Question...Why does the 3G iPhone take so LONG to sync?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by matteo550, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. matteo550 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2008
    i had the original iPhone and syncing didnt take too long. the 3G iPhone however takes FOREVER to sync. am i the only one who has this problem or is it just generally much much slower? if so then why? and if not how can i fix it/will there be a firmware that will fix it?

    thanks in advance
  2. tobytoby macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2007
    North-east UK
    You are not the only one to have a slow sync. My 3G is connected to my Mac Pro and it takes up to 30 mins to sync. I've done a bit of research on this, but haven't yet found a solution. Some people have pointed out that it might be the backup taking the time - this isn't the case for me as it sticks on "Syncing bookmarks with [my iPhone name]'.

    I saw a solution on the Apple discussion forums about deleting files that may be left over from a problematic sync, but this didn't help.
  3. crobbins macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2006
    Mine always takes quite a bit of time (5 minutes) to do the backup. I say quite a bit of time because I used to be able to sync on the old one in less than a minute.
  4. buccsmf1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    i think it has more to do with 2.0 than 3g because my V1 iphone takes forever to sync now. it sits at "preparing backup" for about 10 minutes each time i try to sync. not the end of the world but definitely kinda annoying.
  5. njchris macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    My V1 took forever too (pre-2.0) and so does my 3G.

    I can have no apps and music - just about 20 contacts and it takes FOREVER
  6. tobytoby macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2007
    North-east UK
    Backup doesn't seem to be the culprit. Disabling bookmarks sync does the trick though (but clearly this kind of defeats the object of 'syncing')...
  7. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    yep my v1 iPhone on 2.0 takes forever to sync now. It hangs on the preparing to backup stage for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2006
    Fort Myers, FL
    If mine only took 10 minutes to sync i'd be happy! Mine goes past the preparing to backup and then goes on to take 30 minutes to do the backup! It's crazy! I have a 2G iPhone and after I put the 2.0 software on it is when the problems started! It's so annoying! I have to set aside time now to sync it and be without it! Also the whole system seems really slow now. It takes 5 seconds or more to load almost any screen!
  9. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Not for me. I don't sync the bookmarks and it still takes forever; it's the backup that takes so long. Seems to take longest when I download a new app or upgraded app. Once the first backup of the changed app is done it gets to be a lot faster.

    Original iPhone upgraded to 2.0
  10. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mine takes the longest time backing up, everything else (actual syncing) is fast but I think it's a 2.0 issue that should be fixed soon.

    Hang in there.
  11. MisterEd macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    The massive time taken backing up is because it will now backup all of your apps and their data. I will admit though, it still seems like it's way too long. I usually cancel the backup so it just syncs :p

  12. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Is the backup supposed to re-backup EVERYTHING every single time you plug it in? It always takes forever for me! I mean I backed it up 2 hours ago, and now it's redoing the whole backup or what (taking 30+ mins by my estimate).

    You would think it would only need to backup things that have changed. Unless somethings wrong with mine?
  13. pyrodex macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    If apple was SMART they would do a cumulative backup on top of your original backup then just create a new full backup after X number of days. This way if you had to restore it would restore the last created full backup (original or cumulative creation) then apply the incremental ones until your phone is to the latest.

    Of course this would require intelligence and thinking ahead but this is Apple...
  14. 08mxkfx macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2007
    Yeah mine takes 30+ minutes plus just to backup.
  15. Inukami macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    mine takes 15 seconds but that still feels long >=o
  16. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
  17. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Yeah. Aborting the crash reporting does nothing. I think that Apple is trying to incrementally backup the iphone (just like Time Machine), but there is a bug that doesn't allow iTunes to recognize the incremental changes... so it backs up the whole thing every time.

    I think this because after installing 7.7.1, clicking on 'check for updates' on the apps screen told me that every app I had (20+) had an update available. This has happened a few times now. So I think there is a bug that prevents the state of the apps from being correctly reported.
  18. greggov macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    Same here. WTH is going on? I have a 16GB phone with 8.48GB free. I even cleared out all my SMS and phone logs, and so far, it has been 43 minutes. and has about 10% left to back up.

    I didnt know backing up should be an overnight thing... geez.
  19. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Better yet use the Terminal command to skip backup completely.

    Quit iTunes, open Terminal, enter:

    defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

    change true to false to turn back on.
  20. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha everyone,

    Count yourselves lucky if your backups are less than 2.5 hours. Mine seems to be taking at least that long, although I do have a lot of apps loaded. I think I may have other problems as well, but I have to wait until my Genius appointment tomorrow to know for sure. What I do know is that my iPhone dumped all of my iPod content this morning, and I'm not too pleased.

  21. Manatee macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    Dyslexia at Apple

    I have the original iPhone, and with a bunch of apps on it, it can now take a couple of hours to backup and sync this 8GB device.

    Turns out, a dyslexic Apple engineer read the specs for the iPhone -- and implemented USB 0.2.
  22. poolish macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2007
    south coast, uk
    for some reason mine is taking over an hour to backup... lol. and thats only half way, maybe something to do with it being jailbroken.. not sure, didnt used to take any time at all. ive got 1 gig of apps and things including jailbreak apps, but nothing else. 5.88gb of free space. duno how it can take so long to backup.
  23. cjoshuav macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2008
    My backups take 2 to three hours, and if I backup without deleting the old ones iTunes makes me treat my phone like it's the first time it's been connected.

    I love the phone, but I can't believe how bloated and inefficient the iTunes software is (and how hard would it be to give me the option to set my backup location???).

  24. Excellerator macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2008
    I wish my backups were 5 to 10 minutes, mine seem like 2 to 3 hours EVEN when I let it complete. I thought it was only supposted to backup things that changed on the next backups but it wants to start over everytime.
  25. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    It's really a problem. I dread syncing now. HOURS. And I don't want it to back up every time I sync. I might've added just 1-2 apps and don't need it to do that. I want the option.

    I need to sync now and frankly, am going to do it when I go to sleep tonight. :(

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