Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Connect your device to your Mac or Windows machine, part of iOS 11: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- [Instructor] When it comes to you syncing the data between your iOS device and your computer you have the choice of doing so by connecting your device to your Mac or PC with the included USB cable, or you can do so wirelessly as long as your device and computer are on the same wireless network. But in order to sync wirelessly, you do need to set up your device first by connecting one end of the included USB cable into the device and the other end into your computer. If iTunes isn't currently open it may open once your device is detected, but if it doesn't open go ahead and open it manually.
Also, if this is the first time you're connecting your device to your computer you'll see a message pop up on screen asking if you want to be able to access your phone from this computer, and you'll click OK. I've already done that, so we aren't seeing this message here. And you'll also see a message on your phone asking if you want to trust the computer you just connected to. You'll tap the Trust button and enter your passcode. Alright, so here we are looking at the main iTunes window. To access my phone settings I click this little device icon right up here. When you select your device you'll see it appear at the top of this left column.
Below it is a series of categories with the Summary category selected. In the Summary section to the right you can find your device's vitals, like its name, its capacity, the software version, the serial number. And, incidentally, if you want to change the name of your device you can just click its current name here and type in a new one. I'll leave mine as is, though. Now, over here in the upper right area you'll either see a message telling you that your iPhone or iPad software is up to date, or you'll see a message that a newer version of the software is available. Apple frequently releases updates to iOS, sometimes fixing bugs, other times adding major new features.
Many people like to update to the latest version of the software when it becomes available, although many other people prefer to wait a few days to see if the new software introduces any issues for any of the iOS devices. But when you do want to update you'll just click the Update button that's available to download and install the software, or, in this case, I can click Check for Update to have iTunes check for new software. I can see again that it is the current version that I'm using. This is also where you'll find the button to restore your device, which can be useful if it ever happens that your device starts acting strangely.
Now, there are various fixes and solutions you can find on Apple's website for a variety of problems, and we'll talk more about that in the chapter on troubleshooting, but as a last resort you can click the Restore button here to return the device to its factory-new condition. Now, I say it's a last resort because restoring completely erases the device and installs a fresh copy of the operating system, so you'll lose all the items stored on it. Now, if you back up your device regularly, which we'll see how to do later in this chapter, you should have copies of everything in iTunes or iCloud anyway, but it takes time to recopy everything back to your device, so, again, you'll want to use the Restore button as a last resort.
Next, we have the Backup section, where you can choose to back up to your computer, or to iCloud, and again, I'll talk about that in its own movie later. And here, under the Options section, we have several options, or, check boxes. So with my phone selected, we have Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected, and when this is checked your iPhone will automatically transfer and receive new music, calendars, contacts, and so on, if you set them up to sync, and we'll talk about syncing in the next movie. Next, we have Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi.
If you check this option you'll be able to sync your device with iTunes without connecting it with the USB cable. Your iPhone or iPad will just show up in iTunes when it's plugged in to a charger, and on the same network as your computer, and you'll be able to sync and manage it wirelessly. Next, we have Sync only checked songs and videos. With this option selected iTunes won't include any unchecked files when it copies files to your device. And that's referring to the check boxes that appear next to the files in your Library. So if I go back and look at my music and select Songs you can see each one of these songs has a check box next to it.
If there's certain songs you don't want to have play in iTunes or sync to your device you can simply uncheck them. I'll just leave this checked, though, and I'll go back to my device. Now, the next two options are designed to save space on your device. Prefer standard definition videos, when checked, will copy standard definition movies to your device, rather than the high-def, or, HD versions, if you happen to have both versions of a movie. Similarly, if the music you have in your iTunes Library is encoded using a high bit rate, meaning you have very high quality audio files, you can check this option here to have iTunes automatically convert songs to a slightly lower bit rate, which will reduce their file size so they don't take up as much space on your device.
You might find these two options useful if you have a smaller capacity device. The next option is Manually manage music and videos, which I selected before I started recording this movie, so my iPhone wouldn't start copying a bunch of files while I was talking here. So this is the option that lets you manually drag songs and videos to your device instead of letting iTunes move files automatically for you. Now, the question often comes up here as to which option is better, manual updating, or automatic syncing? And it really depends on whether you prefer the control of manually managing the content on your device, or if you prefer to set up some rules and playlists to determine what gets copied to your device.
We'll look at the syncing options in an upcoming movie. Alright, so those are the items and options you'll find under the Summary category when you connect your iOS device to your computer.
Garrick shows how to use Siri, the iOS digital assistant, and demonstrates how to use all the core features of iOS, such as emailing, browsing the web with Safari, getting directions from Maps, taking notes, shooting photos, watching videos, and listening to music. Plus, discover how to extend the functionality of your iPhone or iPad by installing one of the 2 million+ apps available in the App Store. The course wraps up with some essential tips to help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your iPhone or iPad if you encounter a problem.
- Using gestures and 3D Touch
- Backing up and syncing music, photos, contacts, and more
- Making video calls with FaceTime
- Playing music
- Shooting photos and video
- Getting directions from Maps
- Adding events to your calendar
- Using the built-in apps
- Setting important privacy and usage options
- Controlling your device with Siri
- Troubleshooting your iOS 11 device
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 01/30/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover how to use the iPhone X with this course, and how to send and receive money with Apple Pay Cash.