iPhone4, syncing to iTunes 10.6.3 on a mac G5 running OS 10.5.8 (This is the latest system version that the G5 will run)

I sync some audio on the G5 to my wife's iPhone, no problem. About half the iPhone memory is taken up with photos going back several years- photos have never been synced. If I turn ON photo syncing now, will it delete all photos on the phone? We do NOT want this to happen! But it's clogged up, and the photos don't need to be on the phone, just kept somewhere else where we can see them. But how do we get them to that "safe somewhere else" without risking them getting deleted forever? [I really miss the days where an iPod showed up on the desktop as an external disk, and you knew where you were!!!!] The dialogue on iTunes says 'Sync from folder...' which is what alarms me. I want things to go from the phone to a folder.

Hope someone can explain this to me. Cheers!

  • You should be able to use Image Capture to download the photos to the computer instead of iTunes.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Apr 30, 2018 at 17:17

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@IconDaemon is right, best bet is to use Image Capture to download the photos to your Mac:

  1. Connect the phone via usb.
  2. Spotlight "Image capture" or Go To... /Application/Image Capture
  3. Under devices in the image capture window you should no see the iPhone, select it and it will start loading all the photos.
  4. At the bottom of the window there is a "Import to" selection menu. Choose an iPhotos library, or just select a folder to download to, then click import all

You can optionally choose to delete the photos from the iPhone once imported.

Now that the photos are on your Mac, you can turn on iTunes syncing for photos and select the iPhoto library or folder that you choose to download to.

  • Brilliant! Image Capture was already on my G5, and it did the job perfectly. Just what I wanted- much better than the "all or nothing" iPhoto sledgehammer-to-crack-a-nut! Commented May 14, 2018 at 14:03
  • Is there a similar thing for mp3s, perchance??!! Commented May 14, 2018 at 14:03
  • Pulling music and movies from an iPhone will require 3rd party software. I use: macupdate.com/app/mac/25347/phoneview, but there are alternatives, see the section titles similar software. This allows you to download music to your Mac. The files can then be added to iTunes. Which in turn can be synced back to the phone.
    – sansSpoon
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 3:52

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