October 26, 2011 | Andy Boxall
With iOS 5, you really don’t need to sync your iPhone with iTunes very often, as new apps, books and even software updates can all be added or completed wirelessly. In this quick tutorial we’re going to show you how to sync newly purchased apps or books to your iPhone from iTunes, without having to physically connect either device to each other.
Here we go:
- Open iTunes and sign-in to your account.
- Select the ‘iTunes’ drop down menu at the top of the screen, then choose ‘Preferences’.
- A box will appear and you should select the ‘Store’ option. You’ll be greeted by a set of options similar to this picture:
- Depending on what you want to wirelessly transfer to your iPhone, tick the ‘Apps’ and ‘Books’ boxes.
- Keep the ‘Always check for available downloads’ box checked, and you’ll not have to wait or manually check when you purchase something new.
- Go to your iPhone and choose ‘Settings’, then scroll down until you find the ‘Store’ option.
- Slide the switch to ‘On’ for apps or books to match the settings you chose in iTunes.
- If you’d like you can also choose to have new apps download using your phone’s 3G data network, however depending on your tariff, this could cost extra. If you’d rather wait for a Wi-Fi network connection, keep this option turned off.
- That’s it, now go to iTunes and buy an app to try it out. It should work in moments!
- If you want to include your iPad and iPod Touch in the automatic downloads, then follow the iPhone steps on that device too.
Enjoy your Wi-Fi syncing!