Have new computer with iTunes, how do I sync iPhone?

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  1. Advance The Man macrumors 6502

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    I have transferred all media files to new iMac. The apps on the old computer hard drive have not been transferred. How do I sync for the first time with the new iMac an keep my apps?
     
  2. wilmer007 macrumors member

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    I don't think theres a way to do this directly from iTunes itself but there are programs in Cydia that backup your apps and stuff so you can restore easily. Although maybe theres a file(s) that keep this information. If theres a file that keeps record of your backup then you would be able to transfer this file along with your backup to your new mac but i don't know if such a file exist so hopefully someone comes along and provides more help as that's all i know and can think about.
     
  3. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    You can transfer your App Store apps from your iPhone to your Mac.
    In iTunes, with your iPhone connected, ctrl+click on your device's name and select "Transfer purchases".

    PS: in iTunes, make sure to authorise your Mac to your iTunes account.
     
  4. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have done this. The iPhone sync is the last thing I haven't done. Nervous about it! Since I have authorized the iMac iTunes so that it is the same as the iPhone - then the app purchases on it should sync to the iMac, correct?

    I just would hate to sync and the iMac write over the iPhone so there would be no apps. One nice thing (about the only one) with my old Palm Treo, was you could select each sync for the handheld device to overwrite the desktop data - or vice versa.
     
  5. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    You say you did it, and then you say you didn't do it.
    The apps will NOT sync from iPhone to iTunes, that's why I said to do the "Transfer purchases". This WILL transfer your apps from iPhone to iTunes.
     
  6. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have authorized the iMac with my iTunes account.

    No, I have not transferred any apps.

    I will try your suggestion of ctrl+click on the iPhone device's name and select "Transfer purchases". Will try after work. I'll come back to this thread later to either curse you or thank you. Thanks for the advice.
     
  7. The General macrumors 601

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    On a Mac it's going to be Option+click.

    Also, if this fails, just purchase the apps again from the AppStore. It will be free.
     
  8. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good to know. The one app that I'm worried about losing is eWallet. It stores passwords for anything. I have 50 or so logged in with no desktop backup of it (Windows only and not willing to pay for it). I did do a screen capture of everyone and saved in iPhoto just in case. So I would imagine this will be lost?
     
  9. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    No. It's ctrl+click (right click).

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    Before plugging in your iPhone to your new Mac, in iTunes > Preferences > Devices > Disable automatic syncing.

    Then, do the "Transfer Purchases".
     

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  10. The General macrumors 601

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    Oh, well why didn't you just say right click then? I don't think I've ever used CTRL+click, I didn't even know it was the same as right click. And my first Mac was a 12" Powerbook ...
     
  11. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    Not everybody uses a 2 button mouse or one of them snazzy mighty mouse. ;)
     
  12. Advance The Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. How you supposed to know that is beyond me, but very glad you told me.
     

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