Connecting iPhone to a new laptop


New Member
Feb 7, 2012
I have bought a new laptop and wish to transfer and backup all the data from my iPhone to this laptop
When I connected my iPhone to the new iTunes that I downloaded it states I already have an iTunes library and if I wish to carry on all data will be erased and replaced with data from the new iTunes

Does anyone know how I can avoid this?

At the moment the only thing I have managed to do two things
1) authorise this laptop to use my iPhone on it
2) save my contacts onto outlook

Your help will be much appreciated! :)


Dec 2, 2007
Long Island, NY
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 phone & then replaced with the content from the second computer. This is a design feature and cannot be overridden. Because you are replacing your computer, the phone will see this computer as a "new" computer. The iTunes content sync is one way: computer to phone. If you have photos that were synced to the phone or music ripped that were not backed up, you will first have to extract them from the phone using third party software, before you do anything else, as Apple makes no provision to do so:

Once you've done that, do the following in the order specified:

1. Disable auto sync when an iPod/iPhone is connected under Preferences>Devices in iTunes(under the edit menu if using Windows).
2. Make sure you have one contact & one event in the supported applications(Address Book, iCal) on your computer. These entries can be fake, doesn't matter, the important point is that these programs not be empty.
3. Connect phone, iTunes running, do not sync at this point.
4. Store>Authorize this computer.
5. File>Transfer Purchases(To make sure all purchased content on phone will be in iTunes library).
6. Right click in the device pane & select reset warnings.
7. Right click again and select backup.
8. Right click again & select restore from backup, select the backup you just made. When prompted to create another backup, decline.
9. This MUST be followed by a sync to restore iTunes content, which you select from the various tabs, You'll get a popup regarding contacts & calendars asking to merge or replace, select merge.

You should be good to go.