Macworld Masterclass: Sync wirelessly in iOS 5

Say goodbye to cables with iOS 5’s wireless syncing

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  • anno Intro
  • Wireless sync Step1 NEW Step 1: Set up your computer...
  • Wireless sync Step2 NEW Step 2: ...and Sync!
  • 04Application Sync Step 3: Syncing apps
  • 05Lock Screen Sync Step 4: Use your device
  • 06During Sync Step 5: Additional options
  • 07Synced Devices Step 6: Managing synced computers
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Intro

lugging in your iOS device every time you need to transfer something from your home computer can be tiresome. Thankfully, one of iOS 5’s new features means you no longer have to reach for the cable every time you want to sync your movies, TV shows, apps and books. Instead, Apple’s new mobile operating system lets you connect to your computer wirelessly, so you can sit back and relax while you transfer content from your computer to your iOS device, and vice versa.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: Depends on the amount of data that needs syncing

What you need

iOS 5

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lugging in your iOS device every time you need to transfer something from your home computer can be tiresome. Thankfully, one of iOS 5’s new features means you no longer have to reach for the cable every time you want to sync your movies, TV shows, apps and books. Instead, Apple’s new mobile operating system lets you connect to your computer wirelessly, so you can sit back and relax while you transfer content from your computer to your iOS device, and vice versa.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: Depends on the amount of data that needs syncing

What you need

iOS 5

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Set up your computer...

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes (10.5) installed on your computer. (If not, go to Software Update and download it.) Now you need to plug your iOS device into your computer and prepare for wireless syncing. Go to the iPad or iPhone’s Summary page, then under Options tick ‘Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi’, or a similar message.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: ...and Sync!

You can unplug the iPad for the remainder of the tutorial, but bear in mind that wireless syncing will only initiate if the iOS device is plugged into some kind of power source. Go to your handset’s Settings and click on General, then iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. You’ll see a list of PCs that you are permitted to sync with – just choose one or hit Sync. If you’re not connected to mains power this will be greyed out.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Syncing apps

New to iOS 5 is the ability to sync multiple apps from your library at the same time – previously, apps were synced individually. Now you can view the progress of each app, as well as how many are waiting to be transferred.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Use your device

One irritating feature of old versions of iOS was that you weren’t able to use your device while you were transferring content. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. A small icon will appear in the status bar, so you’ll know that your device is syncing with your computer, but apart from that you can use it as normal.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Additional options

One irritating feature of old versions of iOS was that you weren’t able to use your device while you were transferring content. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. A small icon will appear in the status bar, so you’ll know that your device is syncing with your computer, but apart from that you can use it as normal.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Managing synced computers

By clicking on your iOS device’s Settings and then hitting General, you’ll be able to see all the computers your handset is syncing content to, as well as what is being transferred. From here, you can also view when the device was last synced, and remove a computer from your list of authorised machines. With iOS 5, you can receive content from various iTunes libraries on numerous computers.

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