Automatic Itunes Wifi Sync and Itunes Cloud Backup not working

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mbhforum, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. mbhforum macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Anyone else having success with manual Itunes Wifi Sync and iCloud Backups, but not Automatic. Yes, I have it at a lock screen, and charged through the power cord and it's on Wifi.

    I suspect a bug.
  2. Hawksberry macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I had to plug my back into the computer and recheck "sync of WiFi". That solved the issue.
  3. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
  4. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    Reboot your device. At least that solved it for me.
  5. Just Dave macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2011
    I was having the same issue with my Ipad. I finally clicked on the apply button in the lower right hand corner of iTunes (after checking sync over wifi), then just unplugged the ipad when it was done. All is good now. iPad shows in itunes even when unplugged, and the sync now button in settings is active. Hope this helps.

  6. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I have tried all of this as well. Manually syncing is not the problem. It's the automatic syncing that is not working properly for me. I have also tried on 2 separate wifi networks (work and home) and the iCloud Automatic Backup is not working on either one.
  7. Natesac macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
    I have had problems with this throughout the betas and GM. It seems as if the latest version of iTunes along with the official iOS 5 seem to work much better. It's still not perfect.

    Could be the router, could be windows, could be a lot of things.
  8. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010

    I just wanted to report I got this working. I did come home and re-connect my phone via USB to my pc with Itunes unchecked the Wifi Sync, performed a Sync via cable, then checked it back again, hit Apply. When I went to charge it, the wifi iTunes Sync AND the iCloud Backup both worked.

    One question, is the iCloud Backup over Wifi limited to just your Home network where your Itunes Sync is located?
  9. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
  10. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yes, I am manually able to sync to iCloud Backups on my work wireless as well. I am curious to see if Automatic works. I will find out tomorrow in the office and report.
  11. Lone Wolf macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    My ipad is syncing by itself..thats kinda strange..all of a sudden Itunes opens up on my pc and it starts syncing..
  12. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    iCloud Backup can happen on any Wi-fi network when the device is plugged in and locked.

    iTunes Wireless Sync can happen when your device is on the same Wi-fi network as your computer that is turned on and iTunes is open. You cannot sync with iTunes from a remote network.
  13. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    So weird now my iCloud automatic backup isn't happening anymore. My Wifi iTunes one happens every time I charge at home. I wonder if Apple limits the amount of times the automatic backup happens per day so their systems don't constantly get hit?
  14. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    I have also been struggling with automatic sync and finally figured it out.

    You need "Open iTunes when this device is connected" enabled on each device, which I disabled ages ago as it was annoying. I guess nowadays since you need iTunes running all the time anyway (please Apple please make a daemon for the next version of iTunes, I hate clutter) I may as well leave it ticked.
    Since enabling that, it syncs when plugging into power as it should do.

    It's certainly not obvious... I mean, iTunes is already open. But I think several versions ago the option said "Automatically sync when this device is connected" and the functionality has remained the same. Indeed I've always had to click "Sync" and just never really thought about it.

    All in all you need to:

    * Make sure "Automatically sync when this device is connected" is enabled for both devices
    * Make sure "Sync this device over Wi-Fi" is enabled for both devices
    * Go to iTunes Preferences, Devices tab, make sure "Prevent {iDevices} from syncing automatically" is unticked.
    * Make sure iTunes is running at all times.

    Then barring any technical stuff like firewalls, it ought to work.
  15. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Thanks this is good for wifi sync but not iCloud backups. I just got the 4s and same issues. I am chalking this up to buggy and apple will fix Ota with a small update :)

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