Sync to new Mac without losing app folder layout

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by SamuelGEllis, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. SamuelGEllis macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    I got my new MBP today, because my Windows machine crashed and I lost everything.
    So I had enough and bought a Mac.

    I want to sync my iPhone with my MBP and not lose the folder layout of all my apps, I have nearly 200 apps so reorganising the apps is out of the question (unless it was a last ditch resort).

    How can I sync my iPhone to my new Mac, bearing in mind I have no access to the files on my old PC.

    I have already clicked 'Transfer Purchases' so have all the apps from my phone in iTunes on my Mac.

    Thank you in advance,
  2. Ungibbed macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    In iTunes, disable the sync upon connect so you have a chance to back up your folders and such before fully migrating to your new Mac entirely.

    You will have the odd issue when you start using iPhoto (if you use your iPad for that feature) but as long as you can get a first backup before sync, you should be set!
  3. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Couldn't you also backup to iCloud, if you don't already and restore if needed from the cloud?
  4. Johnetix macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2011
    I have the same Issue.

    I followed virtualgeo's instructions in this forum:

    But, when I press "Sync Apps" in step 6), all my folders and file-arrangement gets lost! So instead of applying those changes i am forced to press revert, hence, the Sync Apps is still unchecked.

    Any suggestion?
  5. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    I'm in a similar boat. I've got an iMac with iTunes that is already syncing to 5 iOS devices. I want to start synching my wife's iPhone to it as well. I can keep all of her stuff easily enough but it completely ignores her app folder arrangement. This is absolutely maddening. Come on Apple, the iMac is authorized, they're on the same AppleID account, I've backed up and transferred purchases. But there is apparently no way to sync without manually redoing all the folders. That makes ****ing sense.

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