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victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPad (3rd Gen) that I've been syncing with my WIndows 7 laptop. Increasingly, I've been using my Macbook Pro, and I want to use it as the device to sync.


Currently, I sync photos taken on the iPad already to iPhoto on the Mac. Actually, I guess it's more like copying than syncing.


The instructions I see when I search for this sort of thing don't really apply to me, because:


  • I have no music purchased in iTunes
  • I have no movies purchased in iTunes
  • I have no TV shows purchased in iTunes
  • I have no audiobooks in iTunes
  • I don't really know what charts and genius are, and I don't think I care.


I do have a lot of apps purchased and/or downloaded for free from the app store.

I have photos and videos that I've taken with my iPad, but like I said, those are already synced with iPhoto on the Mac.

I have photos and videos on the PC that were synced to the iPad. I don't care if I lose those from the iPad because I can put them back by setting up a directory and copying them across the network and syncing.

I have audio recorded by an audio app

I have other data saved by other apps


I have a notice that a new version of iOS is available for installing, but when I follow the link to install it, it says I should sync first. Well, I have synced (on the Windows machine). I'd rather do the upgrade on the Macbook because it is wired (rather than wifi).


I've been procrastinating about this because I'm unsure what I really need to do. The obvious thing to try is something that doesn't seem to be available, namely, to simply have my Macbook Pro claim the iPad and sync from the iPad to the Macbook.


In summary, all I really care about saving is the apps and the data they have created. I don't use email on the iPad, other than to send email (would be nice if I could configure it to send from my gmail account without using the iPad's mail system, but that's neither here nor there). Things like calendar and contacts I don't care about either. With the new iOS/facebook integration, my contacts will likely get contaminated with all my facebook stuff anyway (unless I learn how to prevent that yet still allow some of the integration).

iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 6
  • nickbyrd Level 1 (120 points)

    I might be missing the problem here. Can you not sync your iPad to your Mac? It would be the almost the same as doing it on your Windows machine.


    Plug in iPad

    Open iTunes

    Wait for iPad icon to appear in left sidebar

    Left-click iPad, choose sync or backup

    wait until sync/backup finished

    click eject icon by iPad icon

    Unplug iPad


    You can also backup to iCloud if you are running iOS 5 or iOS 6 (and running Lion or Mt. Lion on your Macbook)

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK. I will try that. Since I would lose the photos, I was afraid I'd be losing app data, too.


    iCloud backup is limited to 5GB, though, right? -- unless you pay for extra space.

  • sberman Level 7 (32,427 points)

    Here's a pertinent article.  It's called "iOS: How to transfer or sync content to your computer"


    Of course, one option is you could upgrade your iPad over the air.  You could go to Settings > General > Software Update and go from there.


    But it would be good to have a backup of all your stuff somewhere.  So yes, if I were you, I would use the Mac.


    Expect to be hit with questions during the process saying "Your device is already synced with a different computer...".

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also should maybe have mentioned that while I don't have music purchased in iTunes, I do have music uploaded from my PC, but I can manage that the same way as photos: reuploading the files, if necessary. Same with videos taken on a separate camera and processed for inclusion on the iPad.


    Interestingly, now that I've started the sync, it's going to use more space than before I started the sync. I suppose this is because iTunes, in its infinite wisdom, chose a photos directory with a ton of photos in it. I'd rather it have started with an empty folder. Oh, well. I can fix that later.

  • sberman Level 7 (32,427 points)

    You dictate which directory iTunes uses to get its photos from your Mac.  When your iPad is connected, click on the iPad's icon on the left of iTunes, then Photos on the top right.  The directions for how to perform the sync are below.

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I wonder why I didn't find that article in a search. Reading it, I realize I want to keep my notes. I hope they don't get lost during the current sync. I had set up notes to sync on iCloud, but I think that didn't happen because you have to turn backup to iCloud on. When I tried that, I got a message stating that nothing would sync to the computer any longer, so I canceled.

  • sberman Level 7 (32,427 points)

    ... so after the sync finishes, you can change your mind about the photo sync instructions on that Photo tab, then click "Apply"

  • sberman Level 7 (32,427 points)

    Regarding Notes, if they were in iCloud and you did not specifically delete them, I'm confident they're still there.

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    If by "over the air" you mean using the cell phone network, I cannot, since I don't have an active cellular account.

  • sberman Level 7 (32,427 points)

    I do not mean cellular.  WiFi would work just fine.

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was aware of that. I'm just surprised that it chose as a default a directory that already had 4656 photos in it. I'd rather have started with one specific to the iPad, as I did with the Windows 7 machine. I guess Apple figured I'd want all my photos, and that I stored them all where they think I should store them. That's fine. I can change that.

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK. I have completed the sync. So I clicked on the tab to update my iPad to 6.0.1, and I still get the message:


    "There are purchased items on the iPad "my ipad's name" that

    have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You

    should transfer these items to your iTunes library before

    updating this iPad. Are you sure you want to continue?


    Cancel Continue (I'm selecting Cancel again)


    How can I find out what item(s) the message is referring to?




    OK. I think this is what's going on, and this is exactly the dilemma I started out with. In iTunes on my Mac, if I click on the my iPad on the left, I get a bunch of items along the top. Only the Photos item is checked. Info*, Apps*, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Itunes U*, and Books* are unchecked. The ones with an asterisk contain something.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    Sync Your iOS Device with a New Computer Without Losing Data -losing-data/


     Cheers, Tom

  • victor99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. At the point where it asks me to authorize the computer, I can't authorize it because it's already authorized. That means it also doesn't sync, so the part where I'm not supposed to panic doesn't apply to me because the apps have not synced, as described in that document.


    Is there a way to unauthorize this computer and reauthorize it to get a fresh sync? Note that only pictures have been synced to my Mac since it was authorized. Everything else was synced to the computer I'm trying to wean off of.

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