10 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2013 12:04 PM by KiltedTim
antdude Level 1 (15 points)

Hello.

 

Are iTunes' backup and sync with an iPhone 4S (iOS 5), two different things? I noticed last night, backing up did not copy iPhone 4S' data to MacBook Pro's Mac OS X 10.8.3 softwares. However, Sync did. I thought they were the same like Sync only synchronize and backups did full iPhone backups with personal data to MacBook Pro. Note that iTunes is configured to not to overwrite iPhone's datas since updating/editing/creating on MacBook Pro is very rare.

 

Thank you in advance.


iPhone 4S, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 13.3" MacBook Pro (9,2/MD102ll/A)
  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,325 points)

    Yes. Backup and sync are two different things.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 (17,636 points)

    Backup creates a file on your computer with the variables from your iPhone stored. A sync copies stuff from your computer to the iPhone.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    Ralph9430 wrote:

     

    Backup creates a file on your computer with the variables from your iPhone stored. A sync copies stuff from your computer to the iPhone.

    Oh, so one should Sync first and then do a backup?

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,325 points)

    If you're backing up to your computer (as opposed to iCloud) A backup occurs as the first step of the sync process.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    KiltedTim wrote:

     

    If you're backing up to your computer (as opposed to iCloud) A backup occurs as the first step of the sync process.

    Yeah, no cloud/remote stuff. Just locally. Ah. So backup is only backing up without synchronizing data. That is why iPhone 4S' data don't show up in MacBook Pro's Mac OS X 10.8.3's softwares. Sheesh.

     

    Thanks.

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,325 points)

    Maybe you need to explain what's not showing up where. If you have not changed the defaults in iTunes, every time you plug it in it will be backed up and synced.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    KiltedTim wrote:

     

    Maybe you need to explain what's not showing up where. If you have not changed the defaults in iTunes, every time you plug it in it will be backed up and synced.

    Like I said in the end of my original/first post, "... Note that iTunes is configured to not to overwrite iPhone's datas since updating/editing/creating on MacBook Pro is very rare." Everything is done on iPhone 4S. MacBook Pro is used for backups and viewing. iTunes is configured to synchronize iPhone 4S's data to always go to MacBook Pro. Using backup button does not seem to copy data MacBook Pro, but Sync does. This is checked in Calendar/iCal, Contacts/Addressbook, iTunes, etc.

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,325 points)

    I'm confused as to how you believe you've done this...

     

    iTunes is configured to not to overwrite iPhone's datas since updating/editing/creating on MacBook Pro is very rare.

    That's not an option in iTunes.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    KiltedTim wrote:

     

    I'm confused as to how you believe you've done this...

     

     

    iTunes is configured to not to overwrite iPhone's datas since updating/editing/creating on MacBook Pro is very rare.

     

    That's not an option in iTunes.

    Yes, there is. Click on iTunes' iPhone 4S (iOS 5) and then look at the settings for it There are options for Apps., Contacts, Calendar, etc. You can tell it to synchronize all, none, days, eBooks, Podcasts, etc.

  • KiltedTim Level 9 (50,325 points)

    That is NOT what that does. You can turn sync on or off. That does not specify which one (computer or phone) takes priority.

     

    Off is off.