October 26, 2011 | Andy Boxall
We’ve already covered syncing newly purchased apps and books over Wi-Fi between your iPhone and iTunes, but what about if you’d like to sync everything else wirelessly, such as app updates, ringtones, music and video? For this you need to perform a different procedure, so follow the guide below to break your iPhone free from iTunes.
- Open iTunes and connect your iPhone using the standard USB connector.
- When your iPhone appears in the side bar and starts to sync, click it to bring up the summary page.
- The fourth option box should be called ‘Options’, scroll down the page if you can’t see it straight away.
- The second check box is marked ‘Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi’, and it should look something like the picture below.
- Make sure the box is checked, click ‘Apply’ and disconnect your iPhone.
- For wireless sync to work your iPhone needs to be plugged into a power source, so do that now. You should notice the iPhone instantly connect with iTunes and start syncing, a process identified by the spinning circle in the status bar.
- If you check back to iTunes, you’ll see that your iPhone still appears as if connected, even though it’s physically not.
- If you check the ‘Manually Manage Music and Videos’ box, then items can be dragged and synced to your phone wirelessly too.
- If you want to manually start an iTunes sync from your phone, open ‘Settings’, then chose ‘General’ and finally, ‘iTunes Wi-Fi Sync’.
- Tap ‘Sync Now’ to start and observe the status bar to see what is being transferred between your computer and your iPhone.
- Syncing works in the background so you can carry on working, emailing and taking/making calls.
That’s it, enjoy syncing your iPhone over Wi-Fi!