iPhone and iPod touch: Syncing not enabled error message after restoring from a backup

After restoring from a backup:

  • You may see one of these error messages when attempting to sync with your computer via USB:
    • iTunes could not sync calendars to the iPod because calendars have been disabled on the iPod.
    • iTunes could not sync contacts to the iPod because contacts have been disabled on the iPod.
  • You may see that the sync options are not selected in iTunes.
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Update to iTunes 9 or later and iOS 3.1 or later. Backups created after updating will not experience this issue.

iOS 3.0 and later supports syncing from more than one source at a time; however, the backup will contain only the over-the-air settings if more than one source is synced.

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