Sync your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iTunes

Learn how to sync your iOS device with iTunes on your computer.

With Wi-Fi, you can use iTunes to sync information on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with your computer. For example, if you buy movies or music, syncing adds this media to your computer. 

When you sync, iTunes determines whether your iOS device or your computer contains the most recent information, and lets you choose the information you want to sync.

Set up syncing

  1. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable.
  3. Locate your iOS device.
    If you're in the iTunes Store, click the Library button, then look for your device in the upper-right corner.  
  4. In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi."

  5. When the computer and the iOS device are on the same network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes. Then you can sync it. The iOS device will sync automatically when the following conditions are true:
    • The iOS device is charging.
    • iTunes is open on the computer.
    • The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  6. When your device is connected with iTunes via Wi-Fi, you can select the device and then configure sync and other options.
  7. Click Apply or Sync to sync the iOS device.

If the iOS device doesn't appear in the Devices section or you can't sync, learn what to do. You can also sync your iOS device using a USB cable

Device not recognized

Learn what to do if your device isn't recognized in iTunes for OS X or iTunes for Windows.

Get help

If Wi-Fi syncing won’t turn on or isn’t working, try these steps:

  1. Restart your computer and iOS device.
  2. Check your Wi-Fi connection on your computer and iOS device. Make sure that they're on the same Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi syncing doesn't work over an Ethernet to Wi-Fi connection.
  3. Check firewall settings. If you use security or firewall software on your computer or router, you can get help with security software, contact the manufacturer, or check the documentation to learn how to open TCP ports 123 and 3689 as well as UDP ports 123 and 5353.
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