1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 13, 2012 8:17 AM by alanfromnewtownards
wagwell Level 1 Level 1

Hi All,

First time in community.  Just got new computer and had all old info transferred from original that had synced with ipad.  Connected ipad 3.0 and was told must restore it before can update.  Will it recognize new computer as one synced with?  Any advice?  Any choices?  Appreciate your input very much.

iPad, iOS 3.0.1
  • alanfromnewtownards Level 5 Level 5

    What do you mean by .... Had all old info transferred from .....?

    Here is my standard reply for anyone wanting to sync with a new computer -


    1. Without connecting your iPad to your computer -

    A) Install iTunes / make sure the latest version of iTunes is installed.

    B) Go to the Store tab and click on "Authorise This Computer".

    C) Go to Edit, click on Preferences [iTunes and Preferences on Macs] and click on Devices. Put a check mark in the box next to "Prevent  iPods/iPhones/iPads from syncing automatically". Click OK and close iTunes.


    2.  Connect your iPad to your computer -

    A) Start iTunes (it will not start automatically because of the action at 1(C) above).

    B) Right click on your iPad under Devices in the left column. Select "Transfer purchases".

    C) When the transfer has completed, right click on your iPad again and select "Backup".

    D) When the backup has completed, left click on your iPad, click on the Apps tab, and put a check mark in the box next to "Sync Apps", and then click on "Apply" (bottom right).

    E) Unless you want to always do a manual sync (as I do), go back to Edit, Preferences [iTunes and Preferences on Macs] and uncheck the box next to "Prevent your iPod.....".

    F) Finally, on your iPad, check that everything is syncing properly. If not, go back to iTunes and check all settings.


    NB You should not lose any apps. However, any 'purchased' missing apps can be downloaded again FOC. As with updates, this must be done with the Apple ID under which they were originally 'purchased'.


    Also see here as to moving your music to your new computer -