If you’ve got yourself a new Mac and you’re wanting to sync your iPhone to it but worried about losing your whole iTunes library, then we’ve got the solution. Discussed below is how to sync your iPhone to your Mac in a few easy steps.
When you get a new Mac and new version of iTunes installed, it will automatically want to delete all of the content on your iPhone. It’s a stupid little thing that happens, but if you don’t do the right thing, then you can lose everything on your iPhone.
Grab all your old iTunes media
So, first of all, you’re going to have to head back to your old computer (with your old iTunes on it) and grab all the media off it for transfer.
For Windows users, open up iTunes on your old computer and click on the Edit menu and then Preferences. If you’ve got a Mac, then just click on the iTunes > Preferences. Take note of the folder displayed in the Preferences box because you will need to remember it for a little bit later. Now, click on Advances. You will need to select the options for ‘Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library’ and ‘Keep iTunes Media folder organized’. Select OK and then head to File > Library > Organize Library. In the popup, check ‘Consolidate files’ and then press OK.
All your media is now consolidated. You can get on to the second part of the process: moving it over to your new computer. If you’ve got a lot of files, then you will need to use an external hard drive, but those with a smaller collection may just get away with a USB thumb drive.
Ok, so where’s the folder full of all your stuff? That’s the folder that you noted down from your Preferences just a little while before. Copy this entire folder onto your external hard drive or USB stick.
Now, open up iTunes on your new Mac and head to the Edit menu and then click on Preferences. Check out the folder listed here. This is the folder that you are going to replace with the folder that you copied onto your external hard drive or USB stick. Got it? Good.
At this point, hook up your external drive to your new Mac and paste over the folder with the folder on the drive. If you’ve downloaded anything on your new iTunes already, then you will need to merge these two folders instead.
Grab any extra media on your iPhone
If you’ve got anything on your phone that isn’t already on your computer, now you’ll have to transfer this across too. You’ll need to use the third party program TunesGo by Wondershare to do this, so go ahead and download the program to start.
Connect your iPhone up to your new Mac and launch TunesGo. From the opening page, you can copy all your media from your iPhone to your computer with TunesGo.
Sync it all up
Now you can sync everything up! Open up iTunes, select the View menu and then Show Sidebar. Select your iPhone under the Devices list on the sidebar. Open up each tab on top (Music, Apps, etc.) and click on Sync under each tab. Afterwards, everything will be synced up.
To switch on ‘sync over Wi-Fi‘ (so that automatic syncing is switched from now on), head to the Summary tab at the top of iTunes and find Options. After which, tick the checkbox Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi. Voila! Now every time your Mac and iPhone are nearby each other with the Wi-Fi switched on, they’ll automatically sync up so that you don’t have to remember to do it all the time. Too easy!
You can also use the TunesGo program that you’ve dowdloaded as an alternative media manager to iTunes on your computer. It lets you do some neat stuff like downloading directly from YouTube and recording straight from Internet radio. If you’re sick of using iTunes all the time, then it’s a great alternative program.
Don’t forget to tell your friends how to sync your iPhone to your Mac if they’re struggling with this issue too. It’s a common one, and not something that we often know how to do!