How to Sync iPhone to iTunes via USB and Wi-Fi


If you are new to iPhone, then this how to sync iPhone to iTunes guide page might be able to help. The guide is inspired by Apple official tutorial.

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Aug. 9, 2012


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This iMobie Help page will show you how to sync iPhone to iTunes via USB and Wi-Fi. And if you want to find troubleshooters about why my iPhone cannot sync to iTunes, go ahead to continue the reading.

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It's also noticeable that each time you sync iPhone to iTunes, content is synced between your iOS device and computer to reflect new, updated, or deleted content.

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Part 1: Sync iPhone to iTunes via USB

  • Launch iTunes on your computer. It's recommended to update it to the latest version since every new version will get improvement more or less.
  • Connect your iPhone to computer using the included USB cable and select it in iTunes under Devices on the left-hand side. Some tabs may not appear if you do not have corresponding content in your library. For example if you do not have any podcasts in your library, the corresponding Podcast tab will not appear.
  • Click Apply, in the lower-right corner of the screen, to sync.
Sync iPhone to iTunes via USB

Sync iPhone to iTunes via USB Cable

Part 2: Sync iPhone to iTunes via Wi-Fi

  • Open iTunes.
  • To set up Wi-Fi syncing, connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable. Select your device under Devices on the left-hand side.
  • In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi".
  • Whenever the computer and the iOS device are on the same network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes, and you can sync it.
  • While the iOS device appears in the left-hand column of iTunes, you can select the content tabs and configure sync options.
  • Click Apply or Sync to sync the iOS device.
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