4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2009 7:07 AM by wullyjum
wullyjum Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
Hi there,

My wife and I both have iPhones (3G for me and 2G for her). My wife is going to upgrade to the 3GS on Friday.
However we both have separate laptops to which we sync our iPhones, or did until hers died.
Would I be able to back up her iPhone onto my PC so that when she upgrades she will not lose all her data??
My concern is that if we sync her iPhone her data may be overwritten by mine when we connect it to iTunes.
Her iPhone is my old iPhone so has been synced previously with this PC however I reset it when I gave it to her.

Any suggestions, help etc appreciated. (her laptop requires a new motherboard by the way)

HP, Windows Vista
  • bmushrush Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    You would probably have to do a clean sync with her phone on your pc. I'm not sure if that would be safe though. I'm wondering if your data would be erased? Might be better to get her pc fixed or replaced and do a sync on her pc with the phone overriding data on her pc.

    Just an idea. Good Luck!
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Each iPhone will have a separate backup with iTunes on the same PC especially if each iPhone has a different name.

    iTunes content can be transferred to an iPhone from a single computer only. When syncing iTunes content with a another computer, all iTunes content that was transferred from a different computer will be erased first. The same applies to photos transferred to an iPhone via the iTunes sync process.

    This does not affect any other data on the iPhone.

    Each iPhone can have its own sync preferences with iTunes on the same PC. Best to disable automatic syncing. iTunes includes a global setting for this at iTunes > Preferences. Under the Devices tab select disable automatic syncing when an iPhone or iPod is connected.

    When she connects her iPhone to iTunes on your computer, do not sync. Control-click on the name of the iPhone in the iTunes source list and at the pop-up menu window that appears, select Back Up. This will create a backup for your wife's iPhone that will be separate from your iPhone's backup.

    This link provides the data that is included with the iPhone's backup.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

    If selected, deselect syncing any iTunes content under the Music, Video, and Podcasts tabs, and the same under the Photos tab - unless she wants to transfer selected iTunes content and any photos from your PC to her iPhone.

    When she connects her new iPhone to iTunes on your PC, she will be prompted to transfer one of the available iPhone backups. She can select the backup created for her existing iPhone via the pop-up. This will transfer all the data included with the iPhone's backup. She can follow this by syncing iTunes content and and photos from your PC. If you don't want your contact info co-mingled, do not select sync contacts with a supported application on your computer under the Info tab for her iPhone sync preferences.
  • Madelline Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    wullyjum wrote:
    Hi there,

    My wife and I both have iPhones (3G for me and 2G for her). My wife is going to upgrade to the 3GS on Friday.
    However we both have separate laptops to which we sync our iPhones, or did until hers died.
    Would I be able to back up her iPhone onto my PC so that when she upgrades she will not lose all her data??
    My concern is that if we sync her iPhone her data may be overwritten by mine when we connect it to iTunes.
    Her iPhone is my old iPhone so has been synced previously with this PC however I reset it when I gave it to her.

    Any suggestions, help etc appreciated. (her laptop requires a new motherboard by the way)
    wullyjum wrote:
    Hi there,

    My wife and I both have iPhones (3G for me and 2G for her). My wife is going to upgrade to the 3GS on Friday.
    However we both have separate laptops to which we sync our iPhones, or did until hers died.
    Would I be able to back up her iPhone onto my PC so that when she upgrades she will not lose all her data??
    My concern is that if we sync her iPhone her data may be overwritten by mine when we connect it to iTunes.
    Her iPhone is my old iPhone so has been synced previously with this PC however I reset it when I gave it to her.

    Any suggestions, help etc appreciated. (her laptop requires a new motherboard by the way)

    Hiya,

    I recommend creating a new user account on your computer for your wife that way your content does not get mixed up. This way she will be able to sync and maintain her content on her own user account without getting all of yours in her phone too!

    To create a new user account in Vista:
    http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/12/05/create-a-new-user-account-in-vista /

    Then you can follow the links below so she can transfer her content to her new user account. (This will also help her easily transfer everything to her new 3GS.)

    Transfer Purchases from your Phone to Computer:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1848

    Sync your iPhone:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

    Transfer Photos from your Camera Roll to your Computer:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3603
  • wullyjum Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Guys,

    Thanks for the answers.

    Created a separate user a/c on vista, opened up itunes plugged in the iPhone. Created a backup. Wiped the 2G iPhone and restored from the backup, everything was there. So when she gets the 3Gs it'll be all good.