If the device normally backs up to i Cloud but you want to also make a local backup, you force one manually simply by right-clicking on it in the Since you’re planning a major i OS update, it’s probably a good idea to make this additional manual backup even if your girlfriend is also backing up her device to i Cloud.i OS updates are normally non-destructive, but there are never any guarantees of this, so a recent backup should be considered a must.Note that this backup only includes application , so you’ll want to ensure that your girlfriend’s apps and media content are also backed up to your i Tunes library before proceeding.
Is there a way to sync her i Pad and retain her data?
You can definitely backup and update her i Pad on your computer, and in fact it’s not nearly as scary or difficult as it sounds.
When you plug any i Pad (or i Pod or i Phone) into a different library, i Tunes defaults to essentially doing nothing; if the device has never before been connected to Note that if you have any i OS device backups on your Mac Book, you will first be prompted to either restore a backup or set it up as a new device; simply choose the “Set up as new…” option which will take you to the initial setup screen shown above.
If the device is not already configured to make backups to i Cloud, then i Tunes will make an initial backup automatically as soon as you complete the setup assistant.
Content stored within third-party applications is already handled as part of the standard i Tunes/i Cloud backups or by the apps’ own third-party cloud services.
Keep in mind, however, that this process will transfer all of your girlfriend’s content into i Tunes library by default, and should you need to restore and re-sync her device after the update, you’ll end up needing to sort out which items are hers out of the newly combined i Tunes library.A better alternative might be to create a new i Tunes library just for her apps and content.Ask i Lounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their i Pod-, i Phone-, i Pad-, i Tunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the i Lounge editorial team.We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the i Lounge Discussion Forums.Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask i Lounge Submit Form. She loves it but she does’t have a computer to synch with which creates some problems.We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length. She cannot update the i OS version and she has no backup for the content (mostly photos, email and songs). I am happy to have her use my Mac Book running the latest version of i Tunes, but I am worried that if I connect her to my Mac it will overwrite her data and substitute mine.