How to Sync My iPhone With My Existing iTunes Account

You can sync an unlimited number of iOS devices to your existing iTunes account.
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When you transition to a new iPhone, you can import the content from your old device so you don't have to waste time setting up the new one. Using iCloud, you can do it all wirelessly, backing up your old iPhone and then using the restore tools to initialize the new iPhone. Apple also enables multi-device synchronizing in iTunes, so you can sync a new iPhone with your existing iTunes account even if you've synced other iOS devices with the account.

1 ICloud Backup

2 Tap Settings on the older iPhone and then iCloud

Tap "Settings" on the older iPhone and then "iCloud."

3 Enter your Apple ID

Enter your Apple ID and password if prompted.

4 Tap Storage

Tap "Storage & Backup" and turn on iCloud Backup.

5 Tap Back Up Now

Tap "Back Up Now" to initiate a backup and let the device process the command. It could take several minutes depending on the amount of data contained in the backup and the speed of the Internet connection.

6 ICloud Restore

7 Follow the on-screen

Power on the new iPhone and follow the on-screen prompts to select your country, enable Location Services and connect to a Wi-Fi network.

8 Restore from iCloud

Tap "Restore from iCloud Backup" when prompted to set up the iPhone and log in with your Apple ID and password.

9 Select the appropriate iCloud backup point

Select the appropriate iCloud backup point from the dated list of all backups you have performed with iCloud and wait until the device has finished restoring. It may take several minutes depending on the amount of data to transfer and the speed of the data connection.

10 Let the device

Let the device restart when the restoration is complete.

11 ITunes Syncing

12 Connect the iPhone

Connect the iPhone to the computer using the included USB cable and wait for iTunes to automatically launch.

13 Select the iPhone from the list of available devices

Select the iPhone from the list of available devices. If you have more than one iOS device connected or present over Wi-Fi, select the appropriate iPhone.

14 Configure the synchronization settings

Configure the synchronization settings you wish to maintain. For example, you can disable music syncing in the Music tab or configure how you want to sync contacts and calendars in the Summary tab.

15 Click Apply to initiate the sync

Click "Apply" to initiate the sync.

  • Information in this article applies to iTunes 11 and iPhones running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • You can also enable Wi-Fi syncing when connected to iTunes by selecting the "Summary" tab and checking the box next to "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi." From then on, any time your computer and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iPhone will appear in iTunes and be available for syncing without the USB cable needed.

Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.