Why Doesn't My iMac Detect My iPhone?

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  1. iMacJunkie macrumors regular

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    So I have plugged in my iPhone in the hopes of drag-and-drop transferring my files for backup before upgrading to iOS 5, but Finder does not detect my iPhone 4 to allow for transfer of my data, but *will* allow iTunes to update and sync it, everything else.

    Anyone know what's wrong?
     
  2. John T macrumors 68020

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    Nothing's wrong! That's the way it was designed to operate.
     
  3. iMacJunkie thread starter macrumors regular

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    Aaahhh!! Ok. Good to know. :)

    Is there a way to access my photos/videos for manual drag 'n drop to the desktop or another folder for backup?
     
  4. John T macrumors 68020

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    Nope! Unless of course there's some third party software out there.
     
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  7. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    When I changed I just plugged in my old phone and selected back up then erase. Then I plugged in the new phone and selected restore. Everything worked fine. All my pictures, apps, music, contacts etc were there. Read the instructions.
     
  8. iMacJunkie thread starter macrumors regular

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    Before proceeding with an update that has the potential to erase files I always prefer moving and backing up my files manually, hence this post. Had I proceeded with the install first I would have risked losing my photos/videos that I can't see at all in iTunes.

    If I could have physically seen everything (every single little file and not just a bar) I would have trusted it more.

    I'm meticulous like that. :cool:
     
  9. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    actually before any iOS update it automatically backs up your stuff before it installs the iOS update
     
  10. iMacJunkie thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now that I've been through a successful update of iOS 5, I know that now. :D
     
  11. Martyrd0m macrumors regular

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    Youre kind of incorrect. Image Capture will show the iphone and will allow you to save all the photo/videos to the Photo folders under Users. Its a standard app in OSX.
     
  12. John T macrumors 68020

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    Pardon? :rolleyes: Image Capture has nothing to do with transferring files as described by iMacJunkie. It's primarily used for transferring images from a digital camera to the Mac etc.
     
  13. Martyrd0m macrumors regular

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    He asked a question to which you replied he couldn't when in fact he can. I use Image Capture to backup all my iPhone photos to my iMac. I just did it when the 4S came out. He asked for a way to backup his photos and videos and thats the way to do it.
     

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