How to connect iPhone to Mac

Connecting your iPhone to your MacE book is often very simple. The exception is when you have a MacE book Air, MacE book Pro or considered 1 of Apple’s (now discontinued) MacBooks that solely provide USB-C. We’ll take a look at these Apple laptops later on this article. Feel free to soar ahead if that is what you are searching for.

But earlier than we get to the difficult instances, let’s get the straightforward ones out of the best way.

Connect iPhone to Mac with a cable

Your iPhone comes with a cable to connect to a PC or Mac and to cost.

If you might have an iPhone 5 or later, it is a USB to Lightning cable.

This Lightning cable is a bit damaged, however, you get the thought

If you obtain an iPhone 4s or earlier, it is a USB to 30-pin cable. We doubt that many are nonetheless used, however, you by no means know!

It does not matter what as a result of the tip that goes into the laptop, the USB finish, is identical.

  1. Plug the lighting finish of the cable into the iPhone. (If the plug continues to be connected to the opposite finish of the cable, take away it in order that the USB finish is free). Now connect this to 1 of many USB ports in your Mac.
  2. At this time, numerous purposes may be opened mechanically in your Mac relying in your settings; on our MacE book, it is all the time photos, though you may disable this remark. You may additionally find that iTunes opens mechanically. If not, open iTunes manually or open the window whether it is already open.
  3. Sometimes at this level you’re going to get a message {that a} new model of iOS is out there in your iPhone. (If iOS is up to date, you do not.) If you need, you may download the replace and install it now, however, we often do that over the air wirelessly. Click Cancel to skip the message.

  4. In iTunes, you will notice a new phone-shaped icon on the left aspect of the highest bar – simply to the precise of the Music / Movies drop-down menu and so on. This signifies that iTunes has detected an iPhone. Click on this icon.

  5. You will now be taken to a abstract web page with a number of helpful particulars of your iPhone: within the high field you will notice the capability, phone quantity and serial quantity and your model of iOS.
  6. The field beneath shows particulars of your present backup preferences (and while you final backed up) and the choice to again up manually now. Backing up is vital.
  7. Finally, the bar on the backside of the window graphically shows how a lot of your machine’s capability is occupied by audio files (pink), photos (pink), apps (gentle inexperienced), paperwork and files (darkish inexperienced / turquoise) and ‘different’ (yellow) .
  8. Click on the classes on the left and you may see the apps, songs, video, ebooks, ringtones and so forth saved on iPhone and sync new files to the machine.

Connect iPhone to MacE book through USB-C

In current years, Apple has eliminated the older USB port from its Mac laptops and changed it with USB-C. The irony of that is that the iPhone nonetheless comes with a plug for a USB-A port as a substitute of USB-C (Apple assumes individuals can depend on Wi-Fi when downloading or importing from their iPhone).

Since 2016, the MacE book Pro and MacE book have solely USB C more, and from 2018, the MacE book Air has switched to the newer normal. That means in the event you personal a new Mac laptop you will not have the opportunity to entry the older USB A port. So how are you able to connect your iPhone (or iPad)?

There is a means round this and that’s to purchase an adapter. We listing the very best USB-C adapters and cables elsewhere, however, the obvious alternative (albeit some of the costly) is Apple’s (£ 19) 1 m USB-C to Lightning cable or (£ 29) 2m USB-C to Lightning cable.

All you want to do is use this cable as a substitute of the Lighting / USB cable that got here with the iPhone. Open iTunes as earlier than and the iPhone icon ought to seem.

Or do not connect your iPhone to your Mac

Of course the re’s an alternative choice. Don’t connect your iPhone to your Mac. You actually do not have to do it.