7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2008 8:47 PM by JDMmikE87
JDMmikE87 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I accidentally changed my iphone to manually manage music and it deleted all my music off my phone. how do I get my music back?? itunes backed up my phone right before I made the change. Please help!
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    With manually manage music and video selected, you can manually drag songs and video from your iTunes library to your iPhone.

    Or deselect manually manage music and video and then sync your iPhone again - just as you did to get your iTunes content on your iPhone in the first place.

    The iPhone backup stores data not included with the sync process - it does not store iTunes content which should remain on your computer.
  • JDMmikE87 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I don't have any music on my computer anymore thats why I switched my iphone to manually manage music so this wouldn't happen and it did anyways. So is there no way to restore my phone to the way it was before I synced it to a blank library?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    With the computer you sync your iPhone with - any music available on your iPhone must remain in your iTunes library regardless if manually manage music and video is selected or not.

    This is not what manually manage music and video means with an iPhone.

    What happened to all your music that was in your iTunes library?

    iTunes includes an option to transfer content purchased from the iTunes Store only from an iPod or iPhone, but if this content is no longer available on your iPhone, you need to restore your iTunes library from wherever you transferred the music that was in your iTunes library to.
  • JDMmikE87 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    okay heres what happened.. Since the last time I synced my phone my brother had some how managed to delete all the music in my itunes library. Thats why I selected manually manage music. I wanted to add some new videos so I checked sync movies and hit apply, it transfered the movies but deleted all my music.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Sorry, but your music is lost.

    Selecting manually manage music and video with an iPhone after transferring music via the sync process erases the music on the iPhone, and the same in reverse.
  • JDMmikE87 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I wish itunes had some kind of undo feature. thanks for your help.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    iTunes includes a backup feature to backup your iTunes library and playlists, etc. to CD media, and there are other options for maintaining a backup of your iTunes library.

    Accidental data deletion or on purpose is only one of the reasons for maintaining a backup of this and other important data. Your computer's hard drive could have a partial or complete failure at any time since none last forever.