How to Sync iPhone to New Computer

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"I want to sync my iPhone 6s to a new laptop. However, when I start to syncing with the new computer, iTunes wants to erase everything in order to start syncing with this new machine. I cannot figure out how to do this without losing everything on my phone. What can I do?" -- Frustrated user

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It is not an uncommon frustrating situation that when iPhone users want to sync iPhone with new computer they get the "Sync and Erase" message from iTunes. By design, the iPhone will sync iTunes content with one computer at a time. Any attempt to sync such content with a second computer will result in ALL iTunes content being first erased from your phone and then replaced with the content from the second computer.

This post will show you two solutions to sync iPhone X/8/7/6/5 to a new computer without losing data: using transfer tool or using iTunes.

How to Sync iPhone to New Computer without Losing Everything?

To sync iPhone to a new computer without losing photos, messages, contacts and so on, you just need the help of FonePaw iOS Transfer. This software is designed to transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes, and computers. It is capable of syncing iPhone to a new laptop by transferring iPhone files to new computer or iTunes library without erasing contents. Unlike iTunes, this software can also transfer non-purchased files such as photos that were synced to your phone or music ripped on your own to the new computer.

Now, free download the trial version of FonePaw iOS Transfer below and check out the following to backup iPhone with new computer.

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STEP 1. Install and run the program

Download, install and run the program on your computer. Then, connect your iPhone to the computer by using the USB cable coming with your iPhone. Then, in the pop-up primary window, you will see the device is shown there.

Connect iPhone to New Computer

STEP 2. Sync iPhone with new computer

On the bottom line of the primary window, you can quickly sync data to iTunes on the new computer and backup data to the new computer.

Sync iPhone to iTunes on a new computer: By clicking "To iTunes" on the bottom line of the primary window, the program will scan your iPhone. Then, click "Start", which allows you sync music, playlists, movies, podcasts, iTunes U, music videos, TV shows and audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes Library on your new computer quickly.

Transfer iPhone Files to iTunes

Note: This program doesn't support syncing photos, contacts and SMS to iTunes.

Backup iPhone to a new computer: you can also click "To Folder" to backup/sync photos, music, contacts, SMS etc. to the new computer.

Transfer iPhone Files to Folders of New Computer

Or, to sync iPhone to new PC, you can try this way: Find Media, Playlist, Photo, Books, Contacts, and SMS in the left column. Pay attention that Media is made of many data including Music, movies, podcasts, music videos, TV shows, ringtones, and audiobooks. Click every tab to sync these data on your iPhone to new PC or new iTunes.

Export Music from iPhone to Computer

STEP 3. Sync successfully

When the transfer is ongoing, please don't disconnect your iPhone. The progress bar will show you the percentage of the transfer process. When the transfer is done, you can click "Open Folder" to find iPhone files in the target folder or iTunes Library.

Copy iPhone to Local Folder

How to Sync iPhone with Computer with Backup & Restore Tool?

FownPaw iOS Data Backup & Restore is an intuitive software to keep all your data safe and sound on your computer for various data including Music, Videos, Photos, Movies, Notes, Voice memos, and more. You can set an exclusive password to protect saved data. Actually, you can try this way to sync iPhone with PC and backup iPhone to a new computer.

STEP 1. Get Down to the Software

To begin with, FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore should be properly installed. After you launch the software, connect your iPhone with USB cable. Then, click iOS Data Backup to proceed.

Backup Restore Software

STEP 2. Encrypt Your Backup or Not

Now, you'll be asked to make a standard backup or an encrypted backup. If you're encrypting your backup, you should keep the password in mind, which is the only and one way to access your backup file. After that, click "Start" to go on.

Encrypt A Bakcup File

STEP 3. Select Types of Files to Backup

You're able to selectively backup desired types of data to Win/Mac as you like, please highlight those you want to sync from your iPhone to computer. Then, click "Next" to start backing up. It completes in no time.

Select Data to Backup


How to Sync iPhone with New Computer with iTunes?

If you only need to transfer purchased books, music, movies, apps from iPhone to your new PC, you can use iTunes's "transfer purchase" feature to get it done without erasing contents on iPhone. Here is how to do so:  

  1. Click Edit > Preferences. Check "Avoid iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" to avoid any inconvenience.

    iTunes Authorize This Computer

  2. Authorize new PC to use Apple ID.Click Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer. Enter your Apple ID to authorize.

  3. Use USB cable to connect iPhone to new PC.

  4. Go to File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from iPhone.

    iTunes Transfer Purchases

  5. Wait until the syncing to be completed. Thus, this is how to sync your iPhones with iTunes.

Note: Like sync iPhone to new computer, it’s same important to sync files between computers, especially synchronize multiple folders to a new computer. The free backup software, AOMEI Backupper, provides file sync feature to backup your folders without restoration, and you can even transfer the changed data to the destination in a real time.


Which is the Best Way to Sync iPhone with Computer/PC?

From the below chart, we can conclude that: if you want to sync iPhone with a new computer without worrying losing pictures, messages, music etc. on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 5s and so forth, FonePaw iOS Transfer and FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore are good choices for your consideration. What's more, if you want to add files from computer to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, for example, transferring music from computer to iPhone, that's easy as well.

Tool

iTunes

iOS Transfer

Backup & Restore

Erase Data

Yes

No

No

Procedure

Difficult

Simple

Simple

Non-purchased contents

No

Yes

Yes





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