How to Sync an iPhone to Mac without Losing Anything?

How to Sync an iPhone to Mac without Losing Anything?
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Here are some simple but effective methods to sync an iPhone with iTunes to a new Mac (or more than one Mac) without erasing the apps, music, photos and other data on the phone.

Apple has released its new MacBook nearly three weeks ago, which coming with its new features, such as OLED touch bar, Touch ID, ladder-shaped battery design and so on. (More details about the new MacBook) Therefore, many Apple’s fans have already started to purchase the latest one. However, there will be another question about how do I sync my iPhone to the new Mac?


iTunes must be the first choice. When users bought a new Mac and try to sync iPhone to new Mac, iTunes will pop up a message that saying it will erase the iPhone. Actually, it is the operating principle of iTunes, every time you plug the iPhone into a new Mac you will get a message saying "Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes library?" Apple makes sure you can only sync the iPhone with one Mac at a time. So, in this case, what can we do to sync iPhone to new Mac without losing data. (The new iTunes12 Tutorial)



Here are some simple but effective techniques to sync an iPhone to Mac without erasing any data.



Part 1. Move iTunes Library from Old Computer to New Mac

Notes: For a new Mac, if you sync your iPhone with the new Mac, it will not lose any things, but you should first move iTunes Library from the old computer to your new Mac.

Step1. Merge iTunes Media File on Windows PC


a. Open the iTunes Library on your older computer.

For Windows PC :

If you use a Windows PC, click iTunes Edit menu and select Preferences.

For Mac:

If you're using a Mac, click iTunes menu and select Preferences. And then click “Advanced.”

b. From here, check the options: Keep iTunes Media folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to the library and click “OK”. And then click iTunes File menu > Library > Organize Library. In the Organize Library dialogue box, check “Consolidate files” and click “OK”.

Step2. Copy iTunes Library Media Folder to Mac


a. Find your Media Folder location, and make sure the external hard drive has enough space for the Media folder. After that, you should copy the Media folder to an external hard drive.

b. Launch iTunes on your new Mac, click Edit menu and select Preferences.

c. Click Advanced tab to see where the iTunes Library Media Folder on your Mac is.

d. After knowing it, copy and paste the old iTunes Library Media Folder on your external hard drive here.



Notes: It will take you quite a long time to consolidate your iTunes Library if you have hundreds of songs in the library. Besides, if you've added songs or other files to iTunes on your Mac, you should merge the two media folder for iTunes. Otherwise, you might lose files from your iTunes Library.

Part 2. Move Music/Videos/Photos from iPhone to New Mac

If you have many songs, videos or photos which only exist on your iPhone, but not in your iTunes Library or Mac, you should first copy them from your iPhone to your Mac or iTunes Library first. Otherwise, after syncing your iPhone with your Mac, you'll lose them forever. To transfer media files from your iPhone to your Mac through iPhone Transfer.

Please refer the following step: How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac without iTunes?

Part 3. Sync iPhone with Mac

a. Sync iPhone with Mac via a USB cable


Step1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone with your Mac. Click iTunes View menu and select Show Sidebar.

Step2. Click your iPhone under DEVICES in the left sidebar. And then on the right side, you can see Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Photos, and more tabs. Click each tab respectively. And then you can see the Sync option. Check it to sync files from your iTunes Library to your iPhone.



b. Sync iPhone with Mac through Wi-Fi


Step1. Open your iTunes on Mac. For the first time, you need to connect your iPhone with your Mac via the USB cable. Click View > Show Sidebar.

Step2. Click your iPhone in the left sidebar. And then you can see the Summary window on the right side. In the Options area, check sycn with this iPhone over Wi-Fi.



Step3. After setting this, whenever your computer and your iPhone are on the same network, your iPhone will appear in iTunes automatically. And the syncing begins between your iPhone and Mac automatically.

From above steps, you will not worry about erasing data when syncing your iPhone to new Mac. Moreover, if you really lost the data accidentally, you can also get them back via iphone data recovery software.