Syncing with iTunes copies information from your computer to iPad, and vice versa. You can sync by connecting iPad to your computer with the included USB cable. You can set iTunes to sync music, photos, videos, podcasts, apps, and more. For information about syncing iPad, open iTunes on your computer, then select iTunes Help from the Help menu.
You can set up your iPod, iPhone, or iPad for automatic or manual syncing.
- Automatic syncing: Sync your entire iTunes library or choose specific items to sync. Whenever you connect your device, iTunes updates it automatically to match any changes made to your library since the last sync. You can automatically sync a device with only one iTunes library at a time.
- Manual syncing: Drag items to your device individually.
With either syncing method, you can also fill any available space on your device with a random selection of songs by using Autofill.
You can change your sync settings any time you connect the device to your computer.
Tips for syncing with iTunes on your computer
Connect iPad to your computer, select it in iTunes, and set options in the different panes.
In the Summary pane, you can set iTunes to sync iPad automatically when it’s attached to your computer. To temporarily override this setting, hold down Command and Option (Mac) or Shift and Control (PC) until you see iPad appear in the iTunes window.
If you want to encrypt the information stored on your computer when iTunes makes a backup, select “Encrypt iPad backup” in the Summary pane. Encrypted backups are indicated by a lock icon , and a password is required in order to restore the backup. If you don’t select this option, other passwords (such as those for mail accounts) aren’t included in the backup and you’ll have to reenter them if you use the backup to restore iPad.
When you sync mail accounts in the Info pane, only the settings are transferred from your computer to iPad. Changes you make to an account on iPad don’t sync to your computer.
In the Info pane, click Advanced to select options that let you replace the information on iPad with the information from your computer during the next sync.
- In the Photo pane, you can sync photos and videos from a folder on your computer.