Every time I connect my iPhone to my computer, it takes like 10 to 15 minutes to even begin syncing. This is horribly inconvenient and I would like to speed it up. Are there any changes that I can make for this to occur?

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After plugging in my iPhone, iTunes seems to open up fairly quickly (just as fast as my iPod Nano). The actual Synchronization process does not start for a while though for some reason... I am running Windows Vista...

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It appears that this is the iPhone backup process. By disabling the backup process for the phone, I should in theory get quicker synchronization. Have not tried this yet, but will tonight.

  • iTunes on Windows or on a Mac? – splattne Jul 17 '09 at 17:58
  • Vista... Added to the question... – RSolberg Jul 17 '09 at 18:25

Can you initiate the sync faster manually or is it taking its sweet time just recognizing the phone?

  • I'll add more info in the question... – RSolberg Jul 17 '09 at 17:31
  • When I force the manual to occur after the auto has finished, it seems to go fairly quick. – RSolberg Jul 17 '09 at 17:38
  • RSolberg: I think iTunes might be doing a poor job of scouring your computer looking for stuff (especially images) that might need to be synced. – TheTXI Jul 17 '09 at 17:40
  • Thanks... I'll test these out over the weekend to see if those help at all. – RSolberg Jul 17 '09 at 17:50

Since you are on Windows the most likely suspect is photo syncing (assuming you have that enabled). On Vista, iTunes mayhave to scan folders to see which pictures to sync, and that may take a while. If you currently sync photo's from folders, try disabling photo syncing and see if that makes the problem go away.

If it doesn't, you should investigate what is causing the long sync by disabling everything that syncs (Contacts, Calendars, Movies, Photo's, Music, et cetera), and then turn them on one by one.

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