Manage iPhone Manually

12.01.10 |  Category: Without iTunes |  Author:
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How to set up iPhone for manual management

Note: for instructions on How to Manage iPhone without iTunes read our dedicated tutorial

If you encounter problems with iTunes 10 asking you to Erase and Sync the contents of your iPhone, try this: How to prevent iTunes 10 from syncing iPhone

In case you need to connect your iPhone to a Computer whose library is different from yours or if for any reason you need to prevent iTunes from automatically syncing your iPhone, it can be convenient to switch your iPhone to Manual Mode

Set up iTunes to Manage iPhone manually

  • Start by connecting your iPhone to your Computer ( iTunes should open up automatically. If not, launch it from Start->All Programs->iTunes->iTunes )
  • Click your iPhone in the "Devices" section on the left
  • Tick the "Manually manage music and videos" option

From now on, you can drag Songs manually from the library to your iPhone

Notes & possible issues

  • If you need to Transfer Songs from iPhone to library, just follow the dedicated procedure
  • If iTunes does not allow you to change this option without syncing and erasing your iPhone, go to iTunes > Edit > Preferences > Devices and check the "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically" option
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