How does iTunes wi-fi sync work? Requirements?

iParis

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Alright, yes, I actually do know how iTunes wi-fi sync works. I know you check the "Sync this iPhone over wi-fi" box in iTunes and then your iPhone will appear in iTunes when connected to a power source and the same wi-fi network. My problem is it working when it's not made to. My iPhone 4 would connect without being connected to power and I thought one of my jailbreak packages made this happen or caused it to glitch out. Then it still did it when I installed iOS 6 and that made me think some setting file carried over from the jailbreak in my backup. BUT now my iPhone 5 is doing it, but I set it up as new, so I have no idea why. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. For me this is awesome since previously it would hardly appear when even connected to a power source.
 

iParis

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You need wifi and an itunes library.
It doesnt need to be connected on the same wifi with your computer to do it.
It can be on any wifi network.
Wait. What? Really? So my iPhone could be in another country and I can sync it? I'm mostly concerned about the being connected to a power source part.
 

jester0723

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Neither my iPhone or iPad will sync when connected to my school's wifi. It's enabled in settings. Works on my home wifi network whenever I go home though - go figure.
 

Gav2k

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Yes, you can be on any other wifi. That's the beauty of it. But Im not sure about the power part but I think you do have to be plugged in.
Sorry I cant be more specific, I dont use that feature much:)
Wrong has to be the same network.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386
 

Gav2k

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Damn it:D
Thanks for the correction bro.
Sorry about the wrong posts above.
That's ok fella I think you might have been mixed up with the jb wifi sync as that could be configured to sync from other networks
 

Mrbobb

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Isn't one of iCloud's selling point to let you sync as long as u have Internet access? or still a vaporware?
 

Gav2k

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Isn't one of iCloud's selling point to let you sync as long as u have Internet access? or still a vaporware?
Not sync as such. Backup

Syncing to your computer is very different to backing up with the cloud
 

iParis

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I was way off:)
Damn it:D
Thanks for the correction bro.
Sorry about the wrong posts above.
Told you so! Told you so!*runs around pointing at you like a little kid*Told you so!:p

Isn't one of iCloud's selling point to let you sync as long as u have Internet access? or still a vaporware?
No, that's not it. That's for syncing things such as notes, contacts, documents, mail, etc, etc across devices. iTunes match is for streaming and downloading songs to your iOS device over iCloud. That's very different from "syncing" your iPhone to transfer music and videos stored on your computer, transfer app updates, backup to your computer (not iCloud), organize apps, etc. Syncing is especially very important if you don't use iTunes match. I have a 64GB iPhone, I don't need iTunes match, I'm perfectly fine syncing 3500-4000 songs to my iPhone at a time; I don't need my 13000 song library with me at all times.

Neither my iPhone or iPad will sync when connected to my school's wifi. It's enabled in settings. Works on my home wifi network whenever I go home though - go figure.
Does it only do it when connected to power?
 
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