How to use iTunes to sync media from the iPad

How to use iTunes to sync media from the iPad
How to use iTunes to sync media from the iPad
Why sync to iTunes?
It's a good idea to sync your iPad with iTunes on a regular basis. This provides a backup of your
applications, movies, music and data that can be restored at a later point if you should have
problems. Syncing with iTunes is also the process used for getting music, movies and even apps
from your PC or Mac to your iPad.
When you first connect the device to your computer, Apple guides you through the setup, but at
some point you will want to be familiar with the options available to you when syncing iTunes on
iPad, which is basically the only way you manage most of your iPad’s contents, including music,
contacts, photos, apps, and ebooks, and keeping it updated.
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The Summary tab
Syncing your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with your computer is really quite easy. Gather your
device and its USB charging cable, and make sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes
on your computer. Connect your device using the cable provided, and iTunes should launch,
displaying your device’s summary screen.
If iTunes doesn’t immediately display your device, click the Devices button in the upper right
corner of the iTunes window. (If you’re syncing more than one iOS device with the same computer,
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you’ll instead see a button called X Devices, where X is the number of devices you have.)
Alternatively, select your device from the iTunes sidebar. If the sidebar isn’t visible, choose View >
Show Sidebar.
To find options for what you can sync and how you sync it, click the tabs at the top of the iTunes
The summary screen offers a brief overview of your device, displaying its name, capacity, phone
number (if applicable), serial number, and iOS version number.
1. Here you can control how you back up your device. By default, iTunes asks you to choose one
option (iCloud or your computer) for backing up. Still, if you choose to back up automatically via
iCloud, you can always make an additional manual back up to iTunes by clicking the Back Up
Now button you see here.
2. Additionally, if you’d like to use Wi-Fi Sync to connect your device wirelessly to iTunes in the
future, click the ‘Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi’ checkbox. As long as you are in the same wireless
network as your computer - and that computer is switched on, you can sync your iPad wirelessly
without connecting to the computer.
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3. The capacity bar - an indication of how much space each type of media is taking up on the
The Apps tab
Click the Apps tab to see syncing options for all your apps. By default, any you’ve downloaded
directly to your device are copied to iTunes when you sync (or if you’ve turned on Automatic
Downloads in iTunes > Preferences > Store). On this page, iTunes lets you pick and choose the
apps you’d like to sync, as well as rearrange your home screens.
1. Make apps appear and disappear: A comprehensive list of all the apps you own shows up in a
column on the left side of the pane; this includes iPhone-only apps, as well as iPad-only and
Universal apps. You can sort these apps by name, kind, category, date, and size by using the
pop-up menu above the list. To load an app onto your device, click the Install button to the right of
the program’s icon; to remove the app, click the Remove button.
2. Below the list, you’ll see a checkbox that allows you to automatically sync any new apps
you’ve purchased on your computer in the iTunes Store. (If you have Automatic Downloads
enabled on your device, this checkbox is irrelevant, as any new purchases you make on your
laptop or desktop will automatically download directly to your iPhone.)
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3. Organize your home screens: On the right side of the Apps window is a preview of your
device’s home screens. You’ll see a large, editable screen, as well as numbered thumbnails
representing your other screens. Click a thumbnail to reveal it in the editing window. Here, you can
click and drag an app’s icon to change its location. Or, if you see an app you’d like to remove,
mouse over it and click the X that appears in the top left corner of the app icon.
Create folders to organize your apps. Drag one app onto another app; after a slight delay a
folder appears with the two apps inside of it. The folder name is editable and you can rearrange
icons within the folder.
File sharing in the Apps tab
Add files to some apps: Scroll down further on the Apps tab to access the File Sharing section.
Some Apple and third-party apps allow you to add files from your computer via iTunes. (If you have
no apps that support file sharing, this section won’t appear.) Click an app in the Apps list to see
any files associated with it. To add a file, just drag it from your desktop or click the Add button.
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The Music tab
1. To add nonpurchased music to your device, click the Sync Music checkbox. iTunes lets you
choose between two options: copying your entire music library or copying selected playlists,
artists, albums, and genres. You also have the option to include or exclude music videos and
voice memos.
Be more specific when selecting what musaic to sync over to your iPad. Select a playlist, an artist,
genre or Album.
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The Movies tab
When you click the Movies tab, you see a list of all the movies you have loaded into iTunes,
represented by name and a movie poster or selected screenshot.
Click the Sync Movies checkbox, and you can automatically include all videos, selected videos,
playlists, most recently uploaded videos, or unwatched videos. If you’ve rented movies from the
iTunes Store on your computer, they appear at the very top of the screen. Transfer a movie to your
iPhone or iPad by highlighting it, and then clicking the Move arrow. If you decide you don’t want to
load the film on your device, click the arrow a second time.
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The TV Shows tab
Click a show and, in the right column, you see a list of its episodes, organized by season. When
syncing manually, you can choose only individual episodes or seasons of selected shows. You
can also copy over playlists that include TV episodes. If you choose to sync automatically,
however, you can copy over an entire series (or your entire television library). You can also filter
within that series to sync only unwatched or newly added episodes.
The Podcasts tab
The Podcasts pane presents you with a list of all your subscribed podcasts, grouped by series. (If
you haven’t subscribed to any, this pane won’t show up for you.) That said, this is one case when
iTunes syncing may not be necessary. If you already have the Podcasts app on your iPhone or
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iPad, that will probably be enough.
Clicking a podcast displays a list of the show’s episodes, organized by date in ascending order.
You can choose to sync your podcasts manually or use iTunes’ automatic options, which offer
syncing for the most recently uploaded or unplayed episodes for selected shows or all shows.
The Books tab
The Books pane divides books and Audiobooks into two sections. Choose to sync All books or
Selected books. You can peruse a list of your ePubs and PDFs if you want to pick and choose. The
Sync Audiobooks pane is organized much the same way.
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The Photos tab
1. To sync photos, go to the Photos pane and choose the application or folder iTunes should link
from. For example, if you keep all your images in iPhoto, enable the Sync Photos from option and
choose iPhoto in the pop-up menu.
You can sync images according to how they are organized in that application. For example, if you
use iPhoto, you’ll see images organized by date. Otherwise you can select only your Pictures
folder or a custom folder of your choice.
Unfortunately, you can’t sync your iPhone or iPad with more than one program or with multiple
folders. You have to choose one. As with all the other media panes, you can sync your entire
photo library to your device or choose selected albums, projects, and (in iPhoto’s or Aperture’s
case) Events, Faces, or images with certain star ratings.
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