My iPhone/iPad are syncing with MBP, how do I transfer to my new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by louis0nfire, May 20, 2010.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    So my iPhone and iPad are both synced with my MacBook Pro. How should I go about transfering everything on my MBP to my new iMac and then sync them with the iMac from now on instead of the MBP? Thanks
  2. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I have the exact same question. I assume I run migration assistant or something?
  3. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    That's not what I'm looking for, thanks though.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Ahh, sorry, my bad! Though you want to recover stuff from iPad to Mac.

    Connect the Macs with either FireWire or Ethernet cable and open Migration Assistant
  5. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    And then what happens when I plug my iPhone & iPad into the iMac? Do I have to re-sync them or will it just let me use it from the iMac now instead of MBP?
  6. TWLreal macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    My iPhone is also synced with my MacBook and I have yet to even start thinking about transferring my data and making it sync with my new iMac.

    I believe if you use Migration Assistant or transfer the backup files manually to the new computer, you will be asked to resync the device with the new computer and it should behave as normally since you're restoring from the backup files. Someone correct me if that's not how it goes.

    I believe there's also a way to edit iTunes on your new computer to have the same ID as your old computer, fooling your device into syncing natively without doing the restore from backup thing. I haven't looked into it in detail as it's too much of a headache right now for me to migrate my iPhone to the new computer so this paragraph is just me deducing on how it works from reading a guide I found for about 27 seconds.

    And hijacking the thread, do the backup files contain our saved games information from games or is that lost in restoring from backup?

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