5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2010 6:56 PM by r_marshall
guycornelius909 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello everybody.

I currently have my iphone set up so that it will sync with my Sony Vaio, but I recently bought a macbook and obviously want to sync my phone to that instead so that I get all my music/photos/contacts onto the new mac.

How do I achieve this? Is it achievable? etc etc

Thank you for your help


MacBook Pro, iPhone OS 3.1.3, existing laptop is a sony Vaio
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,375 points)
    Transfer your iTunes library from your PC to your Mac - the iTunes named folder located in your Music folder and with iTunes quit on your Mac, place the iTunes folder in your Music folder. You also need to authorize your Mac with your iTunes account with iTunes.

    You transfer your iTunes library along with any other data that you will want or need to access on your Mac such photos, documents, etc.
  • shaky3001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My question is similar - my computer crashed and all data was lost.
    Now, after installing everything new, the iTunes asks me to delete my iPhone content in order to sync it with the "new" computer.
    I don't have my old iTunes library to copy to the new computer...
    What can I do? I want to first sync my iPhone content (contacts, photos, videos, ringtones, apps) to the computer.

    Music is actually no problem. Don't have anything to sync there.

  • iPhonewooooos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've move over my play list and even purchased MobileMe hope it would make it easy to sync to my new mac. Every time I try to sync it tells me that everything will be erased. What should I do? Even before the new mac I was having problems syncing 2 iphones on one computer. HELP!! =)
  • Liya427 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar problem, I recently had to upgrade to a new Asus and I transferred all pictures and music to other to a USB drive. However, I do not know what will happpen with my contacts, notes, and apps as well as other info like my text messages once I sink the phone. How do I handle this? Also iTunes is promting me to upgrade my 3GS to 4.0.1 software, which I think its the IOS 4 stuff, but I have seen complaints about that on here. Should I download and install anyway? Please help, because I am not the most apple savvy.

  • r_marshall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey Guy,

    Yes, this is a big pain and part of Apple's unfortunate "iTunes controls everything" approach to the iPod/iPhone family.

    There are some workarounds.

    1) Apps: The good news is that Apps are remembered in the iTunes store and you CAN move apps off the phone onto a new computer. Connect the phone, open iTunes, and do the following to move your iPhone Apps off the phone onto the computer: a) Right-click (control click on a Mac laptop) on the iPhone icon; b) Select "Transfer Purchases"; c) authorize the computer if necessary; d) wait. iTunes will then pull the Apps off your iPhone, put them in the "Mobile Applications" folder inside the iTunes directory, and authorize them. You are now good to sync and go.

    2) Contact & Calendar: The best solution here is to cloud-sync the data to another service so that you can get it onto the computer. Just fire up a MobileMe (ick) or Google GMail account. Configure your phone to sync to the cloud service, and you should be able to "put" all the data onto their server. Then you can sync it "down" to your computer. Undo the cloud sync and revert to USB sync and you are good to go. Although, maybe you just keep the cloud sync anyway since it's better. Full disclosure: I think MobileMe has a lot of problems. My experiences with it have not been good.

    3) Music & Photos: These are tricky. I think the best bet is to use a third-party greyware application. You are not really supposed to be able to access music & photo files on an iPhone except through iTune and iPhoto. Of course, the wonderfully smart people out there in the hacker community don't take that one laying down. Here are two such solutions. I have not tried these myself, but Senuti is well-established and has a huge following. The ecamm product looks really interesting; I've not seen a solution yet for accessing SMS threads and Notes. If it works, it's worth the money.



    Good Luck!

    Hopefully Apple will loosen the reigns in the future -- I'm betting that this issue of non-computer-backed-up content is even worse on the iPad . . .

    Happy Restoration!

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