iPhone sync apps—both built-in and downloadable—are one of the biggest perks of owning the prestigious piece of Apple hardware. They make organizing your data a breeze, and syncing it across your devices even easier.
While seasoned Apple users know how to sync iPhone like the back of their hand, newcomers to the company’s software may need a little bit of extra guidance. But don’t worry: That’s what we’re here for, with this handy guide to syncing iPhone!
How to Sync iPhone to iTunes
iTunes is inarguably the go-to when it comes to syncing iPhone. Like everything Apple, it’s simple to use and easy to set up. However, some clear-cut instructions have never done anyone any harm.
If you’d like to sync iPhone to iTunes, follow these simple steps:
1. Hook up your iPhone to your PC or MacBook using your iPhone USB cable. Typically iTunes will open automatically after doing so, but if it doesn’t, then you can just open it manually.
2. Click the Devices button in the upper right corner of the iTunes window.
To sync your iPhone automatically, go to ‘Options’ and check ‘Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected’. Afterwards, click the ‘Apply’ button. Doing so will automatically sync and update the media and apps that you’ve just configured every time that you connect your iPhone to the computer. This includes updating any newly added or recently deleted media and apps.
Other Apps to Sync iPhone
If you’d like to sync your iPhone to a specific website or destination on your computer, or are simply looking for an alternative to iTunes, don’t worry—there’s an app for that. Some of the iPhone apps we’d personally recommend looking into include the following:
PhoneCopy works by creating a backup of your data–including contacts, text messages, and notes–and storing it in their personal Cloud, which can be accessed via their website. While the initial backup takes a little while, subsequent backups are much quicker thanks to data synchronization. Another great perk? It stores your previous backups, so accidentally deleted data can be easily retrieved and restored.
Using PhoneCopy itself is very simple, so much that no real instructions are required. All you have to do is create an account, tap the big orange button on the main screen that says ‘Synchronize’, and all your phone data will be sent to PhoneCopy’s personal servers.
The basic app itself is free to use and download, but severely limited and not synced with iTunes, so we’d recommend the premium version if you decide to go with PhoneCopy. At $25 per year for the service, it hardly breaks the bank.
Like PhoneCopy, SynciOS can be used intuitively. It’s just a matter of downloading their software onto your computer via their website, and then using their iPhone manager feature to sync and manage your data, a tutorial for which can be found here if you need it.
SynciOS is free to download and use, but there is a pro version on offer for $20 a year. The vast majority of the features are included in the free version, so getting the pro version is not necessary, but it does have some enticing features such as one-click to backup all files from iOS to PC and one-click recovery from backup to iOS devices, which iPhones users may find worth the extra cost.
You can’t have a list of iPhone sync apps without mentioning the Apple-made iCloud.
The majority of iDevice devotees use both iTunes and iCloud to sync iPhone (and restore iPhone from backup), and for good reason. Because it’s built-in to all Apple hardware, setting it up is as simple as tapping a button. In addition, like all the company’s products, it is ridiculously easy to use, making backing up your iPhone’s calendar, contacts, settings, photos, notes, reminders, and more a snap.
To learn more about iCloud and why you should consider signing up–if you haven’t already!–check out BestBackups’ 2016 iCloud review.
iPhone Sync Apps Conclusion
Syncing your smartphone–whether traditionally via iTunes or by taking advantage of one or some of the iPhone sync apps or iOS syncing software available–is a must for any iPhone owner. It allows the easy transfer and maintenance of your data between multiple devices, meaning that you can have your iPhone files, music, contacts, and photos whenever you want them, however you want them.
If you found this guide to iPhone sync apps useful, or have any additional information to add (perhaps some cool new syncing software that we haven’t caught wind of yet?), feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!