Forum Question: Sync iPhone and iMac

hi gary i have a coupje of dilemmas i am sure you have the answers to
1) when i sync my iphone with my imac it wont sync the songs i have on my iphone to my imac the i mac is brand new this week so it does not have any songs on it and it says that if i want to sync it to itunes on my imac i will loose the songs on my iphone. what can i be doing wrong

2) when i sync my calendars and contacts i get duplicates and the only way i can get them off my iphone is to delete them manually one by one again what am i doing wrong like i said before i am a newbie to apple and enjoying every minute of it

— paulie3660

Comments: 18 Responses to “Sync iPhone and iMac”

    11/3/09 @ 8:45 am

    To answer your first question: You don’t sync music from your iPhone to your Mac. It is the other way around. You sync from your Mac to your iPhone. Why? Well, that is a complex answer having to do with Apple and the music industry and piracy.
    There is an exception: when you purchase music on your iPhone from iTunes. Then it does sync back to your Mac, as long as the iTunes account is authorized using your same ID as you have for your iPhone. But I’m guessing this isn’t your issue.
    But how did you get the music on your iPhone in the first place? If you had the iPhone synced with another Mac, then you simply have to take that music from that other mac and put it on your new Mac. Is that your situation?
    For your second question, I’d check all of your settings in iTunes for that iPhone. It sounds like maybe you transferred all of your contacts and calendars before, and then switched computers, maybe? This shouldn’t normally happen. But there are iTunes settings to replace all contacts and calendars on the iPhone with the ones on your Mac, and then you should be in sync from them on.

      paulie 3660
      11/3/09 @ 6:05 pm

      i got the music on my iphone from my windows pc is there a chapter in your book that explains how to get my music to my i mac or have you made a video podcast on the subject

      6/24/11 @ 8:36 pm

      Actually I have purchased music from ITunes on my IMac and would like to transfer to my IPhone

        6/24/11 @ 8:38 pm

        Simply connect your iPhone to your iMac, sync. Then go through the settings in iTunes to determine which music syncs. Sync again.

    4/11/10 @ 3:18 am

    If I have new Imac , and an iPhone, how can I go by transfer all my contact and calender and note to the Imac without loosing them from my iPhone

      4/11/10 @ 7:34 am

      What did you sync your iPhone to before? The first thing you should do is to transfer your info from your old confuter to the new one. Once you have all of your old Info on the new computer, then when you change your iPhone to sync to your new computer it will get the data from there.

        Phillip Waldrop
        10/6/10 @ 7:53 pm

        What is the easiest or best way to transfer all of your iTunes info from a PC to a new mac. I want to transfer music, movies, books, bookmarks, etc.

          10/6/10 @ 9:31 pm

          I would put all the media files on an external disk. Then hook in into your Mac and drag and drop all the files into iTunes.

        1/6/11 @ 1:29 pm

        My old pc blew up so I can’t do that! I have a lovely imac but I’m sure its just waiting to gobble up my contents and calendars!!

    6/30/10 @ 4:31 am

    I have a similar problem I have a new iMac and have transferred all my iTunes however every time I sync to my iMac I lose all my calender and nothing on iCal please help I use Microsoft outlook

    1/6/11 @ 1:31 pm

    Oops I meant contacts and calendars!!

    1/8/11 @ 9:42 am

    syncing my imac music to my iphone: a. what is the procedure,
    b. how do I select so that I don’t download all my music – too many…

      1/8/11 @ 9:45 am

      Use iTunes. Connect to your Mac, run iTunes. There are many many options and different ways of syncing music. Explore.

    Denny Fu
    8/13/11 @ 1:05 am

    Can anyone teach me how to put photos from my iphone to imac. Thank you.

      8/13/11 @ 6:43 am

      Do you mean photo you took with the camera on your iPhone, that are now in the “camera roll” — just sync with your Mac and run iPhoto. Then import the photos as you would with any digital camera.

        Denny Fu
        8/13/11 @ 9:15 pm

        Thanks Gary. I was in itune yesterday and that’s why I can’t transfer the photos. Problem have been solved. Thanks for your help Gary.

    Dick Hawley
    8/14/11 @ 5:54 pm

    I have bought tons of music from iTunes store and it has been synced to my iMac. I also have put my purchased CD’s on the iMac. How do I download — only those I’ve checked — from my iMac to my iPhone??? I have an iTunes store account.

      8/14/11 @ 6:04 pm

      Connect your iPhone to your Mac. Run iTunes. Select your iPhone on the left. Then select the Music tab. Then set that up so it only syncs the music you want.

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