5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2010 5:48 PM by Allan Sampson
karsmcg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How do I transfer all my iphone stuff to my new macbook pro?
thanks
K

Mac OS X (10.5)
  • RussWWFC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Best way is to use Time Machine if you are going from a Mac, I had a system crash, didn't have TM activated and lost a bit of data - I will know better next time.

    One thing I did lose was music, luckily most of it was on an external hard drive so it will just be a matter of re adding it.

    Also, if you are not coming from a Mac or don't want to use TM, then there is an option in iTunes somewhere to export/backup (it's on one of the menus so should be fairly easy to find

    Hope this helps
  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7 (20,215 points)
    Here's how to back up manually:
    Disable autosync in iTunes, connect your phone to your new computer and right click on it in the device list and choose backup. iTunes will backup your phone without syncing. Transfer your purchases by right clicking on your phone in the device list and choosing "transfer purchases".
    When you connect your phone for the first time, all media content will be erased. But you can restore your settings and app data from your manual backup afterwards. Don't forget to set up at least one contact and event on your new computer to be able to merge calendars and contacts when you sync the phone for the first time.
    About backups and what's saved: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766
    How to back up and restore: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414
    How to download apps for free again: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2519

    Music, unless bought in iTunes and transferred with your purchases, is not part of the backup.
    There is 3rd party software out there, but not supported by Apple, see this thread: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2013615&tstart=0

    Message was edited by: Ingo2711
  • karsmcg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks, Ill give it a try.
  • taraclackler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ingo,

    Will doing the backup also save my contacts? I am moving from an iBook G4 to a new MBP and don't know how to move my contacts from one computer to the other, so I can sync my iPhone again and not lose contacts. And my husband would also like to switch his iPhone over to this new MBP but doesn't want my contacts & I don't want his.

    I used an external HD to transfer all iTunes music over, but all purchased music on my iPhone that I never transferred to my iBook is still on the phone, and I don't want to lose that.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    I am moving from an iBook G4 to a new MBP and don't know how to move my contacts from one computer to the other, so I can sync my iPhone again and not lose contacts.


    The Address Book on a Mac includes an export option for the entire Address Book database.

    At the Address Book menu bar, go to File > Export. With Leopard and Snow Leopard, the option is Address Book Archive. I believe this option is different with earlier OS X versions but the result will be the same. Transfer the export to the MBP. At the Address Book menu bar on the MBP, go to File > Import and navigate to the location where the export from the Address Book on the iBook is located and select it.

    And my husband would also like to switch his iPhone over to this new MBP but doesn't want my contacts & I don't want his.


    If you and your husband don't have separate computer login accounts - you both use the same computer login account and your contacts and his contacts are in the Address Book, you can make use of Address Book Groups - create an Address Book Group for your contacts and your husband creates a Group for his contacts. Under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences at Sync Contacts, choose Selected Groups followed by selecting the Group in the Address Book created for your contacts followed by a sync. Your husband will do the same under the Info tab for his iPhone sync preferences selecting the Group in the Address Book created for his contacts. Your contacts and your husband's contacts will be in the Address Book on the MBP, but only your contacts will be available on your iPhone and only his contacts will be available on his iPhone this way.

    I used an external HD to transfer all iTunes music over, but all purchased music on my iPhone that I never transferred to my iBook is still on the phone, and I don't want to lose that.


    After purchasing music with your iPhone, the music should be transferred to your iTunes library on your computer the first time you sync your iPhone with iTunes after doing so. If this didn't occur or you haven't synced your iPhone with iTunes on your iBook since this music was purchased on your iPhone, with your iPhone connected to iTunes on your MBP and without syncing, at the iTunes menu bar go to File and select Transfer Purchases From - the name of your iPhone.