EaseUS MobiMover

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How to Sync iPhone to PC & Mac

Daisy updated on Nov 18, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Whether you want to keep iPhone data updated across multiple devices or free up more storage space for iPhone, syncing iPhone to the computer is the best solution. To do this, you need to use a third-party transfer tool, Apple's recommended cloud services, and Finder. Each of them has pros and cons. In this post, we will introduce them one by one with detailed steps.

Plus, if you wish to sync photos from iPhone to the computer, the methods are two more than that we listed in this guide.

Method 1. How to Sync iPhone to PC & Mac via EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover is a perfect iTunes alternative that lets you move iPhone or iPad files between iPhone and computer with ease. Compared with iTunes and iCloud, it is more stable, convenient, and flexible. While syncing files with it, you don't have to worry about data loss or system crashes. Also, you don't have to worry about wiping your current data if you need to send everything back to your iPhone.

Besides, it offers a rapid transfer speed for large files like photos and videos, which means you can have all of your large files synced to the computer with only several minutes.

Now, you can download EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and sync iPhone to PC & Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable. Start EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Phone to PC". Move your mouse to the right pane and continue with "Next".

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Step 2. MobiMover will load all the supported files on your iPhone here. You can export one or multiple data types flexibly. The compatible data types are photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. you can customize the destination for exported iPhone data. If you don't do any change, MobiMover will save the data to a desktop folder named as Exported by MobiMover. Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed

how to transfer data from iPhone to the computer - step 2

Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.

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Method 2. How to Sync iPhone to Computer with iTunes

If you prefer to sync media files like music, movies, TV shows, and photos via iTunes, here we introduce the steps to sync your iPhone to a computer with iTunes.

Note: iTunes doesn't allow you to view synced files on the computer, which reduces viewing convenience.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a Mac or Windows computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Install and open the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 3. Unlock your iPhone and tap "Trust" to allow the computer to access your device. Also, allow this computer to access information on your device.

Step 4. From the iTunes screen, click the iPhone icon in the upper-left corner of the window.

Step 5. From the left sidebar, you will see Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Photos. You can select any type of them you'd like to sync. If you're interested in syncing music from computer to iPhone, here are the steps.

Choose the type of data you wish to sync

Step 6. Select the Sync checkbox, then select the times you wish to sync automatically each time you connect to your device.

Sync Music

Step 7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for each type of content you want to include on your iPhone.

Tips: If you want to change the sync way, you can do it from the "Options" section. Here is a brief instruction for each option.

Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected: iTunes will automatically sync your iPhone as long as you connect your iPhone to the computer. Considering unchecking this if you connect your device to more than one computer.

Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi: If you tick this box, your iPhone will be synced to iTunes automatically as long as they are under the same Wi-Fi network. No cable is needed.

Sync only checked songs and videos: This is useful if your iTunes library is bigger than your iPhone's capacity.

Prefer standard definition videos: This means that if you have both HD and standard-definition versions of videos to sync, the smaller and standard-definition version is synced.

Method 3. How to Sync iPhone to Computer via iCloud

Apple's iCloud gives all users 5GB of free storage space to save files like photos, videos, and documents. With iCloud, you can keep all your devices up to date automatically. Before you start, you will need to download iCloud for Windows on your computer and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 1. On your iPhone, tap the Settings.

Step 2. Tap [your name], then tap "iCloud."

Step 3. Turn on the apps you'd like to sync to your computer.

Enable apps you wish to sync

Step 4. On your computer, open iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 5. Choose the features and content you'd like to keep up to date across your device.

Step 6. Click "Apply."

Step 7. Then, all of the chosen files will be synced to the computer.

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Method 4. How to Sync iPhone to Mac With Finder

If you want to sync albums, songs, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks, photos, videos, contacts, and calendars to Mac, Finder is a nice option. Here's how to do it.

Step 1. Open Finder on your Mac.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your MAC using a USB cable.

Step 3. Then, you will see your device in the sidebar of the Finder window. Click your device.

Step 4. If required, trust your iPhone.

Step 5. Select the type of content you'd like to sync and tick the box next to Sync.

Step 6. Click the "Apply" button to start syncing.

Sync iPhone to Mac via Finder

Like iTunes, you can also set up the Finder to sync your iPhone with Wi-Fi instead of USB. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Don't disconnect your iPhone from your computer.

Step 2. Open Finder and select your iPhone.

Step 3. Select "Show this [device] when on Wi-Fi."

Step 4. Click "Apply."

Step 5. Then, when your computer and device are in the same Wi-Fi environment, your iPhone data will be automatically synced to Mac.

The Final Words

After having tried these different sync solutions, which one you decide to sync your iPhone?

Frankly speaking, each one has strengths and weaknesses. You can combine them to make a perfect sync plan. We hope this guide can help you a lot. If it does, don't forget to share it with your friends who need it.