How to Synchronize Data on the iPad mini - dummies

How to Synchronize Data on the iPad mini

You should tell iTunes what data you want to synchronize between your iPad mini and your computer. To get started, first select your iPad by clicking the iPad button (or the Devices drop-down menu, if you have more than one iDevice) just below the Search field.

Click the Info tab, which is to the right of the Summary tab.

The Info pane has five sections: Sync Contacts, Sync Calendars, Sync Mail Accounts, Other, and Advanced. The following sections look at them one by one.

How to synchronize Contacts to the iPad mini

Note that the section is named Sync Contacts because this image was captured on a Mac. Contacts is the Mac application that syncs with your iPad’s Contacts app.

If you use a PC, you see a drop-down list that gives you the choices of Outlook, Google Contacts, Windows Address Book, or Yahoo! Address Book. Don’t worry — the process works the same on either platform.

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You can sync contacts with multiple applications.

Here’s what each option does:

  • All Contacts: One method is to synchronize all your contacts. This will synchronize every contact in your Mac or PC address book with your iPad’s Contacts app.

  • Selected Groups: You can synchronize any or all groups of contacts you’ve created in your computer’s address book program. Just select the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Groups list, and only those groups will be synchronized.

If you sync with your employer’s Microsoft Exchange calendar and contacts, any personal contacts or calendars already on your iPad will be wiped out.

How to synchronize Calendars to the iPad mini

The Calendars section of the Info pane determines how synchronization is handled for your appointments, events, and reminders. You can synchronize all your calendars. Or you can synchronize any or all individual calendars you’ve created in your computer’s calendar program. Just select the appropriate check boxes.

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The iPad syncs with the following calendar programs:

  • Mac: iCal or Calendar

  • PC: Microsoft Exchange and Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010

  • Mac and PC: Google and Yahoo! Calendars

How to synchronize Mail Accounts to the iPad mini

You can sync account settings for your e-mail accounts in the Mail Accounts section of the Info pane. You can synchronize all your e-mail accounts (if you have more than one), or you can synchronize individual accounts. Just select the appropriate check boxes.

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The iPad syncs with the following mail programs:

  • Mac: Mail

  • PC: Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010

  • Mac and PC: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, AOL, Hotmail, other POP and IMAP accounts

How to synchronize Other to the iPad mini

The Other section has a single item: Sync Safari Bookmarks.

Select the check box for Sync Safari Bookmarks if you want to sync your Safari bookmarks; don’t select it if you don’t.

Just so you know, the iPad syncs bookmarks with the following web browsers:

  • Mac: Safari

  • PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Safari

How to synchronize Advanced to the iPad mini

Every so often, the contacts, calendars, mail accounts, or bookmarks on your iPad get so screwed up that the easiest way to fix things is to erase that information from your iPad and replace it with information from your computer.

If that’s the case, go to the Advanced section of the Info pane and click to select the appropriate check boxes. Then, the next time you sync, that information on your iPad will be replaced with information from your computer.

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Because the Advanced section is at the bottom of the Info pane and you have to scroll down to see it, you can easily forget that the Advanced section is there. Although you probably won’t need to use this feature very often (if ever), you’ll be happy you remembered that it’s there if you do need it.