How to sync Mac content to an iPhone or iPad
Once you know how syncing content from a Mac to an iPhone or iPad is simple. While transferring libraries of music, movies, TV series, podcasts, and books regularly can get tedious in comparison to automated syncing, utilizing AirDrop to transfer media to an iPhone or iPad from a Mac computer works and is pretty familiar. Since Apple creates its products to work well together, many Mac owners also use iPhones or iPads. When everything just works, life is a little easier, but occasionally some setup is needed the first time. A good illustration of this is the requirement to sync content between an Apple mobile device and a Mac or MacBook. Regular transfers, whether made using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, might be best managed by syncing from a Mac.
How to connect a Mac to an iPhone via the USB port
You must establish a USB connection at least once in order to sync Mac material to an iPhone or iPad. After that, you may decide whether to sync while connecting over Wi-Fi or while connecting to the iPhone using a USB cord.
- Utilize a USB cable to link the iPhone or iPad to the Mac. To ensure a strong connection, it’s essential to utilize the included charging cable or an Apple MFi-certified cable. While an iPad might need USB-C, an iPhone or iPod Touch needs a Lightning cable. If the Mac lacks a USB-C port, a converter from USB-A to USB-C may be required. After connecting the iPhone, unlock it and select Allow when prompted to provide access.
- On the Mac, locate the iPhone or iPad in a Finder window. It should have a name akin to “Mary’s iPhone” and be located in the Locations part of the sidebar on the left. To see a menu of alternatives, select the iPhone location.
How to wirelessly connect a Mac to an iPhone
Wirelessly using Wi-Fi is the simplest way to transfer content from a Mac computer to an iPhone. The criteria are quite straightforward. The same Wi-Fi network should be used by both devices. Any iPhone running iOS 5 or later, as well as any iPad running iPadOS, are compatible. In order to set up wireless syncing, a Mac must be connected by USB, and there is the choice of automatic or manual synchronization. Connect a USB cable as directed above, then go to the section below.
Switch on Wi-Fi on the iPhone
Enable Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi under Options on the General tab. Choose the Apply button that appears at the bottom right of the window after making this adjustment. The iPhone will still be visible in the Finder sidebar after being unplugged.
Sync Mac content to an iPhone
The procedure for transferring content from a Mac to an iPhone is the same whether you connect wirelessly or via USB. Any Finder window’s sidebar allows you to pick the iPhone before choosing the type of sync and pressing the Sync button.
- Pick the kind of content you want to sync. Music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, audiobooks, photos, and information may all be synced via the top-level tabs. There is a Files tab as well, but it really transfers files immediately rather than synchronizing them. Every other tab offers the choice of transferring only certain media or syncing all of that category. You can sync the entire music library or a specific set of artists, albums, genres, and playlists, for instance, using the Music tab.
- If you have previously synchronized your photos, contacts, and other media with iCloud, there is no need to attach a wire when transferring data from an iPhone to a Mac. If you’d rather, you may turn off iCloud Photos by opening System Preferences, navigating to the Apple ID pane, selecting the iCloud section, and turning off Photos.
- In the last step, you click the Sync button in the lower-right corner of the Mac window to start the process of synchronization.
- Checking the box that enables the Mac to automatically sync when this iPhone is connected on the General tab could be beneficial. When first connected, it does exactly what it says on the tin: it syncs content from the Mac to the iPhone. With a wireless connection, this would only happen if the iPhone left the Wi-Fi network’s range and then connected again.
Troubleshooting USB connections
The first thing to try is to simply disconnect and reconnect the iPhone if it doesn’t show up in the Finder sidebar while connected. Ensure that the iPhone is unlocked, and grant access if prompted. If the Locations area of the Finder sidebar isn’t visible, tick the option next to CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices in the Finder preferences to make it visible.
iPad and iPod Touch syncing
The operating systems of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are quite similar, so no matter which of these mobile devices is being used, the procedure for synchronizing content from a Mac computer is the same. Some iPad models have a USB-C cable, and an iPhone, iPod Touch or both can be connected using a Lightning cable. A connected connection functions in the same manner after that. Any of these devices can communicate data wirelessly, and in each case, the Mac computer controls the connection. After the initial setup, syncing content from a Mac to an iPhone or iPad is very easy and eliminates the burden of maintaining the same files across several devices. Additionally, it does away with the requirement to keep this data in iCloud or other cloud storage, which might raise subscription prices.