If you are a new Mac user, you may be interested to know how you can sync your iPhone and your computer, now that the iTunes application is no longer available. Although the classical method was withdrawn some time ago, there is a much simpler way to be able to do the same procedure. And if you use iCloud, this will be even easier.
Finder integrates the interface
When before we wanted to synchronize an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod touch with a Mac, yes or yes, we had to go through iTunes. However, more and more, Apple’s “i” products They have gained greater autonomy. This autonomy is reflected when it comes to synchronizing the different items and files between the device itself and a computer, to store the data. Where before iTunes was the program to back up our photos, videos, music, applications, contacts, etc. now Finder and iCloud do the same, but more automatically.
When we connect our iPhone to the Mac through the USB cable so that both are synchronized, the device will appear in Finder, as one more extrapolated device. In the case of the iPhone, we will see it written as “iPhone of (our name)”. We have to click on it and we are going to see the synchronization interface, which will remind us of the classic iTunes interface.
Within this menu we are going to see several key elements to synchronize the content of our iPhone with our Mac. We can update system software or restore iPhonewe can see what occupies each thing that we have stored, and we have available a list of individual categories that can be synchronized individually:
- Movies (purchased or rented through the iTunes Store)
- TV Shows (purchased or rented through the iTunes Store)
- Books (purchased through Apple Books)
- Files (data from certain applications)
- Information (calendar, contacts, etc.)
When we synchronize an iPhone with the computer, the first thing we usually save are the photos and music. These two elements, although they appear in Finder, if we use iCloud, they will be synchronized in another way. Also, there is an alternative Mac app to copy iPhone photos to computer.
Regarding music, if we have activated the library in the cloud (Settings > Music), everything will be done through iCloud. Even with the Mac, since we will not need to connect both devices every time we want to add or remove music. In the case of photos, the same thing happens, and they are all going to be saved in the cloud, if we use iCloud. However, there is an app called Image Capture, which allows us to select all the images and videos on the iPhone, select the folder where we are going to copy the photos, and perform a complete dump of our gallery, regardless of whether we use iCloud or not. , to the memory of our computer.
Something similar happens with the Files category. In this case, we will only have certain data available from certain applications. But if we want to use the Files app on the iPhone to synchronize items with the Mac, we can use tools like AirDrop. The use of the Finder, for practical purposes, is to carry out very heavy iOS updates (the “round” versions of the system) or to restore the iPhone.