Sync iPhone on New Mac Without Losing Data?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by realph, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. realph macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    I was wondering if there was a way to sync my iPhone to my new Mac without losing the majority of data (game saves, app settings, etc)?

    I've copied my entire iTunes library across to my new Mac and all my iOS apps, it's now giving me the option to Erase and Sync. Is there any other way around this?
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
  3. misselis macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    where there's a will

    there's a way to transfer the data from iphone to a computer/pc/mac you just need software designed to do so. Lucky for the whole wide world such software does exist and I can vouch for one called pod to mac (or pod to pc) (I bought it a few years ago- less than $20 and free trial worked for a one time bridge)-

    It is limited to simply plopping the data (songs/ games/ voice memos etc) selected from your iphone into a folder on your desktop (or where ever you select as the destination for the songs you choose).

    It takes a while too, especially if you have 2000 songs because it it is creating a copy the whole file in whatever form it resides on your phone (mp3, for example) but it will pretty much make the process seamlessly easy.
    I have relied on it many times and buying the license is does not limit you to any specific device or mac address so you can you use across a few phones and computers.

    good luck- enjoy your new computer.;)
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Did you force iTunes to use the newly copied library? That's all you should need to do unless something failed during the copy.
  5. Rami98 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2011
    Detroit, MI
    I was in the same situation. New mac, and my iPhone wanted to erase everything. Asked around for a while and as there was no solution, I sucked it up and got ready to erase everything. So I backed it up, transferred all of the apps and the purchased songs and I pressed erase and sync. All that I lost was the songs that i didn't have in my iTunes library. I will eventually put them back on from my other computer but the main point is, as long as everything thats on the iPhone is in the iTunes library, you won't lose anything.

    Keep in mind that i actually just did this today.

    Hope this helps!
  6. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Why not simply move the iTunes library files, shouldn't that fix the problem?
  7. iphone46 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Did you copy the entire iTunes folder or import the library within iTunes?
  8. holycharms, Dec 31, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2014

    holycharms macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2013

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