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How to Sync iPhone to Multiple Computers

July 24th, 2013 · No Comments

In this article we will tell you about how to sync iPhone to multiple Computers,  Here are the complete details:

Many people use multiple computers one for office work and the other for personal work  for storing music and movies. So very often there comes the desire to sync the iPad or iPhone with multiple computers. But iTune does not allow it, and it simply does not let you synchronize different kinds of applications in different computers.

Yet it is possible to do such a thing with your computers and iOS devices. iTune has been set so that by default it does not allow this kind of application but what if the settings are itself changed? Well then it can be definite connected to two computers.

In the first part of this tutorial, we will deal with changing the settings of iTune, and in the second part we will deal with the secondary computer so that it may have the same iTunes default settings.

Part I (Mac)

For Mac computers.

  1. By clicking on the ‘Finder’ symbol open a new Finder window.
  2. Now from the Go select ‘Go to Folder’.
  3. Type ‘~/music/iTunes/’ and then choose ‘Go’ button.
  4. Open the TextEdit file –iTunes Music Library.xml by double clicking on it.
  5. Note the Library Persistent ID value key. Do not modify the file before closing it. It must look close to this- D501EB4887717F8F.

Part I (Windows)

For Windows OS follow this tutorial-

  1. Go to the ‘Start’ button and choose ‘Music’ from the options.
  2. Click twice on the iTunes folder
  3. Now click twice on the iTunes Music Library.xml open it in a notepad
  4. Note the Library Persistent ID key value. Do not modify it and it may look like- 20F830293962CBA4.

Part II (Mac)- Secondary Computer

Now follow these steps for Mac as secondary computer-

  1. By clicking ‘Finder’ icon open a new finder window.
  2. In the Go menu choose ‘Go to folder’.
  3. Type ~/music/iTunes/ and choose ‘Go’ option.
  4. Select the files-iTunes Music Library.xml as well as iTunes Library– and choose Command+c and then Command+v to make a back-up of the files.
  5. Open iTunes Music Library.xml file by clicking twice.
  6. Change the Persistent Library Key ID into one that we have noted from Part I and save it.
  7. Now open iTunes Library with HexEditor (after downloading it).
  8. Use HexEditor to look for the old Library Persistent ID that we have replaced by typing in the ‘Find’ option in Menu bar. Choose ‘Hex’ as your search option.
  9. Now replace the old ID with the one we noted in Part-1 step 5 and save the file.
  10. Now launch iTunes and sync with new computer by connecting your iPhone to it. From the Summary Tab if you will select ‘Manually manage music and videos’ then you will not be prompted for erasing the data. 

Part II (Windows)-Secondary Computer

For Windows as a secondary computer you must continue here-

  1. Look out for ‘Music’ in the menu by clicking the start button.
  2. Click twice on iTunes folder
  3. Create a backup of the iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library.it/ by Control+c (copy) and Control+v (paste) options.
  4. Open iTunes music Library.xml once again
  5. Note the current Library Persistent ID and change it with the one that we noted in Part I. Save the file
  6. Download HexEditor and open iTunesLibrary.it/ using it
  7. After opening iTunes Library.it/ utilize HexEditor to look out for the old Library Persistent ID that was replaced in step 5. Check ‘Find’ option in the Menu bar and choose ‘Hex’ as your search option.
  8. Replace the old ID with the one that we noted in Part I
  9. You are now free to connect iPhone to a new Windows computer by selecting the device from the available list of devices.

Hope this article about how to sync iPhone to multiple Computers helped you.

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