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How to transfer layout from ipad2 to Itunes

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by mediaman09, Sep 16, 2011.

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    I had to reformat my computer. I have all my apps restored etc ie all now back in itunes. but its got an old layout of the icons/pages.

    The layout on my ipad2 is much more recent ( nested icons etc etc).

    If I simply sync now, I will mess up the ipad2.

    Is there a way to essentailly upload from ipsd to itunes (ie one way sync) ??? .. or some other solution???
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    I've got the same problem, if I sync my iPhone or iPad they are screwed.

    iPhone, iPad, AppleTV... got the t-shirt.
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    ISSUE RESOLVED

    I tested this out on my ipod first, and it worked, so I did it on my ipad,
    and it worked as well

    To recap, this process assumes the device has the apps and layout you want, and iTunes does not, yet you want the sync function to work again, like it used to, and leave you with the setup you now have on the device, and become back in sync with iTunes

    Process does not take too long at all -- and its much faster that trying to rebuild the layout manually all over again.

    Heres what I did. I suggest you read this through once before trying it.

    0) Do NOT connect the device
    1) Start iTunes. Go to Edit, Preferences, Device backups
    2) Select Prevent ipods from syncing automatically
    3) Delete the backups listed
    4) Connect the device
    5) Right click on the device in the left pane, and select Backup
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    You now have a good backup, good device, still bad iTunes
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    6) Under Sync, it may or may not be greyed out with your desired layout showing.
    7) Checkmark the Sync Apps check box
    8) Peform the dreaded sync ( this will temporarily leave you with the bad layout on your device . Have faith) .It may ask to transfer purchases back to iTunes, say Yes.It may tell you that your device is activated on another machine and do your really want ot erase thr apps on the device
    and sync to iTunes - say Yes. Dont worry - this is temporary.
    9) At this stage, the bad layout is now synced to your device (keep praying but it will be ok)
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    You now have a good backup, bad device, bad iTunes
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    10) Go to Edit, Preferences, Device backups
    11) Delete the most recent backup, keep the old backup (the good one)
    12) Right click on the device in the left pane, and select Restore from Backup. Let it completely do its thing.
    13) Your device will likely NOT be listed any more, but if you look at your device, it has the good setup (because of the restore)
    14) Disconnect your device and close iTunes (it may close automatically when you disconnect
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    You now have a good backup, good device, still bad iTunes
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    15) Start up Itunes
    16) Connect you device
    17) Under Sync, it may or may not be greyed out with your sesired layot
    showing. Checkmark the Sync Apps check box. It will warn you all your
    exisitng apps will be repalced. Your 'wrong' layout will again appear.
    18) Do another restore
    19) Under Sync apps , it will look wrong, but dont worry - close iTunes
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    20) Restart iTunes - EVERYTHING SHOULD BE BACK TO NORMAL NOW
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    You now have a good backup, good device, good iTunes !!!
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    At this point, create another backup - Right click on the device in the left pane, and select Backup
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    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
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    That didn't work for me, but this did, maybe someone else can confirm:

    With the iPad having the layout you want, and iTunes having the wrong layout...

    1. Enable "Sync Apps" and acknowledge the warning that it will replace all your apps.

    2. Click "Apply" and then immediately click the circled x at the right of the status window to cancel the operation. It will look like nothing has changed.

    3. In the left pane, click some location that is not on the iPad (say, the Apps listing under Library at the top), then click on the iPad device to get back to the previous screen. Now the icons are in the right place!

    4. Quit iTunes. It will ask whether you want to Apply the changes. Say Yes.

    5.Go back into iTunes. Everything should appear in the right place, with Sync enabled.

    I'm pretty sure this is the pattern that worked.
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    cancelling sync works

    anotherscott, your technique worked for me, exact steps I took:
    1) ticked sync apps
    2) applied and accepted warning about wiping
    3) rapidly kept clicking on X until sync cancelled
    4) restarted itunes

    Was then all good!

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