How to Sync an iPhone to a New Computer without Losing Music

By Joshua Bailey

Syncing your iPhone is an ideal way to simplify how much self management goes into your iPhone. This means that every time you connect your iPhone to your computer, iTunes sorts the music and videos and places the additional ones on your iPhone. If you sync with an empty library, you will lose all of your data, so if you are going to a new computer where your music has yet to migrate over to, take comfort in knowing you will not lose your data when you connect your iPhone.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • iPhone
  • USB cable

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of iTunes (see "Resources"). It is important that you install the most recent version because not all of the versions have the same options.

Step 2

Plug your iPhone into your computer with the supplied USB cable and wait as the drivers are downloaded and installed. The drivers will allow your computer to read the iPhone file system.

Step 3

Open iTunes after your computer recognizes your iPhone. iTunes may or may not open automatically when you plug in your iPhone; if it does, do not try to open it again. When the home menu appears for iTunes, click onto your iPhone icon on the left side of iTunes. This will bring up your iPhone's summary page.

Step 4

Click "Manually Manage Music and Videos" then click "Apply." This will prevent you from losing your data when going into iTunes. When you have populated your iTunes with your music again, uncheck the "Manually Manage Music and Videos" box.