 1. Re: Syncing iPad with a different mac without losing data and apps
    alanfromnewtownards Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    1. Without connecting your iPad to your MacBook Air -

    A) Install iTunes / make sure the latest version of iTunes is installed.

    B) Go to the Store tab and click on "Authorise This Computer".

    C) Go to Edit, click on Preferences and click on Devices. Put a check mark in the box next to "Prevent  iPods/iPhones/iPads from syncing automatically". Click OK and close iTunes.

     

    2.  Connect your iPad to your MacBook Air  -

    A) Start iTunes (if it does not do so automatically).

    B) Right click on your iPad under Devices in the left column. Select "Transfer purchases".

    C) When the transfer has completed, right click on your iPad again and select "Backup".

    D) When the backup has completed, left click on your iPad, click on the Apps tab, and put a check mark in the box next to "Sync Apps", and then click on "Apply" (bottom right).

    E) Unless you want to always do a manual sync (as I do), go back to Edit, Preferences and uncheck the box next to "Prevent your iPod.....".

    F) Finally, on your iPad, check that everything is syncing properly. If not, go back to iTunes and check all settings.

     

    NB You should not lose any apps. However, any 'purchased' missing apps can be downloaded again FOC. As with updates, this must be done with the Apple ID under which they were originally 'purchased'.

     

    Also see here as to moving your music to your new computer -

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527

  • 2. Re: Syncing iPad with a different mac without losing data and apps
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,365 points)

    The absolute best way to do this would be to copy then iTunes library from the old Mac to the new MBA. What Alan is describing will work if you cannot copy the library to the new Mac.

     

    One little correction - when you launch iTunes on the Mac - go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices to turn off auto sync. Edit>Preferences>Devices is for iTunes in the Windows platform.

  • 3. Re: Syncing iPad with a different mac without losing data and apps
    maandrews Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks both for your advice. I've now managed to sync with the MBA, and have kept all data.

  • 4. Re: Syncing iPad with a different mac without losing data and apps
    alanfromnewtownards Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    Well done!

  • 5. Re: Syncing iPad with a different mac without losing data and apps
    fordmandy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try iPad to Mac Transfer. I'm using it. And it works well between my macbook pro and iPad to transfer photos, movies and music. Hope this can help