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How to Speed Up iPhone 3G Syncing in iTunes

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Many people have had this issue with syncing their iPhone 3G’s–long sync times. What gives? Well it turns out the delay has been linked to the iPhone’s sending of diagnostic data back to Apple. The following procedure does not remove the backup process itself, so your precious iPhone data will still be there. I just tried out the following steps myself and it worked flawlessly! So I thought it would be of interest to you guys as well, for those who have not read about this yet.

How to Speed Up iPhone 3G Syncing in iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone 3G to your computer.
  2. Once connected, uncheck the “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” box under Options.
  3. Unplug iPhone and plug back in. Right click on the iPhone in the left menu, and choose ‘Reset Warnings’.
  4. Click sync in the bottom right hand corner–this will incur a pop up window. Untick the “Do not ask me again” box and then click on Don’t Send. That’s it!

  1. Re-tick the box in Step 2 for “Automatically sync…”

After I followed these steps my iPhone sync time was literally cut down by more than half–it definitely sped things up. Prior to this, syncing a few songs and such would take FOREVER…to the point where I’d want to smash my iPhone 3G (well not really). Give this a try if you’re having some issues with long sync times and let me know if it worked or not!

Big thanks to Lightbrazer from HoFo and GearDiary for the pic!

Side note: my replacement iPhone will be arriving today via UPS…stay tuned as I will give you the updated results on my iPhone 3G battery issues.

PS – Don’t forget to enter my FREE invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone 3G contest! Post a comment on this post to win! Enter coupon code “iphoneinca” for 10% off your order! Click here to visit the invisibleSHIELD website!

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  • iPhoneFan, I just adore all the amazingly awesome information you come up with! Between X1 & yourself, you never cease to amaze me with all the incredible news items that you so graciously provide us with…not just ‘once a week’ but you do it daily!!!!
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    With your fantastic BLOG, it’s all in one place!
    Pls, don’t ever stop! In all seriousness, the first thing I do is open my laptop to check my email.
    With that, I eagerly search for the reminder email that there’s a ‘new BLOG entry on iPhone In Canada’.! And, it never, ever disappoints me!

    As for the InvisiShield, I would love to have one of these! I’ve heard about it, off & on, since I’ve become part of this BLOG/forum & the fact that yours is so wonderful,not to mention the incredible guarantee, I would absolutely love to have one!
    Have a good one,
    Cheers,
    Mystique 🙂

  • iPhoneFan, I just adore all the amazingly awesome information you come up with! Between X1 & yourself, you never cease to amaze me with all the incredible news items that you so graciously provide us with…not just ‘once a week’ but you do it daily!!!!
    I swear, we couldn’t ‘precious,golden nuggets’ like this on our own, even if we tried! Plus, if we did try, we’d have to search the ‘net over, to try to find it.
    With your fantastic BLOG, it’s all in one place!
    Pls, don’t ever stop! In all seriousness, the first thing I do is open my laptop to check my email.
    With that, I eagerly search for the reminder email that there’s a ‘new BLOG entry on iPhone In Canada’.! And, it never, ever disappoints me!

    As for the InvisiShield, I would love to have one of these! I’ve heard about it, off & on, since I’ve become part of this BLOG/forum & the fact that yours is so wonderful,not to mention the incredible guarantee, I would absolutely love to have one!
    Have a good one,
    Cheers,
    Mystique 🙂

  • LOL…thanks for the kind comments Mystique! 🙂

  • LOL…thanks for the kind comments Mystique! 🙂

  • LOL…thanks for the kind comments Mystique! 🙂

  • LOL…thanks for the kind comments Mystique! 🙂

  • But….I only speak the truth…..Oh Hallowed iPhone Guru, lmao….. 😉
    Trying to load the IRC Chat, can’t get it working just yet but hope to, very soon! What another amazingly awesome idea…..
    That’s what’s so gr8 about this site/BLOG, you’re always evolving!

  • But….I only speak the truth…..Oh Hallowed iPhone Guru, lmao….. 😉
    Trying to load the IRC Chat, can’t get it working just yet but hope to, very soon! What another amazingly awesome idea…..
    That’s what’s so gr8 about this site/BLOG, you’re always evolving!

  • But….I only speak the truth…..Oh Hallowed iPhone Guru, lmao….. 😉
    Trying to load the IRC Chat, can’t get it working just yet but hope to, very soon! What another amazingly awesome idea…..
    That’s what’s so gr8 about this site/BLOG, you’re always evolving!

  • Jimbo

    Hey I agree with Mystique 100%. Thanks for everything iPhone Fan, without you I never would have had the confidence to buy my first iPhone and unlock it nor would I have been able to enable all the great features and make my own ringtones. This is by far one of the best websites I have ever come across and I just want to take a moment to thank you for pioneering it. Long live iphoneincanada.ca !!!

  • Jimbo

    Hey I agree with Mystique 100%. Thanks for everything iPhone Fan, without you I never would have had the confidence to buy my first iPhone and unlock it nor would I have been able to enable all the great features and make my own ringtones. This is by far one of the best websites I have ever come across and I just want to take a moment to thank you for pioneering it. Long live iphoneincanada.ca !!!

