How to sync your iPhone with iTunes wirelessly

Completely cut the cord between your iPhone and computer

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  • syncanno Intro
  • 1 Sync Connect your phone and start wireless sync
  • 2 Sync Connect to Wi-Fi
  • 3 Sync Sync Wirelessly
  • 4 Sync Sync apps
  • 5 Sync Sync music
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Intro

Syncing an iPhone and iTunes used to mean that you had to plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC and either sit and watch the progress bar or leave it and pop back whenever you thought it might be ready. Happily, there is now a better solution to syncing your iPhone. 

Now you can keep your iPhone and iTunes account on your PC or Mac completely in tune wirelessly. No more hunting around for that white cable. Never again will you have to scrabble around under your desk to try to plug the USB cable into your PC. See: 10 amazing tips and tricks for using iTunes on the Mac

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Wireless syncing works when both your iPhone and computer are connected to the same wireless network and when your iPhone is connected to a power source. You’ll have to keep your computer on and running iTunes, too. This means that you can leave your iPhone charging overnight and wake up to fully synced iPhone and iTunes. 

The more content you’ve purchased the longer it will take, but wireless sync covers everything: applications, music, bookmarks, books, contacts calendars, movies, photos, notes, documents and ringtones are all synced wirelessly over your network. 

When your iPhone is connected to a power source and on the Wi-Fi network it shows up just as it would, were it plugged into your computer through a USB cable. This means you can change settings and other options wirelessly, too. 

Somewhat ironically, you have to plug your iPhone into your computer to enable wireless syncing, but after that, it’s all wire free. 

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Syncing an iPhone and iTunes used to mean that you had to plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC and either sit and watch the progress bar or leave it and pop back whenever you thought it might be ready. Happily, there is now a better solution to syncing your iPhone. 

Now you can keep your iPhone and iTunes account on your PC or Mac completely in tune wirelessly. No more hunting around for that white cable. Never again will you have to scrabble around under your desk to try to plug the USB cable into your PC. See: 10 amazing tips and tricks for using iTunes on the Mac

Read more iPhone reviews

Wireless syncing works when both your iPhone and computer are connected to the same wireless network and when your iPhone is connected to a power source. You’ll have to keep your computer on and running iTunes, too. This means that you can leave your iPhone charging overnight and wake up to fully synced iPhone and iTunes. 

The more content you’ve purchased the longer it will take, but wireless sync covers everything: applications, music, bookmarks, books, contacts calendars, movies, photos, notes, documents and ringtones are all synced wirelessly over your network. 

When your iPhone is connected to a power source and on the Wi-Fi network it shows up just as it would, were it plugged into your computer through a USB cable. This means you can change settings and other options wirelessly, too. 

Somewhat ironically, you have to plug your iPhone into your computer to enable wireless syncing, but after that, it’s all wire free. 

 

Step 2 of 6: Connect your phone and start wireless sync

The first step of setting up a wireless sync is to connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Once iTunes has launched, click on your iPhone.

In iTunes, click on the Summary tab and under the options section, tick the box next to ‘Sync with this phone over Wi-Fi’. Now click Apply in the iTunes window. Read: How to create playlists on your iPhone or iPad

 

Step 3 of 6: Connect to Wi-Fi

Unplug the iPhone from the computer and connect to the wireless network. Go to Settings, Network then Wi-Fi.  Select your wireless network and enter the password.

 

Step 4 of 6: Sync Wirelessly

To make sure that your wireless sync is set up properly plug the iPhone in to a power source. Open the Settings app and tap on ‘iTunes Wi-Fi Sync’.  

 

Step 5 of 6: Sync apps

The iPhone will now show in iTunes, click on the Apps tab. Here you can choose which apps to sync to your iPhone. You can sort them by kind, name, category, date and size.

If you’d like all new apps that you buy to automatically sync to your device, simply check the option ‘Automatically sync new apps’. 

 

Step 6 of 6: Sync music

If you have a large music collection you may find that your iPhone gets filled up pretty fast. Click on the Music tab to choose which playlists to add. You should also consider adding the iTunes Match service. 

It’s worth noting that the speed of your sync can be affected by other traffic on the network. So, if you can, avoid running a sync when you’re surfing the web.

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