iOS 5: iPhone, iPad Wi-Fi Syncing

With the release of iOS 5 and iTunes 10.5, Apple finally gave iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users a feature they’ve been clamoring for for years: Wi-Fi syncing. The feature is disabled by default, but it’s easy to activate and lets you cut yet another wire out of your mobile routine.

iTunes Summary tabYou’ll find the Wi-Fi sync option under the iTunes Summary tab

First, make sure you have iTunes 10.5 installed on your computer, and iOS 5 installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. To enable Wi-Fi syncing, do this:

  • Launch iTunes 10.5.
  • Connect your iOS device to your computer with a USB dock cable.
  • Select your iOS device in the Library column on the left side of the iTunes window, then click the Summary tab.
  • Now scroll to the bottom of the Summary view and check Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi. Of course, if you connect an iPad or iPod touch, iTunes will list that device instead.

iTunes Wi-Fi sync settingWith Wi-Fi syncing enabled you don’t need to connect iOS devices via USB 

Once Wi-Fi syncing is enabled, you don’t need to connect your iOS device to your computer to perform sync operations any more. Backups and syncing will happen only when your iOS device is connected to a power source, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally draining your battery when you need it most.

iTunes keeps track of Wi-Fi sync settings per device, so you’ll need to enable the feature for each device you plan on syncing wirelessly.