Backup after 3.1 update + iTunes 9 extremely slow

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by johnandjack, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. johnandjack macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    it's like when 2.0 was first released - taking 30+ minutes to backup...anyone else noticing this??

  2. briguy2186 macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    I am getting that similar thing

    Now I am seeing the itunes taking forever to transfer anything to the computer or to or from iphone, I am not going to update to 3.1 becuase I never upgrade as a first, until others have tried it.

    Running Leopard, because snow leopard has way to many bugs.

  3. tamashii macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    Yeah…*I am also experiencing the backup slowdown.

    After about 40 minutes I needed to use the phone, I clicked the "x" and it continued the sync process, but I feel much safer with it backed up so I restarted the process. Been over 10 minutes already and it is a bit over halfway done. It is definitely backing up faster for round 2.
  4. tbuzz macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    3.1 initial Sync is very slow

    Also having very slow initial sync issue. Currently running iPhone 3G.
  5. icewing macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2008
    St Louis
    My first one went very slowly too - I let it complete, and all subsequent ones are very fast, just like before.
  6. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Someone suggested just canceling the backup, then right-clicking your phone (on the right in iTunes) and doing a Reset Warnings. (Who knew that option was there??)

    Then disconnect, reboot, and upon reconnect you'll be asked to send diagnostics to Apple. Decline, and let the backup commence... now much faster.

    (The initial backup will still be longer than normal--but not HOURS long. In theory.)
  7. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I got 3.1 and iTunes 9, sync's my iPhone, then purchased the iMech app and sync'd again. It has now been over 30 minutes and it's only half way through the back up part of the sync. This is stupid! Does Apple even test the stuff they release?
  8. outcastrc macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    BC, Canada
    I found that on the apple forums and it worked for me. I had to cancel a 9 hour backup the day before (only was at 50% if that). Last night I gave up after 4 hours and the level had barely climbed. When I saw that post I said what the heck and tried it. All of a sudden the phone took off. Took about 30 minutes to finish syncing everything back to the phone. Whats so complicated that my phone needs to talk to apple for 13 hours?

    Go figure...
  9. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I tried this but it still took forever to sync.
  10. LoRob macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Try Deleting Photos from Your Camera Roll

    iPhone Syncing can be slow with OS 3.1 and iTunes 9, if you have lots of photos still in your Camera Roll on the phone (pictures you took with the iPhone camera). To speed up iPhone syncing, download photos from your phone to your computer, then delete all photos in the Camera Roll on the iPhone. It makes a big difference. Here’s how:

    1. Ensure the iPhone is connected to your computer.

    2. Open iPhoto.

    3. Select the iPhone in the Devices list in the left column.
    4. Select all your photos in the camera roll.

    5. Make sure to uncheck ‘Hide photos already imported’. This is important so you will be able to delete all photos in the Camera Roll on your iPhone after the sync.
    6. Click Import All.
    7. Make sure all your photos imported properly (check the # of photos in the dialogue box that appears)
    8. Click the Delete Photos button at the end of the import.
    9. Make any new albums you want, delete any photos you might have previously imported.
    10. Quit iPhoto
    11. In iTunes, select your iPhone under Devices in the left column
    12 Click on the Photos tab. Select any new events or albums you created or want to sync back to your iPhone
    13. Click on the Sync/Apply button
    14. Watch in wonder how much quicker your backup of the iPhone proceeds

    I can't believe how much quicker my sync is after downloading 212 photos from my camera roll. My backup used to take forever. Now things are much quicker. Can't believe such a simple thing made such as difference.

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