You can easily sync iPhone Photos with iTunes to share information between devices. You can set up iTunes to sync photos, videos, music, movies, TV shows, and more to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the Photos app, or from a folder on your computer. Each time that you sync your iOS device with iTunes, the photos, and videos on your iOS device update to match the albums on your computer.
You can also use iCloud Photo Library to keep your stored photos and videos automatically up to date on all of your devices. However, if prefer to use iTunes to sync your content, follow the steps below to set up syncing in iTunes using USB. If you have photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that aren’t on your computer, follow these steps to import them.
What all can you sync with iTunes?
Syncing allows you to share information between devices. For example, if you buy a movie on your computer, you can sync to add the movie to your iPhone. When you sync, iTunes determines whether your iOS device or your computer has the most recent information. Then, you can choose what you want to sync. Let’s see what all can you sync on your iPhone with iTunes.
- Albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and audiobooks.
- Photos and videos. To sync photos and videos using iTunes, you can use a supported photos app or sync from a specific folder on your computer. Learn more about how to keep your photos and videos up to date on all of your devices.
- Contacts and calendars.
- Device backups that you made using iTunes.
How to Set iTunes to Sync iPhone Over Wi-Fi?
When the computer and the iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS device appears in iTunes. The iOS device syncs automatically whenever it charges and iTunes is open on the computer.
Set iTunes to sync iPhone Over Wi-Fi
- Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
- Use the USB cable that came with your iOS device to connect it to your computer.
- In iTunes, find and then click your iOS device.
- On the Summary tab, select “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi.”
- Click Apply, then disconnect the USB cable.
- Choose the items that you want to sync, then click sync.
Manually Sync iPhone Photos with iTunes with USB Cable
Follow these steps to manually sync iPhone photos with iTunes using the USB cable.
- Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
- Open iTunes on your computer.
- Connect your device to your computer using the included USB cable. Your connected device appears as an icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.
- Click on the device icon. Look under Settings on the left side of the iTunes window for a list of the content types that you can sync from your iTunes library to your device.
- In the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes window, click Photos. Please note that, if you don’t have certain content in your iTunes library, you might not see it in the sidebar. For example, if you don’t have any movies in your library, you won’t see the Movies tab. With iTunes, you can not sync certain content type that includes mail accounts, notes, and bookmarks. To sync and manage your mail, notes, and bookmarks across your devices you will have to use iCloud.
- Click the box next to “Sync Photos.” If instead, you see “iCloud Photos is On,” all of your photos and videos are already on all of your devices that use iCloud Photo Library. You don’t need to sync them with iTunes. Or if there’s a check in the box, syncing for that content type is already on.
- After you turn on syncing for a content type, you’ll see additional options to customize your sync settings. Use these options to make sure that you’re syncing the content that you want to be synced.
- Choose the app or folder that you want to sync from. If you choose to sync a folder with sub-folders, the first level of sub-folders will appear as albums on your device.
- Choose to sync all photos or selected albums.
- Select “Include videos” to sync the videos from your app or folder too.
- Click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the screen to save your sync settings. If syncing doesn’t start automatically, click the Sync button.
- After you turn on syncing, your content syncs each time that you connect your iOS device to your computer and have iTunes open.