Howto move my iPhone apps to my new MacBook Pro iTunes library?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by 314631, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    Up until now I have been syncing music and iPhone applications on a Windows PC. I have decided today I would prefer to do this on my new MacBook Pro that I have started using as my primary machine.

    Question is, how can I get the applications I have purchased for my iPhone to the iTunes library on my new MacBook? I want to sync and manage the updates on this machine going forward.

    Please help!
  2. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    First of all. Remember that when you first sync with the new computer, the iPhone will be completely erased. So make sure you have everything important transferred over before you do.

    You should be able to copy over your entire iTunes folder (this is where all your apps would be along with music and any other iTunes media). You'll then have to log in to iTunes and authorize that computer for your account. If you don't have all the applications on your PC, then you can try Transfer Purchases and Check for Available Downloads to transfer items from the phone onto the PC.

    You MIGHT be able to use your current iPhone backup. It should be at C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USER_NAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\SyncServices\Local and needs to go in /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup on the mac. I think it is called data.syncdb, but it is probably best to just copy over everything in that folder.

    Make sure you transfer your contacts and calendar information if you havent already and aren't syncing with an exchange server of some sort.
  3. 314631 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    Thanks for the information. I'll give this is a shot now. Doesn't seem too difficult.

    Luckily I'm on an exchange server so that part is easy to deal with. It's just the apps and managing my music I need to address.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Take My Documents\My Music\iTunes\Mobile Applications from one computer, copy it to the other one over the network, through an external drive. Put it in the iTunes directory on the mac it is at itunes/mobile applications
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    It's actually located here:

    On Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    On Windows Vista:
  6. 314631 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    Thanks everyone got this done successfully with your help. Much appreciated!
  7. AbjectEvolution macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2009
    I transfered the mobilesync folder over with the backup folder. I also transfered over the iTunes media folder. I just bought a MBP and hooked up my iPhone after doing the transfer. I restored the phone, but it didn't give me the choice to restore from backup. I right click on the phone and the option is not there. All of my notes and photos, apps and saved games are gone unless I can figure out how to properly restore from the backup I made on my PC before selling it. Help?
  8. Masamunexiii macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010

    Maybe i'm mistaken but I thought the question was how to move a iPhone backup. So far the majority of the responses (albeit most are pretty old) all focus on transferring apps and music or simply copying back the info from the existing iphone.

    My issue is the fact that my iPhone took a swim in the ocean and so I subsequently had to purchase a new one. My only issue is that I am also in the middle of a new PC build and can no longer sync up the new phone with the old backup. So does anyone know of a way to transfer an entire backup between PCs?
  9. WantStuff macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    FYI: Here's what I did... and it worked

    I know this thread is fairly old but it helped me, so though I'd update it with my experiences.

    I wanted to move everything from Windows XP to Windows 7. I have all my music on a network drive so this did not need to be copied, but I didn't want to loose my preferences, backups or synch settings.

    So here's what I did:-

    Installed iTunes on the Windows 7 machine and fired it up to complete the install using the default settings (these are unimportant and will get overwritten).

    I copied the contents from the following XP folders into the respective Win7 folders:-
    [XP] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Apple Computer\
    [W7] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\

    [XP] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\
    [W7] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes\

    [XP] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\
    [W7] C:\Users\{username}\Documents\My Music\iTunes\
    Then fired up iTunes on the Windows 7 PC and it was all there; iTunes preferences, device synch settings, Outlook calendars, Outlook contacts, device backups, etc.

    Tested the install by synchronising my iPhone and iTouch. Nothing was deleted so all was good.

    De-authorised my Win XP machine and packed it away for good!

    Hope this helps someone.
  10. Bigkid715 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2010
    I have a PC with a virus and I bought a Macbook Pro to synch my I phone 3GS with

    I figure the easiest way to do this would be to take an external hard drive and copy all the 5,000 pictures, the contacts, etc. and install them into the new macbook pro. My problem is logic would dictate that without the same programs i may run into issues. All all my pictures are on adobe. All the the other stuff i believe is on microsoft outlook. I cant lose my contacts and pictures most importantly and i also have work related crap on my phone. i need to know if i putting this information on an external hard drive and then installing it on my new macbook then syncing the phone and i'm all good. The PC I have has a virus and its gonna die any day i can feel it. Id appreciate any help or suggestions that can help me with this situation. thanks a lot.
  11. Hand-E-Food macrumors newbie


    Sep 27, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thank you! I will be trying that tomorrow night. I'll let you know how it goes.