  • eric

    thanks for the tip…i was just complaining about how slow it is compared to my first gen iPhone

  • eric

    thanks for the tip…i was just complaining about how slow it is compared to my first gen iPhone

  • franko

    didn’t work for me…..

    but I do get the spinnnig ball of boardom for 1.5 minutes every time I plug in…

  • franko

    didn’t work for me…..

    but I do get the spinnnig ball of boardom for 1.5 minutes every time I plug in…

  • franko

    didn’t work for me…..

    but I do get the spinnnig ball of boardom for 1.5 minutes every time I plug in…

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks iPhone Fan! I think Mystique’s feelings reflect many of us 😀
    I’m trying to build up the nerve to update my 1st Gen iPhone to 2.0… waiting to hear some success stories. Don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable jail-breaking 3G… it aint broke, so I don’t see the need to fix it. I do however, miss the ability to customize the springboard!

    Thanks again. Cheers!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks iPhone Fan! I think Mystique’s feelings reflect many of us 😀
    I’m trying to build up the nerve to update my 1st Gen iPhone to 2.0… waiting to hear some success stories. Don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable jail-breaking 3G… it aint broke, so I don’t see the need to fix it. I do however, miss the ability to customize the springboard!

    Thanks again. Cheers!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks iPhone Fan! I think Mystique’s feelings reflect many of us 😀
    I’m trying to build up the nerve to update my 1st Gen iPhone to 2.0… waiting to hear some success stories. Don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable jail-breaking 3G… it aint broke, so I don’t see the need to fix it. I do however, miss the ability to customize the springboard!

    Thanks again. Cheers!

  • bc

    not sure if this will help but… today iTunes 7.7.1 was released via Software Update

    “iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance”

    my iPod Touch w/ 2.0 firmware would beachball iTunes 7.7 for 4 or 5 minutes when connected, before appearing in the devices list of iTunes and finally allowing me to sync.

    but after updating to iTunes 7.7.1 everything works like normal again – it connects with a few seconds. perhaps those of you with problems syncing with iPhone 3G might try the update

  • bc

    not sure if this will help but… today iTunes 7.7.1 was released via Software Update

    “iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance”

    my iPod Touch w/ 2.0 firmware would beachball iTunes 7.7 for 4 or 5 minutes when connected, before appearing in the devices list of iTunes and finally allowing me to sync.

    but after updating to iTunes 7.7.1 everything works like normal again – it connects with a few seconds. perhaps those of you with problems syncing with iPhone 3G might try the update

  • bc

    not sure if this will help but… today iTunes 7.7.1 was released via Software Update

    “iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance”

    my iPod Touch w/ 2.0 firmware would beachball iTunes 7.7 for 4 or 5 minutes when connected, before appearing in the devices list of iTunes and finally allowing me to sync.

    but after updating to iTunes 7.7.1 everything works like normal again – it connects with a few seconds. perhaps those of you with problems syncing with iPhone 3G might try the update

  • bc

    not sure if this will help but… today iTunes 7.7.1 was released via Software Update

    “iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance”

    my iPod Touch w/ 2.0 firmware would beachball iTunes 7.7 for 4 or 5 minutes when connected, before appearing in the devices list of iTunes and finally allowing me to sync.

    but after updating to iTunes 7.7.1 everything works like normal again – it connects with a few seconds. perhaps those of you with problems syncing with iPhone 3G might try the update

  • Guest

    Thanks for the top iPhoneFan! 😉

  • Guest

    Thanks for the top iPhoneFan! 😉

  • Guest

    Thanks for the top iPhoneFan! 😉

  • Dusty

    Thanks for the top iPhoneFan! 😉

  • Guest

    I meant to say *tip* lol

  • Guest

    I meant to say *tip* lol

  • Guest

    I meant to say *tip* lol

  • Dusty

    I meant to say *tip* lol

  • It’s still taking a year to do the ‘backup’

  • It’s still taking a year to do the ‘backup’

  • It’s still taking a year to do the ‘backup’

  • It’s still taking a year to do the ‘backup’

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  • Bhavya Chugh

    HEY….Thanxx for the amazing tip….i have researched for the invisible sheild a lot…and i reallt want it….i would love to get this for free…anyway i have an iPhone 3G 2.0 and i would love to protect this awsome machine….thnxx again1

  • Bhavya Chugh

    HEY….Thanxx for the amazing tip….i have researched for the invisible sheild a lot…and i reallt want it….i would love to get this for free…anyway i have an iPhone 3G 2.0 and i would love to protect this awsome machine….thnxx again1

  • Bhavya Chugh

    HEY….Thanxx for the amazing tip….i have researched for the invisible sheild a lot…and i reallt want it….i would love to get this for free…anyway i have an iPhone 3G 2.0 and i would love to protect this awsome machine….thnxx again1

  • Bhavya Chugh

    HEY….Thanxx for the amazing tip….i have researched for the invisible sheild a lot…and i reallt want it….i would love to get this for free…anyway i have an iPhone 3G 2.0 and i would love to protect this awsome machine….thnxx again1

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  • Hmm. Its really great tips to used in iPhone 3G. Will surely check it and then let you know more about result. Thanks

  • You know what, I was in the same boat as you. I loved my customized themes, but the lag was getting to the point where I would just get frustrated. Now, without WB the phone is actually pretty quick when moving from app to app. Let's hope for an update to WB or a new firmware soon.

  • You know what, I was in the same boat as you. I loved my customized themes, but the lag was getting to the point where I would just get frustrated. Now, without WB the phone is actually pretty quick when moving from app to app. Let's hope for an update to WB or a new firmware soon.

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