2 iPhones 1 iTunes?

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  1. d4m1r macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, bought a used 3GS to use as a backup/second line and I'd like to sync it with my PC but I am worried. Currently, my PC install of iTunes is setup only with my iPhone 4, but at the same time, I'd still like to update/activate/etc the 3GS. Is it possible to do so without disturbing my settings with the 4 or can an iTunes library only be associated with 1 device (which I remember being the case at least in the past).

    Ideally, iTunes would recognize it is a new device and ask me what I want to do/what I want to sync as I don't want everything in my library sync'd to it as is done when I plug in my 4. Please let me know if this is possible and thanks in advance!
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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    No problem at all. Nowadays with iCloud you would not even need to connect to the PC.
     
  3. d4m1r thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do not use iCloud. So by "no problem at all" you mean my iTunes will not erase all the settings it has for my iPhone 4 when I connect my 3GS? I am able to connect them interchangeably and it will recognize both devices uniquely?
     
  4. McGiord macrumors 601

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    iTunes will se them as 2 devices and after the first sync the 3GS will be conveyed to your iTunes account and any other personal data that you enable to sync. Be careful on your settings and heat you have enabled to be sync: bookmarks, address book, calendar, email, music, videos, tv shows, podcasts, etc
     
  5. LoloBond macrumors 6502

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    You wont have any problems... iTunes is disigned to sync multiple devices.. I have 1 iPad, 2 iPhones and 2 iPods. enjoy!
     
  6. d4m1r thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply guys....Now, I think the 3GS is running an older version of iOS but I don't actually know since it will only be delivered later in the week. Anyway, when I connect it to itunes, I can do a factory reset and reconfigure it with all my information, correct? As well, if it comes with iOS 3.x or 4.x, can I update it to 5.x through iTunes but somehow prevent it from updating to 6?

    Let me know!
     
  7. JupiterDoc macrumors member

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    I think one computer one iPhone is the safest. If you are asking the question, you are probably not tech savy enough to sync 2 iPhones on one computer without comingling data.
     
  8. DefBref macrumors 6502

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    It isn't really that difficult, each device is treated separately by itunes and each device has its own sync settings. To say one computer per device is taking it a but far.

    I have 3 iphones, 2 ipads and 4 ipods all syncing to the same itunes library on the same computer and have no problems whatsoever with getting things mixed up between them.
     
  9. JupiterDoc macrumors member

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    I'm impressed! Can you share iTunes songs without paying for them again on your 3 iPhones?

    I had a FixMyi guy in my house last year when I first got my iPhone 4S & found all her contacts on my phone. He told me not to use my wifes computer.
     

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