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    Backing up ipad to itunes on my macbook
    Hi,

    I have just persuaded my son to let me back up his ipad mini to my itunes on my macbook.
    After plugging it in instead of the usual screen to back up it just gives two options

    1) set up as new ipad
    2) restore from back up

    can anyone help

    thanks,

    Dave

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    Backing up ipad to itunes on my macbook
    You cannot backup someone else's device to a different account.
    I assume you have different Apple ID's so iTunes on your device assumes it is a new device for you and offers to erase and sync it to your account.
    Just disconnect it. Don't be tempted to login to iTunes on your computer with his Apple ID either that will cause you both a lot of problems.
    His only alternatives for backup are iCloud or other cloud based storage.


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    Why do you want him to backup his iPad to your MBP? If you really need to do that, you should set up a separate user account to back the iPad up to. Then you can open iTunes and have him log into his iTunes account.
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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Backing up ipad to itunes on my macbook
    Separate user are the important words there.
    Yes if you want to set up a new user account on your laptop for your son he can have his own iTunes with his own music, apps etc, the reason I do not suggest that is because most Mac book users don't have enough storage for two users and sharing is a recipe for conflict.


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    Thats odd because i back up my iphone my wifes and sons iphone to itunes on my macbook and they all have seperate apple id;s!!
    itunes has always baffled me ...........

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    When connecting the iPad to iTunes on the Mac for the first time, choose "Set up as new iPad". This essentially initializes the Mac to recognize it as a device it had not previously "seen", and will not modify anything on the iPad.

    Once you've completed that, you can back the iPad up to the Mac without issue. Be sure to keep the backup to iCloud option enabled on the tablet for it to do periodic backups of its own unless you plan to assume 100% responsibility for backing up the tablet from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Sprague View Post
    You cannot backup someone else's device to a different account.
    I assume you have different Apple ID's so iTunes on your device assumes it is a new device for you and offers to erase and sync it to your account.
    Just disconnect it. Don't be tempted to login to iTunes on your computer with his Apple ID either that will cause you both a lot of problems.
    His only alternatives for backup are iCloud or other cloud based storage.


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    This used to be the case, but no longer. I regularly back up various devices in my house to my MacBook, the iMac, and my wife's MacBook.

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    Hi Ember, when did this change? DavLat I am sorry if I gave you outdated info this is the first I've heard of this, hard to stay abreast of all the changes I guess.
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    Hi Ember, when did this change?
    It's been quite a while. I can remember backing up a friend's iPhone 4 to an older iMac that I no longer have. Maybe more than 5 years ago?

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    It has been a while, although I don't know how long.

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    I suppose this is what happens when the whole family have computers of their own and have never owned more than one iPhone at a time.
    So after some research on the topic I see that it is indeed possible and the "Set up as a new iPhone" is the way to go. BUT Apple still recommends setting up separate user accounts as the best method and I can understand why.
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    For most folks, separate Apple IDs are probably best. I have my iPhone and my wife's listed under my Apple ID because she is technically challenged when it comes to iPhones, iPads, computers, etc. I backup all our devices to my iMac and to my iCloud account. Much easier for me to keep track of everything that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Sprague View Post
    I suppose this is what happens when the whole family have computers of their own and have never owned more than one iPhone at a time.
    So after some research on the topic I see that it is indeed possible and the "Set up as a new iPhone" is the way to go. BUT Apple still recommends setting up separate user accounts as the best method and I can understand why.
    Using separate accounts has advantages, but could also have disadvantages - depends on the exact situation. I find that using a single account across three devices is a giant pain simply because it sucks up so much storage. I have to be very particular about how my devices are backed up or I keep running out of storage space.

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    That's a very good point especially if each user wants to be able to sync their devices, originally the OP was only interested in backing them up so it would be interesting to see exactly how much storage another user takes up if only backups were added but I did mention this in my first post. I would be very tempting to sync apps and download new ones, as well as music, movies, games etc which could pretty rapidly chew up available storage on one device.
    By the wat my previous statement should have read, "when the whole family have computers of their own and have never owned more than one iPhone each at a time."
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    Coordinating apps and such among devices is easier now with the Family Sharing. This allows individual accounts to exist to be tied to that user's pool of devices, but the whole family can participate in a single purchase and ownership pool for the apps. That makes it a -little- easier to use separate accounts for the different devices.

    Additionally, adding children's phones to the Family Sharing allows a parent phone to track the child phone and use the Find My iPhone feature without having to log in to the child's account.

    With the ability now to fully sync text messages (not just iMessages) across devices, it makes it VERY clunky to have a single account in place across multiple users if you want this. Plus, phone call history is synced across devices. LOTS of "info sharing" among family members that likely doesn't need to be there.

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