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How to Sync Your iPad with iTunes

Synchronizing your iPad with iTunes on a Mac or PC provides two main benefits. First, iTunes makes it easier to manage your media — your music, movies, apps, and so on — than managing it directly on your iPad. And second, managing your iPad's contents with iTunes provides numerous options that you won’t find anywhere on your iPad.


Start by connecting your iPad to your computer with the USB cable that came with your iPad.

When you connect your iPad to your computer, iTunes should launch automatically. If it doesn’t, make sure the cable is plugged into one of the USB ports on your computer and not into a USB port on your keyboard, monitor, or hub, because USB ports on your computer supply more power to a connected device and the iPad requires a lot of power.

You may see an alert box asking whether you want iTunes to open automatically when you connect this iPad. Click Yes or No depending on your preference. You’ll have the opportunity to change this setting later if you like, so don’t give it too much thought.

If iTunes still doesn’t launch automatically, try launching it manually.

If you prefer to sync wirelessly (although it’s noticeably slower), just launch iTunes manually.


Select your iPad in the iTunes sidebar on the left side of the iTunes window.

You see the Set Up Your iPad pane.

If you don’t see an iPad in the sidebar, and you’re sure that it’s connected to a USB port on your computer (not the keyboard, monitor, or hub), restart your computer. If you’re syncing wirelessly, your iPad and computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network, and your iPad must be plugged into a power source.


Name your iPad by typing a name in the Name text box.

This one is named Bob L’s iPad 64 (3d-gen).


Decide whether you want iTunes to automatically synchronize the items listed on the Set Up Your iPad screen with your iPad every time you connect it to your computer.

If you do want iTunes to do any of these things automatically, select the check box next to the appropriate option so that it displays a check mark, and then click the Done button.

If you want to synchronize manually, make sure that all three check boxes are deselected, and then click Done.

You don’t have to decide now. If you’re not sure, just leave all three check boxes deselected for now. It’s easy to enable one or all three at any time.


Click the Done button.

The Summary pane appears.

If the Summary pane doesn’t appear, make sure that your iPad is still selected in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes window, and then click the Summary button near the top of the window.

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