Before you can use your iPod for any use, you have to sync it to an iTunes in a computer first. The first computer to which you have plugged your iPod is now your “home” computer. Now, your iPod is programmed to sync every time it connects to your computer. But what happens when you plug it onto another computer?
What if you have to charge your iPod using your friend’s computer? Or what if you want to copy your friend’s files into your iPod without erasing your songs? Will you risk deleting all your music by plugging your iPod into a non-home computer? Well, you don’t have to. There are many ways to sync your iPod onto another iTunes without erasing your music.
One sure way to do this is by putting your iPod sync setting into manual mode
Putting your iTunes into manual mode has many advantages. For one, it will allow you to plug any device into your computer without the risk of erasing or deleting all the iPods’ files. Moreover, by doing this, you can copy music from your iPod to your computer without erasing your files.
Lastly, you can manage to copy other files other than your songs, such as video files and images, from the computer to your iPod. As such, it would be important for you, as an iPod user, to learn how to put your sync settings into manual mode.
Putting your iPod Sync into Manual Mode
If you plug your iPod into a computer other than your home computer, chances are the default automatic syncing will delete your files. As such, you have to set your sync into manual mode. Here’s how.
Step 1: Plug your iPod into your computer
By default, your iTunes is in automatic mode and should automatically launch. However, since your computer is not the proper home computer of your iPod, an alert sign will pop up. Just click cancel. However, if iTunes did not automatically launch, just open it and then follow the same steps.
Step 2: Select your iPod in the Devices area on the left side of the window. Click on your iPod icon.
Step 3: Click the summary option at the top section of your iTunes window.
Step 4: Click “Manually manage music and videos” A dialog box may appear for confirmation. Just click on OK.
Step 5: Click apply.
Wait for a few minutes as your iTunes changes its settings. After a while, you setting shall have been changed and you can already continue plugging your iPod without the risk of getting your files deleted. What’s more, you can manage and organize your songs –and other data –without the risk of accidental erasures.
Of course, there are other ways to avoid deletion of files even when the computer is connected to a non-home computer. However, what we have just presented may be the most convenient, easy-to-do, and no-fail way to safely sync your iPod into another iTunes account. Try it for yourself and tell us what you think of it!