    EDIT: I didn't end up following the above advice. I examined the folders WantStuff suggested and found little to nothing that affected the iPhone. What I did:

    1. I installed a fresh copy of iTunes in Windows 7.
    2. Under the Store menu, I selected Authorize This Computer... and provided my details.
    3. I set all of iTunes preferences, particularly the iTunes Media folder location settings in the Advanced tab, which I set to M:\iTunes, a network drive where all of my iTunes media already resided.
    4. I brought up the M:\iTunes folder in an Explorer window.
    5. I dragged the folder into the iTunes library. iTunes imported all of the files. Because the files were already in the correct location, iTunes didn't waste time copying everything, it just read the library information.
    6. I plugged in my iPhone. I right-clicked my iPhone under Devices and pressed Back Up, just in case. You can restore from backup by right-clicking your iPhone, and selecting Restore from Backup....
    7. I told iTunes to Sync Apps. It threatened to erase everything on my iPhone. I crossed my fingers and pressed OK.
    8. Since all of the apps on my iPhone were now in iTunes and authorized, it did not remove them or wipe any data.

    So I'm a happy man with my iPhone successfully transferred to a new computer. :) The key things to ensure are: iTunes is authorized for the correct account; and all media you want to keep on your iPhone is present in your iTunes library.
  12. ImHaloMaster macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    umm..... i have windows 7 & i had my 3Gs backed up on iTunes 10. i was trying to downgrade my iphone from 4.1 to 4.0.1, but i had to change my hosts file first. i did then my phone wouldnt connect to the computer. i clicked RESTART & when it restarted my computer loaded normally until the login screen. it froze there. i reinstalled windows 7 & it made the folder windows.old. can someone help me how to transfer my iphone's apps without deleting anything?:D:D:D:):):)
  13. WantStuff macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    Well done Hand-E-Food, I'm glad you are sorted.
    The only difference between the results of our two methods is that my method will also copy the iTunes settings. So then readers, you now have two methods!

    ImHaloMaster, you could try Hand-E-Food's method or you could also use mine - assuming you didn't wipe the HDD before you reinstalled. Hand-E-Food's method will put your iTunes back to an 'un-hacked' version which may not be a bad thing.
    If you do choose my method you must first backup the mentioned W7 folders BEFORE you start as your iTunes settings and apps are in there and you'll use these backups instead of the mentioned XP folders.

    You may even find that when you reinstall iTunes it will use the existing settings anyway!
    And don't forget that if all else fails and you have to reset and loose everything you can re-download all your apps for free from the iTunes store.

    Good luck
  14. rambleonfreddy macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    So if I want to make my MBPro my primary computer I just plug in and hit sync? I'm coming from a windows laptop.
    Also, my MBpro I got from a friend, so their music is still on their itunes. If I hit sync won't that remove my info and put it and replace it with that's currently on the computers itunes?
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    You have to set the settings in iTunes to tell the iPhone where to sync, before you just hit sync. You should also transfer purchases and backup the iPhone before syncing (also authorize the Mac).

    Before you do any of this use Senuti (paid) or expod (free) to copy the music off the phone.
  16. rambleonfreddy macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
  17. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    You may have not caught my edit. It's expod not xpod.
  18. jonathan12755 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    K i s s

    Keep It Simple Stupid (No, I am not calling anyone stupid, it's just and old saying ... after all, you are smart enough to own a Mac).

    I know this is an old thread, but it came up when I was searching a way to get my purchased items from my iPod Touch to my new Mac. Which is exactly what the original question was. All these complicated answers in between, very useful I suppose, but not very easy in relation to the original question.

    To transfer your purchased items on your iPod, simply hook it up to your Mac, open iTunes (if it doesn't automatically do it, depending on your settings). At the very top of the computer (not at the iTunes window, but up there on the Menu Bar) you will see the Apple logo :apple:, next to that is "iTunes" and next to that is "File", click on "File", in the drop down find Transfer Purchases from "(The name of your iPod) iPod". Click on that, if it says to do anything else, DO IT.

    That is it, wait for it to do the transfer, you are done.
  19. pilotguy13 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    @ jonathan12755 THAT is exactly the simplicity I was looking for! Still frustrated that after I pulled them all from my phone, I had to rearrange the pages again, but at least I still had all my apps and a TON easier than anything else I've found. Bummer is that Shazam tags are lost, etc..

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