Syncing your iPhone with your computer is the easiest and simplest way of sharing the media across your devices. If you want your iPhone and computer to have the same music, photos, and contacts, then syncing is the way to achieve this. However, you might also like to sync your iPhone with your iPad so that both of these devices also have the same files and content.
This is what this article explains how to do. It covers how to use iCloud to keep your iPhone and iPad in sync, and it shows how to choose which media and data types to sync. It also recommends steps for ensuring that you have enough iCloud storage space.
How to sync your iPhone with your iPad
Ordinarily, youâ€™d sync your iPhone to your computer by connecting it using a USB/Lightning cable, and then using either Finder or iTunes (depending on your computer). This method canâ€™t be used to sync between an iPhone and iPad. Instead, you have to use iCloud to sync between both devices, since they canâ€™t be synced by physically connecting them.
You need to be signed into iCloud on both devices to do this (see below for info on what to do if you arenâ€™t). Hereâ€™s how you sync your iPhone with your iPad:
Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud.
Step 2: In the iCloud settings screen, youâ€™ll see a subheading: Apps Using iCloud. Tap on the slider for any app whose data youâ€™d like to sync across your iPhone and iPad, so that the slider turns green. Repeat for as many apps as youâ€™d like to sync, and make sure you do the same for your iPad. Otherwise, they wonâ€™t sync.
In addition to syncing various apps in the iCloud settings, you can also turn on Automatic Downloads for a variety of other apps youâ€™ll find in the main Settings menu. Again, make sure you do this on both your iPhone and iPad.
For example, go to Settings > App Store (or iTunes & App Store). Turn onÂ Apps (under theÂ Automatic DownloadsÂ heading), as well as anything else youâ€™d like to sync. Doing this will ensure that, when you download an app on your iPhone, it will also download automatically on your iPad (or vice versa).
Likewise, you can go to other apps in Settings to do the same. For example, you can go toÂ Settings > Books > Purchases from Other Devices to sync the books you download on your iPhone and iPad.
If you arenâ€™t signed into iCloud on both devices
If you arenâ€™t signed into your iCloud account on either your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Sign in to Your iPad/iPhone. It may be the case that someone else is signed into the iPhone or iPad, in which case youâ€™ll have to go to Settings > [Their Name] >Â Sign Out. Youâ€™ll need their iCloud password to sign out of the device, so youâ€™ll almost certainly need their help to do this.
Once theyâ€™ve signed out, go toÂ Settings > Sign in to Your iPhone/iPad. Youâ€™ll need to enter your iCloud email address and password. When signing into one device with your iCloud details, youâ€™ll receive a notification from your other device, which should provide you with a PIN number to enter in the device youâ€™re signing into.
iCloud storage space
If you want to sync all of your photos across your iPhone and iPad, youâ€™ll most likely need more iCloud storage space than the default 5GB (the same goes for other kinds of media and content). If you want to have more space, youâ€™ll have to subscribe to a new storage plan with Apple.
Simply go toÂ Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan. From there, choose one of the three available upgrades: 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB.
Finally, itâ€™s also worth turning on iCloud BackupÂ so that you can easily restore your files and data in the event that you lose either your iPhone or iPad. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Tap the slider to turn it on, and do the same for your other device.