iPad2 to multiple computers - how to?

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by phuile, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. phuile

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    iPF Noob

    Dec 27, 2011
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    This question has been asked before, but I didn't see an answer to what I need to do. Can anyone help?

    I bought one iPad, which is a gift for someone. I linked the iPad to my computer (computer A) and put apps onto the iPad (all Free apps). Now I have given the iPad to my friend, I want to sync the iPad to her computer (computer B). I am faced with the panel that ask me to "cancel" or to resync to her iPad which means deleting all the apps I've installed. Since I have put a lot of apps on, I don't want that to happen.

    There is NO other buttons on the panel - NO panel that asks me to transfer purchase, and NO "next" button as some of the posts here indicate.

    Another piece of info which may be important - since I set up everything, I have set up an iTune account for her too. I used that iTune account to install the apps using my computer (computer A), and I am using the same iTune account to try and link the iPad to her computer (computer B), since she will be using that iTune account and using it on her computer.

    How can I do this without loosing everything I've done on the iPad?

    I only have a day or so to do it becasue I have to leave the iPad with her. Please help!!
  2. twerppoet

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    Jan 8, 2011
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    This may help:

    Here is Apple's recommendations on how to transfer all your stuff to a new iPhone. With a few modifications it works very well for moving your iPad to a new computer. Wish I could find one as well written for the actual task.

    iOS: How to back up your data and set up as a new device

    Start by going into iTunes Preferences (before connecting the iPad) and turning off auto-sync. It is under the Devices tab. This will prevent any unwanted syncing before you are ready.

    Do only the parts that apply to your information/situation (i.e.; if you are syncing contacts with Google, don't do the Personal Information Manager part. Stop when you get to the Restore step.

    It would be wise, after the Transfer Purchases option to go through iTunes and make sure everything (media, app, book) got transferred. If not you may have a few more steps to insure all your stuff gets safely backed up on the computer.

    NOTE: If you have picture albums in the Photos app, and they are not backed up somewhere other than the iPad, you need to save them first before doing anything else. The first sync will remove them. The PhotoSync app works well for this, and you can use it before starting any of the other procedures.

    The quality of the pictures recovered this way will probably not match the originals. iTunes optimizes photos for viewing on the iPad when it syncs them.

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