How can I back up my iPhone 4 data to iTunes on a new system?

daniel July 29, 2011
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I have an iPhone 4 and the iPhone was backing up (syncing) fine with my old computer. This computer went south along with all of the data, apps music, etc.

So enter a new computer, with a new copy of iTunes and I want to backup all of the stuff on the iPhone4 to iTunes on the new computer. The problem is that iTunes doesn’t recognize the iPhone4 and iTunes wants to delete all data from the iPhone and and replace it with the contents of the current iTunes, which is nothing. Leaving my iPhone empty.

I can’t believe that Apple does not have a solution to cover this problem. And I know I am not the first person to ask this question. Is there an answer to this question? I can’t lose the app(data), pics, music,video, 32 gig. And iTunes wants to delete it before iTunes will recognize this device. HELP!

  1. Luke
    May 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I have the same problem but for my 3Gs. I got a new computer and now i cant backup my phone.

  2. esxibackup
    March 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

    iPhone will automatically sync and create a backup each time your iPhone is connected to your computer. If you want to manually create an iPhone backup though, it is very easy.

  3. Gemma-irwin
    February 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    i have an iphone 4 with ios 5 and everytime i go to back up everything it comes up with the message on my itunes "itunes could not back up the iphone "iPHONE" because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iphone. do you have any suggestions?

  4. Mike
    July 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    iOS and iTunes is not designed to synchronize a device (your iPhone) with multiple computers ~ unfortunately having a new computer with a new iTunes Library identifies as such.

    I assume the reason this wasn't implemented at any time is because it would enable you to transfer commercial content from your iPhone to an unlimited number of computers ~ which could very well be exploited for piracy.Since you lost your previous Library your only option seems to be using a third party software to transfer all content (music, videos, photos) from your iPhone to the new computer.example for Windows: for Mac for your Apps there was an update to the iTunes Store which allows you to view and re-download all previous purchases and downloads.All you have to do is to open the iTune Store, login with your iTunes Account. On the right hand side you will find a link called "Purchases" which will give you a list of the previously bought and downloaded apps.

    • Mike
      July 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Can someone from MUO please fix the linebreaks ~ don't know why it is doing this from time to time :-/

      • Tina
        July 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        Done! It's a Disqus glitch.

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