Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 10:39 AM (in response to judATL)
If you sync the new phone to your iTunes library, it will delete everything on the phone and replace it with what's in your library.
If you need to save data from the phone, you'll have to either do it manually, or get a 3rd party App that can extract the data from the phone.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to Phil0124)
Wouldn't the contacts on the phone just push to the Mac if the OP signs the phone onto his iCloud account? This would be assuming that iCloud is set up to sync Contacts and not iTunes....
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to judATL)
Wow, good to know, thanks. Two follow up questions:
Any suggestions for 3rd party App, or phrase to type in to ask?
What if I sync the 3G to an older laptop (G4 PowerBook) that doesn't have iphone associated with it?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 10:48 AM (in response to judATL)
Yes, I do have an icloud account set up for the 3G.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to judATL)
Unless I'm sorely mistaken, if you have your iCloud account set up on the new phone, and when you hook up that new phone to iTunes, if everything is set as I will indicate below, the phone should sync with iCloud automatically, and iCloud should push those contacts to your Mac. It will comingle your contacts with the ones on the new phone, because it will be Contacts in the same iCloud account. If that's OK with you, then do the following:
1. Make sure your iCloud ID is signed onto the new phone
2. Make sure that Contacts is checked to sync in the iCloud options on the phone - Settings>iCloud>Contacts (checked)
3. Go into iTunes on your Mac and select the option to Prevent Automatic Sync under Preferences>Devices:
4. Hook up the new phone to iTunes and click on the Device when it shows up (DON'T SYNC just yet).
5. Click on the Info Tab in the Device Profile, and make sure it says the following for Contacts (click on the image below to make it big enough to read - you may need to double-click):
6. Make sure both your other iPhone and your Mac have Contacts checked in iCloud
Give it a little time for iCloud to retrieve and push the Contacts to your other phone and your Mac, and for it to retrieve and push your existing Contacts to your new phone. If it were me, I would wait for a couple of hours. Probably totally unnecessary to wait that long, but I don't like to make myself crazy by checking something every 2 seconds....
Once you know the Contacts have been pushed to iCloud and your other devices and your Mac, you can then sync the new phone to your iTunes account. Be sure to set up the Profile pages as you want for this new phone before syncing. As Phil indicated, once you do the sync, everything will be replaced with what is in your iTunes library (with the exception, in this case, of Contacts, which is being sync'd via iCloud).
Hope that helps! Post back with any questions!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 11:21 AM (in response to gail from maine)
While iCloud may push the contacts, I do not know this for sure never attepted it.
The OP can try, I'd assume if the contacts reside physically in the phone or sim card as opposed to being on the other Apple ID's iCloud account it may work.
I have not done so, so can't comment.
I can't personally recommend a 3rd party app, since i have no experience with any, but
http://www.copytrans.net/copytranscontacts.php seems to be suggested often.
If you sync with an empty iTunes library the sync will simply empty everything from the phone.
I would avoid syncing all together until you have safely extracted the contacts and other data you need.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to gail from maine)
P.S. - forgot to mention - you need a Wifi connection for iCloud to sync everything - so make sure all of your devices and your Mac are on Wifi. Any that are not at the time will not see the push until they are....
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to gail from maine)
If the OP says there's an iCloud account for the 3G, and all they want to do is transfer the contacts from the 3G to their own account, then they can do that without syncing (assuming the 3G's contacts are actually in iCloud).
It might be far simpler (and safer) to go to www.icloud.com, log into the 3G's iCloud account, select all contacts, then export as a vCard file. That file can then be imported into the OP's iCloud account.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to rockmyplimsoul)
Right - I was very specific about the OP not syncing in order to get the push....
However, other things need to be set up as indicated in order for it to work (ergo, the hooking up to make sure that iTunes says it is syncing via iCloud).
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to judATL)
Gail, rockmyplimsoul & Phil - Great, detailed feedback. I appreciate this discussion & your expertise.
As I try some of these recommendations, I'll follow up.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 6:50 PM (in response to judATL)
Thanks for the feedback! And please do let us know what you decided to do and how it worked out for you!