Learn all about iPad syncing features available on your tablet in this free lesson.
Syncing makes it easy to keep things up-to-date between your computer, your iPad, and your other mobile devices. This way, you'll always have access to important files on any device whenever you need them. There are two ways to sync an iPad: with iTunes and with iCloud.
You can connect your iPad to your computer using the included USB cable. You can then use iTunes to sync music, photos, and files from your computer to your iPad. You'll also be able to back up your iPad's files on your computer.
iTunes must be installed on your computer to sync your iPad. If it's not already installed, you can download it from Apple here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about syncing your iPad with iTunes.
Click these options to decide what music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your iTunes library to sync to your iPad. If you have a lot of music on your computer, you may only want to sync specific playlists, albums, or artists.
Click Done to return to iTunes.
Click Sync to sync files between your computer and your iPad.
Click Back Up Now if you'd like to manually back up the iPad on your computer. Because your iPad will be backed up automatically to your computer when syncing or to iCloud (if enabled), you likely won't need to use this option very often.
From here, you can choose to sync photos from your computer onto your iPad. You can sync photos from any folder on your computer. If you have a Mac, you can also sync photos from iPhoto.
Most of the time, you can simply unplug the USB cable from the computer when you're done syncing. However, if you're currently syncing the iPad, you'll need to click the eject button before removing the cable.
From here, you can customize the apps on your device, including how your apps are arranged and organized.
From here, you can choose to sync contacts, calendars, and email accounts from from your computer to your iPad.
Here, you'll see an overview for different information about your iPad, including the available storage space, serial number, and more.
If your computer and your iPad use the same Wi-Fi network, you can sync your iPad over Wi-Fi instead of plugging it into the computer. From the iPad summary page, scroll down to Options, then check the box next to Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi.