How to Sync iPad to New Computer
I have sold old computer and bought new. I want to sync iPad 2 with iTunes on the new computer. How can I accomplish this?
Many a time there arises a situation when you need to change your computer to a new one or need to shift from a laptop to desktop or vice versa. In all such conditions, if you are using an iPad with your previous system, then you would need to sync your iPad to new computer as well. Syncing your iOS device to a new system can be definitely be a confusing and frightening task, and especially when you have loads of data on your device and you do not want to lose these data. To make thing easy, below given are the best ways for syncing your iPad to new computer without losing any data.
Syncing iPad or any iOS device to a new computer basically means that you are making the iTunes ready to accept the new device. When the iPad is connected to new computer for syncing, iTunes will offer to “erase and replace” the content which is present on your iPad with the content of the iTunes library of new computer. Losing all the data from your previous iTunes library may definitely sound frightening, but there are ways through which you can sync iPad to new computer using iTunes without losing any data.
Before syncing your iPad to new computer, firstly you need to take backup of all the data present on your device. For transferring the data that is purchased from iTunes, you can simply transfer the purchases from the device, but for other data, you can take the backup. Once the data backup is taken, you can sync iPad with below given steps.
Step 1: Install and open iTunes on New computer
Install and open iTunes on your new computer and an interface like below will appear.
Step 2: Connect iPad with the PC
Now using a USB cable, connect iPad to the new computer and the device will be visible on iTunes.
Step 3: Authorize the computer
On the top left corner, press on small menu icon which will open a drop down menu and from select “iTunes Store” and then option of “Authorize this computer”
Step 4: Provide Apple ID and password
A new box will open and will ask for Apple ID and password which you need to enter. Then click “Authorize” and a message of successful authorization will appear and will also show you the number of devices authorized with current ID.
Step 5: Sync iPad to new computer
Now go to the device tab on iTunes and click on Sync tab which will sync the iPad to new computer.
Besides iTunes, you can also sync your iPad using Wondershare TunesGo Retro which is a wonderful software that makes the process of syncing easy as well as fast. While syncing iPad to new computer, there is a risk of losing the data, but using Wondershare TunesGo Retro (for Windows users), you can sync music, movies, playlists, iTunes U, podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows to new iTunes with nothing lost, and more data, like photos, contacts and SMS to the new computer.
Note: The Mac version – Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) - iOS Transfer for Mac lets you sync music and playlists to new iTunes and backup music, photos, movies, podcasts, iTunes U, music videos, audiobook, voice meno and TV shows to the new computer.
Key Features of TunesGo Retro
TunesGo Retro by Wondershare is an amazing software that enables you to transfer playlist, music, videos, TV shows, podcasts , images, music videos, audio books and iTunes U between iDevices, PC and iTunes. Some of the striking features of TunesGo Retro are given below:
• Allows to transfer as well as manage music without any restrictions from iTunes
• Identifies the duplicate and only copies the files which are unique
• Un-supported iOS formats are converted to the compatible ones
• Make any photos or video from apple devices or PC to GIF images
• Transfer music files without any loss of quality
• Entire playlist can be transferred
• Enables connection of multiple devices so that data can be transferred simultaneously
• Allows fixing and optimization of song information
• Allows back up and restore of music as well as video
Supported Devices and iOS System
Below given is the list of the devices and iOS supported by TunesGo Retro
iPhone: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
iPad: iPad Pro, iPad air 2, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad air, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The New iPad, iPad 2, iPad
iPod: iPod touch 6, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4, iPod touch 3, iPod classic 3, iPod classic 2, iPod classic, iPod shuffle 4, iPod shuffle 3, iPod shuffle 2, iPod shuffle 1, iPod nano 7, iPod nano 6, iPod nano 5, iPod nano 4, iPod nano 3, iPod nano 2, iPod nano
Supported iOS: iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 & iOS 9
Below given are the formats supported by TunesGo Retro:
Music Files: MP3, AAC, AC3, APE, AIF, AIFF, AMR, AU, FLAC, M4A, MKA, MPA, MP2, OGG, WAV, WMA, 3G2
Movie Files: MP4, 3GP, MPEG, MPG, DAT, AVI, MOV, ASF, WMV, VOB, MKV, FLV
Podcast: M4A, M4V, MOV, MP3, MP4, M4B
iTunesU: M4A, M4V, MOV, MP3, MP4, M4B
Music Videos: MP4, M4V, MOV
Audiobook: M4B, MP3
TV Show: MP4, M4V, MOV
Photos: JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Solution 1: Steps to sync iPad to New Computer Using TunesGo Retro by Transferring Selective Media files
Using TunesGo Retro, you can sync your iPad to new computer and that too without any loss of your important data and below given are the steps for the same.
Step 1: Install and open Wondershare TunesGo Retro
First of all, install and open TunesGo Retro software on your new PC and an interface like below will appear.
Step 2: Connect iPad with the PC using the USB cable
Now connect your iPad to your PC using the USB cable and the device will be visible under TunesGo Retro interface.
Step 3: Select Media
Now in order to sync your iPad to new computer and transfer media, you need to click on the option of “Media” on the left side of the panel on the interface.
The list of available media will now be visible on the top of the panel on the interface which includes Music, Movies, TVShows, Music Videos, Podcasts, iTunesU, Audiobooks and Home Videos.
Step 4: Select files you want to sync
Now from the selected Media type, select the files that you wish to transfer to your computer. ( Below given image shows, files from Music)
Step 5: Select “Export To”
Select the triangel under the “Export to” that will open a drop down menu, from which select option of “Export to My Computer”.
Step 6: Select the destination folder on PC
Now, select the destination folder on your PC where you wish to transfer the files and the export will thus be completed successfully.
Solution 2: Transferring all files with TunesGo retro
Another way to sync iPad to new computer using TunesGo Retro is by transferring all the files with shortcut key. Using this method, you can only transfer the music files and not any other type of media like video, movies, TV shows or others.
Step 1: Install and open Wondershare TunesGo Retro
Install and open TunesGo Retro on your PC and an interface like below will appear
Step 2: Connect iPad with PC using the USB cable
Connect iPad to your PC using the USB cable and the device will be visible under TunesGo Retro interface.
Step 3: Select “To Folder”
Now in order to transfer all the music files to a folder on your PC, select option of “To Folder” present at the bottom of the interface.
Step 4: Select the destination folder you want to transfer
Select the folder on your PC to where you want to transfer all the music files and the export will be successful.