Setup Wi-Fi Sync in iOS 5

Wi-Fi sync is a new feature in iOS 5 that we have referenced quite a bit over the last month. Now that iOS 5 is official, Wi-Fi sync can be setup so that you do not have to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer via USB cable, but rather, connect via your home Wi-Fi network.

Wi Fi Sync Logo

To get started with Wi-Fi sync, start by connecting your iDevice to your computer via USB cable (contradictory to the above statement, but it must be done initially to setup Wi-Fi sync). Once the device is connected, iTunes should launch immediately, but if it doesn’t, proceed to open up iTunes on your computer.

Once your device finishes the initial sync, which happens automatically when you connect the device, you can get started in setting up wireless sync. Select your device from the left-side list within iTunes, it will be listed under the Devices section. Once you have done that, scroll down towards the bottom of the page, where you will find the listing Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi, listed under the Options section of the Summary tab.

ITunes WF Sync

Click to check the option Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi, and click the Apply button. Once you have done that, not much will happen as of yet. Next, eject your iPhone from within the iTunes application and disconnect it from your computer. On your iPhone, navigate the path Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.

Turn on WF Sync in iTunes

Upon doing so, you will be bright to the iTunes Wi-Fi Sync screen, which is very minimal, containing only one button, Sync Now. Tap the Sync Now button. From here, the iDevice will find your computer and display a message similar to “Looking for computer name.” That’s all there is to it. From there, the iDevice will complete sync with iTunes and update any apps, music, media, etc… Are you liking the new Wi-Fi Sync feature? Leave a comment!

Comments [1]

  1. Thank you. Quick question.

    My iPhone say "Sync will resume when "____ PC" i available. What do I need to to on my network to ensure they can find each other?



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