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wrighty16 Level 1 (0 points)
Since upgrading to 2.0 whenever I sync my iPhone in iTunes the backup process takes about 15mins however previously this would take just a few seconds. Any ideas why this might be? It seems like iTunes is trying to backup everything on the iPhone including all the media 10GBs worth? Is there an option to stop this from happening?

Thanks in advance!

Windows XP
  • Recordman Level 1 (0 points)
    It's probably due to the fact that others are doing the same thing you are at the same time which puts a heavy burden on the server. This would tend to slow it down. My opinion only.
  • Todd Cummings Level 1 (5 points)
    It's happening for me too - I was wondering if it's backing up just the applications.
  • wrighty16 Level 1 (0 points)
    I imagine that it is backing up the applications but I've only installed 5-6 small ones. It seems far too long for just backing them up.

    I didn't think that backups were stored on the apple servers just locally on your machine, so the slow servers shouldn't effect backup times?
  • chino Level 1 (60 points)
    It would be silly to back up the media since it synced it from your computer anyway. You could easily restore that. I would hope it's only backing up the apps and information the user put on there.

    My phone is a week old and took about 15 mins to back up. I've only put like 5 apps on it so far, too. Could be backing up email and such, too. Maybe the people that are having problems have a lot of email and stuff on there. Still, to back up a 16GB iPhone shouldn't take two hours, you'd think.
  • jonnylovemac Level 1 (95 points)
    join the club. 2.0 slow.
  • the cuppingmaster Level 2 (165 points)
    It only backs up the apps and ringtones, along the same schedule as Time Machine. This is to say, that if you sync once, it will back it up. Sync again within an less than a hour, and it won't back up. Give it a little over an hour, and it certainly will.

    With about 7 apps, it's taking about 3 minutes to back stuff up for me. For a braindead simple solution, click the x next to the backup if you don't want it to backup. The sync will then proceed normally. Just remember that you may not have a recent backup if you do that constantly.
  • zute Level 1 (0 points)
    this is ridiculous.... Apple needs to address this backup thing.... Its takes 45 mint to an hour+ everytime I try to sync... I dont mind skipping backups occasionally but there has to be a better solution. Being an mac user for 20+years this is the first time I have had a serious gripe with apple. This is not acceptable.. please fix this up.
  • Dawgfanclark Level 1 (15 points)
    wow, I sure am having a lot of those, "I thought it was just me" moments with Apple software lately.

    I thought 20 - 30 minute backups were bad....
  • the cuppingmaster Level 2 (165 points)
    Some setting must be out of whack. I have 9 apps (one is FileMagnet with like 100 MB of stuff inside), 10 GB of music, vids, etc. and still less than 5 minutes every time with backup. And this is on an original 1,1 MBP!

    Anyone want to list the apps they have installed and see if there any similarities?

    I have:
    FileMagnet at bat
    Tap Tap Revenge
    Air Hockey
    Bubble Wrap
    (Apple) Remote

    What about the rest of you, either long or short backups?
  • denpa*shonen Level 1 (0 points)
    The "Backup" files are located locally in Users/youraccount/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. Not on a remote server.
  • Dawgfanclark Level 1 (15 points)
    I would get rid of any apps you are not using.
  • cmcfy Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't really see an explanation or solution in any of the previous responses. This is a major issue for me, too. If it has been more than a day since my last sync, the initial stage of the sync, "backing up iPhone" can take two hours...this is crazy. Does anyone know if Apple has addressed this in any way?
  • ginge89 Level 1 (0 points)
    I dont have a solution for this, nor do i have the same problem, but i do know that the backup basically takes an image of all your iphone apart from the songs and videos.

    I rencently had to replace my iphone and they gave me a new one, i took it home and restored from the last back up through itunes and the phone was exactly the same as how my previous one was set up - icons in the menu moved to the same position, same apps, same email accounts set up, same pictures, same setting etc.

    I am not excusing this because it shouldnt take more than about 2 mins to back up, however just thought i would shed some light on what the backup is doing.
  • kozefxx Level 1 (0 points)
    Apple is known for design but not programming. No surprise that iTunes is flawed and iPhone can't backup properly....but isn't it pretty.

    i'm so sick of 4 hour backup that i can't finish, since i need to use the **** phone.
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