No doubt hundreds of you will have been eagerly anticipating Apple brand-spanking new iPhone 5 a few months ago, but sometimes even the Smartphone daddy can miss a trick. There have been a few complaints about the new iPhone not syncing app and game data from backups, and personally I think that’s a damn shame. Here’s my quick and easy guide for Mac users wanting to make the best iPhone experience possible.
Now, before we begin, I just thought you should know that botched file transfers may corrupt your phone’s file system. If you’re unsure about what you’re doing, it’s probably best to leave it for someone who knows their stuff. We all know a techy guy, so just wait until they’re in town.
What You’ll Need
To repeat, the following instructions are for Mac users ONLY. There are plenty of programs out there for PC users and the process should be fairly similar, so don’t get confused when you can’t find PhoneView for Windows.
- The iPhone you want to transfer from
- The iPhone you want to transfer to
- A computer running Mac OS X
- Phoneview (remember, Mac ONLY) – $29.95
- Your old iPhone’s USB cable
- Your new iPhone’s Lightning cable
Though PhoneView does offer a free trial, the amount of data you’re allowed to transfer is, of course, limited. I grudgingly bought my copy when I got my new iPhone, and to be honest it’s comforting to know it’s on my computer should anything go wrong in future. It’s good being comfy.
Once you’ve ticked off all items on the list above, it’s time to get started.
10 Easy Steps to iPhone Sync Heaven
- Make sure your old iPhone’s unlocked and on the home screen before connecting to your computer.
- Create a folder on the desktop to store transferred data in. We’ll be using this later.
- Connect your old iPhone and open PhoneView
- You’ll be greeted by PhoneView’s main window, which includes a quick-start guide to using the app. On the left there are a number of options for data and media transfer. Select the most appropriate for your needs. I’ll be using game data as an example.
- Once you’ve found the game, it’s time to find the data. Save data is usually stored in the app’s Documents folder, though the specific location may vary from app to app. It won’t hurt to copy the whole Documents folder across.
- Once you’ve found your saved data (or Documents folder) select the ‘Copy from iPhone’ option in the toolbar at the top of the program.
- You’ll be prompted to choose a location to save to. Remember that folder we created on the desktop? Now’s the time to use it!
- After you’ve imported all the data you need/want from your old iPhone, disconnect it and connect your new iPhone or iOS device.
- Find the corresponding game files you imported data from your old device, then simply select the ‘Copy to iPhone’ option to import the data from your desktop folder.
- Repeat until you’ve transferred all the data you want.
Now, that wasn’t too difficult was it? Go out and enjoy your new iPhone, just the way it used to be!
Author Bio: Michael Clark is the person to write this article. He is a regular contributor and a teenage writer. He loves to play tom & jerry games with his brother.