When you connect your iPhone or iPad to a Windows computer, you’ll be able to sync albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, audiobooks, photos and videos, contacts, and calendars to it. This article shows you how.
You can sync your iPhone or iPad to your Windows computer by physically connecting, but did you know that you can sync your Apple device by connecting over the same Wi-Fi network? The only real difference is that Wi-Fi sync is slower than cable sync.
Note that if you connect an iPhone or iPad to a Windows computer while the device is syncing via Wi-Fi, the synchronization process will continue via the cable. But if you disconnect the device cable from the computer during synchronization, the synchronization will stop, even if Wi-Fi synchronization is turned on.
To enable Wi-Fi synchronization, you’ll first need to cable your iPhone or iPad to your Windows computer.
If you received a Lightning to USB cable with your iPhone or iPad, and your computer has a USB-C port, you will need to connect the USB end of the cable to a USB-C to a USB adapter (sold separately) or use a USB-C lightning cable (sold separately).
If your iPhone or PiPad comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable and your computer has a USB port, you will need to use a Lightning to USB cable (sold separately).
If your iPhone or PiPad comes with a USB-C charging cable and your computer has a USB port, use a USB-C to USB adapter and a USB-A cable.
How to enable Wi-Fi sync for iPhone and iPad
- If you haven’t already started iTunes on your computer, go to the Microsoft Store to download and install the latest version of iTunes for Windows.
- Connect your “iPhone” or “iPad” to your computer with a compatible USB charging cable (see above).
- Run iTunes application on the computer.
- Press iPhone button in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.
- Click Summary on the sidebar.
- Check the box for Sync with this [device] via Wi-Fi.
- Click Apply.
When you disconnect iPhone and iPad from your computer, your device icon will remain in iTunes unless you click Throw it out button. If you click Eject, the device icon is removed, but Wi-Fi sync remains on.
You can now sync your device wirelessly by plugging it into a charger and plugging it into an electrical outlet. Sync will start automatically. Alternatively, click your device icon in iTunes, and then click Sync.