Moving iPhone to a new computer

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  1. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

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    Hello, guys. I'm selling my computer and getting a new one. How can I move my iTunes stuff from one to another? Do I just need to move the iTunes folder (from Music) to the other PC or there's something else to do? Thanks a lot.
     
  2. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    you got it!

    Install itunes (new computer) replace the folder with your "old" one (overright)
     
  3. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do I have to move the folders of the backups, too? Or just the iTunes one? And do you know why my iTunes folder is 17GB while my music is only 2GB? I don't have movies or such.
     
  4. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    The size is from backups, apps, and cache. I'm not sure about moving it though since I'm on Mac and it's different.
     
  5. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm on Mac, too right now. Anyways, I think that the backup folder is in another position (in fact if you click on SHOW ON FINDER) it's elsewhere.
     
  6. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    It's in library mobile backup I think.
     
  7. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You can access it from iTunes (settings). I copied them. But what would happen if I connected my iPhone to iTunes on a new PC? Would it erase everything or just do the backup on the new one?
     
  8. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure, but I know the way it was 2 years ago was that it required you to erase. It'll warn you if it does though.
     
  9. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But maybe that concerns just the library, not the backup. I have no idea, damn :D
     
  10. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    you can backup your iPhone to any computer running itunes, it does not need to be synced to that computer

    but you can only sync to one itunes library at a time


    you need to copy all your content in itunes and photos to a new computer and then sync from that one.

    if you sync to a new computer it will erase apps, music, videos, photos, books, etc on the iPhone
    but it won't erase things like text messages and phone books.

    if you no longer need the old computer after you copied all the content , don't forget to deauthorze it in itunes
     
  11. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where's the folder in photos? I just find the one in music.
     
  12. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    He meant if you sync photos, it pulls those from a separate folder on your PC.
     
  13. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh! Sure. But the actual photos are included in the folder into music, right?

    PS: is there a Photo app alternative for Windows? It is nice on Mac. It lets me save photos with the edits I made on my phone and it even makes an album for downloaded pictures and screenshots.
     
  14. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah photos aren't included in that folder. I'm not aware of a photo app that works on Windows that gives you those features, but the iCloud website does have that.
     
  15. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But I should sync my photo library with iCloud in order to use that...
     
  16. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah you'd have to. Apple isn't one for cross platform.
     
  17. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At least they gave us the possibility to export the edited photos from the windows explorer 2-3 years ago. iOS 7-8 on you can only get the original files loosing all your edits.
     
  18. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Oh I had no idea they did that. Apple should really stop living in its bubble and make sure everyone gets the same high quality experience.
     
  19. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    yeah windows iTunes just syncs from "my pictures"

    the important things to remember about syncing to a new library, is syncing is one way. it goes from itunes to phone
    so if you want to move to another computer , you have to manually move the whole itunes library over, from computer to computer

    the exception to this one way rule is importing pictures from camera rolls and transferring purchases , or software updates you downloaded on the phone back to iTunes

    now with app thinning , it doesn't seem to me iPhones and iTunes want to sync apps anymore. if i try to
    transfer updated apps from my phone back to iTunes, it won't do it.

    so to keep apps on iTunes now and update those apps , you have to download them on itunes as well

    I'm going to miss the old pre app thinning days , you used to be able to transfer updates from an iPhone to itunes
    and then use itunes to update the apps on your ipad. but i guess they don't want to do that anymore
     
  20. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah it's a shame. I had this really good game that isn't on the store and now it's stuck on my old iPod and I can't transfer it to my other devices.
     

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