4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2009 6:45 PM by bvidc
SandeepRayapudi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to sync my iphone with new computer and manually sync option is set. I would like to sync music ONLY without touching contacts, apps, etc,. When I press Sync button, it prompts me "Erase & Sync". Will this erase & sync music only? or everything including contacts, apps, etc,.

please advise.


Windows XP, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • SandeepRayapudi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry.. to be more clear..

    manually sync option is set for Music ONLY.
  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7 (20,950 points)
    Welcome to the discussions,
    every time you change your computer or itunes library, all media content will be erased. Make sure all data is saved in a manual backup before you sync and your purchases were transferred.
    To backup manually, disable autosync in itunes, connect your phone, right click on it in the device list and choose "backup". See what's included in the backup here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766
    After that, transfer your purchases the same way. Before you sync make sure to have at least one contact and one event set up on your computer, to be able to merge contacts and calendars after your phone got erased. You can restore your the rest of your data using your manual backup.
    Music, if not bought in the Store, is one way only and can't be transferred back. If you back up your old itunes library you can restore it on the new PC. See how in this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1382 or http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751
  • bvidc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I really wish someone would actually answer the question: WHY does Apple ERASE my music when I manually sync movie files? SAME library, Mac, everything. What possible reason could there be for such an idiotic function?
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (94,035 points)
    You can either sync or manually manage. You cannot do both. Switching between the two will erase.

    Apple ( or any company ) rarely announce why and speculating is against the terms of use of this forum.