Learn all about iPhone syncing features available on your smartphone in this free lesson.
Syncing makes it easy to keep things up-to-date between your computer, your iPhone, 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 iPhone: with iTunes and with iCloud.
You can connect your iPhone to your computer using the included USB cable. You can then use iTunes to sync music, photos, and files from your computer to your iPhone. You'll also be able to back up your iPhone's files on your computer.
iTunes must be installed on your computer to sync your iPhone. 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 iPhone with iTunes.
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 iPhone, you'll need to click the eject button before removing the cable.
Here, you'll see an overview for different information about your iPhone, including the available storage space, serial number, and more.
From here, you can choose to sync contacts, calendars, and email accounts from your computer to your iPhone.
From here, you can customize the apps on your device, including how your apps are arranged and organized.
Click these options to decide what music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your iTunes library to sync to your iPhone. If you have a lot of music on your computer, you may only want to sync specific playlists, albums, or artists.
From here, you can choose to sync photos from your computer onto your iPhone. You can sync photos from any folder on your computer. If you have a Mac, you can also sync photos from iPhoto.
Click Done to return to iTunes.
Click Sync to sync files between your computer and your iPhone.
Click Back Up Now if you'd like to manually back up the iPhone on your computer. Because your iPhone 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.
If your computer and your iPhone use the same Wi-Fi network, you can sync your iPhone over Wi-Fi instead of plugging it into the computer. From the iPhone summary page, scroll down to Options and check the box next to Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi.