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Robert Grandmaison Level 1 (30 points)

I've got an iPhone 4S that I've regularly plugged into my computer and synced it to my computer with iTunes. I've owned a new iPad for a while now and have never, yet, plugged it into my computer. Haven't really needed to. Still don't need to really...but thought I'd give it a try- mostly so I could transfer some Beatles material from my computer/iphone onto the iPad (no I don't want to stream via iCloud).


So, I'm plugged in and iTunes fired up and I'm at the "Set Up Your iPad" screen and I have two choices...either "Set up as a new iPad" or "Restore from backup of Robert's iPhone"...which do I pick and why?


I don't want to copy everything that's on my iPhone to my iPad...only sync some albums. Opinions please? Which choice should I select before I hit that "Continue" button???

iPad, iOS 5.1, 64GB 4G LTE
  • Demo Level 10 (88,926 points)

    Neither. Turn off auto sync and then set up the iPad as you see fit.


    Launch iTunes and go to Edit>Preferences>Devices>Click on the box at the bottom - Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically. Click OK. Quit iTunes.


    Connect the iPad to the computer and you will have to launch iTunes on your own. Right click on the iPad name on the left side under devices and select Transfer Purchases. This will transfer all purchased content into your iTunes library. Now right click again on the device name and select Backup. After that completes, right click on the iPad name again and select Restore from Backup. Select the backup that you just created and restore.


    Now go into all of the various tabs in iTunes and select the apps, music, photos - whatever you want to put on the iPad - including all of the items that you just transferred to the iTunes library - make sure that all of that content is select to sync again - click on Apply in the lower right corner of iTunes.


    Refer to this as well for more.

  • Robert Grandmaison Level 1 (30 points)

    This doesn't work for some reason. When I follow your steps to disable the autosync for the devices, I'm able to plug in my iPad and manually start iTunes, but, there isn't any such right click option to transfer purchases from the iPad to iTunes on my computer. The "Set Up Your iPad" screen only has two choices, "Set up as new iPad" or "Restore from the backup of Robert's iPhone". Also, right clicking atop the iPad listed on the left only gives me the choices of "Eject" or "Restore from Backup...".


    So, I don't want to restore my iPhone onto my, do I choose the "Set Up as a new iPad" option?


    Will doing so erase all my info on my iPad and make me have to reinstall all my apps/settings????

  • Demo Level 10 (88,926 points)

    OK. Take a look at this blog. The one message that you are getting I think is similar to what this user was getting. n-iphone-or-another-ios-device/


    Restoring form the phone backup would not be the end of the world. You can always go back in and select the exact content that you want to select by following what I posted above.

  • Moose Alaydrus Level 1 (0 points)

    When you plug it in to iTunes, don't choose to sync anything and see if your iPad is listed under the device section of iTunes.


    Right click your device name and choose to back up the device. It should let you do this without syncing. Once the backup is finished, you can then choose to set it up as a new device and restore it with your recent back up as soon as your iPad finishes the sync for the first time.


    Hope this helps.

  • ozZySPL Level 1 (5 points)

    Clicking "Set up as new ipad" will not erase it, it will only back it up to your computer. It scared me as well but I lost patience trying to find a way around it so I clicked it anyway and to my suprise it didn't get erased!

  • jonpow Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you - you saved me from hours of frustrating research - worked a treat

  • john.humphreys Level 1 (0 points)

    In case anyone still need a solution to this problem, what you have to do is

    1. turn off your iOS device,

    2. Un-plug it from your comupter.

    3. Hold down the home button while it's turned off.

    4. Plug it back into your computer while holding down the home button, (this will start it up in recovery mode)

    From recovery mode you can completely restore the iOS device and erase all data on it allowing you to set it up as a new device (Be aware that if you have iOS 7 beta it will be erased along with all your data. This is the only way to remove an icloud account while find my iphone is on without the password for the icloud account in question.


    From recovery mode you can set up the device as a new device no passwords required.

    Hope this helps....

  • slim08 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks mate. Really glad I found your post. Your advice worked for me too .

  • Keith0077 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks ozZySPL mate

  • Paul Abrahamson Level 1 (0 points)

    Not sure this is exactly what we want to do in this situation.


    We want the iPad to retain its setup as it's been used for a while before ever being connected to iTunes. Now on first connection to iTunes, you don't want to either restore or set up as new (if this means losing all the customised content already on it).


    So I'm going to follow a previous post and click the 'Set up as new' option and hope it doesn't restore it to factory default.... here goes...?

  • Paul Abrahamson Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok so I've followed ozZySPLadvice above and yep it doesn't actually do anything to the iPad but rather sets it up in iTunes as a new iPad in terms of your library and sync options etc.


    Note I didn't let it sync my iPad, also the default setting is to 'manually manage music and videos' - good idea to keep this setting until after your first backup of the iPad to the computer and transferring any purchases.

  • ozZySPL Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm happy to have helped. Honestly this is the first time I have had helpful advice to anyone on the internet.

  • Canozzie11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there.  Coming into this chat late but having the same issue and just wanted some clarification...


    Have a phone that i've been using for a while and never bothered to plug it into the computer. But I'd like to back it up (as is) using iTunes.  So what you are saying is I should choose "set up as new iPhone", then what happens?  Will the phone just shows up in iTunes in the Summary page as it is?  The iPhone will stay the same with all it's settings?  What if in fact I did want to set it up as a new phone?

  • ozZySPL Level 1 (5 points)

    Well unless they changed the software in the iTunes update then it should not erase your phone. Once your iPhone is connected you just press set up as new iPhone and it will back it up, make sure that your syncing settings are either turned off or manual. I'm guessing by the last question you are asking what if you wanted to erase everything and start anew with your phone? If so then go to general settings on your iPhone and press reset, then press Erase all content and settings. Finally plug it into iTunes and set it up as new iPhone.

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