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iPhone sync taking a long time? Maybe a "manual" sync will help

My iPhone sync has been a real pain in the ass for MONTHS.

If I just quickly want to add a podcast i’ve just downloaded, or add a new playlist or single song, it would take at least 10 mins.
5 mins of Backing Up
5 mins of Copying Applications from iPhone
x mins of Actual Sync

The copying applications passed me by for a while, I misread it as copying TO iPhone.
It turns out there is somekind of problem whereby the applications i’ve bought OTA on the iPhone don’t always get sync’d back to iTunes.  So iTunes, instead of just downloading the app from the appstore itself, tries to copy from the iPhone.
Note:  I’ve not looked online for any confirmation of an official problem, this is just my experience.  YMMV.  I’ve also not reset/restored my iPhone at all which is what generally all ‘solutions’ begin with..

Anyway.  I decided today to download the applications that don’t show up in iTunes and make sure that what was in there was totally in sync with my iPhone.

Once this was done, the backing up portion of the sync took less than 15 seconds, and complete sync action took less than 2 mins.



  1. confused says:

    dont understand yr English

  2. Macca says:

    Interesting, well I’m not sure”yr” is ACTUALLY a word either.

    Anyhow, what don’t you understand exactly?

  3. susan says:

    Yes but HOW does one do a manual sync? 🙂

    that’s what I was looking up when I came here… plus I can’t find any clear info at apple/itunes help (naturally)

    So your post got me halfway, thanks. totally agree on not wanting itunes to take over and sync everything everytime.

  4. Macca says:


    Hi – what is it you actually want to sync?
    With the iPhone connected you can de-select the “Automatically sync when this phone is connected” in iTunes. Then you will need to choose Sync my iPod everytime you want it done. Otherwise it should just sit there charging.



  5. Macca says:

    PS. The “Manual Sync” I was referring to was downloading any apps I’d purchased OTA to iTunes before I sync’d my iPhone – essentially keeping both up-to-date rather than relying in iTunes copying FROM the iPhone.


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