How to Sync iPhone, iPad or iPod Without USB Cable (macOS Finder / iTunes)

Are you one who doesn’t want to use the USB cable to sync or backup their device with the computer? Don’t worry! Here is how you can sync your iPhone or iPad over WiFi without using any cable.

Like we always say, another day, another amazing tutorial for those who visit our blog on daily purpose to check if there is something new. Here we again with another hidden iOS or iPadOS feature using which you can sync Videos, Photos, Music, Podcasts & Much more without connecting it to Mac or Windows with a Cable.

In short, you can add, update, or delete data over iPhone or iPad wirelessly. The happy news is that you can use this method on both Windows or Mac. But iTunes or Finder is the requirement.


Before proceeding next, let me tell you something. Once, you need a cable to connect and set up WiFi Sync for your iPhone or iPad, and after that cable will not be required. So just grab a cable and follow the first stage & do this.

Set up to Sync iPhone, iPad or iPod without USB cable using Finder / iTunes

After following these steps and setting up the WiFi Sync feature for your iPhone or iPad, next time you will be able to manage the data easily wirelessly.

  1. Connect your iPhone with the help of USB cable.
  2. Finder:
    Open Finder on macOS.
    Select your device that appears in the left sidebar and trust your device if prompted. (Fix: iPhone isn’t showing in Finder)
    Click the General Tab in the Finder and look for the option “Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi” and enable it.

    macos finder sync iphone over wifi

    macOS Finder

    Open iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac.
    Click the device icon appears in the top-left corner of the iTunes window. Fix iPhone not showing in iTunes
    Click the Summary on the left side of iTunes.
    Select the option “Sync with this iPhone with Wi-Fi”

    iTunes: sync over WiFi

  3. Apply settings and hit sync to save changes.

This was the first step to enable sync iPhone or an iPad over Wi-Fi. No matter which iPhone or iPad you are using. Just make sure it’s running iOS 5 or later. Probably, everyone has the latest macOS & iOS version installed on their device. So, I hope there will be no problem at all yet.

Now, you have successfully set up Wi-Fi sync using Finder / iTunes. Next time your don’t need the data cable to sync your device. Now, let’s give it a try how you can sync & manage data over WIFi. Using simple steps.

Sync iPhone, iPad or iPod over Wi-Fi

You can now give it a try. After following all the setting up steps above.

  1. Unplug or disconnect your device’s USB cable from your computer.
  2. Make sure your iOS device and computer using the same Wi-Fi connection. Close the Finder / iTunes window and reopen it.
  3. Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod will appear in the Finder / iTunes window connected over wifi.
  4. Just choose whatever you want to add, delete or update on your device and hit the sync button appear on your iTunes or Finder screen. The speed of syncing data will according to the size of your data.

If the device is still not showing in the Finder / iTunes over WiFi. Make sure your Mac/PC or iOS device connected to the same Wi-Fi connection and you follow the earlier setting up steps correctly and saved it.

One more important thing, whenever you sync your device wirelessly, iTunes or Finder will create a fresh backup of your device. So, in case, you do want to do this manually just hit ‘Backup most important data on the iCloud drive.

Now your device is ready to sync over Wi-Fi anytime you want. There’s no need to carry the cable with you all the time and there’s no more stress about it. That’s all about today.

I hope you will like the article if you don’t know about it before reading this one. For more exciting tutorials on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and much more for Apple keep visiting our blog. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for push notifications on your mailbox. Signing out, Peace.

1 comment… add one
jamie February 8, 2021, 1:00 pm

i need to connect without a cable and when i say without i mean without a cable.
my ipad will not connect to any pc, it does not show up anywhere and i do not have another cable

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