How to manually transfer media to your iPhone and iPad with iTunes 11

How to manually transfer media to your iPhone and iPad with iTunes 11

iTunes is still vital to iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod classic users, and even if you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and are a big iCloud and iTunes Match user, there may still be times when you have to do some heavy tethered lifting. That's why iTunes 11 still offers a lot of options for managing your music, TV shows, movies, apps, and more.

How to sync apps to your iPhone and iPad with iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes 11 from your Mac or PC.
  2. Plug in your device if you haven't already.
  3. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch appear. Click on the name of your device.
  4. You will be taken to the summary screen. From here you can see a list of tabs along the top.
  5. Click on the Apps tab.
  6. Here you will see a list of all the apps you have purchased and downloaded. To add an app to your device that isn't currently installed, click on the Install button to the right of the app name.
  7. Click the Apply button in the lower right hand corner and let iTunes do its thing.
  8. That's it, your app will start installing to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

You can also perform the same process to remove apps. Any app that is already installed with have a Remove button next to it. Just click on it in order to remove the app.

How to sync tones, music, tv shows, and more to your iPhone and iPad with iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes 11 from your Mac or PC.
  2. Plug in your device if you haven't already.
  3. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch appear. Click on the name of your device.
  4. You will be taken to the summary screen. From here you can see a list of tabs along the top.
  5. Click on the tab for the type of media you'd like to sync to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can choose from tones, music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, books, and photos.
  6. Make sure the checkbox for the media type is checked and where applicable, select the media items you'd like to sync.
  7. Click the Apply button in the lower right hand corner after you're done selecting all your media.
  8. Wait for iTunes to finish syncing your content before unplugging.

As with apps, to remove content such as a movie, book, or podcast, simply uncheck it. For music, you can even choose only specific playlists or songs.

How to sync contacts, calendars, and mail accounts to your iPhone and iPad with iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes 11 from your Mac or PC.
  2. Plug in your device if you haven't already.
  3. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch appear. Click on the name of your device.
  4. You will be taken to the summary screen. From here you can see a list of tabs along the top.
  5. Click on the Info tab.
  6. If you're syncing over-the-air, you don't need to worry about manually syncing contacts. If you aren't, you'll have the option to choose what contact groups, calendars, and mail accounts you'd like to sync. Select them by making sure the checkbox is checked.
  7. Once you've made your choices, click the Apply button in the lower right hand bottom corner.
  8. Let iTunes do its thing and wait to unplug until the sync is complete.

How to enable syncing over Wi-Fi on your iPhone and iPad

If you have a strange aversion to cables and they make you cringe when you think about having to plug in to sync, iTunes also offers Wi-Fi sync which allows you to sync your device wirelessly.

Enable Wi-Fi sync

  1. Launch iTunes 11 from your Mac or PC.
  2. Plug in your device if you haven't already.
  3. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch appear. Click on the name of your device.
  4. You will be taken to the summary screen.
  5. Under the Options section, turn On the option to sync your device over Wi-Fi by checking the box.
  6. Click on the Apply button in the lower right hand corner to save your changes.
  7. You'll now be able to apply changes to your iPad over Wi-Fi as long as you're sharing the same Wi-Fi connection as your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to manually back up your iPhone and iPad with iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes 11 from your Mac or PC.
  2. Plug in your device if you haven't already.
  3. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch appear. Click on the name of your device.
  4. You will be taken to the summary screen.
  5. Under the Backups section, make sure the This Computer option is set for where you want to back up if it isn't already.
  6. Now click on the Back Up Now button.
  7. Let iTunes do it's thing.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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impaler says:

Good stuff. I went back to tethered syncing after WiFi and iTunes Match were big bags of fail for me recently - and with 64GB to fill on both, it was taking too darned long. I feel more confident via a tethered sync that things are actually syncing....like album art and playlists.

Jaguarr40 says:

Very good article Allyson as always. i am looking for the link to the article you wrote a month ago I think about how to set up "MY Photo Stream" and sharing as i could not find it in your profile articles list. Can you DM to me on Twitter please.

Thank you for everything you do for iMore and good luck with the new annodized color scheme for iPhone.

cstephens18 says:

I think it's funny that this tutorial is about iTunes 11, but the icon posted throughout the page is the icon from iTunes 10. ;)

Allyson Kazmucha says:

You guys don't miss a thing do you? :)

woody88 says:

ally, are you using some kind of film to the sides of that iphone in the picture? cause it certainly does not look like standard finish from a white iphone.

woody88 says:

ally, are you using some kind of film to the sides of that iphone in the picture, or is that the anodized stuff that we are seeing a few threads below? cause it certainly does not look like standard finish from a white iphone.

emjayess says:

She's an owner of that FrankeniPhone company, I believe...

Iggy165 says:

I just downloaded the current version of ITunes, and it is not allowing me to access the "Device" drop down. I am unable to synch my phone, IPad, etc. No device image appears anywhere, and when I access the drop down, all options under device are grayed out. Does anyone have any idea on how to correct this issue? Thank You.

Ishaan Shah says:

Hi

I have an iPhone 3GS. My laptop hard disk crashed and I had to re-install windows. I managed to recover the entire 'my music' folder along with the iTunes folder using a data recovery software. I re-installed iTunes on my laptop and copied over the entire 'my music' folder alongwith the iTunes folder to the new 'my music' folder.

When I opened up iTunes, I got an error message saying that my library file is damaged and iTunes has recovered it and named the file as 'iTunes library (damaged). iTunes did open up but had only 500 odd songs instead of the original 1000 odd. All the playlists were intact, some podcasts started appearing under 'Songs'. But I lost a lot of podcasts, all apps, books and tones. I still have all the apps under "Mobile applications" in the iTunes folder and podcasts in the 'downloads' folder. But, iTunes just won't put recognize them in the library. When I try to play a podcast by double clicking the file directly from the folder, iTunes does play it but still won't recognize it. I have already connected to the iTunes store, authorized the computer again but nothing seems to work. All apps, tones, books etc won't appear in the library.

How do I get everything back in the library? I tried the same method (copying over the entire iTunes folder a couple of years back when I swtiched to a new computer and it worked perfect). Of course, everything is intact on my iPhone but I am afraid of syncing it with the library and transfering purchases, in case I lose everything on my iPhone too. I tried changing the Library persistent ID in the XML file but that wasn't necessary since I had copied over the original XML file so it was already updated.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Ishaan