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how do i switch my iphone4s sync from icloud to itunes?

201 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2013 1:57 PM by sberman RSS
mainer56 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 6, 2013 8:21 PM

when i purchased my iphone 4s, a verizon salesperson synced it to icloud.


now, i would like to change my sync method to itunes, for use on my lenovo x201 laptop with  windows xp pro, sp3. how do i accomplish this?



iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.3, none
  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,815 points)

    Syncing is done to iTunes.  It is backing up that may be done to iCloud or iTunes.


    To back up to iTunes from now on, when your iPhone is plugged in to iTunes (current version: 11.0.4), look at the iPhone's summary page in iTunes and under "Automatically back up", choose "This computer".  Also check "Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected" a bit further down.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,815 points)

    First, let me quickly answer your "iCloud vs. iTunes backup" question, to which the response is quick and easy.


    The two are different, but since iTunes is more complete, that is definitely my choice.


    This excellent article gives you the info:


    Choosing an iOS backup method (Should I use iTunes or iCloud to back up my iOS device?)


    I'll answer the rest shortly.

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)

    iCloud only backs up devices, not computers.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,815 points)

    pvonk correctly answered the question about iCloud backing up your computer.  You can see that iCloud backed up your iPhone by looking at Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > iCloud backup to verify the date and time.  That is also where you would turn off iCloud backup for your iPhone.


    I hope that answers your questions.  By the way, if it gets much hotter (>95°), you should stop operating both your iPhone and your Mac as that is the maximum operating temperature for both.


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