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5 Ways | How to Sync iPhone and iPad with/without Computer


Updated on Jan 11, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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Those of you who are looking for ways to sync iPhone and iPad are in luck because there are five quick and handy ways to help you do that, whether you have a computer or not. Now you can read our post to get these methods. By the way, if you fail to sync the iPhone or iPad, don't hesitate to use tips in Part 6 to fix it.

Part 1. How to Sync iPhone and iPad Without iTunes and iCloud
Part 2. How to Sync iPhone and iPad using iCloud
Part 3. How to Sync iPhone and iPad using Bluetooth
Part 4. How to Sync iPhone to iPad using iTunes on a Computer
Part 5. How to Sync iPhone to iPad without a Computer
Part 6. Solutions to Fix "iPad and iPhone not Syncing" Issue

Part 1. Sync iPad and iPhone Without iTunes and iCloud

If there is no iTunes or iCloud available, the best solution to sync iPad and iPhone is to use EaseUS MobiMover - a professional iOS data transfer tool that can not only help you sync the iPhone and iPad to the computer but also sync iPhone to iPad. Unlike iTunes, which only supports to sync apps and media files, MobiMover can sync all kinds of iOS data like messages, photos, music, contacts, etc. Besides, it has the ability to transfer, delete, add, edit data on your device, or download videos from any site via URL/link. Here are the steps to sync iPhone and iPad data via EaseUS MobiMover.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad to your computer with compatible USB cables and tap on "Trust This Computer" on both devices. Start EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to the "Phone to Phone" mode. For data syncing between iPhone and iPad, you need to switch to the correct direction (transfer data from iPhone [name] to iPad [name]). Click "Next".

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 1

Step 2. Here, MobiMover allows you to transfer all types of data, like audio files, pictures, videos, messages, contacts, etc. You need to selectively choose the category/categories you want to transfer to your iPad, and click "Transfer" to initiate the process.

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 2

Step 3. Wait some time to let MobiMover finish transferring all the selected files. After that, go to the related apps to view the synced files on your iPad.

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 3

Part 2. How to Sync iPhone and iPad using iCloud

There are two options to sync iPhone and iPad using iCloud - sync the entire device or sync specific app data. The former is available for users who haven't set up at least one of the two devices yet. While if both devices have already set up, you'll need to erase your iPhone or iPad by performing a factory reset and then sync them through iCloud. If you don't want to sync all the data across different iOS devices, instead, you can sync specific app data by using option 2. 

Option 1. Sync entire device between iPhone and iPad

This will copy almost all the data and settings between your iPhone and iPad, except: 

  • Files that are already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Notes, iCloud Photos, Messages
  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • iCloud Music Library and App Store content

First, you'll need to back up your source iPhone/iPad to iCloud. 

Step 1. On the source device, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

Step 2. Click "iCloud Backup", choose "Back Up Now" and wait until the process ends.

Sync iPhone to iPad via iCloud

Then, restore your target iPhone/iPad from iCloud Backup.

Step 1. Turn on the target device to begin the setup process.

Step 2. Follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data Screen.

Step 3. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup and sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.

Step 4. Select the correct backup to begin the syncing process. (The time it will take depends on the size of the backup and the speed of the network. Be patient and stay connected during the restore.)

Some files that you can't sync using iCloud backup, like contacts, can be successfully copied using EaseUS MobiMover introduced in Part 1.

Option 2. Sync specific app data between iPhone and iPad

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone > Tap "iCloud." If you are using iOS 10.3 or later, you'll need to go to the Settings > Tap [your name].

Step 2. Log into your iCloud account with the correct Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Switch "app you want to sync" on. 

Step 4. Repeat the above steps on your iPad. (Make sure there is a WiFi available on both iPhone and iPad)

Sync iPhone and iPad via iCloud

Part 3. How to Sync iPhone and iPad using Bluetooth

Sometimes, Bluetooth can also serve as a sync tool to help users sync contacts, email, notes, and calendars. To sync the iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth, follow the steps below:

Step 1. On your current iPhone or iPad, head to the Settings app > Tap on "General" > Choose "Network."

Step 2. On the Network interface, tap on the  "Cellular" > Tap "Personal Hotspot."

Step 3. Return to the General screen, and enable the "Bluetooth" button.

Step 4. On your target iPhone or iPad, apply the same steps to turn on Bluetooth. 

Step 5. Wait for the target device to scan your current device. Plus: Make sure the six-digit number on both devices is the same.

Step 6. Pair the devices and start syncing.

Sync iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth

Part 4. How to Sync iPhone to iPad using iTunes on a computer

By using iTunes, you can sync specific categories like Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Photos on your iPad and iPhone. 

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone/iPad via a USB cable.

Step 2. Click on your phone icon when it appears on the interface. 

Step 3. You will see all types of content that can be synced under the Settings on the left side of the iTunes window. You can choose the type of content you want to sync.

Step 4. Select the checkbox next to each item that you want to sync.

Step 5. Click on "Apply" at the bottom right of the window, and then all data you choose will be synced to iTunes. Next time, you can restore these data to any of your devices with iTunes .

Sync iPhone and iPad via iTunes

Part 5. Sync iPhone and iPad with iTunes Without Computer

If you are using an iPhone and iPad running iOS 5 - iOS 12, then you can sync iPhone and iPad over Wi-Fi without using a computer. Before you start, make sure that the computer and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi. Follow these steps to sync:

Turn on Wi-Fi syncing on your computer

Step 1. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. (If you have ever synced your iPhone or iPad, you can directly move to the next part without connecting it to iTunes)

Step 2. Click on the Summary on the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 3. At the right panel of your iTunes interface, select  "Sync with this iPhone(iPad) over Wi-Fi."

Step 4. Click "Apply."

Note: If you have ever enabled "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" on your iTunes, your device will be synced to iTunes automatically when you open iTunes on your computer and there is Wi-Fi available.

Sync iPhone and ipad with iTunes via Wi-Fi

Sync iPhone and iPad over Wi-Fi

Step 1. Head to the Settings app on your device > Tap "General."

Step 2. Scroll down to tap "iTunes Wi-Fi Sync" > "Sync Now."

Part 6. Solutions to Fix "iPad and iPhone not Syncing" Issue

While syncing, you may face some problems that stop you from syncing iPhone and iPad. To fix the issue " iPad and iPhone not syncing" we collect a few easy solutions to solve this problem. And these solutions can be applied with almost all iPhone and iPad models.

Tip 1. Update the iTunes or version.

Tip 2. Restart the computer or the network settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Tip 3. Change the syncing method. 

Tip 4. Reboot your device. 

Tip 5. Reset your device. (Don't take this method unless you want to erase your device)

The Final Words

All the five methods introduced in this article are for data syncing between iPhone and iPad. It's up to you to decide which way is best for your situation. If one of your iOS devices is new, we highly recommend you to sync your iPhone and iPad using iTunes. But using iTunes has many limits in speed and data types, so you'd better choose some iTunes alternative ways like EaseUS MobiMover. If you prefer to sync specific items on your devices without a computer, both iCloud and bluetooth are good for you. Hope one of the solutions is useful to you.

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