Tips and tricks to make your device syncing easier.
When you buy an iPhone or an iPad, one of the first thoughts you will have is how do I sync my Apple device with another Apple device. It can be a little tricky or difficult for some to sync the Apple products with one another. If you have been an ardent user of iPhones and iPads, you must know everything about syncing the Apple devices with one other.
There can be numerous reasons for syncing. In this article, we walk you through why it is important to sync your devices, the best ways to do it, and also answer the most common questions.
Reasons Why You Should Sync Your iPhone to iPad
Before knowing how to sync your iPhone with your iPad, here are some of the reasons Why you should be syncing your iPhone to your iPad.
Securing Your Data
One of the first main reasons you want to sync your devices would be to secure your data. Mobile phones are rigid generally but they can also turn out to be as fickle as a glass.
It depends upon how you use it or not even then. There may occur a sudden malfunction in your phone and you may end up losing all your data.
Not only malfunction, but you may also misplace your phone and end up losing all your data. That happens quite often. People don’t back their data and then end up regretting that decision.
Hence, if you have your data synced across multiple devices, you can have peace of mind that your data will not be lost.
The second important reason you may want to sync your devices is Storage. Not everyone can afford those 128GB iPhones. But you don’t require money to be smart. You can always buy those 32GB and 64GB phones and then use external storage as an option.
If you have heavy usage of the phone i.e you maybe into photography or an avid music listener or podcast listener or a serial video watcher, then you need ample space for your saved photos, videos, or music. You would not want to lose them all at once.
5 Ways to Sync iPhone to iPad
Now that you are aware of the benefits of syncing, let’s have a detailed look at the different ways you can sync iPhone with an iPad.
1. Sync Your Devices Using iCloud
One of the easier ways to sync your iPhone with your iPad is via iCloud. The process is really simple. All you have to do is sign-in to both the devices with your common apple id and viola! You have the option of syncing your photos or contacts via iCloud.
However, there is also a grey area with the use of iCloud. While you can easily see your pictures and contacts on your iPad and iPhone via iCloud, you are unable to transfer music or videos via it. iCloud doesn’t support the syncing of music and videos.
But there are other ways of syncing music and videos, while iCloud is just a simple and effective way of transferring or Syncing photos and contacts.
Below are few simple steps to sync your devices using iCloud:
- You need to set up iCloud on your iPhone. You will get this option in Settings > iCloud.
- Login to your account using your valid Apple ID and password.
- You need to Switch on the switch against various data that you want to sync. There are options like Contacts, Calendar, Mail, and many others.
- Follow the same process on your iPad.
- It is important that Wifi is turned on on both devices.
2. Sync Your Devices Using AirDrop
Another option for only syncing your contacts and pictures, but it is another effective way of syncing them. AirDrop unfortunately too doesn’t support the syncing of music or videos. But it is highly recommended for syncing your pictures and contacts.
Follow the steps below to sync your iPhone and iPad:
- To ensure it works swimmingly, turn on WiFi and Bluetooth on both devices and ensure your personal hotspot is turned off.
- Check whatever contacts you want to transfer or select the photos that you want to transfer and then press the share located at the bottom left of the screen. Now tap on AirDrop and select your iPad to share your pictures and contacts.
- Accept the request on your iPad and you are good to go. You can view your pictures on your iPad after syncing and transferring your data.
AirDrop keeps your syncing and transferring from one device to another simple.
3. Sync Your Devices Using iCareFone
All you need for this to work is a laptop or a personal computer. The syncing is a bit lengthy but extremely simple to use and understand. You would also require a USB cable to connect your iPhone and iPad to the computer.
Now for the procedure, follow the steps below:
- First, connect your iPhone with your computer with the help of a USB cable.
- Once connected with your computer, select the photos, music, or videos on the computer and then export the selected images or music to your desired location(Drive) on the computer.
- Disconnect your iPhone and connect your iPad to the computer now. Instead of export, this time press import and transfer all the data that you have previously exported from the iPhone into your iPad. You can then view all the photos or listen to music and watch videos on your iPad.
This process is really simple and easy to understand. A very straight-forward procedure and not at all complex. iCareFone might also be the closest thing you will get to an android syncing as well.
4. Sync Your Devices Using iTunes
This method is probably the most famous one. iTunes is something that even a non-apple person would also have heard of.
It is one of the more direct indirect transfers of data out there. iTunes also requires a minimal process to complete the syncing. You will need a USB cable and a computer in this method.
For the procedure, below are few simple steps:
- You need to connect your iPhone with your computer via USB cable. Select your phone on the tab and then select your music, videos, or photos and click the transfer phone purchase option on it.
- Now disconnect your iPhone and connect your iPad with the computer. Once connected select the sync music, photos or videos option on the screen and watch the transfer getting completed.
iTunes remains one of the most convenient ways to sync your iPhone to your iPad.
5. Sync Your Devices Using Bluetooth
This just had to be there, doesn’t it? A conventional method as old as the barter system! Well, not really but it is quite an old method to sync your devices.
To sync your iPhone with your iPad via Bluetooth, all you need to do is turn the Bluetooth on – on both devices.
Once the Bluetooth is turned on both devices then search for the iPad on your iPhone and select the said device. Once you select the iPad then all you need to do is confirm the six-digit passkey between the devices and you are good to go.
There are certain points that you need to remember when you use Bluetooth as a syncing option.
Bluetooth is generally very slow and tiresome when you want to transfer the data. The transfer speed is around 25MB per second via Bluetooth 4.0.
It may take ages to complete the transfer if you have huge files. You also run the risk of accidentally turning off the Bluetooth and your transfer falls through in the middle and then you have to set it up all over again.
Bluetooth is also a less reliable source for transfer. You can mistakenly transfer your data to a completely different device which might be in your Bluetooth device’s proximity.
Then there is the issue of draining the battery out of your device. Given how much time Bluetooth takes to transfer the data, it is easily conclusive that it drains the life out of your battery every time you transfer the data via Bluetooth.
Different people have different methods for syncing their iPhones to their iPads. There certainly isn’t one clear winner amongst the methods. Whatever floats your boat is the case.
You can go with a traditional method such as Bluetooth, however, they have multiple limitations. You can go for something like iTunes or iCareFon for a quicker means to sync your devices.
There really are quite a few options out there to sync your devices, so choose the one method that you can understand/use easily and go for it.
Why are my iPad and iPhone not syncing?
If some files and messages sync but some don’t, you will have to sign out of iCloud from both devices. (We also recommend resetting both devices). Sign back in and verify that your iCloud settings are set up properly and the toggle switches are next to every app that you wish to sync between iPhone and your iPad.
How do I sync my iPhone text to my iPad?
You need to go to iCloud setting on both devices (iPhone & iPad) and check if the messaging app is toggled on both devices, if not turn them on. After that, your messages should sync across both devices. In some cases, we recommend resetting both devices to make them sync.