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Making an iPhone 4S manual backup to a MacBook Pro does not work in iTunes?

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I am helping a client's iPhone 4S (iOS 5) to back up his data to his 13.3" MacBook Pro (Mac OS X 10.8.2 with updates including the latest iTunes v11 without iCloud). We told iTunes not to automatically synchronize when connected. We did tell it to manual back ups from iPhone to MacBook Pro, but we only saw it back up iPhone's apps. Calendar, Contacts, etc. do not get updated on MacBook Pro's software. We don't want to synchronize. We just want to overwrite iPhone's data to the computer. Did we miss something or is there a bug in this manual backup? My client only updates his data on his iPhone and not the computer.


Thank you in advance.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 13.3" MacBook Pro (9,2/MD102ll/A)
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    Backing up will not update the calendar, contacts, etc. on his MacBook Pro; only syncing does that (and it's bi-directional).  Backing up only creates a device backup that can later be used to restore from if necessary.  He can confirm that the backup was successfully created by going to iTunes>Preferences>Devices and checking the Backups list.


    Or am I misunderstanding your question?

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    The backup will include calendar events but only contact settings.  And this will not change the calendar (or contacts) on his computer; they are only stored in the backup and are not accessible other than by restoring the entire backup to his device.


    Duplicates are often caused by attempting to sync a device with both iTunes and iCloud.  If your client is doing this, have him only sync with iCloud and disable iTunes syncing for contacts and calendars on the Summary tab of his iTunes sync settings.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    If calendars and contacts are the issue, he can back up his phone to back up his calendar, and back up his contacts using an app like My Contacts Backup, then disable contacts and calendar syncing on the Summary tab and continue to sync his apps, music and other data; or just continue to not sync if that's what he prefers.  This will back up his data but not update the data on his Mac.


    Another option if he's running OS X 10.7.4 or later, is to start syncing his contacts, calendar and other data using iCloud rather than iTunes.  This will not create duplicates.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    Well if he doesn't want to sync and doesn't want to use iCloud then his options are limited unless you can determine what's causing the duplicates so he can sync.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    This details the data included in the iTunes backup in case you need it:  Good luck!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    Sometimes grayed out song issues can be resolved by signing out of the Apple ID, then back in.  To do this on the phone go to Settings>Store, tap the ID, sign out, then sign back in.  To do this in iTunes go to iTunes>Store>Sign Out, then sign back in. 

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,175 points)

    Yes it only applys to purchased songs.  If he has selected to sync only checked songs and videos on the Summary tab of his iTunes sync settings have him confirm that the grayed out songs are checked to sync.  If that's not the problem, suggest you post this question over in the iTunes for Mac forum.


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