How to Sync Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Ringtones with Your iPhone 4S - dummies

How to Sync Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Ringtones with Your iPhone 4S

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPhone 4S has a variety of panes you use to specify the media that you want to copy from your computer to your iPhone. To view any of these panes, make sure that your iPhone is still selected in the source list, and then click the appropriate tab near the top of the window:

  • Music, music videos, and voice memos: Select the Sync Music check box in the Music pane. You can then select the option for Entire Music Library or Selected Playlists, Artists, and Genres. If you choose the latter, click the check boxes next to particular playlists, artists, and genres you want to transfer.

    You also can choose to include music videos or voice memos or both by selecting the appropriate check boxes at the top of the pane, as shown here:


    With the iPhone 4S you also have the option of dragging individual songs onto the Manually Added Songs section near the bottom of the Music pane.

    If you choose Entire Music Library and have more songs in your iTunes library than storage space on your iPhone, you’ll see one or both of these error messages when you try to sync:


    You’ll also see a yellow alert on the right side of the Capacity chart at the bottom of the screen, along with how much over your iPhone’s capacity adding the entire music library would make you. To avoid such errors, select playlists, artists, and genres that total less than the free space on your iPhone, which is also displayed in the Capacity chart at the bottom of the iTunes screen.

    Music, podcasts, and video are notorious for using massive amounts of storage space on your iPhone. If you try to sync too much media, you’ll see lots of error messages. Forewarned is forearmed.

    Finally, if you select the Automatically Fill Free Space with Songs check box, iTunes fills any free space on your iPhone with music.

  • Movies: Select the Sync Movies check box and then choose an option for movies you want to include automatically from the pop-up menu, as shown here:


    If you choose an option other than All, you can optionally select individual movies and playlists by checking the boxes in appropriate sections.

  • TV shows: The procedure for syncing TV shows is slightly different from the procedure for syncing movies. First, select the Sync TV Shows check box to enable TV show syncing. Then choose how many episodes to include and whether you want all shows or only selected shows from the two pop-up menus:


    If you want to also include individual episodes or episodes on playlists, select the appropriate check boxes in the Shows, Episodes, and Include Episodes from Playlists sections of the TV Shows pane.

  • Ringtones: If you have custom ringtones in your iTunes library, select the Sync Ringtones check box in the Ringtones pane. Then you can choose either all ringtones or individual ringtones by selecting their check boxes.

    With the iPhone 4S, you can use ringtones as text tones.