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How do I transfer music or files from my computer to iPhone, iPod or iPad

Summary

To sync your iTunes content with your device, follow the steps below

  1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your Mac or PC using your USB cable
  2. Click your device icon
  3. Select what data you would like to be synced for each category under "Settings"
  4. If you would like to sync this type of data, make sure the box is ticked. You can alter the preference options here to suit your needs.
  5. Click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of iTunes.
  6. If your sync doesn't start automatically, click Sync

Detailed Steps

If you wish to transfer data from your old iPhone or iPod to a new device, our TouchCopy software can be very helpful in copying content from your old device to your Mac, PC or iTunes. You can then use iTunes to add all this content to your new iPhone, iPod or iPad, by using the iTunes sync function. Please note that using the sync function means that after you sync, the content on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad will match the content in your iTunes library. So, before you sync, make sure you have all of the data you want to sync in your iTunes library (otherwise you may lose some files!).

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You can sync:

  • Albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, audiobooks, and tones
  • Photos and videos
  • Calendars and contacts

How to sync your iPhone, iPod or iPad with iTunes:

Firstly, please make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC.
Next, open iTunes and connect your device to your Mac or PC using your USB cable.
When your device is detected by iTunes, click your device icon.

Click on your device icon in iTunes

Under "Settings" you can click any of the items in the list to check if syncing is enabled for that type of data.

Browse all the categories that you can sync using iTunes

If you would like to sync this type of data, make sure the box is ticked. You can alter the preference options here to suit your needs.

Tick each category that you would like to sync

If you see a message that your iOS device is synced with another iTunes library after clicking the box, your iOS device was previously connected to another computer. If you click "Erase and Sync" in that message, all content of the selected type on your iOS device is replaced with content from your computer. Content that you didn't turn on syncing for isn't deleted from your iOS device. You can only sync your iOS device with one iTunes library at a time.

Bear in mind that for certain types of data (like contacts and calendars), iTunes cannot sync the data if it is set to automatically sync with iCloud. To disable iCloud, from your new iPhone, go to "Settings" > Your username > "iCloud" and disable iCloud for the Contacts / Calendar apps. Connect your new iPhone to your computer, open iTunes and click on your device icon. Click on the Info tab in iTunes and check "Sync Contacts" and/or "Sync Calendars", choose the desired calendar/contacts management program where your information is stored and click on the "Sync" button.

Once you're happy with the settings for each data type in the list, click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of iTunes.

Finally, if your sync doesn't start automatically, you can now click the Sync button.

After you turn on syncing, your content syncs each time that you connect your iOS device to your computer and have iTunes open.

You can turn off automatic syncing in iTunes by going to Preferences > Devices > Tick the box next to "Prevent iPod, iPhones and iPads syncing automatically" > Click OK.

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