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Moving from one iPhone to another

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shelluk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 23, 2010 2:33 AM

Can you please kindly clear this up for me. I'm reading and clicking around and just getting more confused.

Recently I moved from an iPhone 3G -> 3GS. I did a back up and used this to restore on to the new phone. Brilliant. Everything was there except my apps and music.

I put this down to not syncing them on that laptop I used.

Now I'm expecting an iPhone 4 soon and want to make sure this doesn't happen again. I have gone in to iTunes (10.1 on a Mac Book Air running 10.6.5) but if I click sync on the apps it warns me it will wipe my phone and install what shows in the library - one app I don't even have on the phone. Eek!

What should I do to ensure my apps get put on to my new phone?

Thank you
MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,550 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 2:43 AM (in response to shelluk)
    Your apps, and for that matter all iTunes content, should be in your iTunes library on your computer, along with all other important data on your phone. It is not wise to use the iPhone or any phone for that matter as a storage device. Doing so puts you at risk of losing everything.

    You can transfer purchased content on your phone, not in your iTunes library: First disable auto-sync under Preferences>Devices in iTunes(under the edit menu if using Windows). Connect your phone, right-click the phone in the left device pane & select: "Transfer Purchases".

    Once you've got all of your data on your computer, follow the directions here:

    Whenever you restore from backup, you MUST SYNC to restore your iTunes content. iTunes content is not part of the iPhone backup.
    MacBook Pro
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,550 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 2:59 AM (in response to shelluk)
    You're welcome.
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