Bought a new laptop. Transfer iTunes without losing formatting iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Enjoylife1788, May 15, 2014.

  1. Enjoylife1788 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,

    I have always wondered why its so difficult to transfer itunes when you buy a new computer.

    Never had to go through through knife personally as i have always formatted before to be safe.

    However, its different this time as I have my iPhone 5 and iPad air jailbroken and formatting them is not an option as i wont be able to jailbreak them once again.

    So i have gone though numerous articles and am not able to derive a definite conclusion.

    I think copying to an external hard drive is the best option. But, i just want to know that when i connect my iphone and ipad to the new computer after i have transferred everything, will i be asked to format the iphone.

    Please clarify on the confusion.

    Thanks.
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Depends on how you transfer. If you only copy the music itself then you will. If you actually transfer the library you won't.
     
  3. PNutts macrumors 601

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    It sounds like you already know the options, but just in case here is Apple's KB article on moving your iTunes library to a new computer. If you follow the instructions you will not be prompted to format your phone. The phone is associated with the library, not the PC/Mac.
     
  4. Enjoylife1788 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So if i follow apple's guidelines to the T regarding the external hard drive, i wont be asked to format and i will keep using the itunes as if i never changed the laptop. is that right?


     
  5. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    Yes. I did it when I moved from PC to Mac and it worked perfectly. Also when I clean installed Mavericks. If you follow the instructions, you can't go wrong.
     

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