How to sync an iPhone or iPod with multiple PCs using PhoneAble

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Apple, HowTo, iOS4, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Windows 7, XP
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One of the most annoying things about using an iPhone, iPod, or iPod touch is that you can only synchronize it with a single computer. Or rather, you’re only supposed to be able to sync it with a single computer, which means that you can’t keep your apps media files, calendar, contacts, and other data in sync on your home and work computers or on your desktop and laptop.

But it turns out there’s a hack that lets you sync an iOS device with multiple computers by copying the iTunes Music Library.xml file from one machine to another. If you don’t relish the idea of doing this manually, there’s a free app for Windows called PhoneAble that does all the heavy lifting for you.

Basically all you have to do is backup your device using iTunes, download and run PhoneAble and click the Set Key button to copy your iTunes library key. After this is done, you should be able to sync with a second Windows computer — which should allow you to keep your music library and other settings in sync across multiple PCs using iTunes and your iPhone or iPod touch.

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