How to: Set up wireless iTunes sync with iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5

What Mobile
October 18, 2011

iOS 5 allows you to wirelessly sync your iTunes library with your iPhone, meaning you will never need to connect your iPhone to your computer again – let us show you how.

Download iTunes 10.5 and iOS 5

You need iTunes 10.5 on your computer and iOS 5 on your iPhone or iPad to activate wireless syncing. Check that you’ve got the latest version of iTunes, then connect your iPhone and install the iPhone iOS 5 update – this should take around an hour on average, depending on whether you want to back up your apps and other data.

Sync your iPhone

Before you can wirelessly update your iPhone with iTunes content every day, you’ll need to connect your iPhone to your computer one last time to tell iTunes you want to sync music with your iPhone wirelessly. If you don’t, your computer won’t be able to identify your iPhone.

Next, highlight your iPhone in the iTunes menu, select Summary from the list of options and scroll down to Options. Next, check the box which says ‘Sync iPhone over Wi-Fi’ then click Apply. You may also want to turn on ‘Home Sharing’ at this point if your want to share music libraries between other devices.

Sync wirelessly

On your iPhone, select Settings, then tap General. You’ll see ‘iTunes Wi-Fi Sync’ listed – tap that menu option and you’ll be presented with a ‘Sync Now’ option which will sync all of your iTunes purchases to your iPhone, as long as you haven’t registered more than 5 devices with your personal iTunes account. If you have, you’ll need to de-authorise a device to complete the process.

If the sync box remains grey, this means you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or your iPhone isn’t connected to a power source. You need to be connected to a charger or similar so that the sync process doesn’t drain your battery. Finally, for the sync to work, your computer must be on and iTunes open.

What Mobile Awards 2011: Vote and win!


About the Author

Share this article