Need help syncing my iphone on laptop instead of imac

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Lamonster, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Lamonster macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2008
    When I first got my iphone I synced it to my imac. I find I'm using my macbook pro more than my imac now and I would like to sync my phone to it and not my imac. I know you can only sync to one computer and I'm fine with that but how do I sync to my laptop without wiping out everything on my phone? There must be an easy way to do this but I'm missing it.
    Help? :eek:
  2. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Why not copy iTunes etc from your iMac to your Macbook with Migration Assistant?
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    First, hook up your iPhone to iTunes. Make sure autosync is off.

    Right click on your iPhone in the left pane and choose transfer purchases. This will get all your apps on the computer.

    Now right click on the iPhone and choose backup iPhone (this will have all your game saves, app settings, contacts (but you're also going to sync those in the next step), notes, etc, but not pics from your old computer, songs, videos, etc....all the stuff after ringtones in the middle pane under summary).

    Go to the middle pane and choose all the programs you need to sync (but not the stuff after the ringtones). Sync.

    Then after consolidating the library in your old mac, copy the iTunes folder to your new mac. Also, copy anything else over to the appropriate place (iPhoto stuff or photos to your new mac, etc.). Then sync everything else and you'll be set on the new mac.
  4. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2008

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