I want to sync my previously never synced iPhone (filled with 2 years of pics & music) to my mother's Mac. Is there any risk of data loss? It has never been linked to a computer. I have many pictures & videos of my baby & don't want to lose them!
Yes - there always is a risk of data loss even though the software (iTunes and iOS) are designed to let you make a backup and transfer all data before it erases anything.
Best to go online / call apple or visit a store and research how to prevent an automatic sync for your version of iTunes and the steps to back up / transfer that content before you start.
Without knowing your iOS version and iTunes version it's hard to be more specific. It should go fine, but best to be prepared beforehand.
Here's how to do it:
- Connect your iPhone via USB to the Mac.
- Start iTunes
- On the left menu in iTunes, your iPhone should appear.
- Do a right click on your iPhone
- You have two options now:
First: Select Backup. So your iPhone creates a local backup of your whole iPhone data. Second: Select "Transfer Purchases"
So all your Music, Videos etc. should be transfered to the Mac.
I would prefer to create a backup first, and then transfer all your purchased data.
You can transfer all music and pictures on to her Mac.
Open finder and navigate to the iPhone, you can then extract all the images as you would with a digital camera.
To take the music files you will need to use a piece of software such as Xilisoft you cannot manually take the audio from an iPhone as it appears as a camera unlike an iPod which appears as a harddrive.