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How to sync an iPhone

With millions of people owning an Apple iPhone and millions more picking one up in replacement of their old smart phone each year it is not uncommon for questions on how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes or how to transfer music from iPhone to a computer to come up. This page will tell you how to sync iPhone with your laptop, PC or Mac so that you can make sure that all of your favorite tunes, apps, messages, pictures, games and contacts are both on your cell phone and back up on your iTunes. This really is a plain, simple and not to mention free guide to syncing your iPhone with your computer!

How to transfer music from iPhone to computer

If you have found your way to this page then it is likely you are going to want to know how to transfer music from iPhone to a computer, or more specifically how to transfer music from an iPhone to iTunes, and this is the section where we will give you a quick and easy to follow guide on exactly how you can do this.

So the chances are you have a load of music on your Apple iPhone handset that you have downloaded from the iTunes store and you want to back it up so that if anything ever happened to the handset all is not lost and you don't have to buy it all again. You may also want to increase the iTunes library that you have on your laptop, PC or Mac as this is generally where people store the hub of their music. In either scenario the question 'how do I transfer music from iPhone to my computer?' is one that will pop up.

What you will need in order to transfer music from iPhone to a computer is the following:

  • A computer - laptop/Mac/PC
  • An iTunes account
  • iTunes to be on the computer
  • Your iPhone
  • A USB data cable

The first thing you are going to need to do is get iTunes on your laptop, PC or Mac, if you don't already have it. This won't take long and will not cost you anything, simply go to the Apple site and follow the iTunes links to download it to your desktop. You will also need an iTunes account that you can sign up for on the Apple site, should you not already have one.

One thing that you will need to do in order to transfer music from your iPhone to iTunes is to authorize the computer that you are using. This will need to be done before you connect your iPhone to the computer via your USB cable. If you have previously authorized the computer with your iPhone then don't worry you don't need to do it again.

To authorize your computer you will need to do the following:

  1. Open up iTunes. This can be done by clicking, or double clicking, the iTunes icon on your desktop.
  2. Go to the 'Store' tab on your menu and select 'Authorize this computer'.
  3. This will then bring up a box to sign-in. Do so using the account that you have, either through Apple or AOL.
  4. This will need to be done again if the music that you are trying to transfer from your iPhone to your computer was brought with multiple iTunes accounts.

Now this is how you transfer music from iPhone to a computer:

  1. 1. Attach your USB data cable to both the iPhone and the computer.
  2. 2. If the iPhone has been synched to another computer then a box will pop up with a message to say so. It will give you two options:
    a: 'Erase and sync' - This will erase the contents of the iPhone's music library and replace it with only what is already on the computer's iTunes. Even if the iTunes on the computer is blank that will just mean that the iPod on the phone will become blank.
    b: 'Transfer purchases' - This will move the music from the iPhone to the iTunes library on the computer and amalgamate the two on there.
  3. NOTE - There is a box that can be ticked that says 'Do not ask me again', this is important as if it has been ticked in the past then these options will not appear for you. See 5.
  4. 3. You are going to want to choose option 'b' because that is transferring the music from the iPhone to the computer.
  5. 4. The computer will then start to sync the iPhone with iTunes and transfer all of the music that have been bought with the authorized accounts.
  6. 5. If you have previously copied music from your iPhone to iTunes and ticked the 'Do not ask me again' box then there are other methods to transfer the music.
  7. 6. When on iTunes go to the 'File' menu and select 'Transfer purchases from Stevie Gerrard's iPhone', the name of the iPhone will obviously be your own.

Your music will now have been copied from your iPhone to your computer and this shouldn't have taken any more than a few minutes. It is important not to remove the USB cable while the iPhone and iTunes are showing as 'sync in progress'.

We hope that this quick guide on how to transfer music from an iPhone to computer has been of use to you.

How to transfer music from computer/iTunes to iPhone - How to sync iPhone with iTunes

In this section we are going to explain how to sync an iPhone with iTunes so that you can make sure that everything on your iPhone is backed up on your computer and not just your music. Just as we have provided an easy step by step guide above as to how to transfer music to iTunes, we will give you easy steps on syncing your iPhone with iTunes.

What can you sync from your iPhone to your computer?

  • Messages
  • Photos
  • Music
  • Apps
  • Notes
  • Contacts
  • Calender
  • Bookmarks
  • Movies
  • Games

The steps that you will need to take to sync you iPhone with your iTunes are as follows, please note that this is not only how to transfer music from computer to iPhone but also the items mentioned on the above list, or any of them that your require:

  1. If you don't already have iTunes on your computer then download it from the Apple website. If you already have iTunes then open this up by clicking or double clicking on the iTunes icon on your desktop.
  2. Connect you iPhone to iTunes using the USB data cable.
  3. A box may come up to ask whether you want to download the latest version of iTunes. You can do that now or later it does not matter too much on this explanation as to how to transfer music from computer to iPhone.
  4. Go through the pages on your iTunes and check the boxes of the things that you want to sync, any unchecked boxes corresponding to anything on the above list will mean that they will not be synced with the iPhone. You can alter these options every time you sync your iPhone.
  5. Once you have checked all of the boxes you want, click 'Apply' on the bottom right of the iTunes window.

Do not remove the data cable from your computer or the iPhone while they are showing 'sync in progress'.

We hope that this quick and easy guide on how to transfer music from an iPhone to iTunes on your computer has been helpful to you.

How to download music to iPhone

So far on the page we have covered how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes, but what about if you want to know how to download music to an iPhone in the first place? There are various ways that you can get your favorite tunes onto your Apple iPhone handset so that they are there on the inbuilt iPod whenever you want to listen to them. The two primary ways of how to get music onto your iPhone is directly from the iTunes store via the iTunes app on your iPhone. This is one of the pre-installed applications and will have a white music note with a white circle around it on a purple background. In order to download music to an iPhone from iTunes you are going to need an iTunes account. This is quick and easy to set up via your Apple iPhone handset or online. There is every possible type of music that you can imagine in the iTunes store and it can be in your own music library in just a few moments. We do recommend that you always sync your iPhone with your iTunes on your computer after getting new music though so that it is backed up. Otherwise if you ever lose or break your iPhone your purchases can be lost.

The other main way to download music to your iPhone is via iTunes on your laptop, PC or Mac. This is simply syncing your phone and therefore music library with the computer via your USB data cable as we have already explained in the previous section.

How to sync iPhone without iTunes?

Depending on where you look on the internet and who you ask how to sync an iPhone without iTunes, you will likely get conflicting answers. If you are told that this is something that is not possible then we can correct this by assuring you that it is. There a number of programs that can be used to do this but getting iTunes is recommended. Other programs that you can download as an alternative include Xilisoft iPhone transfer, ImTOO iPhone transfer and Media Monkey on Windows.

More Information

We hope that our page on how to transfer music from an iPhone to iTunes as been able to help you with syncing your iPhone successfully and therefore being able to not only copy music from iPhone to iTunes but also to be able to copy music from iTunes to your iPhone! There is plenty more to our page than how to transfer music from iPhone to a computer so please take a little bit of time to have a look around at all of the free information that we have on offer. If you have an iPhone then you may be interested in our best smartphone page, and if you are someone that likes to send a lot of text messages but is tired of the huge bill you are left with each month, then take a quick look at our free text messaging online page. As you hopefully will have seen in our how to sync iPhone section with iTunes, it is quick and easy to download music to iPhone and this is one of the many reasons why the Apple device is by far the most popular smartphone on the market today.

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