Synchronize Your iPad’s Data via the Info Pane’s 5 Sections
You need to tell iTunes what data you want to synchronize between your iPad 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.
If you’re using iCloud to sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks, or notes, you won’t be able to enable these items in iTunes. Turn off iCloud syncing on your iPad (Settings→iCloud) for items you want to sync with your Mac.
The Info pane has five sections: Sync Contacts, Sync Calendars, Sync Mail Accounts, Other, and Advanced.
1Contacts section of the Info pane
Note that the section is named Sync Contacts because this image was captured on a Mac. Contacts (formerly known as Address Book) 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.
The iPad syncs with the following address book programs:
Mac: Address Book and other address books that sync with Address Book, such as Microsoft Outlook 2011 or the discontinued Microsoft Entourage
PC: Windows Contacts (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), Windows Addressbook (XP), Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Outlook Express
Mac and PC: Yahoo! Address Book and Google Contacts
You can sync contacts with multiple applications.
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.
2Calendars section of the Info pane
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.
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
You can sync calendars with multiple applications.
3Mail Accounts section of the Info pane
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.
The iPad syncs with the following mail programs:
PC: Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010
Mac and PC: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, AOL, Hotmail, other POP and IMAP accounts
E-mail account settings are synchronized only one way: from your computer to your iPad. If you make changes to any e-mail account settings on your iPad, the changes aren’t synchronized back to the e-mail account on your computer.
By the way, the password for your e-mail account may or may not be saved on your computer. If you sync an e-mail account and the iPad asks for a password when you send or receive mail, do this: Tap Settings on the Home screen, tap Mail, tap your e-mail account’s name, and then type your password in the appropriate field.
4The Other section of the Info pane
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:
PC: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Safari
5Advanced section of the Info pane
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.
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.
One last thing: Check boxes in the Advanced section are disabled for items not selected. If you’re using iCloud and you want to replace any of these items on your iPad, you must first enable that item. In other words, to replace contacts, calendars, mail accounts, or bookmarks, you first have to disable iCloud syncing. Only then can you enable the check boxes for Sync Contacts, Sync Calendars, Sync Mail Accounts, and Sync Bookmarks.