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So far in this chapter, I've been showing you how to sync your iOS device with your computer by connecting the two of them with a USB cable. But it's also possible to sync your device with your computer wirelessly. Now in order to set this up, you do have to connect your device to your computer with a USB cable at least once. When you do that, and when it shows up here in iTunes, go ahead and select it. And then under Summary tab, scroll down, and here check Sync With This iPhone, iPod or iPad Over Wi-Fi. And then click Apply. Your phone will now sync with iTunes anytime it's on the same network as your computer and when it's connected to a power source, maybe while your charging over night.
I'm actually going to unplug the USB cable from my iPhone right now. You might have noticed that the battery icon disappeared here, indicating that I unplugged it, but the phone still appears here in iTunes. Now officially, according to Apple, you need to plug your device into a power source in order for it to sync, but right now it's not plugged into a power source, but notice I can still select it and work with its settings, even though it's not physically connected to my computer. So for example, I could go into Music and maybe just grab some songs and drag them to my phone. And you can see it's uploading to my phone. I'll select a couple more here and drag them over.
And let's switch over to take a look at the phone. You'll know your device is syncing by this little spinning sync icon that appears up at its Menu bar. Just make sure you're in range of your wireless network while syncing's going on. So this is great for times when you're at your computer, but maybe your iPhone is sitting on its charger in another room of your house. You can still sync it without having to go get it and attaching it to your computer. Now, for times when you want to sync your device with your computer, but you're not sitting at your computer, maybe you just added a contact to your address book on your phone and you want to make sure it gets added to your computer's address book, you can go to Settings> General, and here find iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.
And on this screen, all you have to do is just tap Sync Now to manually sync your device over your network right away. Now Apple says that you need to connect your device to a power source in order for it to sync, but it's been my experience that you can unplug your device once it shows up in iTunes, and it will continue to show up and work properly. I think the reason Apple wants you to keep it plugged in is so the battery doesn't die during a sync or backup. So, it's still a good idea to keep your device plugged into a power source if you're going to be transferring a lot of content to or from it. But as you can see, you have the convenience of being able to easily sync your iOS devices without having to plug them into the computer.
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