12082 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 19, 2010 12:39 PM by Allan Sampson
3rd party applications are stored in a Mobile Applications named folder at the first level within the iTunes folder. You need to authorize your new computer with your iTunes account with iTunes if you haven't already done so. With iTunes quit on your new computer, place the Mobile Applications folder from your old computer or from your old computer's backup in the iTunes folder.
In regards to iTunes content, an iPhone can be synced or manually managed with an iTunes library on a single computer only, and photos can be transferred from a single computer only. When transferring iTunes content and photos from another computer, all iTunes content and photos transferred from a different computer will be erased from the iPhone first.
iTunes includes an option to transfer iTunes content that was purchased/downloaded from the iTunes store (including 3rd party apps) from an iPod or iPhone, but this is for iTunes content that was purchased from the iTunes store only. With your iPhone connected to iTunes and without syncing, at the iTunes menu bar go to File and select Transfer Purchases From - the name of your iPhone. If a 3rd party app does not transfer, you can re-download the app with iTunes on your new computer and you won't be charged again for a purchased app as long as you use the same iTunes account to re-download the app that was used to purchase the app originally.
Notes and contacts will not be touched. Although contacts are included with your iPhone's backup, contacts are designed to be synced with a supported application on your computer. It isn't a good idea to depend on your iPhone's backup alone for this data since the backup includes quite a bit of other data not to mention the iPhone's backup won't do you much good if your iPhone is lost or stolen and you don't have the funds to replace it. Not to mention I'm not sure how anyone gets by without having all contact info available in one place on their computer - not having email addresses only for contacts on their computer, phone numbers only available for contacts with their cell phone, and mailing addresses who knows where.
With Windows, this can be with Outlook 2003 or 2007 along with syncing calendar events, or with Windows Contacts for syncing contacts only.
If you don't have Outlook 2003 or 2007 available, before syncing contacts with Windows contacts, enter one contact in Windows Contacts. Make this contact up if needed which can be deleted later. This will provide a merge prompt with the first sync of this data with Windows Contacts, which you want to select.