Syncing games to iPod
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I have just bought the game Phase from the iTunes Store and am extremely frustrated with it. I manually manage my iPod, and I only use iTunes as a program to put songs from my computer into my iPod. After installing the Phase game, I noticed a “Phase Music” playlist in my iTunes. I read from the iTunes instructions that I have to sync the Phase game and the playlist into my iPod. I tried dragging the game and the playlist in iTunes to the iPod icon, but nothing happened. I disconnected the iPod from the computer, and I couldn’t find the game anywhere on it! What in the world am I supposed to do? Can you please help me find a solution to this problem?
A: The issue here is that the “Manual” mode actually only applies to music and video content, as the name implies (“Manually manage music and videos” ). Other types of content, including podcasts, photos, contacts, calendars, and games are always synchronized automatically, regardless of this setting.
To synchronize the Phase game to your iPod, you must enable synchronization of games in the appropriate iPod settings. This can be done by connecting your iPod, and simply selecting the “Games” tab from the iPod settings screen that appears:
From here, you can simply choose to synchronize either ALL games, or only specific selected games, and then click the “Apply” button. Enabling this option will not affect the manual management of any other types of content (ie, music and videos), nor in fact the sync settings on any other tab within the iPod settings.
Once you click the “Apply” button, iTunes should start a sync operation on the iPod and transfer any selected game(s) to the iPod. Again, this will not synchronize anything else except for the selected content—in this case games only.
In the case of the Phase game, however, there is an additional step, and that is transferring the playlist to the iPod. Fortunately, this can be transferred to the iPod in much the same way as any other playlist would be in manual mode—simply drag-and-drop the playlist to the iPod as you normally would.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple to provide more unified TV experience with new ‘TV’ app for Apple TV
- Elgato announces HomeKit-enabled Eve Light Switch
- Apple delays AirPods release
- Report: iPhone 8 likely to come in three glass-backed sizes
- Report: New Apple TV app to provide show recommendations
- Apple’s German website adds Apple Pay support page, but still no launch
- Notes from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call
- Apple Q4 2016: $46.9B revenue, 45.5M iPhones + 9.2M iPads sold
- Apple reportedly hiring engineers from BlackBerry, developing car operating system in Canada
- Apple releases PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Headphones
- Incase Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Philips Hue Motion Sensor
- Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones
- Tech Armor FlexProtect and Shock Flex for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- SwitchEasy Flash and Fleur for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Blue Microphones Raspberry Mobile Microphone
- Incipio Haven for iPhone 7 and Reprieve Sport for iPhone 7 Plus
- Mophie Hold Force Magnetic Case System for iPhone 7
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps