Sync an iPhone with more than one Mac

Lucy Hat­ter­s­ley’s sim­ple tips will al­low you to sync your iPhone with­out eras­ing any of its apps, mu­sic, photos and other data

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Ev­ery time you plug the iPhone into a new Mac you get a mes­sage say­ing “Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes li­brary?” Ap­ple makes sure you can only sync the iPhone with one Mac at a time. But this fea­ture shows how to sync with more than one Mac.

There are two ways you can sync an iPhone with more than one Mac:

Use a third-party app such as AnyTrans

Sync the iPhone with more than one Mac by man­ag­ing your iPhone man­u­ally. (This erases the con­tent)

It used to be pos­si­ble to trick iTunes into sync­ing with more than one Mac by copy­ing the Li­brary Per­sis­tent ID Key, but this process no longer works. Ap­ple has also tight­ened up the way man­u­ally man­ag­ing iTunes con­tent works, so it wipes con­tent the in­stant you click Erase and Sync (rather than wait­ing). So for the time be­ing it seems that us­ing third-party apps is the way for­ward if you want to keep any me­dia on your iPhone, or man­u­ally man­ag­ing mu­sic if you don’t mind start­ing from a blank slate.

Here we’ll look at both meth­ods. Use AnyTrans If you have mu­sic, movies, TV shows or other data on your iPhone that you don’t want to lose, and wish to sync the iPhone with another Mac (with­out wip­ing the mu­sic), then you need to use a third-party app such as iMo­bie’s AnyTrans 4 (

The app en­ables you to man­u­ally man­age the con­tent on your iPhone. You can trans­fer au­dio, video, photos,

books, pod­casts and other con­tents from your iPhone to your Mac (or vice versa). This is the best op­tion if you don’t have a copy of the iPhone con­tent on a Mac. Use AnyTrans to make sure you’ve got the con­tent on your iPhone on your Mac. Fol­low these steps to trans­fer mu­sic from your iPhone to your Mac:

Down­load Any Trans from the web­site and launch the pro­gram. De­pend­ing on your Gate­keeper set­tings you may need to open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy and click Open Any­way

Con­nect your iPhone to the Mac us­ing the USB ca­ble. Wait for it to con­nect and load all the con­tent

Wait for AnyTrans to fin­ish check­ing your con­tent. This may take a while, de­pend­ing on how much you’ve stored on your iPhone

Hover the pointer over the icon shaped as an ar­row point­ing to iTunes. The words Con­tent To iTunes should ap­pear. Click it

Place a tick next to the items you want to trans­fer Click Start Trans­fer Wait for the Ex­port­ing Me­dia win­dow to fin­ish pro­cess­ing. Your me­dia is now be­ing copied from the iPhone to your iTunes li­brary

The me­dia will now be sent to your copy of iTunes. You can now sync your iPhone with the new Mac, or man­age your iPhone man­u­ally with more than one com­puter.

Man­age your iPhone man­u­ally

The of­fi­cial method of sync­ing an iPhone with more than one Mac is to man­age the con­tent man­u­ally. Ac­cord­ing to the Ap­ple Sup­port web­site: “When man­u­ally man­ag­ing con­tent, you can add con­tent from mul­ti­ple li­braries to your iPod or iPad. Even when man­u­ally man­ag­ing mu­sic.”

The only prob­lem is the first in­stall, which com­pletely wipes all of the me­dia from the iPhone. When you click ‘Man­u­ally man­age mu­sic and videos’ all of the con­tent on the iPhone is re­moved. If you do not have a copy of the mu­sic in your iTunes Li­brary you should use a ser­vice like AnyTrans to trans­fer it first. Once you’ve set your iPhone to man­u­ally man­age mu­sic and videos mode you’ll be able to trans­fer mu­sic from mul­ti­ple Macs with­out get­ting the alert.

Fol­low these steps:

Con­nect the iPhone to your first com­puter Open iTunes Se­lect the iPhone us­ing the De­vice menu in the top-left Click the Sum­mary op­tion and se­lect Man­u­ally Man­age Mu­sic and Videos Click Ap­ply

Man­u­ally add or re­move mu­sic and videos to your iPhone

When you are man­u­ally man­ag­ing mu­sic and videos, you need to copy the mu­sic tracks, and video files, from your iTunes’ li­brary to the iPhone. Here’s how to copy the files across:

At­tach the iPhone to the Mac and open iTunes Choose Mu­sic (or another me­dia op­tion) Drag me­dia to the left of the win­dow Drop it on top of your iPhone (un­der De­vices)

You can now drag items from the main win­dow to this sidebar to add them from iTunes to the iPhone on mul­ti­ple Macs. You can use the icons at the top to switch from Mu­sic, Films, TV Shows and Apps.

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