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By: Raiden99

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:01:34 +0000

I was tired asking for people on how to Sync an iPhone to a New Computer Without Losing Data. Here is where I got all my questions answered The best facilitator I ever met.

By: Dennis

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:58:46 +0000

I'm going from Windows 7 computer to a Windows 10 computer. Will the files be in the same places on the two different systems? I'm not worried about the music because I use the Match.... program. All in the cloud. I also was able to sync from my iPhone to my Outlook program on the new computer. I'm just afraid that if I do the erase option I will lose the info on both the new computer and the iPhone which would be tragic. My old system kept deleting my changes, so I'm looking forward to syncing with the new computer. Just have to make sure I don't lose my info.

By: Shreya

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 14:57:09 +0000

Hi, When I bought iphone 5c, I synced it with Macbook. Then I formated macbook and sold it. Now I am using Windows 8. How should I sync Iphone with windows 8 in Dell? Whenever I open itunes in windows 8 and copy voice memos, it says: "the phone is synced to another device, all the data will be erased." Please suggest.

By: Gaia1muse

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:16:50 +0000

Wow! This was exactly right! Not only that but your instructions were succinctly written and to the point. (I am so tired of having to read through reams of info to get to instructions!) Thanks so much for saving me hours. I'd moved my ITunes media folder over (to a data storage drive) and repointed ITunes to it, but couldn't suss out how to save pictures and data from apps without doing a backup restore, and where the heck is that file located? roaming apps data! But then as opposed to a lengthy restore....I followed your instructions on my PC, synched, and voila -- everything is operational and saved after a one minute sync! But other people are right. This is why they invented the ICloud backup process since this has all gotten so impossible, but it's unconscionable that Apple does not provide an easier way to transfer ones IPhone from computer to computer. I can see some poor person moving over their ITunes media file and then allowing ITunes to erase the previous content on their Iphone...only to realize after that they've lost all their pictures.... ouch!

By: Mike H

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:17:46 +0000

Thanks for this reply and I'm glad to hear it still works. Sorry I'm slow saying thanks I thought I'd get an email if there was a reply but that didn't happen and I'm only just re checking now. I'll give it a go and let you know how I get on. :)

By: Paul

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:56:36 +0000

@MikeH, yes, this seems to work just fine. I've just used this method to transfer my iTunes library, plus existing backups of my iPhone 4S (on IOS7) from my ancient black Macbook from 2007 running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to my new 12" Retina Macbook running Yosemite. I started with a clean setup on the new machine, because the old one had started out on Tiger in 2007 and been successively upgraded plus years of stuff accumulated on it. I hadn't started iTunes on the new machine, but first copied the entire iTunes folder, the entire MobileSync folder (neither of which existed on the new machine) and the iTunes plist to the same places on the new machine. Started iTunes up, authorised it (it told me the new machine was already authorised, because Yosemite grabs your Apple ID during setup) and it's just happily recognised my iPhone when I plugged it in and synced it to the new Retina macbook without problems. So while YMMV, it worked for me! :)

By: Mike H

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:26:59 +0000

Hi Does anyone know if this still works please? I'm trying to migrate my iPhone from a late 2006 MBP with iTunes 12.1.2 OSX Lion to a late 2014 MBP also running iTunes 12.1.2 but on Yosemite. But when I look at the file structures they are different. On the old MBP within the iTunes folder there are folders called 'Mobile applications', 'Previous iTunes libraries' and 'iTunes music'. On the new one there is just one folder called 'iTunes media'. (They both have the album artwork folder). I'm just reluctant to start swapping file structures that are not identical. Thanks in advance.

By: HannahMar

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:45:22 +0000

Thank you Thank you Thank you

By: Dave R

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:17:26 +0000

Excellent, clear and simple - had no trouble moving from a windows 8 machine to another using an external HD - most difficult part is searching for hidden app files (simple search) and then finding where to drop them (My wife used the "run" menu?). But once they were there, everything synched perfectly.

By: Transfer Music from iPhone, iPod, or iPad to a Computer

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:34:24 +0000

[...] with a new computer. In such a situation you can’t just sync the device to the new computer without losing data because you won’t have the original backup folders copied over, but this method allows you to [...]

By: Anthony

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:42:59 +0000

Hey guys, This worked like a charm for me, however now i have to allow iTunes to accept incoming connection on the firewall every time I open this app. I looked into it and it shows that the app is modified, and because of this, it has to ask permission every time. How do i fix it?

By: Ian

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:43:15 +0000

Thanks for the help. The only problem I had was finding the library. I was migrating from 10.6 to Lion and OS 10.7 no longer has multiple libraries. I was a little nevous about moving the relevant files from User Library to the main/only library on Lion. It worked perfectly!!! Really pleased

By: oscar

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:56:35 +0000

Awful! What if there is no more "old computer"? how do you get all media tranfered from Iphone to computer?

By: uthnaa

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:01:18 +0000

its is very simple and easy way ..thanks for this beautiful post..

By: Stevec

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 17:47:45 +0000

Does this work if you previous had a PC and have now switched to a MacBook Pro? I'd certainly like to be able to have my iPhone sync'd with my new computer :/