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

Katrin updated on May 26, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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 iPhone or iPad, don't hesitate to use tips in Part 3 to fix it.

Part 1: How to Sync iPhone and iPad With Computer
Method 1: Using iTunes
Method 2: Using EaseUS MobiMover
Part 2: How to Sync iPhone and iPad without Computer
Method 1: Using iCloud backup
Method 2: Using iCloud Syncing
Method 3: Using Bluetooth
Part 3: Troubleshooting to iPad and iPhone not Syncing

Part 1: Sync iPad and iPhone with computer

Concerning syncing iPhone and iPad with computer, you can do it in two ways - using iTunes or third-party software, each of which has pros and cons. iTunes is free of charge and very convenient to get things done, but it often crashes and takes too much RAM on your computer. If you don't mind it, you can continue to use iTunes to sync your iPad and iPhone. While if you don't want to be bothered by iTunes errors, you can use some iTunes alternative tools like EaseUS MobiMover in Part 2 to help you do it. EaseUS MobiMover is an all-in-one iOS data transfer tool that can help you sync, transfer, delete, edit data on your iPhone, but it requires you to install an application 

Method 1: Sync iPhone and iPad with iTunes

By using iTunes, you can sync your iPhone and iPad in two ways: via USB cable or via Wi-Fi. The former is more available for syncing specific categories like Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Photos on your iPad and iPhone. And if you want to sync the entire content on your device, just choose the latter.

Option 1: Sync iPhone and iPad with iTunes via USB cable

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

Option 2: Sync iPhone and iPad with iTunes via Wi-Fi 

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 Step 2 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."

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

Method 2: How to sync iPhone and iPad via EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover is 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 syncing apps and media files, MobiMover can sync all kinds of iOS data like messages, photos, music, contacts, etc. Besides, you can also use MobiMover 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. Sync iPhone and iPad without computer

Here in this section, you will get three methods to sync iPhone and iPad without computer, they are respectively iCloud backup, iCloud syncing, and Bluetooth. Each method has its features of syncing, which are briefly introduced below.

  • iCloud Backup: iCloud only provides the first 5GB of storage for free. In a word, you need to free up your iCloud space quite often or buy more storage to use iCloud smoothly. Besides, iCloud requires a stable Wi-Fi connection to work. When you are using cellular data on your iPhone/iPad, using iCloud is not the solution for you. 
  • iCloud Sync: This is the most straightforward and easy way to sync iPhone and iPad, with which you can sync specific categories like photos, contacts, calendars, and more from iPhone and iPad to iCloud.   
  • Bluetooth: It is very convenient to use Bluetooth to sync iPhone and iPad. Despite its convenience, two flaws related to Bluetooth can not be ignored. One is that hackers might connect your device without your permission, which might lead to privacy leakage. Another thing is that Bluetooth is very likely to drain power from iOS devices.

Method 1: Using iCloud backup

This method is a preferred choice for users whose device is brand new. If both your iPhone and iPad have been set up, you will need to erase your iPhone/iPad, and then sync your iPhone and iPad via iCloud backup. With this method, you can 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, back up your current 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.

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 Method 2 in Part 1.

Method 2: Using iCloud syncing 

It's much easier if you just need to sync some file types, like Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders, between your iOS devices. All you need to do is to sync into your iPhone and iPad with the same Apple ID and switch on the options you need to sync. Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

Step 2. Toggle on the button next to the category/categories you'd like to sync between your iPhone and iPad.

Step 3. Repeat the first two steps on your iPad.

Method 3: Using Bluetooth

Sometimes, Bluetooth can also serve as a sync tool to help users sync contacts, email, notes, and calendars. To sync 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 3. Troubleshooting iPad and iPhone not Syncing

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 version.

Tip 2. Restart the computer.

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 Method 1 or Method 2. But using iTunes in Method 1 has many limits in speed and data types, so you'd better choose Method 2. If you prefer to sync specific items on your devices without computer, Method 3 and Method 4 are good for you. Hope one of the solutions is useful to you.